Whether it’s for cosplay or everyday wear, the costs of makeup can add up, especially if you have concerns about natural products, animal testing, sensitive skin, or you just wear a lot. It is an excellent place to look for savings, but when you do, use caution.
I don’t really like to buy a lot of makeup and I have a pretty good stockpile of it. While I don’t put very much stock in use by dates, always test old makeup or products that you got from a friend before putting it on sensitive areas or using a lot. This is especially true if you do not know all of the ingredients. If a item is old, you may need to use more of it to get your desired look, so do a test before wearing it out or for photos.
There are a lot of places to get cheap makeup but make sure you do your research. Avoid already opened products for eyes, and use reliable sources. A good friend whom you know takes care of their products can be a great source for foundation they found out was too light, but if you don’t know a person, or you are buying used online, avoid eye products and items that are meant for sensitive areas. Insure that the item is unopened and unused.
There are a lot of cheap brands that market themselves as natural but don’t be afraid to do your own research. Look up ingredients that you do not recognize, and if animal testing is a concern, look for third party verification sources.
If you decide to sell or give away pieces of your own stash, give as much information as you can. Be honest about what brand and product it is, and how long you have had it. Don’t give away or sell something if you would not be comfortable accepting it for yourself.
How do you save money on makeup?