Fear not, penny pinchers – there’s no need to skimp on lavish brunches, overpriced coffees or smashed avo on toast in order to buy your coveted beauty items.
With the help of Mamamia’s resident makeup guru Natalie Wright and Priceline Pharmacy Makeup Director Rae Morris, we’ve collated some expert budget makeup tips and discovered some of the best products currently on the market.
Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Shadow, $11.86
"One thing I really love is the Rimmel Magnif'Eyes Double Ended Shadow and Liner in bronze gold," Wright says.
"The reason I love it so much is that it’s eyeshadow in a stick and you don’t have to use a brush so you can use it on the go. It has a light and dark colour and both colours suit every skin tone, and they are really good for eyeshadow and liner. And the brown neutral colour is something you could wear every day."
Models Prefer Eye Lash Curler, $6.99
"An eyelash curler is a must have, especially for women who don’t have long eyelashes as it really makes them appear longer," Morris tells Mamamia.
At just $7, this Models Prefer curler is about as good as they get. (Post continues after gallery.)
La Roche Posay Uvidea XL Melt in BB Cream $33.99
"I love this foundation," Morris says, "and will personally use it every day as it sits nicely on the skin and won’t make you break out."
Incredibly, Morris also says despite working with some of the biggest celebrities around the world, around 70 per cent of her makeup toolkit is made up of budget items like this BB cream.
SAVVY Cheek & Lip Colour 30ml $8.99
Any product that works as a two-in-one is a winner in our book, but especially when it's as reasonably priced as this Savvy duo.
In the words of Morris, this is a lipstick blush duo that always looks "effortlessly natural".
SIMPLE Cleansing Wipes $7.49
"These are a must. It’s so important that your makeup comes off properly to keep your skin nice and clean," Morris tells Mamamia.
But if these wipes aren't for you, another affordable option on Morris' cheap makeup tips list is Bioderma Crealine H20 Cleanser & makeup Remover 250ml ($29.99). "This is my absolute number one product from the Bioderma range," she says.
"Whenever I do shows in Paris, you’re not allowed backstage without it. None of the international models will let you use anything else on their skin to remove makeup. If I have to do 10 different looks on a model’s face, I can take makeup on and off a hundred times with this product and their skin won’t go red."
Models Prefer Blotting Papers $5.99
"We’re in a selfie world now," Morris says.
"The oiler you are, the more your face grips powder. So I say to women, let’s switch to blotting papers instead. They actually flatten the skin down as much as powder. And my rule is if you do want to use powder, always blot first."
REAL TECHNIQUES Miracle Complexion Sponge $16.99
In case you missed it, beauty blenders are the new makeup application must-have item.
They help blend foundation and concealers "beautifully," keep your fingers clean, and provide a studio-worthy finish.
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So there you have it - the top makeup tips on a tight budget from the experts.