How to be a London Beauty Queen on a Budget - Broke in London

How to be a London Beauty Queen on a Budget

Guest post by Ayesha Aziz

London’s expensive, and you have to think twice before indulging yourself in any luxury. But that shouldn’t mean that you can’t look stylish while trying to live on a budget. You only need to have the spirit for it and, of course, the right eye to spot any opportunities that can help you look like a London beauty queen, albeit frugally. Now, the question is how can you do that. Well, that’s what we’re here for.

Use Makeup

If your financial situation is making you sad on the inside, you don’t have to look like it on the outside. Looking presentable at all times can open many doors for you professionally as it’ll make you look friendly, approachable, and in control of your life (hey, you’re trying!). And for that, something as simple as makeup can do the trick. You don’t even have to buy any luxury palettes, foundations, bronzer, and lipsticks.

Keep it simple, keep it elegant, and you’ll have it. There are a bunch of cheap makeup brands that you can find in London, such as Lottie London, Morphe, Revolution Beauty, Rimmel, MUA Makeup Academy, and so many more. Stock up on them and make sure to do that around a time when you can get some good discount deals.

Show Your Skin Some Love

Sure makeup is good at concealing a lot of things, but the texture of the skin always shows through. If you have any skin issues like acne, bumps, scars, and dark circles, they can make your makeup look bumpy and uneven.

Other than that, if you have wrinkles, fine lines and deep creases, you know that makeup can make it look much worse than it really is. So, you can consider getting some affordable non-surgical treatments like dermal fillers, PRP, and Botox at Longevita.

Clothes Can Make A World of Difference

Dress well, no matter the occasion. It always leaves an impact. But how to do that if you are hard up for cash? Well, just find the right shops in the right places. London’s high street or Oxford Street may be a good place to start. There you can find some pretty good branded clothes at TK Maxx. The prices of the clothes are 60-80% less than their retail price.

And, of course, there’s Primark, the best branch of it being in Oxford Street. It is a favourite (or the most-frequented) among budget shoppers. The quality may not always be the best and shopping can be a bit much, but you can find a lot of good stuff there. Then there’s H&M and Zara. Then you can go around and shop in the street markets like Portobello, Camden, Borough Market and Petticoat Lane.


Sounds easy enough, no? Well, to look like a London Beauty Queen, it’s important that you take care of your health. And for that, you need to exercise. Now, you don’t have to get an expensive gym membership for that. There are a bunch of parks you can go to, such as Hyde Park, Clapham Common, Ally Pally, and Kennington Park.

Stores like Lululemon and Sweaty Betty offer free fitness classes. And there’s the London City Runners, which is the largest running club in London and is free, no matter if you’re a beginner or a seasoned athlete!


Now while you’re at it, you can also try to look for some ways to earn a little extra cash. These days, almost everyone is a celebrity on the internet. If social media’s your thing, you can give vlogging a shot on YouTube or Instagram. Lastly, keep in mind you can be stylish and frugal at the same time!