5 Makeup Must Haves… Each Under $5
Hi Everyone! Emily here. It might sound strange, but one of my favorite pastimes is finding great “diamond in the rough” makeup products. Ever since high school, I’ve loved picking up new drugstore makeup, and experiencing the trial and error. Fast forward 15 years, and I’ve tried a lot of very good (and not-so-good) bargain makeup products. I’d love to share five great finds with you (I’m wearing them all in the above picture)… and I didn’t spend more than five dollars on any of them!
NYC New York Color Smooth Skin Bronzer in Sunny ($2.99, Drug/Discount Stores)
Clearly this is a much-loved bronzer in my collection! I love that it’s a 100% matte, non-orangey bronzer, which makes it great for giving the whole face some natural-looking color. It also works well for contouring the cheekbones, forehead, and jawline. When fair to light skinned people ask me for a bronzer recommendation that won’t look overpowering, I direct them to this product!
ELF Studio Blush in Pink Passion ($3, eyeslipsface.com)
These blushes from ELF are an amazing buy, and are comparable to many high end blushes in my collection. There’s great color payoff, and a little goes a long way! While I love Pink Passion and think it’s great for spring, some other terrific shades from this line are Blushing Rose and Candid Coral. Each one comes in a sleek black compact that includes a mirror.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Silent Treatment ($2.99, Drug/Discount Stores)
This brand has come so far, especially where the eyeshadows are concerned. I love this particular trio because it can go from natural to smokey in a snap. The shadows are soft, pigmented, and very long-wearing, and there are very few drugstore brands that I can say that about across the board. For a couple dollars more you can get an 8-color palette, but in terms of some other great trios, I’d recommend Walking on Eggshells and Don’t Steal My Thunder.
Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara ($4.99, Ulta)
This one barely makes it into the under five dollar price range, but it’s definitely worth mentioning! This is one of my newer finds, and I love how quickly it builds up volume and length on my lashes, without making me feel the need to pile on coat after coat (my sparse lashes can’t handle that!) The formula isn’t overly wet, and the rubber brush has lots of bristles- including some tiny bristles at the tip which really help with separation. The end result for me is more length, and the look of more lashes!
Jordana Easyliner for Lips in Baby Berry ($1.99, Drug/Discount Stores)
You don’t have to spend a lot to get a great lip liner! These retractable liners from Jordana come in a variety of colors and are a long-time favorite of mine. They’re very smooth and creamy, therefore it’s very easy to fill in your lips entirely and wear them alone! The staying power is great. In the picture above, I’m only wearing the liner in Baby Berry on my lips. I also like using that shade for added definition with pink and berry lip colors. The shade called Tawny is a great neutral from the line.
There you go! Five great makeup products that won’t break the bank! Several are the kinds of must-haves that are so essential to me, I’ve repurchased them multiple times. So what are your best makeup finds for under five dollars?
-Emily, Beauty Broadcast