There are certain things that we are happy to spend the big bucks on – the best perfume, a cream that can quite literally transform your skin – but there are also some products that are both incredibly efficacious and budget friendly. Here is our round up of the best makeup products that will get you change from a tenner.
Rimmel’s Magnif’eyes palettes are brilliant – you get 12 super wearable shades (no random neon yellow anywhere, thank goodness) in a mixture of finishes. From smokey eyes to muted nudes, this palette does it all.
Microblading is an amazing treatment that transforms the look of your brows, however not only does it (and it’s upkeep) cost money, it can also be pretty painful. This Lottie London brow pen won’t ever be able to do the exact same job, but it does bulk things up if you have been a bit tweezer-heavy in the past.
This right here is our Beauty Editor, Katie’s go-to wedding product. It comes out at every wedding she attends and she has converted many, many friends to it’s magnificence. Why? A) because of how user-friendly it is – hello everyone loves a paint by numbers, and B) because it is the most subtle way she has found of sculpting the face, without looking like a Kardashian.
You could use each highlighter individually (keep the bronzed ones on the left for summer and the paler shades on the right for winter), but if you use a big fluffy brush why not combine all four to create that lit-from-within look?!
Cheap mascaras are the best mascaras in our opinion. More often than not, the wands and formulas are exactly the same as the more expensive ones on the market. This one from Maybelline is exactly what you need for an everyday mascara – it gives you long, luscious and voluminous lashes.
This is honestly one of the best foundations out there. It suits all skin types (it’s packed full of hydrating ingredients for drier skin, but is non-comedogenic so won’t clog your pores either); it’s the perfect medium coverage that doesn’t look heavy, but can be built up if you prefer; and is just the right amount of matte to stop any oil slick, but still allows the skin to glow naturally.
Take a moment to look at the price: £6.99. Let us tell you what you get for that price. You get coverage that camouflages dark circles, spots and redness. You get a hit of caffeine that wakes up tired skin. You get protection from pollution, free radicals and blue light from your devices. Now look at that price again and tell us you’re not impressed.
In our opinion, the humble eye pencil is the best eyeliner for everyday beauty looks. Sharpen it well and you can draw a thin slick line across your lash line, leave it slightly blunt and it can also be smudged with a fingertip to create a diffused smokey eye. Plus a pencil doesn’t dry out like a liquid or separate like gel, meaning it will last until you physically cannot hold it any more. This ridiculously affordable liner is exactly one of those liners.
We keep a few of these lipsticks all over the place – in our handbag, on our desk, in our bathroom, basically anywhere within reach. The reason we do this is because the formula is as moisturising as a balm, it adds just the right amount of colour to the lips and (most importantly) it costs under £9. You wouldn’t be able to do that with one worth £28 would you?!
We’re huge fans of an Essie nail lacquer and in particular the shade, Sugar Daddy. It’s the dream pink colour that looks like your natural nail, but SO much better. It’s the perfect shade to apply in between manicures. Plus because of how sheer it is, you won’t have any of that unsightly chipping or wear and tear.