Fashionista Secrets: Budget Friendly Fashion/Beauty Hacks

By Brittney Jordan, Esq.

Nowadays, you do not have to break the bank to look fashionable. Fashion has evolved to become more inclusive of not only shapes and sizes, but budgets as well. Even top celebrities are embracing the trending style of mixing high-end fashion with looks from more budget friendly boutiques. When putting together a complete look from head to toe you have to have not only the style and outfit but also the hair and make up to match. My top 3 tips to look amazing on a budget are:

1. Step out of your comfort zone:

Many online boutiques have great deals, and pretty generous return policies if something arrives damaged, or does not fit.

Amazon - I regularly shop on Amazon to purchase affordable looks for work and my pageant appearances. My friends and family are always surprised at the stunning dresses, from formal to cocktail and work styles, as well as jumpsuits and even jewelry that I’ve purchased from Amazon. The great thing about purchasing from Amazon is that there are so many unique styles that it is unlikely someone will be wearing your exact same look! Amazon is really a one-stop shop for an affordable fashionable look because you can literally find everything you need for a super glam look from lashes to hair enhancements such as ponytails and clip-in hair extensions.

Pro-tip: Look at the number of stars and reviews of the item(s) before purchasing. If customers have posted photos of themselves in an item even better, you can see the fabric quality and how it may look on a body type similar to yours.

Rent the Runway (RTR) – RTR is also an amazing site that allows you to rent high end items for a fraction of the price. If you have a lot of events to attend or just like to have different looks and options on hand I highly recommend Rent the Runway. I’ve used RTR for photo shoots, work events, and pageant appearances. With RTR you can filter and sift through thousands of beautiful dresses and accessories based on your preferences, and they are very size inclusive carrying styles ranging from 0-22.

Pro-tip: Sign up for the $99 unlimited introductory rate to access four items on rotation for unlimited time duration.

Violet Boutique – Violet, a local DC boutique has amazingly chic and upscale pieces that are at a very affordable price point. I love that that they have a diverse array of tops, bottoms, and dresses, but they also have the cutest accessories (earrings, necklaces, and clutches galore). Located in the Shaw neighborhood in DC it is definitely worth checking out their fabulous shop on U Street.

Search social media hashtags - Every fashionista must be social media savvy. I am always on the hunt for the next hot affordable boutique in my area, and the way I usually find it is by going to the search/explore page on Instagram and following influencers or boutiques with great taste.

2. Visit your local beauty supply store:

Your cutest new accessory may be at your local beauty supply store! When you are paying your local beauty supply store a visit check out their selection of costume jewelry and my personal favorite lashes. Beauty supply stores are a fashionista’s paradise.

Lashes - I am a certified lash addict! I just love a beautiful wispy fringe. My go to for finding the most unique and affordable lashes are at my local beauty supply store. I have found the most beautiful high quality mink lashes for a fraction of the price point of higher end brands. A few of my favorite brands that I’ve scored at different beauty supply stores are LaFlare and VLuxe.

Costume Jewelry – Many beauty supply stores not only have your go to hair products but they also typically have a wide array of unique and fashionable jewelry finds. I have purchased beautiful trendy statement necklaces and earrings that I’ve worn for years from beauty supply stores.

There are many online beauty supply stores as well such as where you can find affordable wigs, lashes, and make-up!

3. Don’t be afraid to DIY:

Over the years I have learned how to apply my own make-up through trial and error and watching countless YouTube tutorials. Beauty influencers often have the inside scoop on where to find affordable products that mirror more expensive lines! My favorite beauty influencer is Shayla (YouTube Channel: makeupshayla). Learning to correctly apply your own make up can save you hundreds of dollars. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

Enhancing your eyes - The key to slaying your eye make-up is knowing your eye shape, eye shapes range from almond to wide-set. Each different eye shape yields dramatically different results when applying shadows, liners, and lashes. A few of the common eye shapes according to L’Oreal are monolids, round eyes, almond eyes, downturned eyes, upturned eyes, and hooded eyes. Once you know your eye shape you can find the best way to apply your eye make-up. L’Oreal also has a great guide that can help you determine your eye shape and provides great make up tips for each eye shape.

Highlighting and contouring - The hottest make up trend right now is highlighting and contouring. Fortunately the same rules discussed above apply with respect to highlighting and contouring based on your face shape. Make-up is not one size fits all; you have to really study your features to determine the best look for you. Cosmopolitan has a great guide to highlighting and contouring based on your face shape, you can check it out here:

About the Author:

Brittney Jordan is a licensed Attorney and Real Estate Agent in the DC metro area. She is also the reigning Mrs. Northwest DC America 2019. In her spare time, Brittney enjoys runway and commercial modeling and finding great deals on fashion. You can see Brittney compete at the Miss DC for America & Mrs. DC America Pageant being held at the Kennedy Center on April 14, 2019.