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100 Ways to Save Money on Makeup and Beauty Products (Total Savings: $1,096!)

Updated February 12, 2016
by Kelly Gurnett
Contributor

We told you how to save $360 per year by replacing six of your beauty products with coconut oil, but we know you’re always on the lookout for more ways to save.

So, we decided to find out how much you could save with a few more money-maximizing tricks — 100 more to be exact.

We gathered the following tips, tricks and DIY formulas and compared them against top-rated products on Amazon to see just how much you can save.

Whether your beauty routine takes two seconds or two hours, you’re bound to find some new ways to save money on makeup.

How to Get Great-Looking Hair Without Spending a Fortune

Say bye-bye to bad hair days with these budget-friendly hacks.

1. Nourishing Shampoo

Combine 1/4 cup coconut milk, 1/3 cup liquid castile soap, 1 teaspoon olive or almond oil and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil(s) in a cheap squirt bottle and shake well.

Use about a teaspoon each time (shake well again right before use) for hair that’s smooth, soft and smells great.

Versus: OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Shampoo ($4.80)

2. Clarifying Shampoo

Use this baking soda and vinegar rinse combination every few weeks to remove buildup from styling products, hard water deposits and other pollutants.

Versus: Mane ‘n Tail Gentle Clarifying Shampoo ($8.71)

Whether your beauty routine takes two seconds or two hours, you’re bound to save money on makeup with these 100 beauty tips!3. Dry Shampoo #1

Fight greasy roots with baby powder or talcum powder. Scrunch a little bit into your roots to absorb oil and fend off shine.

4. Dry Shampoo #2

In a pinch, grab the spray starch from your laundry room. For either solution, start with a little —  add more as needed

Versus: Batiste Dry Shampoo ($10.23)

5. Conditioner

Chances are you’ve got the ingredients in your pantry to make at least one of these 13 homemade hair conditioners.

Versus: OGX Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner ($4.56)

6. Leave-In Conditioner

No need to buy a special product to get this job done — just dilute your regular conditioner in a spray bottle.

Mix one part conditioner to three parts water. If it solution seems too heavy for your locks, add more water.

Versus: HSI Professional Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioner ($24.95)

7. Hair Mask

Rejuvenate dry hair and repair styling damage with these 19 homemade hair masks.

Versus: Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask ($11.39)

8. Deep Conditioning Treatment

Any of these three cheap and easy DIY deep conditioners are a great way to rehydrate your hair.

Versus: It’s a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin ($14.49)

9. Make Hair Products Last Longer

We’re all guilty of using way more shampoo and conditioner than we need. Buy some cheap 100-milliliter bottles from the dollar store and ration out your product for each day.

Make sure you don’t go overboard.

Better yet, skip the shampoo for a day or two. Depending on your hair tip, washing too frequently can actually strip follicles of the natural oils that keep them healthy and shiny.

Experts recommend washing once or twice a week.

10. Split End Repair #1

In a pinch, apply a small amount of lotion or conditioner to split ends to temporarily “fix” them.

Just apply it to the tips of your hair to add enough moisture to fuse the splits back together.

11. Split End Repair #2

The best way to deal with split ends is prevention.

Trimming the ends of your hair every 8-12 weeks helps keep it healthy and strong, which can actually encourage your hair to grow longer. This easy-to-follow guide shows how to trim your own split ends.

Versus: Pantene Pro-V Expert Collection Keratin Repair ($11.13)

12. Fight Frizz

Run a dryer sheet over your hair to remove static (and make your hair smell pretty!).

Versus: John Frieda Frizz-Ease Serum ($5.26)

13. Tame Flyaways #1

Don’t carry a separate solution while you’re out and about: the hand lotion in your purse can tame random flyaways.

Put a dab on your fingers and smooth it out — add more only if needed.

14. Tame Flyaways #2

If you spot a flyaway at home, spritz some hairspray onto a spare toothbrush (even an old frayed one will work).

Comb the flyaway against the grain of your hair to smooth it back into place.

Versus: Brazilian Blowout Daily Smoothing Serum ($14.33)

15. Shine Spray

Revive dry, damaged and dull hair naturally with this recipe for homemade shine spray.

Versus: Biosilk Therapy Shine On Spray ($12.50)

16. Scented Hair Mist

Want your hair to smell amazing (without competing with all the other scents you’ve already applied)?

Spray your hairbrush with your perfume or body mist and run it through your hair.

Voila — scented locks.

Versus: Pink Sugar Hair Perfume ($15.00)

17. Hair Strengthener

Battling brittle strands? The solution is right in your fridge.

Just grab an egg and separate the yolk from the egg white. Rub the yolk into clean, wet hair that’s been washed and conditioned.

Leave it on for 10-15 minutes, then rinse out.

Versus: Mane ‘n Tail Hair Strengthener ($9.12)

18. Hair Curling #1

You’ve seen it on “Orange Is the New Black” — it’s called rag rolling.

Depending on how you do it, you can wind up with tight little Shirley Temple curls or the cute retro bob curls Lorna Morello sports on the prison drama.

Just cut up any old sheet or t-shirt into strips, then dampen or towel-dry damp hair before you go to bed.

Starting at the bottom of your hair, wrap hair strands around the rags and roll your hair around them as high as you want the curl to hold. Tie the rag into a knot.

Leave it in overnight and unroll in the morning, then set with hairspray. If you have trouble getting the curls to hold, add a little product before you roll for extra staying power.

19. Hair Curling #2

Pin curls are a bit more time-consuming, but can create great all-over curl results. Section damp hair based on how big you want your curls to be.

Twist them around into little spiral buns and secure each section with bobby pins. For looser curls, make looser spirals — for tighter curls, tighten.

Let it set overnight, then unfurl in the morning.

Versus: XTAVA Professional 5-in-1 Curling Iron ($39.00)

20. Beachy Waves

Braid slightly damp hair before bed. In the morning, pull the braids apart and run your fingers through your hair.

A couple large braids will get you thick, loose waves — smaller, tighter braids will give you more of a crimped effect.

Versus: It Surf Spray ($17.77)

21. Hair Dye #1

Skip the harsh chemical (and hefty salon prices).

Make DIY hair dye from natural herbal elements. This guide breaks down which recipes yield which colors.

Versus: Naturtint Permanent Hair Color ($12.08)

22. Hair Dye #2

If you’re looking for something a little less permanent (maybe a fun color for a party) — try Kool-Aid. This guide walks you through the steps.

Versus: Kisspat Hair Chalk ($14.99)

23. Pump Up the Volume

Blow-dry your hair upside down for instant lift and volume, no additional product necessary.

Versus: Fekkai Full Volume Mousse ($27.45)

24. Trick Ponytail

Divide your hair into two sections to give your ponytail extra length.

First, gather the hair above your ears into one ponytail high on your head. Gather the rest into a second ponytail a few inches lower.

Properly aligned, the higher ponytail will fall over the lower one, hide the elastic and create the illusion of one long, flowing cascade.

Versus: Hair U Wear Pony Extension by Jessica Simpson ($27.61)

25. The Perfect Bun

Put one of those lone socks to use — turn it into a DIY hair bun shaper.

Snip off the toe and roll the sock inside out from ankle to toe to create a donut shape. Pull a regular ponytail through the donut and gradually roll down to the base of your ponytail, tucking in loose pieces of hair as you go.

Secure with bobby pins and a quick spritz of hairspray, and you’ve got the perfect circular bun.

Versus: Conair Bun Maker ($5.68)

How to Find Facial Skin Care Products in the Pantry

Move over, pricy store-bought solutions. These hacks work just as well and often are gentler on your skin — and your wallet.

26. Face Wash

Whether your skin is oily, dry or a combination, recipes in this cleansing method are a great natural solution at a fraction of beauty store prices.

Versus: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser ($7.02)

27. Toner

Witch hazel is a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory, which makes it a great toner ingredient.

Combine 1/4 cup witch hazel extract and 1/2 teaspoon vitamin C powder in a small spray or dropper bottle and shake well.

Apply a small amount of the toner with a washcloth or cotton pad each day after washing your face. Store the bottle out of sunlight and heat.

Versus: Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel Toner ($9.69)

28. T-Zone Shine

Stop shine before it happens.

Apply a little cornstarch to your T-Zone before your foundation.

Versus: Paula’s Choice Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish Oil Control Primer ($23.00)

29. Blotting Sheets

Fight off shine on the go.

Pop into a public restroom and grab a clean toilet seat cover. It’ll absorb oil, but leave your makeup intact — just like blotting sheets or rice paper.

Versus: Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing Sheets ($7.02)

30. Acne Fighter #1

Anti-redness eye drops can actually reduce acne breakouts — it constricts blood vessels and reduces inflammation.

Soak a cotton swab in the eye solution and hold it against a pimple for five minutes to reduce swelling.

This also works to soothe itchy bug bites and fight under-eye circles.

31. Acne Fighter #2

Another quick trick: Apply mouthwash to a pimple. The alcohol helps the pimple shrink and fade faster.

32. Acne Fighter #3

Diaper rash cream can make for another good spot corrector. It contains zinc oxide — an anti-inflammatory.

Versus: Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment ($6.37)

33. Blackhead Remover

Reduce and remove blackheads with a homemade mask.

Combine 3 tablespoons of organic raw honey and 2 tablespoons baking soda.

Rub the mixture with circular motions onto your face, leave it on for half an hour and rinse off with warm water.

Versus: Biore Warming Anti-Blackhead Cleanser ($5.50)

34. Anti-Aging Serum

Keep the years at bay with this essential-oils-rich DIY serum.

Versus: Majestic Pure Vitamin C Anti-Aging Serum ($20.42)

35. Skin Softener

Give yourself a super-cheap facial by mixing 1/4 powdered milk with a tiny splash of water to create a thick paste.

Rub the mixture onto your face using circular motions and let it dry thoroughly. Rinse it off with with warm water and pat your skin dry.

Versus: The Body Shop Pomegranate Softening Facial Wash ($12.75)

36. Exfoliating Scrub

Use ingredients you probably already have to create an effective (and yummy-smelling) natural exfoliant mask.

Mix 1 ½ cups brown sugar (organic is best), 1 cup olive or coconut oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Scrub your face with one tablespoon at a time and rinse well. Store the remaining mixture in an airtight container to use later.

Versus: Retseliney Shea Butter Sugar Scrub ($19.99)

37. Face Moisturizer

Organic honey is a great skin moisturizer by itself.

Smooth it across your face while you shower, leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off for skin that’s noticeably smoother.

Versus: CeraVe Moisturizing Cream ($7.59)

38. Face Masks

Whatever you want to remedy — breakouts, dry skin, oiliness — homemade oatmeal face masks can do the trick.

Check out 6 great recipes here.

Versus: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask ($22.00)

39. Itch Relief #1

As you may have discovered when you had chickenpox as a kid, oatmeal is also great for calming dry, itchy skin.

Stir two cups of instant oats into a hot bath and soak for 15-20 minutes to enjoy its soothing benefits.

40. Itch Relief #2

If you need more of a “spot relief” for itchy cases like bug bites or poison ivy, a dab of toothpaste can do the trick.

Look for mint varieties, which will help cool and soothe.

Versus: Eucerin Skin-Calming Itch Relief Treatment ($5.99)

Body Care Products For Less

Your skin is your largest organ. Why use a ton of (pricey) manufactured products on it when you can pamper it for less with these natural hacks?

41. Perfume

Make your own signature scent and avoid chemicals with these essential-oil-based recipes for roll-on scent, solid fragrance and bottled perfume.

Versus: Clinique Happy Perfume Spray 3.4 oz ($47.94)

42. Make Your Perfume Last Longer

Don’t reapply mid-day — make your morning spritz of perfume last longer. Rub a little petroleum jelly on your wrists or neck before spraying.

43. Exfoliating Scrub

That’s right — the same stuff you mixed for your face can also work on your hands and body.

Mix 1 ½ cups brown sugar (organic is best), 1 cup olive or coconut oil and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Scrub your skin with one tablespoon at a time and rinse well. Store the remaining mixture in an airtight container to use later.

Versus: Retseliney Shea Butter Sugar Scrub ($19.99)

44. Bubble Bath

Combine 1/2 cup light almond oil, 1/4 cup honey, 1/2 cup liquid soap, 1 egg white and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract  to create a lovely smelling and luxurious bubble bath.

Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup per bath and be sure to store any excess in the fridge (due to the egg).

Versus: Philosophy Vanilla Bean Bubble Bath ($17.10)

45. Bath Oil

Whether you want something calming, nourishing, invigorating or healing, this homemade body oil recipe has plenty of customization suggestions.

Versus: Aveeno Shower/Bath Oil ($9.95)

46. Bath Bombs

A luxurious personal treat or a great gift for others, bath bombs are both relaxing and fun.

Make your own with this customizable recipe.

Versus: Beauty by Earth Bath Bombs Gift Set ($27.99)

47. Bath Salts

Beat stress, relax, moisturize and more with these 15 great DIY bath salts recipes.

Versus: Vi-Tae Chill Out! Bliss Out! Dead Sea Bath Salts ($37.50)

48. Body Lotion

Three basic ingredients, 10 minutes and tons of options make this DIY body lotion recipe a must.

Versus: Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion ($6.15)

49. Perfumed Body Lotion

Don’t waste those last drops of your favorite perfume.

You may not be able to spritz them anymore, but you can pour them into some unscented lotion or moisturizer to create a custom scents.

Versus: Beautiful by Estee Lauder Body Lotion ($18.44)

50. Body Oil

You’re set for morning, afternoon and evening with these three DIY body oil recipes.

Versus: Bio-Oil Multiuse Skincare Oil ($10.44)

51. Body Illuminator

No need to buy a separate product — just mix a little olive oil into your regular body lotion to create a soft, subtle glow.

Versus: NARS Body Illuminator ($22.94)

52. Foot Scrub

Exfoliate and enjoy a scent so delicious you’ll want to to eat it — make your own “sugar cookie” foot scrub.

Whisk 2/3 cup granulated white sugar and 1/3 cup packed brown sugar together in a bowl. Add 1/2 cup olive oil and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract and mash the mixture with a fork until everything is thoroughly combined.

Pack into a jar or other container and enjoy!

Versus: Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub ($6.49)

53. Cracked Heels

Petroleum jelly can do many things, even repair cracked heels.

Rub some into your heels and cover them with socks before you to go to bed to let the product work its magic while you sleep.

Versus: O’Keeffe’s Healthy Feet Foot Cream ($7.25)

Makeup That Won’t Make You Broke

Whether your makeup routine takes two minutes or hours, there’s a hack for you.

54. Face Primer

Combine 3 tablespoons face lotion, 3 tablespoons of aloe vera and 1 ½ tablespoons of your regular foundation to create a primer to even out your skin for makeup application.

Versus: e.l.f. Mineral Infused Face Primer ($8.99)

55. Concealer

In a pinch, mix loose powder with liquid foundation to create a DIY cover-up.

Versus: Boo-Boo Cover-Up Concealer ($19.75)

56. Blush #1

Turn everyday moisturiser into blendable blush.

Mix a small amount of powder from a cherry gelatin dessert packet into your moisturizer to create a subtle, healthy glow.

57. Blush #2

Want less prep work?

Dab some your favorite hue of lipstick on your finger and blend it into your cheeks.

Voila!

Versus: Revlon Cream Blush ($14.99)

58. Bronzer

Combine 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder and 2 teaspoons of arrowroot powder (adjusting the amount of ingredients to suit your skin tone and desired level of bronzing).

Pack it firmly into an empty compact and you’re good to go.

Versus: NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder ($4.69)

59. Highlighter

If you’ve got shimmery eye shadow in your makeup kit, you’ve also got the makings for highlighter.

Just pour a small amount of the shadow into a container (like an empty lip gloss pot), add 4-5 pumps of facial lotion and stir until it becomes a smooth cream.

Versus: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer ($21.60)

60. Makeup Remover #1

Coconut and olive oil and fragrance-free lotion each work well to remove makeup.

Massage them into your skin and wipe away with a washcloth or cotton pad.

61. Makeup Remover #2

Remove makeup and exfoliate your skin with this sea salt and coconut oil face scrub.

Versus: Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Wipes ($8.66)

62. Brush Cleaner

Two teaspoons of distilled white vinegar stirred into a cup of hot water are all you need to clean makeup brushes.

Swirl the brushes gently against the bottom of the glass to loosen any caked-on stuff.

Rinse under hot, then cold water, reshape the bristles and lay flat to dry.

Versus: e.l.f. Brush Shampoo ($8.88)

63. Fix Crumbled or Shattered Powder Makeup

Ever dropped your favorite (and of course, brand new), blush, foundation or bronzer, loosening all the contents? It can be saved!

Instead of buying a new compact, add a few drops of rubbing alcohol to the loosened powder and gently nudge it back together with your finger.

Let it set for half an hour — good as new!

64. Self-Tanner Corrector

Dial down overdone self-tanning treatment by mixing a half cup of lemon juice, tablespoon of baking soda and cup of water.

Gently rub it over dark spots with a sponge, loofah or old toothbrush.

Versus: L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Perfector & Corrector ($6.99)

Make Your Own Eye Makeup Products

From eyeshadow to eyeliner, make your peepers pop with these hacks.

65. Eyeshadow Primer

Combine a 1/2 teaspoon of your regular foundation with 1/2 teaspoon face lotion.

Apply before eyeshadow to help color stay put and vibrant all day.

Versus: e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer ($4.89)

66. Eyeshadow

All-natural arrowroot powder and shea butter make the base for this homemade eye shadow recipe, which has different variations to create several shades.

Versus: SHANY Eyeshadow Palette ($9.26)

67. Eyeliner

Natural and non-toxic, this simple eyeliner recipe is made of just activated charcoal and coconut oil.

Versus: Maybelline New York Unstoppable Eyeliner ($3.79)

68. Mascara

Whether you’re allergic to mass-produced mascara or you just want to go more natural, this mascara recipe is a great alternative.

Versus: Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara ($4.22)

69. False Falsies

Forget fake eyelashes, tweezers and glue and try this trick.

Curl your lashes and apply a normal coat of mascara. Dip a cotton swab in baby powder and run it along the bottom side of your lashes, followed by a second coat of mascara.

The powder will make the new coat cling better to your lashes, making them appear more full and longer.

Versus: Iris in Paris False Eyelashes with Glue Set ($12.97)

70. Eyebrow Corrector

Defined brows are all the rage right now, but don’t spend a fortune on the look.

An old toothbrush misted with some hairspray is all you need is to tame your frazzled brows. Or, run the toothbrush through a dab of clear facial moisturizer.

Versus: Tweezeman Browmousse ($9.95)

71. Eyebrow Pencil & Filler

You don’t need to purchase special products to fill in or fix less-than-perfect brows.

Use short strokes of your normal eyeliner to define your brow shape, then fill them in with eyeshadow.

Done and done.

Versus: e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit ($5.95)

72. Puffy Eyes Fix #1

Stick a metal spoon in the freezer or a glass of ice to chill it.

Place it curved-side-down over your eyes.

73. Puffy Eyes Fix #2

Green tea’s antioxidants naturally reduce swelling.

Put two green teabags in hot water, then put them in the fridge for 5 minutes.

Apply them to your eyes for a few minutes.

Versus: Altcheck MD Eye Gel Pads ($18.00)

Design Your Own Designer Lip Makeup

Try some of these lip makeup hacks and pucker up.

74. Simple Lip Balm

Even the less-crafty can make this simple three-ingredient lip balm.

Melt 1/4 cup coconut oil and 1 tablespoon (plus one teaspoon) of beeswax together. Add a few drops of the essential oil(s) of your choice, place the mixture in a small pot or tube and let them set.

Versus: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm ($6.96)

75. Flavored Lip Balm

For a more smackable creation, try this recipe for flavored lip balm using drink mixes like Crystal Light or Kool-Aid.

Versus: Burt’s Bees Lip Balm Superfruit Set ($9.99)

76. Lip Gloss

Give new life to nearly depleted stubs of lipstick.

Break them off from their tube, melt them for a few seconds in the microwave and then mix them with petroleum jelly in a small spot.

Let the mixture set and you’ve got your own custom shade. (Combine several old lipsticks to create brand new colors.)

Versus: L’Oreal Glam Shine Lip Gloss ($9.99)

77. Lipstick Mattifier

Give a glossy lipstick a matte finish.

Apply lipstick and add a bit of baby powder to your lips.

Versus: Australis Matte Me Lip Mattifier Stick ($10.46)

78. Extend the Life of Your Lipstick

Don’t bother with lip liner and translucent powder.

Apply a coat of lipstick, press a tissue to your lips to blot and set the color.

Then apply a second coat.

Versus: Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Lip Liner ($6.69) + Shiseido Translucent Loose Powder ($27.51)

Your Home Is Your Personal Nail Salon

Give yourself a manicure that rivals any salon’s with these tips and tricks.

79. Cuticle Cream

Petroleum jelly-based lip balm will soften dry cuticles. It also makes them easier to push back when you give yourself a manicure.

Versus: Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream ($7.27)

80. Base Coat

Prep your nails for a fresh coat of polish.

Dip a paper towel in vinegar and wipe it across unpainted, dry nails to remove residual oils and polish. It’ll leave you with a clean surface that helps polish better adhere and prevent bubbles.

Versus: Seche Clear Fast Dry Crystal Base Coat ($5.35)

81. Nail Polish Speed-Dryer #1

Waving your newly painted hands in the air is not a good hack. This can actually create air bubbles in the polish.

Instead, gently spray regular, unflavored cooking spray on wet nails to speed-dry your color.

82. Nail Polish Speed-Dryer #2

Quick-set nail polish by dumping a tray of ice cubes into a bowl of cold water.

Air dry your nails for three minutes, then submerge them in the ice water for three more to help polish harden faster.

Versus: OPI Rapid Dry Nail Polish Dryer Spray ($13.00)

83. Nail Polish Corrector #1

Accidently color outside the lines with nail polish? Don’t bother buying a separate corrector pen.

Just dab a cotton swab in nail polish remover.

84. Nail Polish Corrector #2

Stop mistakes before they happen!

Apply petroleum jelly to cuticles and the skin around your nails with a cotton swab to prevent nail polish from sticking to them.

Versus: Sally Hansen No More Mistakes Manicure Clean-Up Pen ($5.45)

85. Fix Smudges

Make the most of your polish with this quick trick to fix smudges.

Just lick the tip of your finger, gently wipe the polish upwards and you’re all set.

86. Nail Polish Remover #1

To more naturally remove old nail polish, soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and white vinegar.

87. Nail Polish Remover #2

Use rubbing alcohol in a pinch.

Note  — It may take a few applications to get all the polish off.

Versus: Beauty Secrets Pure Acetone Manicurist Solvent ($5.49)

88. Nail Strengthener

Heal weak nails with a natural olive oil and lemon juice solution.

Find step-by-step instructions right here.

Versus: OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener ($12.37)

89. Broken Nail Repair

Use a drop of superglue to fix broken or cracked nails.

If possible, follow up with an opaque nail polish for a flawless look.

Versus: Orly Nail Rescue Kit ($10.37)

90. Nail File

In a crunch, a piece of sandpaper or the strike strip on a matchbook can serve as a DIY emory board.

Versus: Nail Tek Crystal File with Pink Case ($9.50)

91. Nail Whitener

Nails look a little yellowed or dull?

Create homemade brightener with a dab of whitening toothpaste and a drop of lemon juice.

Versus: GENA Nail Brite Whitening Scrub ($7.99)

92. Nail Art

Forget pricy kits!

Use these super-simple tricks with items you already have to create cute and trendy nail art designs.

Versus: Ben-Air Nail Art Design Brush Set ($14.99)

Teeth

These teeth-brightening tricks give you a reason to smile.

93. Whitening Toothpaste

Sprinkle a bit of baking soda on top of your brush to turn regular toothpaste into a whitening one.

Versus: Crest 3D White Toothpaste ($9.15)

94. Whitening Treatment

Forget pricey strips, gels and kits — brighten your teeth with a household product you probably already have.

Apply several liberal coats of hydrogen peroxide to your teeth with a cotton swab and let it sit for a few minutes while it bubbles.

Swish an additional capful of the peroxide in your mouth for a minute.

Spit and rinse thoroughly with water. Repeat once or twice a day until you’ve gotten the whitening results you desire.

Versus: Dr. Wyte Advanced Home Teeth Whitening Kit ($27.99)

Shave Dollars Off Your Shaving Products

Step aside, shave clubs. We’ve got easy savings right here.

95. Shaving Cream #1

Coconut oil can be used to prevent nicks and cuts while shaving (and leave your skin soft and smooth).

Create a cream by combining coconut oil with other ingredients using this recipe.

96. Shaving Cream #2

Feeling less industrious? Why not finally use those bottles of unwanted conditioner (the stuff you bought to try that’s been sitting in your bathroom for months)?

Stock up on cheap conditioners when they go on sale. They’ll moisturize and soothe your skin just as well as pricy shaving foam, gel or cream and last way longer.

Versus: Skintimate Skin Therapy Shave Gel ($6.47)

Save Money On Manly Stuff, Too!

Guys want to look good, too, and there are plenty of ways to save a buck doing it.

97. Beard Oil

Fight off beard dandruff and itchiness with this homemade beard oil recipe made with apricot and natural oils.

Versus: Leven Rose Beard Oil ($13.97)

98. Beard Balm

Use this beard balm recipe to condition and tame your beard, while adding in some manly scents.

You can experiment with different liquors and essential oils to create different scent combos.

Versus: Honest Amish Beard Balm Leave-In Conditioner ($12.87)

99. Aftershave

For an invigorating aftershave, try this spicy DIY aftershave recipe. For a more soothing experience, this DIY aftershave features avocado, shea butter and chamomile.

Versus: Old Spice Classic Scent After Shave ($6.80)

100. Hair Pomade

Create custom-scented pomade with this beeswax- and oil-based recipe.

Versus: Imperial Barber Products Classic Pomade ($22.00)

Your turn: What are your favorite money-saving beauty hacks?

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. We would have shared them with you anyway, but a true “penny hoarder” would be a fool not to take the company’s money. :)

Kelly Gurnett is a freelance blogger, writer and editor who runs the blog Cordelia Calls It Quits, where she documents her attempts to rid her life of the things that don’t matter and focus more on the things that do. Follow her on Twitter @CordeliaCallsIt.

by Kelly Gurnett
Contributor for The Penny Hoarder

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