Building your ideal beauty kit on a budget is no simple task, but if anyone is up for the challenge, it’s us! Besides, who says that makeup worth having has to cost a fortune? There’s plenty of color payoff, lasting power and versatility in products that don’t necessarily break the bank — and hey, a little extra cash in our pockets could always come in handy. We’ve gathered everything you (actually) need to build yourself a complete makeup shelf — from foolproof foundation to a tinted lippie and everything in between — all for just under $50! Here’s what to shop for …
Favorite Foundation: L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup ($10.95)
Coverage doesn’t have to cost a million bucks to look flawless! The True Match Foundation is oil-free, never cakes and matches your skin tone and texture to a tee! Best of all — it’s not even $11!
Go-To Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($6.49)
Every gal needs a solid concealer (emphasis on NEEDS). You don’t have to let up on those long “work” nights while using this stuff! If there’s one product that’s worth the splurge, it’s a concealer that really works. Luckily, with this one, you get the smooth and natural finish of a luxury product, without the high-end spend!
Blush & Bronzer Duo: NYX Cosmetics Bronzer & Blush Combo ($9.00)
A two-for-one? We can get on board with that! Especially with one that can give you a perfectly bronzed, sun-kissed glow. Bronzer and blush can typically cost over $20 — each. Not this one. And don’t let the price fool you — this combo can really get the job done!
Waterproof Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara ($6.40)
The importance of long, luscious lashes is something only gals can really understand. This specific mascara formula has been a cult classic by beauty lovers for years, and with good reason. It’s seriously smudge, budge, everything-proof! So now you really need it in your beauty kit for sure!
Natural Shadow Palette: NYX The Natural Shadow Palette ($7.50)
Go light and natural or intense and smoky — the benefit of going with this six-shadow neutral palette is that it can work with anything and for any occasion! And for less than $8, we’re adding this to our makeup shelf, too!
Brow Sculptor: NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil ($4.75)
While the saying “brows on fleek” might go out of style, on-point brows never will. This pencil with a built-in brush will get you those perfectly sculpted and arched brows you’ve always dreamed of (without breaking the bank).
Tinted Balm: Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Punch ($3.99)
No makeup kit is complete without a little lippie action. Baby lips balm will not only keep your pout hydrated for a full eight hours, but the pink tint will give your lips a pop of color without the risk of lipstick-teeth.
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About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.