Your Best Life: Makeup on a Budget

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Are you ready to slay on a budget? We’ve recently wrapped up a few photoshoots and went on some serious shopping sprees to gather all the essentials. To make our ever-expanding budget go further, we scouted out some affordable makeup treasures. We’re excited to share our findings and help you create a fabulous makeup bag for under $100. Whether you’re a makeup novice or simply looking to save some cash, we’ve got you covered.

Building a Flawless Canvas: Foundation and Concealer

First and foremost, a solid foundation is crucial to establish a flawless base for your makeup. When we’re budget-conscious, one of our top choices is e.l.f’s Flawless Coverage foundation. Priced at just $6 and available in 40 different shades, you’re sure to find the perfect match for your skin tone. At #YBL, we’re committed to matching and illuminating the beauty of every skin tone, so ensuring comprehensive color options was a top priority.

To assist with contouring, highlighting, touch-ups, and more, NYX’s HD Photogenic Concealer Wand became our go-to. It’s also priced at just $6 and delivers a flawless finish.

The Eyes Have It: Eyeshadow and Eyeliner

Now that we’ve achieved flawless-looking skin, let’s turn our attention to those captivating eyes. When it comes to eyeshadow, it’s an area where you can potentially save money without sacrificing quality. We’re big fans of Revolution palettes because they offer affordability and a wide range of colors. Whether you’re into unicorn-inspired shades or prefer a more natural look, the Revolution Reloaded Dimension Shadow Palettes were a real find, and they’re priced at just $8.

But what’s a captivating eye look without the perfect eyeliner? Enter NYX Epic Ink Waterproof Eyeliner. While it’s a bit pricier at $10, trust us when we say you don’t want your makeup look ruined by cheap or runny eyeliner. This liner stays put with absolute precision, allowing you to create anything from dramatic cat eyes to a subtle, girl-next-door look.

Brows That Wow: Eyebrow Pencil

Don’t forget about those brows! Define them with e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Instant Lift Brow Pencil. This little gem is only $3 but performs just as well as pricier options. Its creamy application gives you defined, Instagram-worthy brows without emptying your wallet. Of course, our brows were on point because our brow maven did her magic right before the shoots (seriously, the lamination kits we’re using are fire). We’re getting ready to take appointments soon, so be sure to book with Your Best Brows.

A Pop of Color: Blush and Lips

Now that your face is nearly complete, it’s time to add some color. Milani’s Baked Blush is a unique product that’s worth every penny of its $10 price tag. The term ‘baked’ refers to the fact that it’s actually sunbaked on Italian terracotta tiles, providing a natural, radiant glow. With 11 satin and shimmer shades to choose from, you can effortlessly match your vibe. Here’s a bonus tip: you can even use some eyeshadows as blush for added dimension.

For the final touch, let’s discuss lips. You can get a ColourPop Lippie Liner + Stix set for just $10. Available in a wide range of shades with a velvety feel, it’s a must-have for achieving that perfect pout. Remember, always use lip liner to give your lips definition.

Setting It All in Place: Setting Powder and Spray

You’re almost ready to step out and turn heads with your budget-friendly makeup look. To set everything in place, we recommend NYX’s High Definition Finishing Powder. At $12, it works just as well as more expensive powders, ensuring your makeup stays fresh throughout the day.

And, of course, the finishing touch – setting your masterpiece with e.l.f. Cosmetics’ Makeup Mist & Set for $6. This setting spray will keep your look intact all day, and it’s also great for refreshing your makeup for that dewy, just-applied look.


Ta-da! You’ve put together an awesome makeup kit with great products, all for less than $75, including tax. Trying out these budget-friendly items can be a fun way to play with different looks, and you might find they work just as well, or even better, than the pricier ones.

Happy makeup-ing, everyone! Check out our YouTube channel and subscribe to our channel to keep up with all the latest on how you can live Your Best Life.  


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