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The six makeup products under $20 your beauty cupboard needs right away.

They’re the holy grail of the makeup world – cheap makeup products that make you look like you’ve spent a fortune on your face when really you’ve just dropped a $20 at your local chemist.

I first discovered Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara 15 years ago, and even though I occasionally flirt with the more expensive brands, without fail, I always return to my old faithful. Because it works – it lifts, curls and lengthens my eyelashes – and I get change from a $20 note.

And when you ask around, you quickly learn everyone has their one (or five) favourite budget makeup products.

Here’s a roundup of some of the best cheap makeup around. Trust us, it’ll have you looking Kardashian-level glam in no time.

 Rimmel Stay Matte Primer.

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Rimmel's Stay Matte Primer retails for as little as $9.69 and not only minimises pores but also controls shine and creates a soft, matte complexion.

Covergirl Smoothers Concealer.

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Covergirl Smoothers Concealer is perfect for covering those dark circles under your eyes (we all have them) after a long week/big night/early start. Best of all, it's conditioning, hypoallergenic and retails for only $9.95.

Essence Eyebrow Designer.

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There's nothing more exciting than a $3 eyebrow pencil that makes you look like Cara Delevingne, and Essence Eyebrow Designer will do just that. Plus, Essence is cruelty-free, so you don't have to worry about animal testing.

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Sportsgirl Lipsticks.

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Sportsgirl has a range of lipsticks for $9.95 and they're all available in matte and creme. Oh, and did we mention they're enriched with evening primrose, vitamin E & jojoba oils?

NYX Makeup Setting Spray.

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NYX setting spray provides a matte, shine-free finish while making sure your makeup lasts all day - and it'll only set you back $14.95. It's like setting powder, but more hydrating, universally flattering and doesn't need to be carried around in your bag all night long.

BOURJOIS Little Round Pot Blush

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Bourjois' little round pots of blush are only $20. They're available in 13 shades and they seriously last for years. Also, they don't break or chip like other blush pots. So there'll be no crying on the bathroom floor.

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What are your cheap makeup recommendations? Share them in the comments below.

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