Can you get radiant, flawless skin for less than a tenner? Banish even the trickiest imperfections for under £5? How about creating the perfect eyeliner flick for the same price as a glass of wine? Done, done and done. From the foundation that makeup artists swear by to the lipstick that gives luxury brands a run for their money, these are the high street beauty products that really work – and don’t involve flashing a credit card. The best budget makeup? Right this way…
Easily blendable, highly-pigmented and long-lasting – if you’re concealing blemishes or covering up imperfections, you want a concealer that does the job. Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer ticks all the boxes – plus it’s water-resistant and transfer-proof too. One of these award-winning concealers sells every every 58 seconds in the UK, and costing less than a fiver – it’s absolute steal.
We’re big fans of the high street favourite’s brightly-hued lipsticks, but it’s Topshop’s Glow Highlighter that’s really competition for the luxe labels. Highly-pigmented, glitter-free and long lasting, this imparts a subtle glow wherever you apply it – think eyes, cheekbones and decolletage. The soft rose gold colour flatters all complexions, with a gentle swipe leaving skin looking radiant and beautifully glowing.
From False Lash Effect and Masterpiece to the iconic 2000 Calorie, when it comes to mascara, Max Factor is the brand that impresses again and again. For OTT volumised glamour, we love the award-winning False Lash Effect, and you’ll find 2000 Calorie in many a makeup artist’s kit bag, although with a super-precise brush to really define lashes, Masterpiece gives a professional look with a non-spendy price-tag.
Beauty editors, bloggers, make-up artists – ask any of them for a glowy, flawless foundation on the cheap, and Bourjois Healthy Mix is the name you’ll hear again and again. It’s the ‘your skin, but better’ foundation that really looks natural, healthy and radiant while evening the complexion and banishing blemishes. This also feels fresh not heavy – and lasts amazingly too. You’ll wonder why you ever spent more on foundation.
Can you have too many lipsticks? Definitely not when it comes to Rimmel London’s Kate Moss collection. The range of colours is impressive as the price, with something to suit everyone – whether you love a traditional red, oh-so-now plum tones (107), an eye-catching fuschia or wear-everywhere nude. Long-wearing, satisfyingly hydrating and with real colour depth – if they’re good enough for Kate…
L’Oréal Paris Super Liner Perfect Slim. This is just so good – it does everything you want an eyeliner to do, and nothing that you don’t! It’s easy to use – even if you’re shaky of hand – meaning that precise lines or flicks are perfectly achievable, no need to be a makeup pro. This is a deep, intense, pigmented black, so you only need one line, once. And once in place, it stays put until you remove it, with no smudging, flaking or drying.
If you’ve not come across ELF’s eye-wateringly cheap cosmetics, you’ve been missing out. Their prices are almost too good to be believed, but the brand gets rave reviews from bloggers, editors and make-up artists with stunning regularity. From ELF’s Studio line, both the compact Studio Perfect Finish HD Powder and the loose High Definition Powder give truly professional results, banishing shine, setting makeup and giving skin a “soft focus” HD finish.
Minimising pores, fine lines and blemishes, evening skin and helping your foundation to last longer, Revlon’s PhotoReady Perfecting Primer has a silky-soft texture that leaves the complexion looking velvety-smooth. If you don’t usually use a primer, try this once and you’ll be hooked – it really does give skin an air-brushed look.
We’ve been known to snap up basketfuls of Sleek Makeup’s products on the regular, and there’s honestly pretty much next-to-nothing that disappoints. And the brand’s multifunctional Brow Kit get unanimously good reviews whether you’re someone who likes a bold brow or prefers to keep things au naturale. Pigmented wax and powder allow you to create shape and set brows, while tweezers, brushes and a mirror make this kit ideal on the go. Kudos for the impressive range of colours too.
Brilliant staying power, saturated colour and a decent range of shades, when it comes to top-rated budget eyeshadows, we love Maybelline’s EyeStudio Color Tattoo 24hr Cream Gel Eyeshadow. From neutrals to brights to all you need for a sexy, smoky eye, these are fantastic value for money. Sweep on with your fingertips and blend out with a brush – the cream-gel formula is totally foolproof, and it really does last and last.