Inexpensive, Everyday Makeup Products I Use

July 24, 2019

I'm not the type of girl that wears only concealer on days I want a "light-beat". I go big or go home, meaning I either wear no makeup at all or go full-glam (even when I make it look natural). The only big difference separating a day at work vs. a date night look is eyeshadow & lashes (things I don't use for the everyday look). I do a full-beat when it comes to my face makeup, & this blog is listing my routine & all of the affordable products I use.

Blending is KEY when it comes to makeup application. I'm not a brush kind of gal when it comes to applying foundation, but I do have a few different sponges. Believe it or not, the affordable ones are just as good (maybe even better) than higher-priced ones. Elf's Blending Sponge has been my go-to recently, but I also use the Real Techniques Sponge once in awhile. Make sure you run them under water– damp sponges blend the best.

For foundation, I'm really into drugstore products. Youtubers and makeup gurus rave about the high-end foundations (which I'm sure are fantastic) but I'm not spending $50 on .30 ounces of product. My two favorite & affordable foundations are the Elf Flawless Finish Foundation & the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation. They're both medium coverage that can easily be built up to full, & have a satin finish which I'm obsessed with.

Concealer is a must for me, since I have bags under my eyes that NEVER disappear, no matter how awake I am. My top two are the Makeup Revolution Concealer & the Elf Camo Concealer. The only thing is that with both of these, you need to be quick with blending. They're crazy full coverage, so it's worth it.

Setting powder is essential, especially if you have an oily face like me. No worries though, Coty Airspun Powder is cheap & sets your face for the whole day. I "bake" my under eyes & lightly apply powder over my entire face with a brush. 

With bronzer & highlight I get a little boujee. I've been using Cover FX, Tarte, & Artist Couture products lately, BUT I promised inexpensive options for this post. My favorite affordable bronzer is by Physicians Formula & my favorite drugstore highlight is the Maybelline Master Chrome. The bronzer is buttery and smooth, & the highlight is INSANELY BRIGHT. Both are underrated & great quality, I highly recommend. 

Just about any Maybelline mascara makes your lashes the best they've ever looked, so don't even think about wasting money on an expensive mascara.

HOW COULD I FORGET ABOUT BROWS? I will be honest with you, I am very picky about my eyebrows & use one product only. I have used Kabrow by Benefit for a few years now, & I will never change my ways. It's $24 which is a little pricy but I promise it lasts super long & is AMAZING. If there's a makeup product you should spend a few extra bucks on, I swear this is it. 

Last but not least– setting spray. Here I go again, fighting against my promise of being inexpensive. Like I said before, my face is oily. I need a setting spray that keeps my face grease-free all day, & it has been so hard for me to find one. Just a month ago, I started using the COOLA Setting Spray and my makeup has never looked so good. Throughout the day I check myself out in the mirror & am shocked at how fresh my makeup looks– like I just finished applying it. Also, it contains SPF, so it's protecting your skin while keeping your makeup in place. How convenient is that? I know I went against my word, and $30 is definitely not the most affordable price for a setting spray, but again, it's worth the few extra dollars. 

If you have any questions about shades I use or want other suggestions, feel free to contact me! Thanks for your support.

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