How to Save Money on Lipstick

file000608292008Did you know that during the worst economic times, sales of lipstick tend to go up? This is because lipstick can be a little affordable luxury that makes women feel good without having to spend a lot of money.

Lipstick has gotten a bit fancy these days, though, and all of the special formulas can come with a special price, making lipstick more pricey than it was in years past. Still there are ways to save money on lipstick, no matter what your favorite type or color.

Rescuing a Bad Lipstick

Sometimes you buy a lipstick on impulse, you get home, and then you realize that the color just doesn’t work for you. So you stick in in a drawer or a bag, and there it sits practically forever. You may try it one more time before tossing it–a waste of money.

Here is how to rescue those lipsticks that may be too bold or just a bit off. Ready? Invest in a nude lipstick. First line your lips with a lipliner (if you use one) and then apply the bold lipstick to your lips. Blot. Next, using a lip brush, cover the color with your neutral lipstick. It will tone down the shade and alter it a bit to the point where it just may work for you.

Take Advantage of Promotions

Look around for lipstick promotions of which you can take advantage. MAC cosmetics offers you a free lipstick if you return six empty containers of MAC products (they don’t have to be lipstick).

Many department store cosmetic counters will give you samples of their lipsticks to try. There are also coupons and rebates out there for lipsticks that are carried at your local drugstore.

Turn Lipstick into Lip Gloss

To turn old lipstick into lipgloss, start with a small, clean container. Add Vaseline (petroleum jelly) to the container, and then add your lipstick. Blend until you get the right consistency. You can use a lip brush or the tip of your finger to apply.

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