Affordable Beauty Picks With Make-Up Artist Vivi Hamilton
Affordable Beauty Picks With Make-Up Artist Vivi Hamilton

Affordable Beauty Picks With Make-Up Artist Vivi Hamilton

In this series, we ask industry insiders to share the affordable beauty products they think everyone should know about. From her go-to mascara to the high-street brush brand she swears by, A-list make-up artist Vivi – @Vivis_Makeup on Instagram – reveals her ride or dies.
By Rebecca Hull
Photography: @VIVIS_MAKEUP

All products on this page have been selected by our editorial team, however we may make commission on some products.


“Whenever I want really open, full lashes, I turn to Eyeko’s affordable mascaras, but especially Lash Alert. It gives instant lift and holds a curl for hours. Plus, it comes in brown which is nice for those who prefer a subtle look. At £4.75, you can’t beat this one from Essence either. It’s brilliant at providing length and definition without ever feeling clumpy.”

1. Lash Alert, £17 | Eyeko
2. Mascara Volume Effect False Eyelashes, £4.75 | Essence


“This is still my go-to base. I’ve been using it for years and few foundations have come close. It has a light formula and a fantastic shade range, while the light to medium coverage doesn’t cake or hide your natural skin texture. I love the hydrated glow it gives my skin.” 

1.True Match Liquid Foundation, £9.99 | L’Oréal Paris


“It may not be super affordable, but this is one of my favourite concealers on the high -street. It offers full coverage but it doesn’t crease or feel thick on your skin. A little goes a long way too, so you’ll have this one for months on end. I often use it without any foundation for more of a natural finish. The large applicator is a bonus.”

1.Good Apple Lightweight Full-Coverage Concealer, £23 | KVD Beauty


“I’m always asked for brush recommendations and my answer is always Zoeva – especially if you’re on a budget. The brand knows its way around quality and the best shaped brushes for a make-up artist’s kit. It sells sets for every need and preference – everything has been well curated and well considered for both experts and novices alike. You’ll find they last forever too – just make sure you clean them thoroughly.”

1.Smokey Blender Brush, £13.50 | Zoeva
2.105 Highlight Brush, £18.50 | Zoeva
3.126 Blush Blender Brush, £21.50 | Zoeva


“Almost every look I create these days starts with one of Nabla’s eye kohls. They are so easy to blend and smoke out, and there are so many shades to try. The shadows are beautiful as well – rich in pigment and shimmer, they catch the light beautifully and wear well throughout the day. Finally, I love Beauty Pie’s palettes – the colours are so versatile, so you can create many different looks.” 

1.Cupid Arrow Longwear Stylo Pencils, £16 | Nabla Cosmetics
2.James Molloy Deluxe Eyeshadow Quid, £40 | Beauty Pie
3.Eyeshadow, £7.99 | Nabla Cosmetics



“HD Brows does such good products at great price points. I love this glue, which holds hairs firmly in place. It gives that glossy, fluffed-up effect everyone wants.”

1.Brow Glue, £16 | HD Brows


“With lips, it pays to find a good formula that doesn’t crease or dry up. I love all the Anastasia Beverly Hills formulas and they’re relatively affordable compared to others on the market. The liners are a real standout. They stay in place for hours, never bleed and provide such vivid colour. Creamy in texture, you can use them to define and shape your lips without making them look overdrawn.”

1.Lip Liner, £17 | Anastasia Beverly Hills


1.“This is the only highlighter I ever use. The texture is unlike any other I’ve tried before – easy to work with, it skims the skin and is buildable for that dewy, wet-look glow. All the shades are flattering and never look ashy or dusty. Try it and you’ll see what all the fuss is about.”

1.Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo, £28 | Fenty Beauty


“I’ll always opt for a cream blusher over a powder and Rose Inc do some of my favourites. They last forever, so you really get your money’s worth and the texture is so smooth – you can just tap a little on with your fingers for a speedy, healthy-looking glow. Meanwhile, I will always be devoted to Benefit’s Hoola – it’s a cult classic for a reason. Affordable, never streaky and the perfect colour for contouring and defining skin.”

1.Hoola Matte Bronzer, £28.50 | Benefit
2.Cream Blush Refillable Cheek & Lip Colour, £23 | Rose Inc



“If you’ve never tried this range before, I can’t recommend it enough. It’s one of the best for boosting dull, lacklustre skin without any harsh or abrasive ingredients. I’ve been using the primer for years – alongside the skincare – and it’s so good at creating quenched, bouncy skin.”

1.Banana Bright Line Primer, £30 | Ole Henriksen

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