WHILE high-end products from the likes of Nars, MAC and Charlotte Tilbury will always have their place, there are many wonderful low-end options out there that get the job done for a fraction of the price.
I’ve rummaged through my makeup bag and bathroom shelf to give you 10 beauty buys under $20 that are super effective and easy to find.
So while you may want to splurge on your favourite top-notch foundation or extravagant serum, there’s no need to go large on every essential item.
Take this list with you on your next visit to Priceline, Myer or Kmart and reap the rewards.
10 thrifty beauty buys under $20
1. St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
Coming in at number 1, this iconic scrub deeply cleans pores and exfoliates for clean, smooth, luminous skin.
Even my husband uses it weekly and gives a glowing report.
2. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
There is something so satisfying about using a big chubby crayon to colour your lips.
This one – available in 10 shades – is infused with balm-like moisture for bold, creamy lips.My pick is Smitten.
3. The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer
Finding a good primer is tricky and finding a good one that won’t break the bank is almost unachievable.
Loved by makeup artists and beauty gurus, this lightweight, silky formula improves the wear and coverage of your makeup; like a good primer should.
4. Nivea Creme Tin
A favourite with grannies worldwide, this wonder in a blue pot may not be the sexiest product going but it is rich and nourishing and best of all – ridiculously cheap.
First launched in Germany in 1911, it can be used on dry lips, cracked heals and patchy parts of the face in need of some serious hydration.
5. Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner
Emma Watson is a fan of this famed product and for good reason.
A refreshing alcohol-free spray that can be used over and under makeup, it combines chamomile and rosewater to help soothe, tone and cool tired skin.
6. L’Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon – Back to Black
A champion eyeliner regardless of price, this little beauty glides on for intense black that stays put.
Unlike many eyeliners, it’s easy to apply and doesn’t dry out.
7. ELF Fluffy Eye Blender Brush
An underrated brand, ELF (Eyes Lips Face) boasts many affordable goodies including this brush.
It blends shadow with ease and can be used to set concealer with powder.
I like to use it to apply highlighter.
8. Chi Chi Brow Pomade
It’s a sin not to accentuate your brows these days.
This creamy waterproof formula makes the job easy with an all-in-one product.
Smoothly gliding on, it sculpts, colours and shapes for naturally defined brows.
9. Models Prefer Contour Stick
This soft and creamy contouring stick defines and sculpts the face for a natural airbrushed look.
I use it to add a touch of bronzed warmth.
10. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
Applying foundation with this sponge is actually a lot of fun.
A staple in many beauty lovers’ collection, it offers a flawless finish.
You’ll never go back to a brush (or fingers) after this.