Purchasing your face makeup over the internet is convenient. If you've never purchased face makeup online before, you may be hesitant about getting makeup without being able to hold and try it out in person first. There's little reason to worry, though. When you go to buy face makeup online for the first time, follow these tips and you'll be able to purchase your makeup with confidence and no risk.
Only Buy New Makeup
Many people first explore purchasing face makeup online in order to save money, as online retailers are often able to provide lower prices than brick-and-mortar stores. Sometimes, people are attracted to used makeup that's for sale by individuals on auction sites because it's often even cheaper than the new makeup that's available online. If you want to be able to buy with confidence, though, you should only purchase new makeup online.
You should avoid getting used face makeup from an individual because it's difficult to accurately assess the condition of the makeup. While many auction sites have grading systems that help buyers determine the condition of a product before bidding on it, these systems don't tell you everything you need to know.
For instance, a makeup that's listed as "MIB," which Angelfire explains stands for "mint in box," might currently be in great condition and in its original box. This designation, however, doesn't tell you anything about how the makeup was stored. Although it's in its original box, the box may have been opened -- which could let moisture in. If the makeup ever got too moist, it may not work properly or no longer be in its prime condition -- even though its condition might still qualify as mint. Sometimes the damage caused by moisture is hard to see.
To avoid getting a subpar product, only purchase new makeup. Instead of taking a gamble on auctions run by unknown individuals for used makeup, continue to get new products from reputable retailers. Just look online for well-known companies that have lower prices than the stores where you currently get your makeup.
Use Samples to Try New Colors
One of the biggest concerns people initially have about getting face makeup online is whether they'll get the right color. To reduce the risk that you end up with a lot of makeup that isn't a good color for you, get small samples when you're trying new colors. If you know you like a color, feel free to get the largest amount of it possible, as this will likely yield the most savings. Get the least amount possible, though, when you're experimenting with something different.
Sometimes, you may be able to get samples of new colors without actually paying for them. If you regularly buy your face makeup from the same site, and the site has a rewards program, you'll rack up rewards over time. You'll eventually be able to redeem these rewards for samples of colors and products that you don't normally use, thus trying them before you have to actually pay for them.
Look for an Open-Box Return Policy
Most importantly, look for an online retailer that has a generous return policy. Look for a site that will give you plenty of time to return products and will let you return makeup even if the original packaging is opened. This way, you'll be able to try new makeup products in different situations and under different conditions before deciding whether to keep it. You may even be able to find a company that will provide a free return shipping label, in which case you wouldn't have to pay the return postage.