Makeup doesn’t always come cheap, every makeup enthusiast knows that. But whether you’re new to the makeup game or an experienced guru looking to replenish their stock, here, we’ve listed 15 must-have makeup essentials we promise you’ll need and use all the time. Best of all, these products are all under $15 USD! Talk about balling on a budget, right? From a pore-eliminating foundation to a versatile powder brush to a conditioning mascara, scroll through our 15 must-have makeup essentials.
Foundation is always a good place to start. Whether you’re looking for a medium or full cover, Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation is a versatile foundation that offers buildable coverage and a matte and smooth finish. Of course, if you’re looking for light coverage, apply the foundation with a damp makeup sponge. Great for all skin types, it also minimizes the look of pores with its amazing blurring micro-powders SPF18-infused formula.
Concealer is one of those products you’re going to use almost every day. Whether you’re looking to spot conceal blemishes and dark circles, colour correct discolouration and/or highlight to show off your favourite facial features, we promise you’ll love the L.A. Girl Pro HD Conceal. Its lightweight formula offers full, crease-resistant coverage to create the most skin-like finish. With an amazing shade range, we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Grooming brows can be so personal, which is why finding the right brow product can be very tricky. But for those who still haven’t found their go-to, we suggest trying the RUDE Outrageous Eyebrow Pen. Don’t let the name fool you, this “Pen” is actually a retractable brow pencil. Great for beginners, this has a flat triangular-point tip that is designed to create hair-like strokes and buildable shading to fill in gaps. The pencil is also double-ended with a spoolie (eyebrow brush) to help blend out any harsh lines.
Wearing blush is a great way to show off your cheekbones and warm up your complexion, which is why we love the RUDE Undaunted Blush Palette. Not only is having six shades better than one, but this blush palette also helps create the most natural contours.
To help give your skin a subtle sun-kissed finish, apply a bronze highlight to the tip of your nose and right along the apples of your cheeks. For this, we recommend the e.l.f Baked Highlighter & Bronzer. This two-in-one bronzer and highlighter calls for maximum versatility. Its Vitamin E-rich formula also helps hydrate and nourish the skin for the most radiant finish.
6. Loose Powder
Great for those no-makeup makeup look days, the CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder gives your skin a flawless, soft tint. Loose Powder is always another great way to set your foundation.
7. Powder Brush
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Playing with powder formulas isn’t possible without a good brush. The Real Techniques Powder Brush is made with a large plush set of bristles designed for sheer application and high-defined results. This brush can be used on the face and body.
8. Setting Spray
In case you’re planning to have a full day out wearing a full face of makeup, we highly suggest locking in your look with a setting spray. L.A. Girl Pro Setting Spray helps keep makeup lasting from morning ‘til night. Its matte-finishing formula also absorbs excess oils to keep your complexion looking fresh and clean.
To keep your makeup from melting off your face, we always suggest prepping the skin with a makeup primer. Infused with essential vitamins, the e.l.f Hydrating Face Primer transforms the skin into a smooth canvas for long-last makeup wear and gives the complexion an extra boost of radiance. Makeup hack: Mix a bit of foundation and primer to create your perfect customized tinted moisturizer.
Still on the hunt for the perfect lip shade? Check out the RUDE Notorious Liquid Lip Colour. These liquid lipsticks are available in high-pigmented 20 sultry matte shades that look good on all skin shades. Best of all, they’re super long-lasting!
On its own or on top of your favourite lippie, lipgloss is a must-have we never leave the house without. Not only do they deliver a kissable shine, but also work to keep lips hydrated. We absolutely adore the Nicka K Fruity Lip Shine and its fruity range of shades.
12. Lip Liner
Get the Kylie effect and define the shape of your lips with the RUDE 2.4.1 Lip Liner & Brush. The double-ended precision-tip and brush call for easy application. For the best results, apply lip liner right before applying your lipstick or ditch lipstick entirely and fill in the lips with just lip liner to get that matte pouty look.
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Whether you’re looking to create a sultry cat eye or a smokey eyeshadow effect, using a good eyeliner is a good way to start. The MILANI Stay Put Waterproof Eye Liner Pencil features waterproof and saturated pigments that really make your eyes pop.
Experimenting and playing various eyeshadows shades is one of the most fun things about makeup and that’s because there is no such thing as the perfect shade. To get you started on your eyeshadow journey we say try the Beauty Creations 35 Color Eyeshadow Palette. This palette includes 35 matte and shimmery shades to help you create endless looks.
What’s a makeup look without mascara? The Rimmel London Wonder’Lash Mascara waterproof mascara instantly transforms straight and limp lashes into defined and volumized Bambi lashes. Formulated with argan oil, each coat of pigment conditions your lashes and separates them to avoid clumps. No falsies needed here!