Our top six budget beauty tips for skincare on a shoestring. Plus makeup and hair hacks that will leave you – and your bank balance – looking more beautiful!
Summer can be the most expensive season beauty-wise. From summer weddings and parties to festivals, BBQs and of course that annual holiday in the sunshine, it’s all too easy to end up spending a small fortune on those must-have beauty buys.
Whether you’re a beauty addict who’s a skincare pro, or a natural beauty with a minimal skincare routine, we’ve got the lowdown on the best budget beauty hacks to keep you looking gorgeous from head to toe!
Summer heat and holiday temperatures can dry out your skin. Combat any sun damage or dryness with a homemade avocado and honey mask that will leave your complexion glowing and soft. Use ½ a very ripe avocado, 2 tablespoons of honey and ½ a teaspoon of coconut oil (£3 for 300ml from Tesco). Mix it all together in a bowl, mashing with a fork or potato masher. Then apply to your face, avoiding your eyes. For a classic touch , ou can even put a few slices of cucumber on your eyes to freshen them. Leave the mask on for 10-15 minutes while you relax. Then rinse your face with warm water and apply your usual moisturiser.
Need a haircut but don’t have the cash to splurge at a fancy salon? Register as a hair model (you can be any age and have any type or length of hair) at your local salon and a trainee will cut your locks (under close supervision of course!). Toni and Guy salons around the UK offer haircuts for £5 and highlights for £25. Don’t be put off by their fashion-forward website either, they do great trims or natural hair colour on men and women of all ages. Just remember to put aside more time than you usually would, as trainees tend to work slower. Also, it’s best to go with a style in mind to make it easier for you and the trainee hairdresser.
If you have oily skin then it’s important to use a toner after cleansing to close your pores. Instead of splashing out on one from a premium beauty brand, just make your own. Mix half a cup of apple cider vinegar with one tablespoon of tea tree oil (available in Boots or your local supermarket). Add a cup of warm water to the mix and put it into a clean spray bottle (again, Boots have some for £1.55).
Spray the toner onto a cotton pad and swipe it over your face after cleansing, morning and night. If your skin is very oily, add more apple cider vinegar. If your skin feels dry then increase the tea tree oil and don’t forget to moisturise afterwards. If you have normal skin, try using green tea as a toner instead. Just brew a cup as normal, let it cool and then pour into a spray bottle. It keeps for around a month and is perfect for reducing redness.
Matte lips are one of the hottest beauty trends this summer, but splashing out on a new lipstick can be pricey. Plus it’s almost impossible to know which pinks and reds suit your skin tone without trying them first. Instead, use a powder blusher that you already have (and which you know suits you) and dab a little into the palm of your hand. Mix in some cheap lip balm, such as Vaseline Rosy Lips and then use your fingers to dab onto your lips. You can intensify the colour by adding another layer of blush powder directly to your lips with a brush, or keep it natural and fresh by adding more lip balm to your lips.
Remember all those pastel-coloured shadows and frosted shades you have lying in the bottom of your makeup bag? Perhaps you bought a shimmery eye shadow that’s now cracked and can’t be used but you just haven’t thrown it out yet? Simply turn those unwanted eye shadows into nail polish. Just crush up the old shadow, mix it with some clear nail varnish (usually cheaper than coloured polish) and paint it on your nails. Use a top coat to seal in the colour as usual.
Skin is in
As the weather heats up, you’re probably going to be showing a little more skin. Whether it’s bare legs for a family wedding or finally getting to wear your fave sundress on holiday, chances are you’re going to need to be moisturising your body more than usual. Cheaper body lotions are often packed full of harsh chemicals that don’t do your body any favours, so follow this easy recipe for a simple homemade moisturiser. Mix half a cup of coconut oil with 1 tablespoon of vitamin E oil and six drops of lavender essential oil or tea tree (if you prefer the smell). These can all be bought cheaply from your local supermarket, Superdrug or Boots. Mix together and apply. It’s that easy!