The best thing about makeup is that it enhances the beauty that’s already present. But there are many products out there, so you’re probably thinking, “What should I choose? What should I buy? What will work for me? What makeup products can I buy in line with my budget?”
Well, if you’re a newbie then you can definitely start creating your own stash of makeup and with our best beauty buys, you won’t have to drain your bank balance to get your hands on these pretty products.
Here are ten of the best makeup products you need for your beauty bag if you’re just getting started in the world of makeup, or you want to update or extend your collection.
e.l.f. Cosmetics is a beauty brand that sells affordable products. Best of all, e.l.f. Cosmetics has a strong cruelty-free stance so none of the items are tested on animals. Yay!
One of its bestsellers is the Lip Exfoliator, which only costs $3. This product helps to gently exfoliate, soothes, condition and revitalize the lips so if you suffer with really dry and chapped lips from time to time, then you need to add this to your makeup bag as this will come in handy when you’re on the go.
Tarte Cosmetics is a global brand that features some of the best products in stores such as Ulta, Macy’s and Sephora. Make your selection of the most wonderful cosmetic items at Tarte.
Every makeup bag needs a signature lipstick, so why not treat yourself to two? Try out the Color Splash Cocktail Lip Duo, which contains Rainforest of the Sea lipstick in shades Rum Punch (a nude color) and Daiquiri (a poppy coral color). Each pint-sized lipstick has a creamy and butter formula and is long-lasting it can last on your lips for around 12 hours. Plus, the lipsticks are vegan, so they contain zero animal ingredients.
For cosmetic products that are innovate, take a look at Stila. If you want to try out eyeliner and you want to create the smokey eye look, then use the Smudge Pot Eyeliner Set, a gel eyeliner set that contains deep shades: Black, Pomegranate and Cobalt. Eyeliner can be notoriously difficult to apply perfectly, but this set contains the La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush for easy and slick application.
Jump on the unicorn trend with this nail polish from Butter London! With a glossy, shimmery and and sparkly finish, this nail polish with pink undertones is perfect for giving your nails an iridescent shine. It’s quick-drying, chip resistant and perfect for all skin tones.
Available in six colorful shades, the Wet N Wild MegaGlow Highlighting Powder gives your face the high-pigmented, ultra-pearly and glowy look, so your face can shine and stand out.
To cover up those dark circles and bags under your eyes, use the Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand, which has a rich and concentrated formula that helps to create medium to heavy coverage and enhance your morning makeup look. Also, NYX Cosmetics’ products are cruelty-free so they’re not tested on animals.
7. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover, $8.99, Ulta Beauty
Removing your makeup is an essential part of your skincare routine, so use micellar water to take off your makeup and cleanse your face of dirt and impurities. Garnier’s Micellar Water cleansing products are affordable and help to cleanse, refresh and detox your skin without drying your face out so it’s definitely the perfect solution for getting rid of tough makeup - and it’s much better and more effective than using facial wipes.
8. Essence Satin Touch Blush, $2.99, Ulta Beauty
Even though highlighting and contouring are popular beauty trends right now, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of blush to enhance your cheeks. With a silky-soft and satin finish, you can give your cheeks a hint of pigmented colour. Plus, at $2.99, it’s cheap and cheerful - and not tested on animals.
Available in six gorgeous shades, the Shea Butter Lip Balm by Pixi Beautymoisturises, nourishes and protects the lips from dryness and sun damage, as well as giving your lips a pretty tint.
Sephora is a well-renowned beauty destination for beauty lovers, stocking many products from a wide range of brands, but what many people don’t realise that Sephora has its own collection of makeup items. One product includes the LashCraft Length and Volume Mascara. This jet-black mascara lengthens your lashes and leaves them clump-free, plus it’s easy to rinse off too.