Welcome to my world! I want you to be apart of it but I don’t want you wasting time and money. I had to learn some things the hard way throughout this journey. I love collecting but this game ain’t no joke, it can get out of hand really fast. So I’ve compiled a list of things I wish I knew since I started collecting makeup to help newcomers.
Make lists– Make a need list and wish list! Prioritize it and stick to it.
Skincare– Now if you have skin problems, which most of us have, work on correcting and managing those problems instead of slapping on a ton of concealer. You won’t have to use as much makeup if your skin is clear, so you’ll end up saving money.
YouTube– Watch YouTube videos to learn about products and application techniques.
Don’t be envious– When I first started out collecting I was so envious of these HUGE collections I saw on Specktra. I had to realize that their collections didn’t develop overnight. Be thankful for what you have.
Start with basic brushes– You don’t need those $30 MAC brushes just yet. E.L.F. brushes, Essence of Beauty brushes from CVS and Sonia Kashuk brushes from Target are some cheap and great brushes to start out with.
Shop CCO’s– If you are lucky enough to having shopping outlets near you, you can shop at CCO’s (Cosmetic Company Outlets) where they sell Estee Lauder owned brands for about 30% off retail. Leftovers from old MAC collections go here and you can find many many many pigments and glosses.
Don’t fall for fakes– It’s a lot of sites selling products, especially MAC, research buyers thoroughly before making a purchase. After all the horror stories I’ve heard about Ebay I won’t buy makeup off there at all.
Stick to drugstore mascaras – In my opinion most mascaras are basically the same so don’t waste money on high-end mascaras and just stick to drugstore brands.
Don’t fall for the hype– Lord only knows the amount of products I’ve bought just because everybody else was talking about it! I have never loved a “must-have” item. Don’t buy anything just to say you have it.
Contests– Who doesn’t love free stuff?! Join twitter and Facebook, if you haven’t already, and follow makeup companies and your favorite bloggers for chances to win products. Also visit company websites directly to check for giveaways and contests. Since I’ve joined twitter in June of 2010 I’ve won over $600 in beauty products. It’s a great way to sample different brands.
Don’t be a makeup snob– Do not stick to one brand of makeup and PLEASE do not be afraid of drugstore brands. At one point of time I was a MAC whore but I realized other brands are just as good or better. Just because a product comes from a high-end brand doesn’t make it good. If an eye shadow is $1 it doesn’t mean the quality is bad. The only thing that matters is that it works for YOU!
Check for dupes– Most products have dupes in the same brand or cheaper brands. Look online for swatches to see if you can save money or buy the product at a later time.
Look for deals– I HATE PAYING RETAIL!! I need a percentage off, free shipping, deluxe samples, or something to make me feel better about my spending money. So check for coupons before you purchase.