A Makeup artists guide to saving and splurging on makeup goodies.

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The makeup industry is vast and it can be very intimidating to know what to buy and what not to buy, there are many talented marketers out there that know how to appeal to the makeup loving demographic. I have fallen prey to paying way too much for a product that really isn’t worth the price, or alternatively not buying a product that I really should have invested in and is now costing me more down the line. It goes without saying that these tips are just guidelines and you really spend as much or as little as you feel comfortable with. If you would like to learn more about where to spend and where to save keep reading:


  1. Foundation.

Many cheaper foundation brands end up oxidising and changing colour after a couple of hours of wear as well as having limited colours in the range and just an all over shoddy formula that can be difficult to blend out. I think it is better to invest in a product that will give lasting coverage while being comfortable to wear and easy to apply.

  1. Water proof liquid liners.

Although this is really not the case with all makeup products, with waterproof liners you really do get what you pay for. Trust me I have tried A LOT of different brands and the cheaper ones tend to dry out and not have good lasting power at all.

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  1. Eyeshadow palettes.

Many cheaper brands have eyeshadow palettes that really just disappoint, the formulas can be chalky with poor colour pay off or the shimmery colour can have very large particles that just ultimately do not look particularly high end. . . for lack of a better term. Eyeshadows being a dry powdery product, for the most part, also last a long time and you can get years worth of use out of your investment.

  1. Makeup brushes.

Makeup brushes are something that I would truly suggest you spend a little more on because if you buy good quality brushes and you take adequate care of them you will be able to use them for many years to come.

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5. Tweezers.

I can’t tell you how many cheap tweezers I have struggled with in the past that are just poorly constructed and make it basically impossible to actually grab hold of an offending hair with them. Tweezermans are hands down my favourite brand to use, I have used them for years and they have never steered me wrong.

  1. Eyebrow pencils or powders.

Eyebrow products also tend to fall into the category that have very limited colour options whether the dark brown colours look too red on you or you can’t quite find a formula that doesn’t rub off or smear. I find just sticking to a slightly more high end brand saves me this hassle.

  1. Makeup primer.

Makeup primers have really surged in popularity in the last few years with good reason as they help to even out skin texture and help foundation and other makeup stay on the skin longer thus increasing the longevity of your products. Not everyone needs a primer for everyday use, but if you do need or choose to use one it is better to go for a slightly more expensive product because the silicons (essentially the ingredient that makes a primer a primer) can easily pill and just make a mess of your whole makeup application from the foundation up.


  1. Mascara.

With mascara’s, in my experience, it is really much of a muchness if you use a low cost or a high end product it’s up to you if you prefer a waterproof formula or not and what colour you feel like sporting.

2.  Lipstick.

There are many very affordable lipsticks out there and honestly they are pretty much all similar,for instance Essence brand lipsticks are similar to Mac in formulation but are way cheaper. It is really just down to you picking a colour that you like and that suits you because when you have a lipstick on no one is going to know if it is Dior or from the bargain bin.

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  1. Expensive sponges.

Beauty blenders are amazing there is no doubt, but they carry a hefty price tag and honestly you can get an egg-shaped knockoff in any pharmacy that are very comparable to their expensive counterparts.

  1. Eyebrow gels.

Eyebrow gels are another product that seem to be pretty much the same quality across the board weather you are looking for a clear gel or one to suit the colour of your eyebrows, save on this one.

  1. Kajal eyeliner.

There are many lovely Kajal eyeliners on the market that give great spread-ability and colour pay off for a fraction of high end prices. You really should not be splurging on a product like this.

  1. Soap to wash makeup brushes.

Expensive soaps really are a rip off there are many cheap alternatives on the market that are very useful for cleaning makeup brushes, it may be worth your while checking out the house brands in your Pharmacy or High street.

  1. Any gimmicky makeup like unicorn highlight ext.

Who doesn’t love a good festival worthy product that is out there and fun but these often get used once or in my experience . . . Never. . . and ultimately just gathers dust until it gets thrown in the trash. I understand the appeal of these products, trust me, but it is really not worth the investment so go as cheap as you can.

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Where do you like to spend or save in your beauty routine? Let me know in the comment section down below. Thank you so much for reading this blog post.

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