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Six tips on ways to make your make-up affordable

MAKE-UP MOMENT: The Morning Bulletin reporter Melanie Plane. Photo Melanie Plane/The Morning Bulletin
MAKE-UP MOMENT: The Morning Bulletin reporter Melanie Plane. Photo Melanie Plane/The Morning Bulletin Melanie Plane

WHEN it comes to make-up, there's no denying I can't live without it.

While I love going make-up free while relaxing at home or popping down to get some groceries, I really enjoy getting dolled up for work and whenever I go out.

I understand finding an affordable make-up that works well with your skin, is long-lasting and looks nice can be quite difficult, so I'm here to help.

I make no claims of knowing all there is to know about make-up, but from a few years of use and practice, what I can do is share a few tips and tricks to save money I've picked up along the way.

Don't be afraid to ask for help: Whether you're a long-time make-up wearer or just starting out, the endless shelves of eye shadows, lipsticks and foundations on offer can be quite daunting.

But amongst all that's on offer, there's usually a trained make-up artist or staff member who can offer a bit of advice.

Get a make-up artist or staff member to colour match your foundation for you: There's nothing worse than spending money on a foundation only to go home, test it out and realise it's too dark, makes you look orange or washes you out.

Opt for quality brands: Forking out a bit of extra coin for a more expensive foundation and powder may seem like a strange way to save money, but just trust me. Good quality foundations such as MAC, Chanel or Clinique usually go further than cheaper alternatives, meaning you don't have to stock up again every few weeks. They also tend to be better for your skin and look a lot nicer.

Source "multi-use" products: A great way to save money is to cut back on the amount of individual products you have. For example, buy a foundation with sunscreen already in it or use a "highlighter" with a pink tint that can be used for cheekbones and as an eye shadow. Another handy tip I've picked up is using red lipstick as a concealer. Simply dab a bit of red lipstick under your eyes and wherever you want to conceal neutralising skin colour before applying foundation.

Always have a can of hairspray handy: Hairspray may be a fantastic way to control your hair, but it's a great all-round beauty tool as well. In the hot, humid CQ climate, keeping your make-up looking fresh can be quite difficult. On special occasions or if I know I'm going to feel the full brunt of CQ's lovely weather, I turn to my hairspray can. Whenever I go to the races, I "seal" my face from sweating by giving it a quick once over with hairspray before and after applying make-up. Hairspray is also a great way to take brows. Just spray a little on your eyebrow brush and brush it through.

Scraping the bottom of the barrel: If you're strapped for cash and know you're running out of foundation, mascara or liquid eyeliner, head straight for the hot water tap. Holding your mascara, eyeliner or foundation under the hot water tap for a minute or so can loosen up any product that may have hardened or become gluggy.

Invest in coconut oil: I discovered coconut oil a little while ago and it has changed my life. From keeping hair healthy and shiny, to removing make-up, moisturising skin and even whitening teeth, coconut oil is a definite must have.

 

Mel's Make-up

Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid with SPF 15 $49

Powder: MAC Studio Fix pressed powder $49

Highlighter/eye shadow: MAC Mineralize Skinfinish $47

Brows: MAC Eye Brows self-propelling and sharpening brow definer $30

Bronzer: Rimmel Natural Bronzer $15.95

Blush: Rimmel Long Lasting Blush $9.95

Eyeliner: Rimmel Glam Eyes Eyeliner $11.95

Mascara: Rimmel Volume Flash x 10 Extreme $15.50

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