Are you the type of person who seeks out new things and experiences, or someone who finds what they like and sticks to what’s known? If you’re the former, you probably have an easy time seeking out new makeup options and trying new trends. If you’re the latter, you may still be using the same type of eyeliner pencil that you discovered when you were 14.
Sticking with what you know is great advice for launching a career or teaching a class, but when it comes to makeup? Switching it up and exploring new trends (and even new formula advances) is where the magic is!
People tend to get a little attached to their routines, and to the products that make them feel the best. There’s obviously nothing wrong with feeling good—in fact, it’s highly encouraged—but chances are that your first foundation formula shouldn’t be the one that you’re still using 20 years later.
If you’re looking to switch up your makeup routine, but you’re not sure how to get started, this is the post for you. Here’s a few tips for finding the right new makeup products to try without breaking the bank or making you feel less than yourself.
Get out there
Choosing makeup is something that’s still best done in person. Seeing eyeshadow colors in person, trying foundation against your own skin, and feeling textures for yourself will give you a much better sense of what will work for you and your look than online shopping will.
If you’re concerned about being in public spaces, find a small, more intimate makeup store that offers the shopping guidance and rules that you’re most comfortable with. You can also visit larger stores at opening or closing when it’s more likely to be free from large crowds.
Use social media as inspiration
If it’s been a while since you branched out, you may not even know what you want to look for. That’s when social media comes in handy. By browsing beauty gurus, you’ll be able to see beauty style examples that look like what you want—and what you don’t want.
In addition to finding influencers to use as inspiration, it’s also a great idea to reach out to someone you know in person whose beauty style you admire. The benefit of this is that they’ll also be able to tell you the exact makeup products they use and where they shop!
Educate yourself on the new and the now
For those who’ve been using the same makeup products for years, there’s a lot of new to learn about! Of course there’s new brands and trends, but there are also new star ingredients, makeup technologies, and application styles!
Learning about everything that’s new since you last shopped for makeup will help you make an informed decision on the types of things you want to try, and help you know how to use them once you have them in your posession!
Subscribe to the emails
Maybe you know exactly how you want to branch out, and you even have your new products picked out…but you’re not able to make the financial commitment. Commit to the emails instead!
Every brand and store runs sales from time to time, especially around the upcoming holidays. So track your product, subscribe to the emails, and wait for that promo code or holiday sale to hit your inbox! By knowing exactly what you want ahead of time, you’ll be ready to snag your deal as soon as you hear about it.
Multi-task your look
Another money-saving tip ties in with the new beauty trends of 2021–multi-tasking! We’re all a little tired of the “knuckle cream” mentality of the beauty industry, and multi-tasking products are seriously in. So get yourself a compact that can work as an eyeshadow and a bronzer, or a lip/blush combo cream. These multi-taskers can go a long way toward creating a look on a budget.
Switching up your beauty routine shouldn’t feel hard, scary, or costly—it should feel fun! If you’re using the foundation shade of your youth and the mascara you bought last spring, toss them and head out to treat yourself and your beauty routine.