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How to buy less makeup – 5 Steps


As I creator I sometimes (and only sometimes) feel the desire to have a variety of makeup options in order to spice up my look on occasional photographic projects. But as an ordinary woman…I really don’t. My lifestyle allows me to never wear makeup unless I’m having a shift, a girls night out or creating content. To be honest I have never been much of a makeup girl. I had been oblivious to all of its nuances until I discovered the YouTube Makeup world – ‘Damn! There are products out there to make me look hella good and there’s  makeup out there waiting to be purchased!’.

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Blessed the fact that I always had my older sister’s makeup at my dispose for experiments and, perhaps from always prioritizing clothes and shoes over makeup, I never grew an extensive collection of products. The ‘minimalist me’ is happy with that. I did indeed grow a mild collection of lipsticks, just because they can make a big impact on any look and it’s always fun to rock a new lip color. But guess who, in any and every opportunity and despite the occasion, gravitates towards the same boring nude color? Exactly. At this point I made a promise that goes on the lines of “no new lipsticks Yara!”.


So on a saver’s note, how to buy less make up?

Here are 5 steps:


1. Be honest with yourself about your lifestyle and how often do you feel like switching up your look – if ever. Many of us are creatures of habit and although we may buy new products we tend to gravitate towards the same ones.


2. Acknowledge that most makeup has a 24 months validity and wearing expired makeup does zero good for the skin. I must confess that some of my lipsticks are now 3/4 years old…but they were expensive and I won’t get rid of none kkkk I’m willing to risk the health of my lips but that’s just me.



3. Share makeup with your close friends. In my case I share it with my sister. It’s the same drill as sharing your closet, it suddenly maximizes the options and minimizes expenses. Everybody is happy.


4. Get the feel of products from testers and base your purchase decision on it. Lipstick testers are the ones that stress me out since I find it unhygienic so what I usually do is dab the color from the sides of the lipstick on my finger and apply it to a small corner of my lips just to see how it goes against my skin. Hassle I know, but helpful. When it comes to all the other products it’s easier to make good use of testers. Certain makeup counters will give you a free’ full face’ as a form of marketing so don’t avoid those if you get curious about a certain brand and the quality of what it offers.


5. Don’t be affraid of missing out because at the end of the day if you won’t make use of it why spend on it? Easier said than done though. We all see, the buzz of a new product, palette or highlighter heavily promoted on Youtube and Instagram. I have never felt so tempted to buy makeup as much as I do when I’m on Instagram and I see the latest brand releases with the most beautiful packages and swatches. Who can relate? I have even added carts and never checked out hah! Bless. Because I definitely didn’t need it.




Let me know your thoughts and share this post with friends that need it! haha

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Yara Mel

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  • Reply Daniel

    Thanks for sharing, gorgeous! You look so amazing!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

    September 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Dan!

      September 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm
  • Reply caroline

    Great post, I love these pictures !

    August 21, 2017 at 8:56 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Caro xx

      August 21, 2017 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply Kirsty

    You are so pretty!
    I haven’t bought makeup in ages but find it so hard not too! These are great tips

    Kirsty x

    August 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      It’s not easy yeah!! xx,

      August 20, 2017 at 10:12 pm
  • Reply Olivia Poncelet

    Love your cosmetics <3
    Have a good afternoon 🙂
    Olivia <3

    August 17, 2017 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Rena

    One thing is sure! You definitely know how to do a wonderful makeup! Fortunately, I buy only too much lipsticks … 🙂
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    August 17, 2017 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply Ann-Marie Yang

    Girl i love your hair <3

    August 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot Ann!

      August 16, 2017 at 7:55 pm
  • Reply Georgia Megan

    Love this post! I definitely have a beauty spending addiction, but I really like your first point! We are creatures of habit and I can buy all the expensive lipsticks I like, but I will still always reach for the classic Mac Whirl. Same with foundations and eyeshadows! I need to stop spending so much on things I won’t use 🙂

    |Georgia Megan|

    August 16, 2017 at 10:22 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Good luck, you can do it ! <3

      August 16, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Great tips and very helpful. For me, I find that in recent years I buy less makeup but I do actually purchase more lipstick colours. I don’t wear face makeup every day so that has been immensely helpful. I love trying new makeup with samples, etc. Lovely blog! <3/Madison

    August 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Ahh love to hear that. It’s bliss to not have to wear makeup everyday! Thanks for passing, Madi ! <3

      August 15, 2017 at 10:42 pm
  • Reply Eleonora

    I love natural makeup and this is so perfect! I love your hair btw
    xx Ele

    August 15, 2017 at 8:15 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks a lot dear Ele!

      August 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Demilade

    Beautiful pictures, you’re so pretty! There was a time I was addicted to Youtube makeup videos and I was always tempted to buy new stuff all the time. Thank God I never did. I’ve realised that I’m pretty minimal with my makeup and that I don’t need three different highlighters haha. Great post. xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    August 15, 2017 at 7:34 am
  • Reply Vivian

    It’s so hard to stop buying liptsticks!!

    Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE
    IG | @viviyunn_


    August 15, 2017 at 3:51 am
  • Reply Kris

    I love this look, you’re super pretty!
    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris

    August 14, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Raquel

    Brilliant post! Thanks for sharing!

    August 14, 2017 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I’m glad! x

      August 14, 2017 at 10:53 pm
  • Reply Daniel

    Great tips!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

    August 14, 2017 at 10:51 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks Daniel!

      August 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply jointyicroissanty

    Nice and natural make-up, you are so lovely!


    August 14, 2017 at 9:22 am
  • Reply sonia // daring coco

    I am so guilty of this myself. More with lipsticks than anything else. I have a drawer full of unused (aside from the mandatory first test swipe) lipsticks. I don’t know why I hoard and obsess over them. Currently my lifestyle doesn’t equate to glamorous places to wear these to either.


    August 14, 2017 at 9:17 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      I feel the struggle Sonia! Thanks for passing 😀

      August 14, 2017 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Amy feller

    Your make up looks so pretty.
    And thanks for your tips <3

    August 14, 2017 at 3:11 am
    • Reply Yara Mel

      You’re welcome Amy ! x

      August 14, 2017 at 10:55 pm
  • Reply Ellone

    Love this look! You are absolutely gorgeous!❤

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    August 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm
    • Reply Yara Mel

      Thanks dear!!

      August 13, 2017 at 10:27 pm

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