I did a post for this site about how much we actually spend on beauty, but now I’m wondering how much we should be spending on beauty.
As I pondered this question while getting ready for work the other day (read: putting on my make-up), I thought of several different answers. I’m sure none any of my answers are right for everyone and in fact, I’m not sure any of them are right at all. But here’s a few thoughts I had about how much we should spend on beauty.
As Little As Possible
There are a few reasons you should spend as little as possible on make-up, beauty products, and falsifying your real appearance. For one, you are just putting on a show. What happens when people really find out what you look like underneath all that gunk on your face? Just kidding, but seriously. You should definitely employ the less is more philosophy when it comes to make-up and beauty products.
Another reason you should spend as little as possible on beauty is because it takes money away from other more important causes, like getting out of debt, saving up to buy a home, or building a retirement nest egg. Who would rather own a million bottles of nail polish and have to eat cat food during retirement than have only 5 bottles of nail polish and dine on human food? Not me!
A Set Amount that You Determine is “Reasonable”
When I was setting up my first budget, I decided how much I was willing to spend on getting my hair down and buying beauty products based on a few things, like how much my co-workers and friends were spending in these areas, and how much I had been spending each month myself. I tried to cut back my beauty spending from previous months so I’d have extra to put toward debt.
Since then, I’ve decided that this was kind of a dumb idea. Instead of giving myself permission to spend $50, $60, or $80 on beauty each month, I should maybe try not to set up a budget category at all and see how much I need to spend instead. If I don’t carry around my debit card it’ll be harder for me to make impulse beauty purchases, which was what most of my beauty budget was being used for anyway.
In reality I literally spend nothing for my make-up, so my beauty spending consists mostly of getting my hair done, waxing my eyebrows, and buying new nail polishes and hair products. I know that without my free makeup “hack” though, my beauty budget would be much higher.
Sometimes I envy the people that say they spend nothing on beauty at all. They give themselves haircuts, they pluck their eyebrows, and they don’t wear make-up. This is very impressive, but that just isn’t for me.
After reviewing the choices I came up with for what we should be spending on beauty, I decided to stick with my current plan. For now at least.
How much do you think we should be spending on beauty?