How to Build a Back-to-School Makeup Bag – All Under $10

August 22, 2017
Marisa Petrarca
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
makeup products spilling out of makeup bag

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.

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