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Frugal Beauty Tricks


A great makeup collection can be really expensive. Thankfully our Frugalista Amrita Singh has shared her favourite frugal beauty tricks that help you get the most out of your makeup.

Eye Tricks

Frugal Eye Tricks

Mascara Doubles as Eyeliner

By using an angled brush or even a toothpick your mascara can double as eyeliner! Just brush off a little bit of mascara onto an eyeliner brush and apply as you would regular eyeliner. If you consider yourself a skilled beautician try this trick using a toothpick instead of a brush.

Use Contact Solution to Thin Mascara and De-gunk Wand

Who knew you could use contact lens solution to de-gunk your mascara wand!  Not only does it de-gunk but it also cleans because contact lens solution is already sterile and disinfecting. Also, if your mascara is drying out or running low you can also add a bit of solution to the tube and stretch the product even further.

Lip Tricks

Frugal Lip Tricks

Lipstick Doubles as Blush

An oldie but a goodie! This is best to apply after your liquid foundation but before any powder. Just put a bit of lipstick on your hand, dab a fluffy makeup brush across to get a dusting of colour on the brush, then dab onto the apple of your cheeks and blend it in. A little goes a long way!

Food Colouring as Lip Stain

Remember when you were a little kid and cherry popsicles would stain your lips? Well this trick creates a similar effect, but you have to apply it carefully! Just dab a drop of colouring onto your lip brush and then put it on your lips. Red works the best but you can also combine red with a small smidge of blue to create a beautiful violet lip stain!

Toothbrush to Exfoliate Lips

This couldn't be easier. No need to make or buy special lip treatments and exfoliators. Just brush your lips after you've finished brushing your teeth in the morning. They come out super smooth and ready for lipstick application.

Face Tricks

Frugal Face Tricks
Use Cocoa Powder as Bronzer

This one may sound strange but if you’re in a pinch it works great. Just put some cocoa powder into a small bowl and use a big fluffy brush to apply it onto your face. Depending on your skin tone the difference will be dramatic or subtle but the point is it does work. Plus, it smells amazing! Amrita’s favourite is a Dutch processed cocoa powder because it's a darker and warmer shade.

Homemade Makeup Remover Wipes

It’s so easy to make natural makeup wipes for a fraction of the store bought cost. These work really well to remove your eye and face makeup. Follow the directions below to create your very own makeup remover wipes!

Frugal Face Tricks

Makeup Wipe Ingredients

2 cups boiled water
2 tablespoons olive oil (or coconut oil)
2 tablespoons baby shampoo
5 drops tea tree essential oil

  1. Mix all wet ingredients in a large bowl
  2. Cut a roll of strong paper towel in half.
  3. Place the roll into a plastic container and pour solution over roll.
  4. One the roll has soaked through pull out the centre cardboard tube
  5. You’re all ready to remove makeup!

Frugalista Amrita Singh with Steven and Chris


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