Affordable Makeup on a Budget

Anyone that is slightly obsessed with makeup knows how pricey it can be. As college students, it’s hard to justify buying a $54 eye shadow palette or a $32 lipstick no matter how glamorous they may be. So with that being said I’ve compiled a list of the best makeup products to give you a full-face look that won’t break the bank.

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me – $5.99

This foundation is full coverage and what makes this a great pick is the fact that there’s a matte version and a dewy version for whatever skin type you may have. While it is full coverage it can also be sheered out to make a more natural look.

Concealer: NYX HD Concealer – $4.99

Full coverage, great for covering up the dark circles many of us college students have. Can double up as an under eye highlight. Also comes in color correcting shades.

Setting Powder: NYC translucent setting powder – $2.99

The use of a setting powder is up to one’s discretion but if you are someone who uses it religiously this is a good one for setting and baking. It’s very comparable to the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder, which is $38 at Sephora.

Bronzer: Rimmel Natural Bronzer – $4.49

Blendable and warms up skin tone without being too orange.

Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blushes – $2.99

These blushes are pigmented without making you have clown cheeks and there’s a color to match every makeup look. My go to shade is “Rose Champagne” for a subtle natural look.

Contour: Wet n Wild Contouring Duo – $5.99

A highlight shade comes in this duo but the star of the show is the contour powder. Super blendable and will leave you perfectly sculpted.

Highlight: ELF Baked Blushes – $3

Because these are baked products they have a very luminous sheen, which is perfect for highlighting. Rumor has it that the shade “Blushed Gems” is a perfect dupe for MAC’s soft and gentle skin finish.

Eyeshadow (palette): ELF Mad for Matte – $10

Matte shadows are smooth and easy to work with. Neutral colors make it practical for everyday wear.

If you like shimmer shadows the L’oreal Infallible single shadows ($3.99) add a perfect foiled effect to the lids.

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil – $10

An exact dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz ($21). Save money, get this.

Liner: Physician’s Formula Eye Booster$11.99

Available in both brown or black. Features a brush tip so it won’t dry out as fast as a felt tip will. Similar to Kat Von D’s tattoo liner.

Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational ($8.99)

Great for obtaining volume and length. Similar brush to the Benefit Roller Lash, but half the price.


For matte liquid lipsticks the Colourpop liquid lipsticks ($6) stay on all day and have a wide color selection. Only downside is they’re only available on the Colourpop website.

Maybelline Lipsticks ($7.99) come in all different finishes and colors making it easy for anyone to find their perfect shade.

NYX Intense Butter Glosses ($5.99) offer extreme pigment and intense shine without the sticky feeling that other lip-glosses can have.


*Prices were taken from the first result on Google. Depending on where you go to purchase these products the price may vary. Always check ahead and make sure to look for deals/sales for the different brands in the drugstores!

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