Most of us are suckers for the promises of luminous skin, pretty packaging and bright colours. Sometimes we can’t help but splurge on makeup products. Well, luckily for you, not everything in your vanity bag needs to cost as much as you thought. We give you a guide to what products are worth a hefty price tag and what you can save on. Read on for the lowdown on what’s really worth your hard-earned moolah.
There’s no need to be extravagant and go for a designer eyeliner. As long as it glides on smoothly and is long-lasting, any affordable, easily available brand will do just fine. They can be as effective in adding some daily drama to your peepers as something that costs 10 times as much.
Though you get plenty of low-budget eyeshadows everywhere, it’s best to invest in a high-end one. The pricier ones are made from better quality pigments and will give you a truer colour that will last you through the day. Cheap shadows won’t deposit colour as easily and can fade off in a few hours.
Yes, mascaras are a daily beauty staple for adding that extra oomph to our eyes, but every brand - small or big - uses similar formulas. There’s no need to pay up a hefty sum when you can get one that lengthens your lashes for much less. Especially since you should be changing your mascara tube for a new one every 6 months to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. There really is no need to splurge on it.
Your base sets the tone for the rest of your makeup, so spending a bit extra on good quality foundations and concealers that are dermatologically tested is a smart idea. Plus, all high-end brands have a vast range of shades, so you can find one that matches your skin tone perfectly. Cheaper brands tend to have just two or three shades to choose from. Also, luxury ones provide better coverage and blend more easily into the skin.
Your compact of translucent powder isn’t something you can really see, it basically sets your makeup and prevents shine and oiliness. There’s no need to spend a crazy amount on it, there are plenty of powders that do the job for a much lower price.
If you want a fabulous pucker, then be ready to shell out some extra bucks. Luxury lipsticks have much higher quality pigments, which means more intense colour that will stay on for much longer. Plus, while cheaper lipsticks may come in attractive shades, plenty of them will dry up your lips with use. However, high-end lippies tend to come with lip-conditioning and moisturizing ingredients to keep your pout soft, making them totally worth the splurge.
Since lip glosses aren’t as pigmented and you don’t want the same colour intensity with them as you do with a lipstick, you can grab one at a steal. There are plenty of less expensive glosses out there that do just that – add oodles of gloss!
You can’t have flawless looking makeup without the right tools in your arsenal. Good quality brushes help blend in all your makeup seamlessly, cover up blemishes perfectly and help you fake more chiseled cheekbones. If you haven’t already, it’s time you invested in these magic wands for perfecting your makeup like the pros. (Don’t forget to read our super simple guide to makeup brushes.)
There are plenty of inexpensive blushers available that come in fantastic shades and are easy to brush on. You get low-budget cream as well as powder blushes easily to suit your skin type. However, when it comes to bronzers, it’s always safer to spend a little extra as they need to be more pigmented, very blendable and as close to your natural skin tone as possible.