Top 10 tips on how to do party beauty on a budget

Julie Delahaye

It's the party season and with it comes the chance to experiment with different make-up looks, try a new hairstyle or give your skin a spot of pre-party pampering. However, keeping on top of all things beauty can sometimes leave you feeling like you're breaking the bank as your splurge on products or treatments.

Luckily, with a few easy hacks, you can save money on your hair and make-up looks this festive season – scroll below to find out how…

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You don't have to break the bank for a glamorous party beauty look

Keep lipstick lasting longer

A bold lip is a great go-to look for any party, as it’s quick and easy to do. To keep you from constantly having to re-apply your lipstick, and using it up in the process, hold a tissue over your pout and dust on some translucent powder to set the colour.

Get a free makeover

Most cosmetics counters offer makeovers free of charge – head over a few hours beforehand to get a striking new look without having to spend a penny!

Enlist your friends' help for new hairstyles

If you want to try a new hairstyle but don't want to splash out on a trip to the salon, turn to your friends. Get together ahead of the event and do each other's hair – not only will it take the stress out of trying to create the perfect 'do, but it's also a great opportunity to catch up ahead of the party.

Use eyeshadow as a last-minute nail polish

If you want to match your nails to your eye make-up, rather than buying a new polish, try breaking off a little bit of your eyeshadow and mixing it with a clear nail polish to create a new colourful shade for your nails.

Banish blemishes

If you find your skin breaking out the day before the party, instead of splurging on an expensive treatment, simply dab a little Greek yoghurt onto the blemish. This natural remedy should help unclog the pores as well as breaking down dead skin cells, as well as moisturising the area.

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A few simple tricks can help you save money on make-up during the festive season

Use antibacterial gel to combat shiny skin

If you struggle with oily skin, going to a party straight from the office can mean you don't have time to fix the shiny areas. Dab a bit of antibacterial gel on your T-zone as this will act as a protective coat and lock in moisture.

Keep your blow dry lasting for longer

If you’re looking for a natural and cheaper alternative to dry shampoo, squeeze some lemon juice onto a cotton ball and dab onto your roots to absorb any oils. It will leave your locks smelling fresh and looking luscious.

Try a trainee stylist

If your tresses need a trim during the festive season but can’t afford salon prices after your Christmas shopping, visit your local hairdressing colleges. Most will happily do your hair for a low cost or sometimes even for free.

Stock up in the sales

Search for your must-have products during the January sales – it's the perfect opportunity to stock up as well as discovering new products without the price tag.

Use green tea bags to reduce puffiness

A few late nights during the party season can leave you with puffiness or redness around the eyes, but if you don't have a cream to hand, instead use cooled green tea bags – leave on your eyes for 15 minutes.

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