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Make Up Essentials for Every Budget

Selecting the right make up products from shelves upon shelves of lip sticks, liners and glosses can be a daunting prospect for even the most seasoned cosmetics wearers…

Depending on what it is you are looking for, you might have to take into account all number of factors including your skin type, desired coverage, preferred shade and sizebut if there is one good place to start, its with your budget in mind. With so much to choose from, knowing your budget is key to finding your new favourites. Fortunately, you dont need to fork out too much for some of the best quality products around. Choosing affordable make-up products does not always mean forfeiting quality whatsoever – result! 

Let’s start with the foundations… foundation!

Low cost, reliable and full coverage, this foundation packs an impressive punch for the price, providing a lightweight finish with scope to build to your desired coverage. Just a wider shade range, please!

If a foundation is made by a company renowned for providing a fantastic skincare range, its got to be a win for your skin. SPF, full coverage, shades categorised by undertone for more precise colour matching? Im in. 

Is it a high end round up of the best foundations if it doesnt include Double Wear? This cult classic transfer-proof formula boasts an impressive 24-hour longevity and blemish blurring coverage, and has rightly earned its status (and price point!) in the makeup world. 

Showcasing an impressive 44 shades, this foundation truly has the magic touch as it promises to moisturise, cool, perfect and even de-wrinkle your skin. It is packed full of skin-enriching goodness as well as providing flawless coverage. 


Revolutionary affordable make up brand Revolution has crafted the ultimate does-what-it-says-on-the-tin item. Lightweight, creamy and crease-proof, this concealer promises to cover it all – and does. 

Just like the name suggests, this concealer works with your skin to give you the best colour match, hiding unwanted pigmentation and blemishes all while blending in flawlessly to adapt to your skin tone. 

The detailed list of miracles this cream concealer can perform is long, which is exactly the type of wear it provides on the skin. This sleek and delicate product smooths your complexion without feeling heavy. 

The long-time make up artists make up of choice, you know where you stand with Mac cosmetics. A more fluid, less creamy formula gives the option of buildable coverage and comfortable, camouflaging powers. 


Popping up all over social media in recent years for all the right reasons, drugstore veterans Maybelline deliver a product that gives some serious volume to your lashes. 

Coming in a variety of colours – some natural and some bold – this mascara truly is worth the hype, providing length and volume with a carefully crafted wand to reach even the tiniest lashes at the inner corner. 

Somehow, this mascara manages to add dense and intense volume and glamour without the faintest trace of clumping. Theres a reason it is often found out of stock. 

Despite the claims, it cannot be guaranteed to actually be better than sex, but it is a fantastic, classic staple for any high-end budget make up bag. 


If you havent heard of the shade Sweet Tea, you have definitely seen it on the likes of Jamie Genevieve andjust about every other makeup artist online. Again, there is a reason it goes out of stock so often – grab one if you can! 

With every possible shade of pink and brown and the most delicious product names to choose from, this smooth and creamy gloss lasts for hours and keeps lips looking plump and hydrated. 

If were talking lips, the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb says it all. From the subtle shimmer, to the velvety smooth formula, to the mouthwatering sweet vanilla taste, this non-sticky gloss gets full marks.

The most elegant, complimentary lip pencil that glides on but certainly does not slide off, its neutral tone helps to elevate and reshape lips naturally and effortlessly, 


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