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Being a beauty junkie can be hella-expensive… We don’t even want to think about the $$$ we spend on bodmin (body admin), nail appointments, hair appointments, not to mention all the beauty products. While we normally justify our spending in the name of #selfcare, sometimes it’s important to scale back and save money, instead of splurging. Here’s how we like to save money on our beauty regime:

1. Don’t Waste Products

The first one is simple – don’t waste the products you currently have. So often we slather on loads of product, but that doesn’t make it more effective, and sometimes it can make your skin worse. When you pile on product, it can prevent it from being properly absorbed so that it just sits on the surface of your skin and blocks your pores, which could contribute to a breakout. Plus, you’re wasting your hard earned cash, so make sure you follow our formula sizing guide below.

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2. Find Multi-Use Products

Why use a product that has one makeup power when you can use one that has two? We’re obsessed with multi-use products; they save space in your makeup bag, they save time, and of course, they save your $$$. Right now, we’re loving the Bite Beauty Mulitstick, $24, the creamy formula can be used as a lip color, an eyeshadow or used as a blush for a sexy flush of color. The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, $44, is another dope multi-use product; it’s a primer, glow-enhancer, and a highlighter all-in-one (read our full review here). Even if it’s not marketed as multi-use, we like to get creative: for example, a highlighter palette can double up as a great eyeshadow palette; or your fave rosy lipstick can be used as a cream blush.

3. Invest in Skip-Care

Skip-care is a hot topic in the skincare community atm, and the premise of the trend is simple; less is more. Instead of piling on multiple skincare products, it strips back your regime so that you’re only using formulas and ingredients that address a range of skincare concerns. For example, find a toner that doubles as an exfoliator, like the Pixi Glow Tonic, $30. Or find a nighttime cream that contains active ingredients like vitamin C or retinol so you can use one product instead of three. Not only does it save you time, effort and money, but it’s actually proven to be helpful for your skin. By concentrating your skincare regime, you minimize the risk of overwhelming your skin with too many ingredients that don’t complement each other. It only takes one formula or ingredient to throw your skin off balance. Check out this post for more deets on skip-care.

4. Rely on DIYs

If you’re a regular on Huda Beauty, you’ll know how dedicated we are to DIYs. Honestly, at times we prefer them to our fancier branded products. Not only are you applying the ingredients in their most raw and natural form, but you also know that they’re free of any nasties like parabens or sulfates. Whatever your beauty concern, whether it’s greasy locks, acne-prone skin or sparse eyebrows, there’s a DIY solution that usually costs half the price.

5. Visit the Drugstore

A lot of people assume that the higher the price tag, the better the product. And while sometimes this rings true –  you’re paying for more potent ingredients or more efficient formulas – there are also some amazing drugstore formulas that can make such a difference to your skincare or makeup routine that won’t break the bank. And it’s not just us, all our trusted derms use and recommend drugstore products on the regs – find out which drugstore products derms rely on here. There’s also a ton of brands offering high-grade formulas without the price tag, like The Ordinary or The Inkey List, which offer amazing solutions for less than $20 including our fave $13 retinol.

Let us know how you like to save money on your beauty regime in the comments below.