10 Ways To Save Money On Makeup
Hi, friends! Today’s post is a little different than usual as I’m kind of merging two of my passions into one post! If you’ve been here before, you probably already know that I LOVE makeup. But, what I don’t often talk about on my blog is my love of saving money. At one point, I was watching every episode of Extreme Couponing and I even tried doing it LOL. It didn’t work out that well in Hawaii, but I’ve found tons of other ways to save money!
As much makeup as I buy, you must think I spend a ridiculous amount of money on makeup, right? Well… I ALMOST NEVER pay full retail price on makeup. Today, I’m going to let you in on my secrets! I buy makeup both online and in-store, and you can definitely save a ton of money both ways!
So, without further ado, let’s get started! Here are 10 ways you can save money on makeup!
Affiliate links may be used in this post. This means I may earn commission if you click these links. You can read my full disclosure here.
1. Shop Using Ebates
Using Ebates whenever you shop online is definitely something you should make into a habit. If you’ve never heard of Ebates before, basically, stores (such as Sephora, Ulta, etc.) pay Ebates a commission when they direct shoppers to their sites and Ebates gives the shopper part of that commission.
I use Ebates EVERY SINGLE TIME I shop at Sephora online or any other online store and it makes me feel so much better about my purchase LOL.
Sephora typically has a 4% cash back rate, which isn’t a whole lot, but it’s something! If you were going to make the purchase anyway, why not get some of that money back?
There are literally TONS of online stores that are merchants on Ebates. When I know I’m looking to buy a particular product, I will do a product search in the search bar.Ebates will then show me which stores offer that product and I will most likely go with the store that is offering the most cash back at the moment.
Some of my favorite makeup stores on Ebates are: Sephora, Ulta, Bobbi Brown, Macy’s, Laura Mercier, Tarte, and NARS.
Other popular (non-makeup) stores on Ebates include: Walmart (buy online, pick-up in store!!), Amazon, eBay, Kohl’s, Target, Best Buy, and SO MUCH MORE. There are thousands of merchants that work with Ebates.
You can also install the Cash Back Button browser extension to check if any site you’re on is a member of Ebates without having to go to the Ebates site.
Sounds a little too good to be true? Cash back FOR FREE? No catches? I’ve been using Ebates for almost two years and IT WORKS. I’ve made over $400 in cash back and I literally only buy makeup LOL.
Also, some stores offer in-store cash back using the Ebates app, so it’s not exclusive to online shopping.
2. Convert Ebates Cash Back to a gift card (with an extra bonus)
Ebates will pay you quarterly with either a check, to your PayPal, or you have the option of converting your cash back into an e-gift card. The option of the e-gift card usually comes with an incentive – a specified percentage increase to your cash back amount.
I always convert my cash back into a Sephora gift card because I know I’m going to shop at Sephora in the future and the incentive for Sephora is usually a 10% increase in the amount you’ve earned. Ulta also participates in the e-gift card incentive, so you have your options!
Ebates will send an email at the end of the quarter with the options to convert your earnings into gift cards, so be on the lookout for that! But, if you miss that email, you’ll still get your money sent to the method you set up.
3. Shop Using Honey
Honey is similar to Ebates in that they get a commission for every shopper they refer to the online store and reward the shopper for it. However, you don’t get rewarded in the form of cash.
You accumulate Honey Gold which you can redeem for gift cards at any time, provided you meet the threshold of 1000 gold ($10). Also, the amount of Honey Gold you receive for each purchase is always a surprise, unlike Ebates where you know exactly the percentage of cash back.
For example, at the time of writing, Honey is offering 1-20% Honey Gold on your purchase. That’s a pretty big range!
What REALLY makes Honey different than Ebates (and personally what I love it for), is that with the Honey Button browser extension, it will automatically search the web for discount codes, try them out on your cart, and give you the best deal.
No more searching the web manually for discount codes! (Ebates has discount codes listed, but it’s normally just the codes made public by the store, not those coveted secret codes or influencer codes.)
Pro-tip: Use both. Use Honey for the coupon code search, then use Ebates for the cash back since it pays in actual cash. Best of both worlds!
4. Sign Up for Email Newsletters for First-Time Buyer Discounts
Online store of makeup brands LOVE to give away discounts to encourage you to make your first purchase (and to get you on their email list for future promotions). Don’t default to shopping at just Sephora or Ulta for your makeup needs. Remember that every makeup brand probably sells their makeup on their own website!
Laura Mercier offers 15% off, Bobbi Brown offers 20% off, Kevyn Aucoin offers 10% off, Milk Makeup offers 15%, Cover FX offers 15% off, and BH Cosmetics offers 20% off, just to name a few. (Seriously, almost every makeup brand does this.)
And if you want to make multiple emails and use a new one for every order… well, that’s up to you. ;)
5. Watch your Email for Sales (and not just the big stores)
After signing up for email newsletters, be sure to open them and look out for any promotions they have going on. For example, Wet n Wild is having a sale right now – 40% off all face and lip products with the code OOPS40 – and I would have never known that if I didn’t open one of their emails.
Online stores of makeup brands often have better sales than the big stores like Sephora and Ulta and the sales also happen more frequently and at off-times during the year. Keep on top of those emails!
6. Sign up for Loyalty Programs and Rack Up Points
7. Stock up during Sales
I know this tip is self-explanatory, but I didn’t want to leave it out because it’s one of the most effective methods to save money on makeup.
For example, with the Sephora VIB Sale (20% off), use that opportunity to stock up on higher-priced items that you know you’re going to use in the future. I always pick up a few of my favorite Bobbi Brown primers during this sale because $60 for a primer is pretty steep, but 20% off makes it a whole lot better!
8. Take Advantage of Birthday Gifts from stores
When signing up for loyalty programs, be sure to enter your birthday in your account information. Almost every store will send you a birthday gift on your birthday or during your birthday month.
Sephora gives you a gift set or 250 points, Ulta gives you a $10 birthday coupon, a birthday gift and 2X points for that month, and Bobbi Brown gives you a 20% off discount code. Literally, the list could go on forever. Take advantage!
9. Search Amazon
Amazon has so much more makeup products than I could have imagined! While browsing recently, I noticed that a handful of items were priced lower than the retail price.
For example, my favorite contour powder, the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, was significantly cheaper on Amazon than anywhere else. It doesn’t hurt to do a quick search on Amazon whenever you’re looking for something!
10. Download Apps and Clip digital Coupons
I mentioned in the intro of this post that I was into clipping coupons, right? Well… I still kind of am. Clipping digital coupons on a store’s app is one of my favorite ways to save on drugstore makeup! Manufacturers often give out coupons that are in newspaper inserts or magazines. But, who really has time for that?
Apps like the Walgreens app and the CVS app allows you to clip manufacturer coupons in the app and save them to your account. Then the next time you’re shopping, you just have to scan your membership barcode (from the app) at checkout and it’ll automatically apply any coupons that will apply!
Pro-tip: Use these manufacturer coupons during an in-store sale. Double savings!
And that concludes my tips on how to save money on makeup! Obviously, you can’t use all 10 tips at one time, but most times, you can use at least a few!
My absolute favorite way to save money is by using Ebates. You can use Ebates ALMOST ALL THE TIME. Even when the store is having a sale, even when you’re using a coupon code, even when you’re redeeming your birthday gift, you can use Ebates!
Do you have any other tips on saving money on makeup that I missed? I would love to know! I’m always looking for ways to save more money. :)
Thanks for reading and until next time. <3
Free Makeup List
Sometimes it’s just so hard to choose the right makeup, right? Sign up for my newsletter and get a free checklist of my essential makeup items along with product recommendations!
Did you like this post? Pin it! <3
Hey, it's Liana! Welcome to my little space on the internet - I’m so happy you’re here!
I know makeup can be hard and scary - what products do you use and how do you use them? I want to do all of the hard work for you and answer all of your makeup questions. Join me on your makeup journey. <3
Free Makeup List
Sign up for my newsletter and get a free checklist of my essential makeup items along with product recommendations!