Welcome back ladies! The most popular makeup question I get asked is always “What products should I buy?” I know my favorite products aren’t the most budget-friendly so I wanted to write up a post to let you ladies know what quality products you can buy at the drugstore and what products will be worth the investment. You can decide what fits into your budget and be happy with the products at the same time. This will be a two-part series; Part 1 will focus on face makeup and Part 2 will focus on brow and eye makeup.

Primer: Primers are a little tricky. It took me a long time to find a primer that I could actually say was doing something to help my makeup. I think this really depends on your skin type and what you want out of your primer. For me, it’s always been oil control. For dry or normal skin, you might be looking to add luminosity to your skin. I haven’t actually tried this product, but I’ve heard amazing things about the Loreal Magic Lumi Primer. If you’re dry or normal, I would definitely try that one out. For oil control, I really liked the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and the price would fit any budget. It goes on super smooth and I noticed it helps to control oil at least a little bit. It’s very similar to the Benefit Porefessional Primer which I absolutely looooooove. If you’re on a super-tight budget, I would just forego the primer. Make sure you moisturize before foundation and you should be good to go.

Foundation: There are some great foundations at the drugstore and a lot of them have a really large color range. The only downside is that you can’t match the foundations on you at the store. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin is one of my favorites if you have oily skin. For normal or dry skin, Loreal True Match Lumi is my favorite. The finish is beautiful. I’ve used the Lumi foundation on occasion, it will just give oily skin a pretty dewy look and won’t last very long.

Concealer: This one really depends on your skin. If you have hyperpigmentation, dark circles, or acne, you’re going to want to invest in a really good concealer. I love to use a really creamy concealer on any spots. MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo is a personal favorite and the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer is a close second. I love that both of these allow you to mix the colors to match you perfectly. For under eye, there’s really nothing that compares to the MAC ProLongwear Concealer. It’s very thin but completely conceals anything. I find that if I use anything more creamy under the eye I get a lot of creasing. The formula for this concealer prevents pretty much any creasing. If you’re lucky enough to have beautiful skin, the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer is a really great product to brighten up the under eyes.


Powder: You can definitely find some good pressed powder options with any budget. One of my favorite powders is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Transparent. This powder keeps you nice and matte. Choosing a transparent powder will keep the powder from changing the color of your foundation. As for a loose powder, I haven’t had any luck finding one that I like at the drugstore. It needs to be really finely milled and a lot of them just aren’t that fine. The one I continue to buy over and over is the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder in Translucent. I’ve found that the loose powders help absorb oil a little more than pressed powders. Choosing between pressed and loose powder is pretty much all personal preference.

Bronzer, blush, and highlight: These three are very easily found at low prices. I much prefer a matte bronzer and NYX Matte Bronzer fits the bill perfectly. It blends out very nicely and doesn’t have any orangey tone to it. My top drugstore blush is the Milani Baked Powder Blush in Luminoso. It’s a universally flattering peachy coral shade and you can’t beat the price. For highlight, the NYX Illuminator is absolutely stunning. The different shades are available for swatching at ULTA, and I always choose a highlight based on what blends into my skin. I only want the highlight to add shimmer, not a pale white hue to my skin. Narcissistic was the shade that worked well for me.

I hope you guys can try out some of these products! Let me know what you think in the comments!!

Melissa 

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