12 Budget-Friendly Makeup Products That Won't Break The Bank

Meenakshi Rauthan , 10 Nov 2020
When The Lipstick Isn’t Budget-Friendly(Source: Giphy| www.giphy.com)

Makeup can be an expensive hobby if you’re a junkie who enjoys luxury formulas.  The experience of feeling fancy does not match up to budget-friendly products but it keeps your pockets full and doesn’t break the bank. It was in my college days that I started my makeup journey. As a student with limited pocket money, I began hunting for budget-friendly alternatives. So when you’re low on the moolah and you look for something affordable yet fresh, refer to this!

Here’s a full face of budget-friendly makeup you can easily try:

1. Primer

In addition to level up your makeup game, it’s important to use a correct primer. The Hourglass Veil Primer offers a flawless finish that mattifies yet hydrates due to its creamy texture. However, the perfect budget-friendly option to it is NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil Primer

Hourglass Veil Primer (Source: Hourglass| www.hourglasscosmectics.com) & NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil (Source: Nyx Cosmetics| www.nyxcosmetics.com)
Hourglass Veil Primer (Source: Hourglass| www.hourglasscosmectics.com) & NYX Cosmetics Angel Veil (Source: NYX Cosmetics| www.nyxcosmetics.com)

2. Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation creates a seamless base for makeup. Similarily, Milani’s Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation is a budget-friendly option for max coverage and lightweight application.

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Source: Too Faced |www.toofaced.com) & Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation (Source: Milani| www.milanicosmetics.com)
Too Faced Born This Way Foundation (Source: Too Faced |www.toofaced.com) & Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation (Source: Milani| www.milanicosmetics.com)

3. Concealer

Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer is the best friend to a night owl but expensive. However, a budget-friendly option to that is Maybelline’s Age Rewind Concealer. The formula ensures no creasing under your eyes!

Tarte Shape Shape Concealer (Source: Tarte Cosmetics| www.tartecosmetics.com)  & Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer (Source: Maybelline|www.maybelline.com)
Tarte Shape Shape Concealer (Source: Tarte Cosmetics | www.tartecosmetics.com)  & Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer (Source: Maybelline | www.maybelline.com)

4. Contour

While we can’t always have high cheekbones, we can always learn to contour like Kim Kardashian. A good budget-friendly option to Tantour by Huda Beauty would be Makeup Revolution‘s Fast Base Stick Foundation. In addition, both the brands have an incredible shade range which makes it easy to match!

Huda Beauty Tantour (Source: Huda Beauty| www.hudabeauty.com) & Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation (Source: Cult Beauty| www.cultbeauty.com)
Huda Beauty Tantour (Source: Huda Beauty| www.hudabeauty.com) & Makeup Revolution Fast Base Stick Foundation (Source: Makeup Revolution| www.revolutionbeauty.com)

5. Our favourite budget-friendly loose powder

Our favourite kind of baking is one under our eyes! Huda Beauty‘s Easy Bake Loose Powder is finely milled with a natural finish. Its budget-friendly alternative Maybelline’s Fit Me Loose Powder performs exactly the same and doesn’t break your bank.

Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder (Source: Huda Beauty| www.hudabeauty.com)  & Maybelline Fit Me Mineral Loose Powder (Source: Maybelline| www.maybelline.com)
Huda Beauty Easy Bake Powder (Source: Huda Beauty| www.hudabeauty.com)  & Maybelline Fit Me Mineral Loose Powder (Source: Maybelline| www.maybelline.com)

6. Blush

For those rosy cheeks, Benetint by Benefit Cosmetics is a go-to liquid blush. This liquid formula can be found in a budget-friendly option The Body  Shop’s Lip and Cheek Tint in Pomegranate. In addition to that, the alternative gives you that fresh look and is cruelty-free!

Benetint Benefit Cosmetics (Source: Benefit Cosmetics|www.benefitcosmetics.com) & The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate (Source: The Body Shop| www.thebodyshop.com)
Benetint Benefit Cosmetics (Source: Benefit Cosmetics|www.benefitcosmetics.com) & The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Stain in Pomegranate (Source: The Body Shop| www.thebodyshop.com)

7. Eyeshadow

Shimmer and gold set the tone for all party looks. Our favourite Caviar sticks in Moonshine by Laura Mercier are a must-have. However, Sugar Cosmetics Eyes and Shine Shadow Crayon in Metallic Champagne Gold is a good budget-friendly replacement.

Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour Moonshine (Source: Laura Mercier| www.lauramercier.com) & Sugar Cosmetics Eyes Shine Shadow Crayon Metallic Champagne Gold(Source: Sugar Cosmetics|www.sugarcosmetics.com)
Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour Moonshine (Source: Laura Mercier| www.lauramercier.com) & Sugar Cosmetics Eyes Shine Shadow Crayon Metallic Champagne Gold(Source: Sugar Cosmetics|www.sugarcosmetics.com)

8. Eyeliner

If you love a killer wing Too Faced Better Than Sex Pen Liner is your best bet. Maybelline New York‘s Hyper Precise All Day is a great budget-friendly replacement for the same. In addition, both the products give you that sharp tip to grow your wings!

Better Than Sex Eyeliner (Source: Too Faced| www.toofaced.com)  & Maybelline Hyper Precise All Day (Source: Beauty Bay|www.beautybay.com)
Better Than Sex Eyeliner (Source: Too Faced| www.toofaced.com)  & Maybelline Hyper Precise All Day (Source: Beauty Bay|www.beautybay.com)

9. The best budget-friendly mascara

If there’s anything I envy about Bambi, it’s her lashes. The Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara makes your look all about the eyes. L’Oréal Lash Paradise that does the same job as a budget-friendly option.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara(Source: Too Faced| www.toofaced.com)  & Loreal Lash Paradise (Source: Loreal Paradise| www.lorealparadiseuae.com)
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara(Source: Too Faced| www.toofaced.com)  & L’Oréal Lash Paradise (Source: L’Oréal Paradise| www.lorealparadiseuae.com)

10. Lipstick

Our favourite nude transfer-proof lipstick is MAC Cosmetics Velvet Teddy. Although, Maybelline’s Superstay Matte Ink in Seductress is a great budget-friendly replacement.

MAC Velvet Teddy (Source: MAC Cosmetics| www.maccosmetics.com)  & Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Seductress (Source: Maybelline|www.maybelline.com)
MAC Velvet Teddy (Source: MAC Cosmetics | www.maccosmetics.com)  & Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Seductress (Source: Maybelline | www.maybelline.com)

11. A budget-friendly highlighter that makes heads turn!

Oh, Darling! MAC Cosmetics Extra Dimension SkinFinish Powder does a great job to blind people with its shine. However, a good budget-friendly option is Maybelline New York‘s Face Studio Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold.

MAC Cosmetics Oh Darling! (Source: MAC Cosmetics| www.maccosmetics.com) & Maybelline New York Master Chrome Highlighter Molten Gold (Source: Maybelline|www.maybelline.com)
MAC Cosmetics Oh Darling! (Source: MAC Cosmetics| www.maccosmetics.com) & Maybelline New York Master Chrome Highlighter Molten Gold (Source: Maybelline | www.maybelline.com)

12. Setting Spray

MAC Cosmetics‘ Prep+Prime makes that final spritz count but is expensive. However, PAC Cosmetic‘s Microfinish Setting Spray acts as a budget-friendly replacement. In addition to that, it’s fuss-free and distributes the setting spray beautifully with its micro nozzle.

MAC Fix+ (Source: MAC Cosmetics| www.maccosmetics.com) & PAC Micro Finish Makeup Spray (Source: PAC|  www.paccosmetics.in)
MAC Fix+ (Source: MAC Cosmetics | www.maccosmetics.com) & PAC Micro Finish Makeup Spray (Source: PAC | www.paccosmetics.in)

Hope you enjoyed this exhaustive list and long to try them as much as I do. Don’t forget to double-cleanse!

What are your favourite budget-friendly products? Do tell us in the comments below.

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