It sounds crazy and practically impossible but it’s actually fairly simple and, once you have the hang of it, you can create makeup looks that your friends will be jealous of. So, how do you make makeup?
Saving Money on Makeup
If you’re not a makeup wearer you probably haven’t noticed the insane price of cosmetics these days. On average, women spend anywhere between $50 and $150 a month on their beauty regimen. That’s a good chunk of change for a lot of people. So, what’s the fix?
Well, you could just stop wearing makeup. It’s not really a necessity. If you’re like me, you like to put on makeup just because it makes you feel nice. So, you’ll look for cheaper brands, etc. or, in my case, learn how to make makeup.
How to Make Makeup
Learning how to make makeup is a process and something that takes lots of practice. However, once you perfect the art of making makeup you’ll have people asking what brand you’re wearing! So, without further ado, here are some of my favorite makeup recipes:
Everyone needs a good foundation. After all, it is laying the way for the rest of your makeup to (hopefully) look flawless. I use this recipe from One Green Planet for my foundation. All you need is arrowroot powder, pigment powder and moisturizer (if you want liquid foundation). You mix all these ingredients together until the shade is what you need it to be. This will cost anywhere from $5 to $24, depending on the products you purchase. However, it will last you about six months. That’s incredible savings when you take into consideration that the average price of foundation is $20 to $30 and only last a month or so if you’re using it daily.
To make your own blush you’ll need pigment powder (mentioned above) and arrowroot powder. Mix those two ingredients together and viola! You have blush! If you’d prefer to use more natural ingredients you can use cinnamon instead of pigment powder. Because you’ll already have these items for your foundation, you won’t spend much extra (if anything at all). That is a great amount of savings when blush prices sit around $20 per palette.
Next to lipstick, eyeshadow is one of the most fun makeup items to make yourself. To me, this is because you get to have a bit more creativity. You can create colors and styles that aren’t available in retail stores. All you need is colored powder. You can mix and match different colors and shades. Usually you can find these powders for as little as $2 each. However, if you’d prefer to stay more natural you can also use cinnamon and cocoa powder for eyeshadow as well.
I was extremely cautious when it came to making my own eyeliner. After all, for many people it is a highlight of their entire look. It isn’t as hard as you’d think though and you can make whatever color you want. Use any of the colored powders or broken eyeshadow you have lying around and mix it with water and a little oil. This will create a gel. Then you simply apply it with an eyeliner brush. With this recipe in your back pocket you can save up to $20 per eyeliner.
Last but not least, lipstick! Lipstick was what initially peeked my interest in making my own makeup. Everyone had these awesome lip shades that were extremely expensive (seriously, $20 for one lipstick). There are a number of different methods you can use when it comes to making your own lipstick. The method that has worked best for me is the “Vaseline method.” Simply mix a small amount of colored powder (whatever color you want for your lipstick) with the Vaseline. You can do this with any powder you have. So, for instance, if you have broken eyeshadow or blush it will work as a base for lipstick color. You can also use Kool Aid. When the average lipstick $20 to $35, I’ll take paying about $0.99 for a tub of Vaseline any day!
Learning how to make makeup isn’t an overnight process but if you are committed, it won’t take long to get a hang of it. Your friends will wonder where you got your great makeup and your wallet will be thanking you!
Looking for other great ways to save money? Check out the 52 Week Money Challenge.
Photo: Aquila Style
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