This Life-Changing Hack Will Help You Save SO Much Money On Makeup

July 17, 2018 by Emily Belfiore
shefinds | beauty

We can all agree that we spend wayyy too much on makeup, but how can you not? New and exciting products are always being released and it’s hard to resist browsing through the aisles of Sephora and Ulta when you’re at the mall. We know that fighting the urge to buy new beauty products is hard, but we also know some amazing tips that will help you save money AND make smarter cosmetic decisions.

To start, we recommend investing in versatile products that serve multiple purposes and help you build your glam without needing millions of products. In fact, 2-in-1 beauty products have become a big trend this summer. We’ve seen plenty of cheek and lip products that double as blush and lipstick, as well as dual-sided contour sticks that offer creamy contour and highlight. There have even been shimmery highlights that can be used to add shine to your lips and eyes!

But, you don’t have to buy new products to hop on this minimalist, versatile beauty trend. You can also repurpose some of your favorite cosmetics to help you reach new heights with your makeup. For example, I recently learned that you can use a dab of any sparkly eyeshadow shades to make your lipstick sparkle. Oh, and did you know that everyday skincare products like Aquaphor can also serve as a highlighter to give you dewy skin?

Not only does repurposing your makeup help you save money, but it also makes traveling SO much easier, too! Instead of trying to cram dozens of different blushes, bronzers, eyeshadows, and brushes into your carry-on, you can get away with bringing half of what you’d usually bring. This will make going through TSA a breeze now!

Not sure which products have versatile double lives? Here are some of our favorite 2-in-1 beauty products that have helped us save us a lot of time and money:

versatile makeup products

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Match Stix SHIMMER Skinstick ($25) 


Fenty Beauty's Match Stix SHIMMER Skinstick give you the power to highlight, blush, and enhance with its shimmery formula. It's available in 10 universally-flattering colors and can also be used as eyeshadow and a glittery lip, too! 

versatile makeup products

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Face Sculpt & Highlight ($68) 


"This product is the perfect shade for defining cheekbones and faking that supermodel sculpt and illuminated cheek. The ultimate multitasker, this product can also be used to make eyes pop," Kelli J. Bartlett, Glamsquad's director of makeup artistry, says

versatile makeup products

Shiseido 'The Makeup' Translucent Loose Powder ($35) 


Did you know that you can get more use out of your loose translucent powder? It's known to help blot excess oil and keep your makeup in place, but makeup artists also use it as a makeup eraser to tone down bronzer, blush, and eyeshadow if they've applied too much. 


You can also apply loose translucent powder to your lashes using a clean spooley brush to thicken them between mascara coats. It can also turn regular lipsticks into mattes and be used as a dry shampoo if needed! 

versatile makeup products

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment ($9.59) 


In addition for adding moisture to dry, chapped skin, Aquaphor can also be used to add a dewy glow to the skin. Just dab some to the highpoints of your face, cheeks, and cupid's bow using your finger! 


This multi-use product can also double as a clear brow gel to keep your brows in place when you're in a pinch and also makes for an eye gloss, which will help you get the dewy lid look that's all over the runways. 

versatile makeup products

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek ($24) 


This creamy multi-use stick acts a balm, lipstick, and blush with its hydrating and pigmented formula. It's easy to apply and provides buildable, blendable blush and lip color. Plus, it's the perfect size for traveling! 

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Emily is SheFinds' resident beauty expert and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to covering the latest trends and developments in the beauty/skincare industry and reporting the latest on your favorite celebrities, Emily also contributes to SheFinds' fashion and weight loss/wellness sections. You can reach her at [email protected]

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