Money Saving Makeup Tips

As busy we’re moms we’re always on the lookout for quick and easy ways to make everyday products work for us. If you are anything like me, you have loads of Johnson’s Baby products in your cupboards and drawers… Use them as part of your beauty regimen!

Money Saving Makeup Tips

Enjoy these money saving makeup tips from Johnson’s Baby, celebrity makeup artists, and stylists —

JOHNSON’S® Baby Powder:

  • JOHNSON’S Baby Powder contains cooling properties that help wipe away sweat and leave your body feeling “cooler” and refreshed.  Try using it as a deodorizer.
  • When short on time, use baby powder as a “dry shampoo”. Apply to your scalp and brush it through to help absorb excess oils and hair grease.
  • Real Simple magazine recommends Johnson’s Baby Powder to prevent sweat stains on white shirts. Sprinkle a little powder on the underarms and the collar of a shirt, then iron. The powder forms a barrier that prevents oil and grime from seeping into the threads. Reward: Shirts that stay powder fresh. 

JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil:

  •  “Use Baby Oil in Shea & Cocoa Butter as a shaving cream” – user
  • Hair looking dull? “Squirt a few drops of baby oil into your conditioner,” suggests Beverly Hills stylist Mike Fowler of Avert Atelier. It’ll leave your hair your hair with a light coat of oil – just enough to make your hair shiny without weighing it down!” – Beverly Hills stylish Mike Fowler of Avert Atelier, Woman’s World
  • Glamour magazine recommends baby oil as a solution to “get every last drop of perfume.” Extend the life of an almost finished bottle by adding a little bit of unscented baby oil.  It makes the fragrance wear longer on your skin.
  • Johnson’s Baby Oil is the perfect go-to eye makeup remover, as it’s gentle and has hypoallergenic properties so that it doesn’t irritate your skin. This is especially great for removing waterproof mascara and eyeliner.  – Celebrity Makeup Artist and JOHNSON’S® Baby Spokesperson, Tia Dantzler 

JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil Gel:

  • Nicole Kidman and Uma Thurman use JOHNSON’S Baby Oil Gel to smooth their lips, hands and elbows and to set their eye shadow. – The Black Book of Hollywood Secrets
  • “The gel version of baby oil can double as shaving cream” – contributor
  • “We use Johnson’s Baby Oil Gel on photo shoots to make celebs’ legs look toned,” says Kristen Bell’s makeup artist Mai Quynh

JOHNSON’S® Baby Creamy Oil:

  • “I love using JOHNSON’S® Baby Creamy Oil with Cocoa & Shea Butter because it goes on smoothly, is long lasting and quickly absorbs into the skin” – Celebrity Makeup Artist and JOHNSON’S® Baby Spokesperson, Tia Dantzler
  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Creamy Oil with Aloe Vera & Vitamin E is perfect for soothing dry skin. – Celebrity Makeup Artist and JOHNSON’S® Baby Spokesperson, Tia Dantzler 

JOHNSON’S® Baby Oil Body Wash:

  • JOHNSON’S Baby Oil Wash is a great addition to your at-home manicures and pedicures. Add in the silky yet non-greasy wash to the water to help lock in moisture, leaving skin soft and supple.

JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo:

  • JOHNSON’S® Baby Shampoo’s NO MORE TEARS® formula makes it gentle and mild enough to wash fine materials, such as cashmere or mom’s make-up brushes.

Would you like to win a beauty gift package from Johnson’s Baby? You can enter to win each of the items mentioned above simply by answering the following question by 9pm (est) on November 19th – What are some of your money saving makeup tips? Please share! You may comment up to once per day during the contest period.

Disclosure: I am a part of Johnson’s Baby Cares Council. This post and giveaway have been sponsored by Johnson’s Baby. All opinions, unless otherwise noted, are my own.


  1. Luna S says

    The dollar store is a great place to find cleaning supplies instead of buying them full price at the store.

  2. Jara Christensen says

    My tip is to make your current products just last longer! I think in a lot of cases it is worth it to buy the nicer product, so I just work at making it last. For instance, I love using makeup remover wipes as a gentle “face wash” in the morning. So instead of spending 8 dollars for 25 wipes, I cut the (huge) wipes into fourths! Now I have 100 wipes! Lasts me forever!

  3. Cynthia C says

    I mix a little moisturizer with foundation to extend it. A bonus is that I get a more natural look.

  4. Jara Christensen says

    Another tip is there are some great items that it seems okay to buy at dollar tree, I love to buy liquid eyeliner there! Its thick, lasts forever and is easy to apply!

  5. Lauren Becker says

    My money saving makeup tip is to do your research and find the best products for you but at a great price. also, utilize sales, coupons, etc.

  6. Michelle H. says

    I sign up for the lists for the stores I love to shop at because they send out notices of sales and coupon codes.

  7. Robin Wilson says

    Don’t like that lipstick color after all? Make sure to keep your receipt. Most stores will give a refund/exchange on items you cannot use.

  8. LunaRaven says

    Make sure that your make-up is sealed properly in order to prevent contamination and extend its shelf life for as long as possible. Use natural make-up removers straight from your pantry, like grapeseed or olive oil.

  9. Kate Newton says

    I love to use coupons, buy generic, make my own cleaning products, cloth diaper and make my own wipes.

  10. Heather D. says

    My money saving make-up tip is to take advantage of the samples. They really make my make-up last.

  11. Amy Honious says

    my money saving tip is to sign up for emails from your favorite brands and also to shop around online for your favorite brands/shades.

  12. melina r says

    My money saving tips on makeup is to shop store sales and matchup with coupons. Also shop stores like CVS that have a beauty club where when you spend $50 on beauty products you get back $5 ecb to use at the store.

  13. says

    heh, i don’t wear it much 😉 but when i do i’m fond of the moisturizer that does double duty as a foundation and/or sunscreen

  14. Kimberly Kihega says

    I only buy if I have a coupon and there’s a sale! There is no point in paying full price!

  15. Tamar says

    I don’t want to say it but I will: the money saving makeup tip that serves me the best is not buying makeup. :)

  16. cheryl s says

    use coupons for name brands like cover girl and Maybelline and match them up with sales at Walgreens and CVS

  17. Robin Wilson says

    Use conditioner to shave your legs with. Much cheaper than shaving gel. A little goes a long way.

  18. Melissa Nagy says

    I buy a foundation that is slightly darker than my natural skin color and mix it with a moisturizer. Not only does it increase my foundation amount but it also saves me time by combining to aspects of my morning routine.

  19. Wendy R. says

    I have found some really good name brand makeup at the dollar store. You can also get some good deals online if you watch.

  20. latanya says

    You can make your own salt and sugar scrubs with ingredients you have right at home to save money on buying thm

  21. Robin Wilson says

    I have super dry skin so I add a few drops of baby oil to my lotion in my hands before applying and it keeps my skin hydrated longer without greasiness.

  22. Jara Christensen says

    I like to swap makeup with other friends, that way we both get makeup that is at least new to us, and nothing goes to waste!

  23. Stacy D. says

    Try not to be wasteful when applying! I know sometimes I apply to much, I need to work on that..

  24. Robin Wilson says

    Save, wash and dry the next little beauty jar you get to use for samples that come in packets. I carefully cut them open and use a spatula to scrape up the contents and put into the jar. I am able to use it properly and not waste any.

  25. Stacy D. says

    I like to shop at the dollar store and catch the deals they have there! I get makeup for practically nothing!

  26. Nicole Lancaster says

    My money saving makeup tip is I use Monistat Chafing Gel as primer it works just as good as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer but at half the cost.

  27. Robin Wilson says

    Save money at times by purchasing online with coupon codes and free shipping on lots of makeup/cosmetic brands! Perfume too!

  28. Melissa Hartley says

    Buy all in one products to save money .. like foundation/concealer or serum/moisturizer :)
    The dollar stores are a great place to find low cost makeup items ..

  29. Robin Wilson says

    Never pay full price. Always check the paper and online for coupon match-ups and you shouldn’t have to pay full price for your cosmetics!

  30. Jara Christensen says

    Another tip is to just make your things last! Put caps back on all the way, clean your makeup brushes regularly and keep your makeup space clean!

  31. Jara Christensen says

    I am signed up for Ipsy, which is a month make-up subscription. For only 10bucks you get 4-5 products to try, just random things. Sometimes sample sized and lots of times full size products! It gives me the opportunity to try a lot of thing before I spend the money on them!

  32. Robin Wilson says

    Many blushes and bronzers can do double duty as eye shadows. Or put a dab on top of your lip gloss for added color.

  33. Jazmin says

    Sometimes cheaper makeup is just as good or better than the expensive brands. When you pay more for makeup you think its working better when its really not.

  34. Robin Wilson says

    Don’t leave your razor in the shower where it will stay wet. It dulls the blade. Make sure to keep it in a dry place.

  35. Jessica Snow says

    My money sharing tip is I always use coupons and shop sales. I try to combine the two as much as possible.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  36. Robin Wilson says

    Ask for samples at the department store makeup counters! Also request samples online. Over time they add up to a great emergency stash!

  37. Belinda Parker says

    I use coupons when buying any beauty products! I try to keep it as natural looking as possible as well.

  38. Robin Wilson says

    Use baby oil or conditioner to shave your legs. Save money on gel and moisturize your legs at the same time.

  39. Robin Wilson says

    Try shopping online. With so many name brand products being sold at sites like you can save money.

  40. Erica H says

    I try to use one product for multiple purposes such as coconut oil for removing makeup and as a moisturizer.

  41. Ben G says

    I stock up when the items I’m brand-loyal to go on sale. I use my coupons, store rewards, etc. to save big!

  42. Robin Wilson says

    Try making some of your own hair conditioners, makeup removers and moisturizers with items from your kitchen cupboard.

  43. laura says

    here’s a money saving tip – bargain shop for a good sale, then stock up when you find a good price! there’s nothing worse than running out of something you need, then having to spend more!

  44. Robin Wilson says

    Use some vaseline on your cracked hands and feet and then put on some cotton gloves/socks to help heal them quick!

  45. Stacy D. says

    I like to heat up my eyeliner pencil for better/smoother application, I keep it old school haha!

  46. Robin Wilson says

    Keep your receipts. Most drug and department stores will issue a refund or exchange on makeup. So if you try something and it doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to just toss in a drawer and waste money.

  47. Tina Demarco says

    you can get some the same pricey brands you find in cvs n walgreens in the dollar store as well!

  48. Stacy D. says

    I put scotch tape under my eyes when applying makeup so the makeup don’t get under my eyes and on my cheeks!

  49. Robin Wilson says

    I put my mascara tube under my leg while putting my makeup on to warm it up. It makes applying it easier and I get more out of the tube making it last longer.

  50. Deb C says

    I’ve been using the tip for applying baby powder for a quick clean to hair for years and years. It’s cheaper than the new spray on dry shampoos.

  51. Stacy D. says

    I like to donate my makeup to department stores, sometimes they have programs or specials where you give your old makeup to receive new!

  52. Jara Christensen says

    This one may be a little terrible, But one day when I was shopping for a new concealer, the woman gave me two samples of shades to try. But the sample was a pretty good amount,and concealer is something you use a tiny bit of! So I got new concealer without having to buy any :)

  53. Crystal Sell says

    One way that helps me when I go to the grocery store is stick to a budget and come prepared with a list.
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  54. Laurie Emerson says

    To make my eye shadow go further, I like to put a little vaseline on my eyelids. This way my eye shadows last longer as I do not have to put so much on at one time.

  55. rose paden says

    I always use moisturizer for my face but it does get very expensive! When I run out I cut the tube into two pieces and there is enough to last another month! When you think you run out of anything in a tube, there is still more in there!

  56. Jo Ann F says

    I use sample sizes of lotion to keep in my purse and suitcase when i travel.
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  57. Em Ma says

    When my mascara starts to wear out, I add a few eye drops to the tube and I get several more uses. Also, if your compact breaks you can add alcohol to it and then repress it back into the compact. Always use coupons!

  58. Danielle Jones says

    I read online reviews for cheaper brand makeup to see what products people really like. The Wet n Wild brand is highly recommended and is one of the cheapest.

  59. Kimberly says

    I cut pre moistened make up removing wipes or eye treatment pads in half to double the number of applications in the package. Most are very oversized.

  60. Aimee C says

    I use good old vaseline to soften lips and around eyes and nose when I sleep..great moisterizer and super cheap!

  61. Georgia Beckman says

    I have been using brown sugar & honey as a body scrub for years. Much cheaper than buying it pre-made.

  62. wendy b says

    My tip is to use coupons and clearance sales to stock up on the products that I know I will use.