How to Upgrade Your Makeup Routine Without Spending a Dime
Ah, summer. It’s finally here, and we couldn’t be more excited about beach waves and pretty braids. The rising temperatures also require a beauty routine revamp, which means it’s time to bust out the bright lipsticks and ditch the heavy makeup. But if you’re on a budget, this may be a little harder to do, so we’ve enlisted the help of some pros to help you spruce up your makeup routine without spending a single dollar. We’re not kidding: These makeup gurus know their stuff—and we’re about to share some of the best tips to help you save your hard-earned cash.
Read on to find out the easy ways to upgrade your cosmetics routine without spending any money, straight from the makeup pros.
Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Infusion de Rose Nourishing Oil ($62)
“Use a bit of your face oil over makeup to add sheen to the high points of your face. Pat (don’t rub) a small amount (one drop is enough) on the tops of cheekbones, under the brow, a bit on the temples and on the Cupid’s bow,” says makeup artist Amy Strozzi. “A little goes a very long way, so take it easy to avoid looking greasy. I love Laura Mercier’s Flawless Skin Rose Face Oil for this—smells amazing.”
Nexcare Gentle Paper Tape ($4)
Makeup artist Kathy Jeung, whose clients include Pink and Rita Ora, says that first-aid tape could actually help you do two different things. “[You can use it] as an eyeliner and eye shadow guide since it’s gentle on the eye area and its low adhesion doesn’t pull off foundation.” It can also help with cleanup: “You can also use it to remove specks of unwanted glitter, mascara flecks, or eye shadow drop-off. Just press against skin, then gently lift off,” she says.
Nars Eyeliner Pencil ($23)
Makeup artist Jo Baker is all about bringing back to life an eyeliner that may have spent too much time in your purse. “There’s nothing more annoying than melted eyeliners in summertime, when you go to use them and they are just a hot mess—literally,” she says. “Put your eyeliner (with the lid still on) in a glass of iced water for a few minutes to reset. When you take them out, they will be ready to slay and sharpen your eyes. It’s a quick fix during those summer months when you only have five minutes to get ready and be out of the door and your makeup essentials are as overheated as you are.”
DermOrganic Fast Dry Hairspray ($11)
Jeung is also a huge fan of hair spray to tame unruly brows with a disposable mascara brush. “To hold eyebrows in place, spray spool brush with hair spray—but wait for the hair spray to become tacky before brushing through brows. Determine the spray’s hold power by lightly pinching with your fingers. If too wet, wait a moment before using. For stubborn brows that need extra hold, comb through and keep the brush in your brows, training hairs in place until the spray dries. It’s also a great trick for the ‘brushed-up brow‘ look.”
We’re huge fans of the feather brow movement, and Jeung recommends using DermOrganic Fast Dry Shaping Spray because “it leaves no flakes or ‘gunky’ buildup.”
Lucas’ Papaw Remedies Lucas’ Papaw Ointment ($12)
Kindra Mann, makeup artist and groomer to the stars, is a firm believer in a product that can serve more than one purpose. “Tap a tiny bit of Pawpaw on your eyelids before applying a powder shadow. When you blend them together, it will create a glossy creamy look. You don’t want to apply the Pawpaw directly to the powder shadow because it can ruin the texture. By applying [the eyeshadow] on top you can have more control over how opaque or glossy you want it,” she says.
Looking to add a flush of color on the fly? Mann suggests using some Pawpaw with your go-to lipstick. “Mix a bit of lipstick and Pawpaw together to create a sheer cream blush for the cheeks. This will also have a great highlighting effect on the cheek bones.” Brilliant!
Yves Saint Laurent Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara in Brown ($32)
Mascara can go beyond its lash-lengthening use, according to Mann. “If you don’t have a liquid liner in your makeup bag, you can take a small eyeliner brush and pull some mascara off the wand and use that to achieve a liquid-line effect,“ she says. “You can also use mascara as a great brow-filling product if you have darker hair. Simply wipe off any excess mascara that’s on the wand on the tissue. Then lightly brush the wand through your brows to fill them in and keep them in place.”
Surratt Beauty Relevée Lash Curler ($30)
“Turn your eyelash curler into a heated curling iron by blow-drying a metal eyelash curler with low heat for about 15 to 30 seconds. However, it’s very important to do a heat touch test first before placing near the eye area,” says Jeung.
If you’re curling lashes that are already coated in mascara, simply use a loose powder to help. “Lightly dust the eyelash curler with a tiny bit of no-color translucent powder before curling. This helps lashes release without pulling by keeping mascara-coated lashes from sticking to the curler,” she says.
Which makeup tip do you think is the most useful? Tell us in the comments!