First off, an apology. I had to take my own photos for this post, which is why they’re crap (read this post for more info). I did the whole thing with the white card, the flowers and the natural light and STILL I end up with rubbish. Unfortunately, there were no stock photos available of my personal budget makeup starter kit for obvious reasons. Anyway.
I LOVE makeup. Tis my thing. I don’t go clubbing or smoke or spend hundreds of pounds in gourmet restaurants. Makeup is my spending vice. I’m not even one of those people that wear makeup every day – not even mascara. It’s either a full face or nothing. Go big or go home. I’ve actually put into force a makeup buying ban (I’m not too strict, though, oops), not because I’m haemorrhaging cash, but because I have so much. It’s totally unnecessary.
Those of us that love makeup can have a hard time sticking to a budget. For those of you with no interest/knowledge of makeup, let me just tell you: it can get seriously pricey. Not only that, but there are so may bloggers and vloggers and the like telling us about a cool new product that we just have to have for £40.
I personally don’t believe that anyone needs to spend that much on makeup. Nowadays there are so many awesome high street brands that you need to check out – either because you’re a teenager and are just starting to grow your collection because you’re on a tight budget or just because you love new makeup stuff.
This is not a fully comprehensive list, these are just my favourites. Some of the photos came out shockingly bad, for which I can only apologise.
By which I mean anything that goes all over your face. Somewhat controversially I think that there are plenty of drugstore foundations that are fabulous. Obviously, I’m only going to discuss products that I will personally use. All the products mentioned are not, as far as I’m aware, tested on animals, which is of utmost importance to me.
1 – Kiko Universal Fit foundation – stay away from this if you’re super super pale, but I mix it with the Wet n Wild foundation and it’s perfect. This is a lightweight, medium coverage foundation, that’s £6.90. It’s hydrating so has a dewy finish, but doesn’t make me look sweaty. This lasts all day on me, but I have pretty dry skin – if you’re oily that’ll affect the longevity.
2 – Barry M Cosmetics Flawless Color Correcting Primer this is one of those silicon-y primers – it has a similar texture to the Benefit Porefessional, for a quarter of the price (£5.99). This has a green tint that helps to neutralise redness, without making you look too ashy.
3 – WET N WILD Coverall Cream Foundation (£5.99) this is SERIOUSLY high coverage. the fair shade is also really pale – I mix this with the Kiko one in the warmer months. This can look a little cakey, so I’d recommend applying with a makeup sponge. I use this one– I didn’t take a picture of it because mine looks gross.
4 – LA GIRL Pro Conceal – It took me a while to like this, but it turns out I was using too much which made it look cakey. I also thought the brush applicator was unhygienic, but I suppose it can’t be any worse than a doe foot applicator. Anyway, I like this concealer because it’s light enough to brighten your under eye area, it covers spots and pigmentation like a dream and its under £3. Nice
5 – Boots Botanics Radiance Balm – I always get compliments on my skin when I wear this. I pop it under my primer and it gives a perfect amount of glow without making you look like a glitterball (a look I’m not averse too actually). Don’t be fooled by the name, though – it’s not a balm by any stretch of the imagination – more like a lotion – although it’s nicely moisturising.
6 – B. CC cream – ok this isn’t perfect since you really need to check it’s blended in properly otherwise it streaks BUT it’s £10.99 but is often on offer and it’s SPF 45 without making you look like a ghost. I got it for half price and I wear it when I go running. It has a light coverage but gives a gorgeous glow
7 – Soap and Glory facial SPF 50 – this has no coverage but is great to wear under foundation. It’s more pricey at £15 BUT it smells exactly like Ralph by Ralph Lauren which I love
1 – Tanya Burr’s Brow Palette – this will be too dark if your eyebrows are any lighter than mine (I need to use a light hand) BUT the texture is lovely. They’re really soft and crumbly, but in a good way. Although I only use one shade for my brows, the other shades are great for eyeshadow. I don’t use the brush BUT the tweezers are pretty good actually.
2 – BH Cosmetics brow pencil – this was about £4 I think (I ordered it from the States but shipping was pretty reasonable) and i love it. I’ve never tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, but this is what I imagine it’s like.
3. Colour products
1 – Sleek Make Up Face Form Palette – I have the shade Fair and it’s great. I’d highly recommend this as a one stop shop for blush, highlight and contour. The contour is matte, but you could also use it as a bronzer. The blush is a wee bit shimmery, but it works. I love.
2- ELF cream blush and bronzer in St. Lucia – these are pretty foolproof, the colours are lovely and you can use your fingers to apply them. They also last pretty well for cream products.
3 – Gosh blush in Flower Power – you know when they say a shade will suit all skin tones? This is the one they mean. This is a pretty matte dusky rose colour and it’s beautiful. The pigmentation is intense ,though, so go steady.
4 – Soap & Glory Solar Powder – this has both a shimmery bronze shade, and a deeper matte shade, so ideal for bronzing or contouring. TBH I just mix both shades together and put it all over – it’s nicely pigmented without making you look fake.
5- Physician’s Formula blush/bronzer – ok, this would be budget-friendly if you either bought it in the US or found it in TK Maxx like I did. The only link I could find puts it at £26.00. Yikes. It’s a lovely peachy shade that I find tones down my naturally fuschia cheeks. The bronze side is fairly pale and perfect for contouring in winter if you’re ghostly like me. Both sides are matte as far as I can tell.
1 – Wet n Wild Colour Icon Eye Shadow Trio Walking on Eggshells 4 g – the bottom shade is a dupe for Mac’s All That Glitters, which is why i bought it. The shadows are sooo buttery soft though and this little trio is perfect – the top to highlight, bottom for the lid and the middle for the crease – which is a dupe for Mac’s Cork. A winner for under £4.
2 – BH cosmetics cream eyeshadow primer – I bought this because I missed Mac’s Paint Pot in Painterly. It’s not quite the same, though – this one’s thinner and less pigmented. It’s a pretty good primer though and a really pretty shade selection. Still, if anyone has any suggestions for a cruelty-free, cheap dupe for a Paint Pot (geez, Caroline, you don’t want much do you?) pleeease let me know.
3 – Sleek Make Up i-Divine Eyeshadow Palette Storm – if you only buy one makeup palette, let it be this one. It’s so versatile and pretty. I love it. It’s definitely my fave out of the 6 *hangs head in shame* Sleek palettes I own
4- ELF super-lustrous eyeshadow – the shade Toast is the most beautiful shimmery gold EVER. It’s paler than it looks online – the photos of ELF products on their website bare barely any resemblance to the products themselves.
5 – Kiko matte cream eyeshadow in Taupe – these are amazing – so creamy, yet so matte. I’ve not tried the shimmer shades first, I have to wait until my other cream eyeshadows run out 🙁
6 – Kiko eyeshadow in Champagne – this is similar in texture to a Sleek shadow but the COLOUR *fans self*. It’s the perfect champagne-y gold.
5. Eyes (everything else)
1 – Essence Lash Princess mascara – this is the best mascara I’ve ever used and it’s £3.30. THREE POUNDS THIRTY.
2 – Barry M Cosmetics Bold Waterproof Eyeliners Black – this is a normal, bog-standard black eyeliner BUT it stays put in the waterline. That never happens for me! Yay!
3 – Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner pen – imagine you want a perfect, Taylor Swift-esque feline flick. This pen will give you that, last forever (both on your eye and in the pen) for the princely sum of six quid.
4 – Kiko liquid eyeliner in blue, purple and bronze – only I would think coloured liquid eyeliner belongs in a budget makeup starter kit, but there you go. These are the best of their kind that I’ve found.
5 – BH Cosmetics gel eyeliner – this was about a fiver and I was pleasantly surprised. It’s smooth, long lasting and reeeeally black.
6- GOSH cream eyeshadow sticks – ok, cards on the table, these aren’t the longest lasting shadows out there, but you’ll get about five hours wear. The colours are gorgeous, though, and they’re super smooth.
7 – Kiko cream eyeshadow sticks – these are incredible. They’re apparently dupes for the By Terry Ombre Blackstars and they’re perfect. Long-lasting, densely pigmented and £6.90. I have 05, 06 and 07, a rosy taupe, a golden brown and a champagne.
1 – Essence liquid lipstick – these are NOT liquid lipsticks. They’re more of a richly pigmented gloss, but not at all sticky. They’re increible and I love them, but don’t be fooled by the name.
2 – Soap & Glory Sexy Motherpucker – ok, these ARE liquid lipsticks and they’re awesome. I just wish they did matte versions.
3 – Essence Lipgloss – these are lovely, glossy, non-sticky traditional lip glosses. Nicely pigmented but not too much. Essence are hard to beat when it comes to lip products.
4 – ELF matte lip color – they don’t sell these in UK any more *sob*, but you can get them in the US. These are matte lipsticks that last FOR. EVER. I love them. They’re not drying and they don’t leak all over your face. I just wish they had a bigger shade range.
5 – Essence lip liner – these are soft, non-drying, nicely pigmented and A POUND.
6 – Barry M Cosmetics Matte Me Up Lip Crayon, Dress Rehearsal – ok, for a start, the formula is better than Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, but with a less ridiculous name and they have this shade. It’s the perfect nude for someone with highly pigmented lips like me.
1 – BH cosmetics Sculpt & Blend brush set. These are ok, but the Real Techniques ones are better, although slightly more expensive.
2 – Real Techniques Powder Brush – erm, it’s a powder brush. Not a lot more to say…
3 – Real Techniques Setting Brush – I love this for concealer and blending eyeshadow. I just wish they did a slightly smaller one
4 – Real Techniques Base Shadow Brush – this is awesome for both laying down shadow and blending, I just wish they sold it separately.
5 – Real Techniques Blush Brush – this is awesome for highly pigmented blushes since it’s very tapered. I use it for bronzer too because I live on the edge.
I only use Barry M nail polish because they’re £3.99 and awesome. They live in Boots, Superdrug and here.
Wow, putting all those links in was dull – please click on them so it was worth the effort. I don’t mind if you don’t buy anything, just a couple of clicks 🙂