Yes, you can slay on a budget!!!! You can get that super snatched look without breaking the bank. It is so easy to fall into the trap and think that you have to spend bucketloads on makeup to get that glam look but that isn’t true. I know, i know social media does not help matters, and I have to admit that I have bought some expensive makeup products just because I saw it on YouTube.
I set myself a challenge to create a spring makeup look, using products which cost £10 and under each. At first, I was not sure about how it was going to look because, I have never used a drugstore foundation…ever. Even when I was a student, I saved my pennies to buy MAC foundation. However, I was really happy with results, including the foundation. Times have changed eh?
Hope you enjoy it.
N.B – Please enjoy my dodgy eyelash! Wait…enjoy?! I meant ignore!
I used Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown: £2.99 to brush my brows into shape, and fill them in. I love this pencil because it has an eyebrow brush included with the pencil. I use this pencil practically everyday. I used to use MAC Cosmetic’s eyebrow pencil, but spending £13.50 each time for a pencil that seemed to finish every 4-6 weeks for really annoying! To neaten and tidy up my brows, I use my LA Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn: £2.49 at the bottom and my foundation at the top of my brows.
For my primer, I used my Smashbox Photo Ready Primer – Travel sized: £12.50 for minimise my large pores and to smooth out my skin texture. I cheated a little here because this travel sized primer is over a tenner, but a little goes a long way and it really works, so it is worth getting it if you are cash-strapped. For my foundation, I used L’Oreal True Match Foundation in 8N Cappuccino: £9.99. I was really surprised with this foundation, as this is my first time using a drugstore foundation. It matched my skin, and was really easy to blend and was lightweight. It gave me a dewy look, so it is not a matte foundation.
I used my LA Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn: £3.49 as my under-eye concealer. I love this concealer because it cost less than £4 and it has high coverage and blends out like a dream. This is one of my go-to products. There are so many shades available. For my contour, I use my Sleek Face Form in Dark: £10. Now, I have to be honest, I do not use this contour shade on a daily basis because it is not dark enough for me, but it is good for a light contour.
I have not found a setting powder in drugstores that is suitable for women of colour, if you have please let me know, so I used my Sacha Buttercup powder: £25 to set my under-eye concealer.
I use my favourite Sleek Blush in Flushed: £4.99, this colour is great on all skin tones including dark skin tones and is highly pigmented. Who said blush had to be expensive?! To get that sun-kissed glow, I generously apply the highlight powder from the Sleek Face Form in Dark: £10, which I used for my contour, to the top of my cheekbones, and a little on my nose.
Finally to set my face, I use Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder in Deep: £8.99 with a large powder brush. I found that this is the best alternative to MAC’s Mineralise Skin Finish powder and it is great at setting your foundation. They have shades suitable for women of colour. The powder has a light texture and is great for controlling oil.
Before applying eyeshadow, it is important to prime your eyelids, as it helps your eyeshadow to last all day. To prime my eyelids first I used NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk: £5. I love this product, it helps your eyeshadow to last throughout the day and also intensifies the eyeshadow pigment. I apply it directly to my eyelids and use my finger to smooth it out over my lids. Once I have done this, I use my one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes of all time, Sleek I-Divine Eyeshadow Palette in Au Naturel: £8.99.
I use the Matte Brown shade in my crease and the shimmery Champagne shade on my eyelid. Using my Real Techniques blending brush, I softly blend this out so there is no harsh lines.
To line my eyes, I use Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid eyeliner in 100% Black: £5.29. I love this eyeliner, I have been using it for a long time. For my falsies, I use Ardell Eyelashes – Demi Wispies: £3.99 (tip: don’t buy these lashes from Boots, they are overpriced, just head to your local hair and beauty store and they are almost £2 cheaper!). Oh yeah, please ignore one of my lashes in the picture, it refused to stay down! It was doing my head in!
For lips, it has to be Colourpop Liquid lipsticks. They are inexpensive and last all day. I love the variety of colours that are available. Although they do not ship to the UK, you can ship them by yourself (see this link for more details: http://thatredlipstick.com/2016/02/08/buyingcolourpopuk-part1/) or you can buy them from people in the UK who are selling them. I am wearing Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in More Better: £8.
Voila, here is the finished look. What do you guys think?