I put together a list of affordable makeup/beauty products that I cannot live without! Not only do these products work, they are all under $10!
#1) Elf Under-eye Setting Powder — $3
This product is amazing and hard to believe its only $3! I have crazy dark circles under my eyes so I was looking for a something to combat the red/purple discoloring. This is a finely milled powder that sits on top of the concealer under the eye. There is a light shimmer that helps to keep everything looking bright and radiant but doesn’t look like sparkles. This is something I use every single day, no matter what concealer or foundation I am wearing, I will always pair it with the Elf Under-eye setting powder!
#2) All Elf brushes— Range in price, $3-9
Elf brushes are great if you are just starting out, or it you need to have a million brushes on hand at all times, like me! Elf has a a variety of shapes and sizes so you can always find what you are looking for. They hold up great over time, even through extensive washing.
#3) Almay Liquid Eyeliner — $6.09
I found this brand of eyeliner in high school and have never cheated on it! I absolutely love the applicator with this eyeliner. The tip of the applicator is stiff so you have a lot of control when applying. The formal is amazing, it wears all day and is truly matte!
#4) Almay Clear Complexion Concealer — $6.39
This concealer is works great on those pesky blemishes. Not only dos it do a great job of covering the red and irritation, but it also has salicylic acid so it is treating the blemishes not just masking them!
#5) Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (Neutralizer) — $7.99
I wasn’t a huge fan of the concealer that matched my skin tone, but the yellow neutralizer is what dreams are made of! This stuff seriously helps prep my under eyes and keeps everything smooth throughout the day. I apply this product after my primer and before my foundation.
#6) Maybelline Touch of Spice Matte Lipstick — $5.59
Guys… this lipstick is what I have been waiting for my whole life, and its under $6!!!! I absolutely loooooove the color of this lipstick. It is in the nude family, however its a very dark and cool nude, so its more of a purple-y/tan. I am obsessed. The formula is rich and creamy when you apply and sets as a matte finish. Definitely needs to be reapplied throughout the day as it isn’t the longest wear, but the formula and color are perfection!
#7) Burt’s Bees Acne Natural Acne Toner — $9.99
I use this religiously before bed and when I wake up. I tend to use a textured cotton pad to that I can really scrub those pore clean. This product smells great (light floral) and a bottle lasts a good amount of time. I really feel as though it helps with acne and leaves my skin feeling super clean. (Don’t forget to moisturize after! Toners dry out the skin a lot.)
#8)Burt’s Bees Chapstick — Set of 2, $5.49
Chapstick is a beauty staple for everyone, even if you don’t wear makeup,. Keeping the lips hydrated is super important, who wants chapped lips?! I love this chapstick for the sole reason it nourished the lips, uses natural bees wax and has a huge varying of scents.
#9) NYX Tame and Frame Brow Pomade — $7
I love a strong gel-like pomade that really keeps things in place and last all day. One of the great things bout this product is how bold the color is. I tend to fill in the inner corners of my brows past where the hair grows and this blends in beautifully.
#10) NYX Stockholm Soft Matte Lip Cream— $5.99
First off, this lip cream smells like cupcakes! Secondly, the color is gorgeous, it’s a orange-y/tan which I happen to wear 24/7! The other great thing about this product, it’s not super drying like a lot of matte lip products are. I do think the bottle is a little small, but that’s my only complaint.
(This look was created using some of these products!)
I hope this was helpful to anyone looking to expand their makeup collection on a budget! All of the pricing you see listed next to the Elf, Almay and Burt’s Bees product are from target.com (where I found the lowest sales price). The NYX pricing is from ulta.com (keep in mind if you are purchasing more than one item, you can usually get good deals from Ulta such as Buy One Get One 1/2 Off with these particular brands)!
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