100 Ways to Save Money on Makeup and Beauty Products (Total Savings: $1,096!)
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.
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.
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)
Chances are you’ve got the ingredients in your pantry to make at least one of these 13 homemade hair conditioners.
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.
7. Hair Mask
Rejuvenate dry hair and repair styling damage with these 19 homemade hair masks.
8. Deep Conditioning Treatment
Any of these three cheap and easy DIY deep conditioners are a great way to rehydrate your hair.
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.
12. Fight Frizz
Run a dryer sheet over your hair to remove static (and make your hair smell pretty!).
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.
15. Shine Spray
Revive dry, damaged and dull hair naturally with this recipe for homemade shine spray.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28. T-Zone Shine
Stop shine before it happens.
Apply a little cornstarch to your T-Zone before your foundation.
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.
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.
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.
34. Anti-Aging Serum
Keep the years at bay with this essential-oils-rich DIY serum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Make your own signature scent and avoid chemicals with these essential-oil-based recipes for roll-on scent, solid fragrance and bottled perfume.
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.
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).
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.
47. Bath Salts
Beat stress, relax, moisturize and more with these 15 great DIY bath salts recipes.
48. Body Lotion
Three basic ingredients, 10 minutes and tons of options make this DIY body lotion recipe a must.
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.
50. Body Oil
You’re set for morning, afternoon and evening with these three DIY body oil recipes.
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!
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.
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.
In a pinch, mix loose powder with liquid foundation to create a DIY cover-up.
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.
Versus: Revlon Cream Blush ($14.99)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Natural and non-toxic, this simple eyeliner recipe is made of just activated charcoal and coconut oil.
Whether you’re allergic to mass-produced mascara or you just want to go more natural, this mascara recipe is a great alternative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
77. Lipstick Mattifier
Give a glossy lipstick a matte finish.
Apply lipstick and add a bit of baby powder to your lips.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
88. Nail Strengthener
Heal weak nails with a natural olive oil and lemon juice solution.
Find step-by-step instructions right here.
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.
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.
92. Nail Art
Forget pricy kits!
Use these super-simple tricks with items you already have to create cute and trendy nail art designs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
100. Hair Pomade
Create custom-scented pomade with this beeswax- and oil-based recipe.
Your turn: What are your favorite money-saving beauty hacks?
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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.