Makeup is something that I used to put on everyday. Back when I had a full-time job, I put it on Monday through Friday every week for sure. And sometimes on the weekends.
You may not realize it at first since you use very little product each day and it feels like your makeup lasts forever, but makeup and personal care can be VERY expensive!
In my daily routine I used about $150 worth of products (or more depending on the day and occasion). Now, I don’t mean $150 went on my face each day, but the price of all the products added up is $150.
I estimated that I probably used about $600 of actual makeup in a year, based on how many of each product I usually buy each year. This is quite costly when you’re living on a strict budget. Luckily, I get makeup for Free!
How I Get Makeup for Free
I don’t know if I’ve revealed this to any of you before, but in addition to my previous full-time job, my part-time job, my online side hustles, and everything else life threw my way, I started selling Mary Kay in 2013.
Back then, I was super-conscious of the fact that I didn’t want to be one of those pushy sales types. In fact, during the time I’ve been a consultant, I’ve only held about 10 home parties.
This is because I hate home parties, especially at the end when you’re supposed to do a hard sell to move products.
Instead I’ve always “worked my business” (as they call it!) by simply asking women around me if they need anything. Surprisingly there have been a lot of yeses.
I’ve just taken the time to listen to their needs, tell them why I love Mary Kay makeup and skin care, and not pushed them to buy anything they don’t need (or anything at all really, I’m fine with their nos too).
Why it Works
It’s pretty easy for me because I’m a people-person. Plus, I’ve been using the products for years so I know what ones I love and why.
Being on a strict budget also makes it easy for me to understand when women tell me they can’t buy anything right now because it’s not in their budget. Plus, I try not to be Mary Kay all the time or make my friends feel pressured to “support my business” by buying things they don’t want or need.
I will never be one of those “top directors” in Mary Kay. I’m okay with that because it’s not my goal. I basically “work my business” in Mary Kay to get makeup for free and make a small profit.
Now, I’m not trying to preach to you or convince you to sign up for selling Mary Kay, but here’s how I get my makeup for free:
- When you sign with Mary Kay you only have to order $225 wholesale every 11 months. This is how you get your products at half off retail price.
- To save the other 50% on all the products I use, I make sure to sell enough products that I can use my profits to cover the cost of my makeup. This means that I never have to use money out of my budget to pay for these items. I get makeup for free!
Mary Kay is pretty saturated in my small, rural community. But even still, I’ve found women who’ve never heard of the company before! By simply putting my name out there, ordering and distributing a few catalogs, and talking to be people in a genuine way, I’ve found a way to cut out a large personal care expense item from my monthly budget. I’d call that a win!
How much do you spend on makeup? Have you ever tried to get makeup for free?