best budget makeup

Switching it up a little today to bring you my all time fave affordable make-up buys. These are all products I've bought and loved for quite some time (some of them maybe for too long...). Real daily staples when it comes to making me look human at 5:30am.

best budget foundation
This Borjouis foundation is my absolute go-to. I've got true combination skin and this actually works. Personally, I think dry patches are worse than a bit of shine, so the Healthy Mix Serum formula, rather than the original is my preference. The only real pain in the ass is the lack of shades. But the next product might well actually help with that...
contouring liquid body shop drops
"Chubby cheeks are cute"... said by no one to me since 2001. I've been contouring for a good few years now with a whole host of different products. But this ones a game changer. I think I bought these Body Shop Darkening Drops about 3 weeks ago now... ok so not a long term make-up bag piece! A new, but amazing addition. I actually mix one drop of this with my foundation to create the perfect contour. It's cool in tone and means that I can easily create the perfect shade. Simply blending it in with a Real Techniques Buffing Brush creates a quick, and relatively natural finish. As natural as a fake contour can be, at least.
contouring brush real techniques
The whole Real Techniques Core Collection Kit is perfect. I use a couple of the brushes from it on a daily basis, but the buffing brush is the best - soft, fluffy... buff-y..? Great for contouring and bronzing, as it's quite petite.
best cheap liquid eyeliner
Next up, the real golden oldie of the collection. I've used this exact Rimmel liquid eyeliner for at least 6 years. Yes. 6 years. For about £4, it's rude not to give it a go. I love the applicator - a super-fine brush that you dip into the pot. It survives a full day of wear, holding up for a good 12 hours on me. 
cheap Rimmel lip liner
A product I discovered maybe a year or two ago is Rimmel's Exaggerate Lip Liner. Another sub £4 fave, I'm pretty sure they've recently added some new shades to these. But I always go for Eastend Snob, a cool dusty rose pink that looks great with basic makeup. Sometimes I'll live on the edge (lols) and mix this with a lighter lipstick for a more casj look. My absolute favorite lip liner of the ones I've tried, although it can be a little drying... let's face it, it's the same with all lip liners! I just swipe it off midday, balm up, wait a few mins and reapply to not look like ive got raisins for lips 👍
blonde eyebrow pencil Lastly, a life changer and something for a healthy glow. A NATURAL, cool toned blonde eyebrow pencil. Hallelujah 🙌! This L'Oreal Brow Pencil is an absolute dream for blondes. I'd love to tell you I've left my roots here to show you how natural this brow colour is for my natural shade, but that'd be a lie. But I just really, really need to do my roots.

You can see that nice subtle glow under my brows and on my cheekbones... it ain't natural. It's c/o  Topshop Glow Pot in Gleam. You only need a tiny bit - particularly if you're a tad oily. This pot has lasted me ages, and I'd totally buy it again.

That's it. All really affordable products that will remain make-up bag must-haves for the foreseable future! They're hard to beat. Tell me what your budget beauty staples are (lavvv a bargain!)
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  1. I really want to try and find the Bourjous foundation online somewhere, it sounds amazing!

    xx, The Makeup Feed

    1. It's epic! Literally the BEST foundation I've tried under £15 :) DO. IT!

  2. I have never heard of Body Shop darkening drops, but now I literally need them.
    I live for the RT buffing brush, I have to say, my foundation is the best it's ever looked because of it!

    francesca |

    1. I think they're quite new but they as a game changer and a half! x

  3. I love Real Techniques brushes!

    xo, Liz

    1. Yesss! They are the best affordable brushes ever! x

  4. Interesting concept, the darkening drops. I already own and love the healthy Mix Serum so I'd love to try the drops x

    Coco | The Beauty Milk

  5. I was very interested in your blog.




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