1. Make it last with primer: Whether you’re at work, out for a night, or have a long day, chances are you need that beautiful fresh made-up face to last awhile. Our tip: splurge a little on primer, save on everything else. If you have a good primer, inexpensive drugstore makeup will last throughout the day without a constant need to reapply. Not only is the continuous bathroom run to retouch your make-up a hassle, but it will also run your makeup products dry. Selling for just $20, we love Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Tube. Put a drop on your fingertip or eye shadow brush, and apply from your eyelid area right up to your eyebrow. A thin layer of the primer is all you need, and the tube will last for months. For face primer, Sephora’s $15 Perfecting Ultra-Smoothing Primer is amazing! This primer softens the appearance of imperfections, prolongs the wear of your foundation, and keeps you looking flawless longer. Like the eyeshadow primer, use only a very thin layer with a foundation brush, then apply your foundation and powders. Voila!
2. Mani on the move: Don’t have time to get your nails done? Or cash to spend on the average $20+tip manicure? Sure, you can paint your nails yourself, but sometimes that DIY mani leaves you with more polish on your fingers than your actual nails. For just 8 to 9 bucks, Sally Hansen’s Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips make it easy to get a salon effect any time, any place. They wear like nail polish because they are nail polish—but there’s no dry time, so just press them on and you’re ready to go. They last up to 10 days, and there are 40 fashion-forward styles to choose from. You get two separate little packages of nail strips per package, one for each hand. Plus, one strip is long enough to use for two nails, so if you use each end of the strip you’ve got yourself two manicures for the price of one!
3. All-star cinna-lips: If you’ve been on the search for a good lip plumper, you’ve probably been frustrated by the high prices. Lip Venom goes for about $16, and we’re talking only .12 oz of it! Bet you didn’t know that elusive lip plumper is readily available—in your spice drawer. Cinnamon is actually the active ingredient in lip plumpers, so for a fuller pout, go to your local food store and pick up some cinnamon oil for around $2. That’s 8 mini-bottles of cinnamon oil for the price of purchasing one little tube of Lip Venom! To save even more on lipsticks, scoop the remainder out when you reach the end of the tube and put it in a small plastic makeup container. When you combine with all of your other “at the end” lipsticks, you will get a fresh new color from what you would have normally thrown away!