If you're anything like us you spend a lot of money on important things like rent, health insurance and Uber Eats, so you never really have enough spare monies to splurge out on your makeup kit. But then you find yourself using a cotton tip to scrape out the remnants of your foundation bottle, and you start to re-assess whether that chicken burrito and nacho combo was really worth it (it totally was, but still - not ideal).
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But, listen. While we all love a luxe eyeshadow palette and triple-digit foundations, there are a heap of inexpensive cult-favourite products that fit the bill just nicely. And some perform just as well (or even better) than the super spendy options. When it comes to beauty products, a steeper price doesn't always mean higher quality formulas.
Now because we don't want to sit here on our high horses/swivel chairs and tell you what to use and what to buy, we asked four legendary makeup artists to tell us about some of their favourite budget makeup products (skin prep things included). Partly because we're extremely nosey about what other people like, but also because we're fascinated to know which brands are making cracking products for a zilch of the price.
Put it this way - if a makeup artist is carrying something in their kit, you know it's gotta be good.
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Okay fellow beauty perves, let's go!
Michael Brown, celebrity makeup artist.
"I love the precise tip for a feather application and the shades are the closest to real brow shades - not going by hair colour which can be too different."