We might think and debate for a long time while finally deciding to buy that nice designer sari. But do you think twice before buying that blood red lipstick that Deepika Padukone was sporting at IIFA? No, we don’t. As a result our beauty bag is flooded with too many products. And we don’t even notice them until they have passed their expiry date. Here are some ground rules to prevent you from buying and wasting too many beauty products.
1. Check your products every month: Every time you buy something new or just once a month, clean up and check your products. If there is makeup that isn’t used or skincare that’s being ignored, start using it or pass it on to your BFF. This way you will know what you have and not waste money on new stuff. Buying 6 pink lipsticks will only mean that you will not have enough to buy that amazing YSL Manifesto perfume!
2. Don't buy on impulse: When it comes to beauty, it doesn’t pinch our pocket as much. So what do we do? We end up buying too many pressed powders, lots of nail paints and too many lipsticks. Think for a minute before you buy. Do you really need it? Unlike clothes and accessories beauty products comes with an expiry date so we better make smart choices.
3. Use everything you have: Yes, maybe your eyeshadows and your glitter makeup is only reserved for weddings but everyday products like moisturisers, lipsticks, pressed powders and concealors need to be used everyday. Make sure you finish one product and then buy another. Lipsticks are fine, but we’re talking about highly expensive products like blush, concealors and CC creams.
4. Ask for samples: Nowadays everyone asks for samples and a lot of brands are happy to give them away. You want to invest in that nice but expensive night cream? Ask for a sample. You love that awesome BB cream that every actress is wearing these days - ask to try it first. There is no shame in asking for samples because they will give you fair idea whether it works for you or not.
5. Go beyond ads and celeb endorsements: Never buy a product that doesn’t suit your needs and budget. Some products are hyped, some are highly recommended by so-called experts and paid-for-bloggers and influencers. Know how to choose what you need based on your beauty needs.
6. Find products that will multi-task: A lipstick that can double up as a cheek tint, a BB cream that can be used as a concealer, a moisturiser that is also a serum - we all need to find products that can do the job of two. That way, you won’t end up buying too many products. It will save space on your dressing table, too!
7. Always buy small sizes: Make sure you never buy large sizes unless it’s a tried-and-tested body lotion or shampoo. If you’re trying a new product, buy it in a small size so that you get effective use out of it. They can also be used in your travel kit. You’ll hopefully never have to throw away another product because it hit the expiry date.
Photo credit: Zain Anwar
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