Being beautiful can come with a price tag. Between pricey anti-aging serums, fancy creams that promise to remove that dreadful cellulite, to a beauty smorgasbord of lipstick at your fingertips–I am going to go broke! To save a few pennies in my Kate Spade clutch (and yours) I’ve compiled a list of dollar-stretching ideas that will have you looking like a million bucks without breaking the piggy bank.
1. Sign up for newsletters from your favorite retailer.
I totes swear by my Sephora emails. You control how often you are kept in the know. And it’s the perfect way to get exclusive discount codes and coupons, and my favorite, free shipping with no minimum purchase. Most beauty sites have a sign-up link for these lists on their homepage.
2. Ask for free samples
Yes. I am that girl who lives for getting free stuff. I make it my business to stop by the beauty counters and make friends with all the artists to try out new makeup shades and lipsticks. Be sure to seem really interested about the brand. They are more likely to give you samples when you’re really enthused I always ask what’s coming out next and what trend they think will be hot. Don’t just walk up and say, “Give me a sample”. You’re gonna have to put in some work and make some new friends.
Bigger is typically always better, this is especially true with hair products. I always get the largest size available in shampoos and conditioners. For convenience sake, it will last you a lot longer and save you time from always replenishing your hair supplies. If your favorite brand doesn’t sell large sizes or if you want a bargain, ask your salon if you can buy a bottle from them. Typically, they’re getting a huge discount and it’s a way for them to make their money back on the hair product.
4. Stalk beauty brands on Twitter.
It’s official. Everyone is on Twitter! And it’s no surprise that beauty companies now offer special deals or giveaways to their loyal Twitter followers. I’ve made a list via Twitter with all my favorite beauty brands. I check it a few times a day, this way I won’t miss out on any deals or contests. Here’s a few brands who actively tweet that you should be following: Clinique, Sephora, Tarte Cosmetics, L’Occitane, LorealParis
5. Be their test dummy.
If you’re a ham, like most of Americans, and have some spare time on your hands inquire with the manager of your local spa about their teaching days. I’ve gotten a few free massages from entry-level employees. Hey, a massage is a massage in my beauty book.
6. Get familiar with your local Drug Store.
Sure we all want to wear the latest Dior and YSL matte lip pencil but there are a few hidden gems right in your local drug store. Besides, the chemistry experts will tell you that all beauty basics have the same ingredients. The trick is finding the brand that best fits your needs, not just a trendy one everyone is Instagramming. Covergirl is my go-to mascara and it costs me no more than seven dollars.
7. Google the coupons.
Sometimes a savings can be that simple. Just google ‘YSL coupons’ right now and see what comes up. Tons of sites offering you discount codes on dollars off, buy one get one free, or free shipping. You know when ordering online free shipping matters.
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The genius behind the luminescent face of Beyonce and only every Victoria’s Secret angel ever, Jackie Gomez uses Instagram to share her gorgeous work, her favorite nail art and candid pictures with her many celebrity friends.
The makeup artist of choice for such names as Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Vanessa Williams and Iman, the extraordinarily-talented Sam Fine posts priceless makeup advice and handsome selfies next to his client’s stunning makeup.
As kind as she is talented, Ashunta Sheriff will add some light and positivity to your timeline with her inspirational quotes and adorable anecdotes. As for makeup, you’ve seen her work on Taraji Henson, Lala Paula Patton and many more.
Spot a makeup look you love on the red carpet? Chances are Etienne Ortega is behind it. The beauty whiz has worked with celebs like Kim Kardashian, Brandy, Jessica White, Tamera Mowry-Housely, Eva Longoria and more. Watch his feed for makeup tips and flicks from vacations around the world.
One of the greatest makeup artists of our generation, Pat McGrath gives her Instagram followers a first look at backstage beauty from Fashion Week in Paris and Milan. When she’s not debuting exclusive beauty looks around the world, she’s serving as the creative director for P&G beauty and Instagramming every moment.
One of Nicki Minaj and Kim Kardashian's go-to makeup artists, Joyce Bonelli spends her time impeccably contouring faces, adding stamps to her passport, cuddling with her adorable son and Instagramming every picture along the way.
From Halle Berry to the runways at Fashion Week, beauty veteran, Gucci Westman, works with some of the hottest names in the business. Aside from her brilliant work, you’ll find Revlon’s global artistic director posting still life shots of accessories and hilarious memes.
A.J. Crimson is the beauty whiz celebrities like Lauren London, Letoya Luckett and Estelle choose when it comes time to put their best face forward. He regularly Instagrams pics with his celebrity friends and everyday people makeovers using products from his cosmetics line, A.J. Crimson.
From Brandy to Kelly Rowland to Gabrielle Union, Renny Vasqquez’s makeup work is the stuff of legend. His Instagram feed is not only fascinating but it’s informative: he shares beauty tidbits and product recommendations with his loyal group of followers.
Another mastermind behind Kardashian beauty? Rob Scheppy. He’s worked his magic on everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Kendall Jenner with arresting makeup looks you have to see to believe. His Kardashian insider access is like none other, thanks to short Instagram videos he films of the stars behind-the-scenes.
Angel Merino has worked with celebrities like Christina Milian and Blac Chyna but arguably, his best client is himself. Angel expertly paints and contours his own face and floods our feeds with his gorgeous selfies. When he’s not posing for the camera, he’s filming 15 second makeup tutorials and posting them as Instagram videos.
From Ciara to Jennifer Hudson to Kelly Rowalnd, Yolonda Fredrick’s client roster reads like a Who’s Who of Hollywood. Follow her for a bevy of beauty looks, exclusive video clips from JHud’s performances and tips on managing a successful career as a Mom and wife.
Loving the makeup from Beyonce’s “The Mrs. Carter Show” tour? Well you have Sir John to thank. The wunderkind makeup artist plays up the superstar’s gorgeous features with surprising touches like a purple lip or smoldering smoky eye, all while snapping close-up photos for his fans of course.
If the “Yonce” video makeup was more your speed, then you’ll love following the woman behind it: Porsche. A whiz at sultry makeup with a bold edge, Porsche’s also worked with names like Adrienne Bailon, June Ambrose and Necole Bitchie and her iphone camera is there to capture it all.
Always wanted the secret to get glowing skin like Monica Brown, Serena Williams and Kelly Rowland? Follow Sheika Daley, who posts her work with the stars and even shares product recommendations.
With clients like Jessica Alba and Chrissy Teigen, Lauren Andersen is one of Hollywood’s most sought-after makeup artists. She delivers every look from a sun-kissed glow to a bold red lip, and chronicles it all of her many Instagram fans.
Scott Barnes is famous for perfecting the brows and skin of clients like Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Rowland and Kim Kardashian, and his Instagram feed is full of exclusive red carpet flicks.
The adorable Mally Roncal is best known for her work with the beautiful Beyonce but she also runs her own cosmetics line, Mally Beauty. Her Instagram feed is as sunny as her personality with uplifting quotes and lots of laughs.
When Toni Braxton, Monica Brown and Ciara need to be their most glamorous selves, they turn to Eva Kim. The makeup maven shares the looks from her many beauty gigs and still manages to find time to cook (and post) the most delicious meals. That’s our kind of multi-tasking!
Rokael Lizama is responsible for beautifying some of our favorite stars like Cassie, Mel B., Adrienne Bailon and Ciara. Mixed in with gorgeous makeup shots and product recos, you’ll find selfies with celebs, inspirational quotes and the funniest memes on the ‘web in his Instagram feed.