Being a student, it can be hard to sustain our beauty obsessions without making a dent in our ever-diminishing student loan, especially with such a wide variety of products on the market. The cost of our makeup habits is amplified if it needs replacing on a regular basis. Here are a few ideas and tips to make your make up go further at university, and how to help minimize the cost when you’re on a tight budget.
Make it last
Often, you can find that by the end of the day make up can look tired and faded, and needs replacing before a night out. Try using a primer underneath your foundation. It can help keep your makeup on and help it look fresher for longer, making it last well into the night. Moreover, you can buy specific primers for certain skin types. For example BareMinerals Oil Control Primer, which helps to control excess shine and keep it at bay until your makeup comes off.
Invest in a setting powder or spray, which are sold by a wide variety of brands. Not only does it help blur imperfections to leave skin with a flawless finish, it helps to set make up on your face and create a long lasting wear.
Make your foundation go further by using oil drops. Argon, coconut or avocado oil are not only beneficial for your skin by adding essential moisture and nutrients, they can help your foundation blend easier. By mixing foundation and a few drops of oil in your palm or on a brush, your foundation will spread easily and provide a lighter even tone. This will not only stop make up looking ‘caked’ but means you will use less to get a full coverage on your face. Alternatively you can mix foundation with a small amount of moisturiser for the same effect.
Less is more
For a day on campus or in town, the heavier coverage foundation provides is not always needed. Wearing less make up in the day helps conserve it for when it really matters. Try wearing a BB cream. It provides a light coverage to help hide imperfections but without the heaviness of a foundation or powder. You don’t have to buy an expensive BB cream either; the Garnier BB cream has an affordable price of £6.65 from Superdrug and has made the top ten list on Vogue.
If you’re not a BB cream fan and want a little more coverage during the day, have a cheaper day foundation such as one from number 7. This saves your luxury foundation for the evening when you want to look perfect.
Yes multi purpose make up does exist! Instead of buying three different make up items, try a multi purpose stick, which combines eyelids, lips and cheek. This adaptable product is extremely versatile, saves time and can be carried around easily for touch ups. Try the simple Clinique’s Chubby Sticks, an infamous lip to eye product that comes in over thirty different shades. Alternatively you can use a tint; Benefit BeneTint is an enduring tint for your lips and cheeks.
Cheaper can be better
We can’t always afford luxury make up but there are products out there that can be just as good as top brands, if not more! If you’re obsessed with eyes but don’t want to suffer the loss of £38 for a Naked palette, try the new eye shadow palette from Sleek make-up. For just £7.99, you can get a range of 12 shades in palette’s of varying colours from deep browns and creams to bright ultra mattes. The best part is, each palette gives you a mix of matte and shimmery shadow so can be worn lightly in the day or some extra sparkle can be added for nights out!
If you’re keen for contouring, get the NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette, which is £18 from boot. It is the cheaper version of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour kit (which is a costly £39) but provides the same sculpted effect.
If you’re crafty on how you use it and what you buy, make-up will not only last you longer but can burn less of a hole in your pocket.