How To Do Your Makeup For Under £40

How To Do Your Makeup For Under £40

On a beauty budget? Thanks to new-gen formulas, high-street beauty has never been so effective or accessible, so even if you’re strapped for cash, you can still have a make-up bag full of products that performs every single time. Here are the six products that make it possible…

The Base: Max Factor Face Finity All Day Flawless 3-in-1 Foundation, £12.99

The definition of a one-stop-shop; this creamy base has in-built primer and concealer, satisfying all your base needs in one go. With a long-wear (but never cakey) formula, you can expect everything to be locked in place for hours.

The Powder: E.L.F Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder, £4.50

When it comes to getting more bang for your beauty buck, look to products and compacts that double up, like this one from covetable brand E.L.F. The warm shades of blusher and bronzer are a perfect pair, working to warm up a lacklustre complexion instantly, while subtly sculpting your cheeks.  

The Brow: Rimmel Brow This Way With Argan Oil, £4.49

Rimmel is renowned for their hard-working and affordable brow and eye products, so it’s little wonder this gel is a best-seller. It adds dimension back into brows, so hairs instantly appear denser without looking blocky, while the lightweight gel formula locks colour into place for hours on end. The addition of Argan oil is an added bonus too, conditioning the hairs to promote growth over time.

The Lip: Maybelline Tinted Lip Balms, £3.99

Yes, they look a little bold, but these multi-purpose balms deliver pretty, subtle colour while nourishing the lips with a cocktail of vitamins. You can even pat it onto your cheeks for an instant flattering flush. Their compact size makes them great for on-the-go touch-ups too.

The Eye: CYO Eye High Length Mascara, £6

High-street mascaras are some of the best in our opinion, and this new offering from drugstore brand CYO is no exception. Its inky formula doesn’t smudge or flake, even after a sweaty session at the gym. Volume, length and definition in one dinky tube. We’re hooked.

The Brush: Revolution Precision Pro Brush Oval Face, £3

Brushes usually come with hefty price tags, so it’s important to find one that works for your whole face, rather than specific for just one product or one area of your face. Revolution’s Oval Brush works with all textures, including creams and powders. Whether you use it to swirl pigment over the apples of your cheeks, or to buff on a liquid foundation, this has you covered – quite literally.

MUA Eyeshadow Palette – Elysium, £4.80

With ten different colour quads – neutral, cool and warm – this suits-all palette makes it abundantly clear that neutral shadows are anything but limiting. It also comes with a handy double-ended liner that uses the white to brighten eyes, while the black end works to widen for the ultimate, sultry smokey eye. 

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