If you’re struggling to buy a semester’s worth of beauty products on a college student’s budget, read this.
As summer comes to a close and you prepare to move back to campus, there are a lot of things to keep in mind. Like how many pairs of your shoes should you actually bring to school. What snacks are necessary for your survival? And do you actually need to buy notebooks, or can you just recycle what you’ve used in the past? But there’s one question that’s more important than them all: “What is the least amount of money you can spend at the drugstore to still have amazing makeup this semester?”
Lucky for you, we’ve got cheap makeup suggestions for days. But this doesn’t mean your products have to be any less than fabulous. As a former college student with a tendency to (accidentally) destroy beauty products on the regular, I’m especially empathetic. But it wasn’t as devastating when I broke my beloved highlighter into a million pieces because it cost me less than 10 bucks. So to help you cope when you’re in the same tragic situation (and to help your bank account), we rounded up 10 of the best makeup products to start fresh this semester – for under $10.
e.l.f. Beautifully Bare Natural Glow Face Palette
This palette includes a bronzer, highlighter and two blushes to help you sculpt and add natural dimension to your face. It helps you easily throw on a little makeup to look alive five minutes before your 8a.m. class.
Essie 90s Collection Nail Polish
Going back to school means we can justify buying (at least) one new polish for Fall. We’re loving the shade As If from Essie’s new 90s-inspired lineup.
Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer
To start your daily makeup routine off right, begin with a moisturizing primer like this one. Apply the primer alone or with your favorite moisturizer for extra hydration.
Maybelline Liquid Mousse Foundation
You can rarely find foundation for under $10, so we were excited to discover one that actually is affordable. The Maybelline Liquid Mousse Foundation comes in blendable shades for every skin tone and is ideal for every skin type.
The City Mini Eyeshadow Palette
This eyeshadow palette is the perfect size for a makeup bag. It comes in eight different color options and features six different shades in each palette so you can create a variety of different looks.
NYX That’s The Point Eyeliner
Finding the right liner is easy with the NYX’s That’s The Point Liner collection – there are seven different styles. Whether you’re trying to achieve the perfect cateye with Hella Fine or dotting and defining with On The Dot, there’s a liner for everyone.
NYX Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Lipstick
For a night out, you’re going to want to have your favorite shade of NYX Metallic Matte Lipstick on hand. It comes in six different shades, ranging from pale gold to a bright burgundy.
NYX Born to Glow Illuminator
You can’t go back to school without a good highlighter. This NYX fan-favorite is perfect for applying under your foundation for an overall glow, or to highlight your cheekbones.
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
There’s no doubt that a good mascara is a necessary staple in everyone’s makeup case. You can’t go wrong with the classic Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara – there’s a reason it’s been killing to for 40 years.
Maybelline Brow Drama Shaping Chalk Powder
Lets face it: You don’t have time to sit down and shape your brows to perfection. Luckily, products like this brow powder exist so that you can easily fill your brows for a soft but filled-in look.
About the Author:Marisa is an assistant beauty editor at Makeup.com where she's responsible for creating content that inspires, informs and influences readers. She's obsessed with trying new beauty products, hoards a crazy amount of lipstick and her second love (besides makeup) is food. Her work has also appeared in Domino Magazine, StyleCaster, Guest of a Guest and Jeannine Morris Media.