Sometimes, a personal budget just won’t stretch far enough to buy premium brands of makeup. In these circumstances, unless you’re willing to go makeup free – and who is ever willing to go makeup free?! – you’re going to have to look in to cheap makeup.
First and foremost, the phrase ‘cheap makeup’ does not exactly inspire confidence, does it? Such wording brings to mind the kind of makeup that comes free with magazines; sticky lipsticks, bright pink blushers and mascara that glues eyelashes together rather than neatly separating them. However, despite the connotations, cheap makeup can actually look good if used in the right way.
Applying makeup is all about technique and learning what works for you. You may need to mix and match different palettes of cheap makeup to find a shade of lipstick or eyeshadow that suits your coloring, but that’s part of the fun, and the creativity helps you put together something you really love.
To allow cheap makeup to work for you, you need to have a good surface for the makeup to work on. It’s essential that you prepare your face; that is, ensuring it’s clean and kept well moisturized, and if possible zit and pimple free. Use Vaseline at night to extend, separate and soften your eyelashes, as well as on your lips for maximum softness that lipstick will smooth on to.
When you’re sure your base is right, experiment with your cheap makeup selections; blend, smooth and mix until you’ve got exactly what you want, and you’ll look fabulous without the price tag!
In a perfect world, we’d all be able to afford a makeup artist to come to our home and make us look flawless every day – but unfortunately, this isn’t a perfect world. Learning to apply your own makeup to give you the best face possible is a big part of growing up, and everyone loves insider tips and tricks on how to get the perfect look.
There are many things that can make the difference in makeup application – the quality of products, matching your skin tone and complexion to the shades you use, enhancing your best assets – but few things are as important as the tools you work with. Using the correct makeup brushes for the correct products can be the finishing touch you need when it comes to creating a flawless finish; after all, the products you buy can only be as good as the tools you apply them with.
Most makeup products and cosmetics come with their own applicators, such as small pads in eyeshadows or sponge materials with face powder. However, these applicators are less than ideal for applying makeup due to their small size (they are usually sized so they fit within the palette) and poor quality creation.
Investing in a separate set of makeup brushes will make a huge difference to the overall appearance of makeup you wear. You can find full sets of face and eye brushes for as little as $10, or up to $50 for a deluxe kit. Give them a go, and see the difference they make for yourself.