How to Look Nice Using Inexpensive Makeup




About: I'm a designer, writer, and artist based in upstate NY.

Hi all! I have never invested in good makeup.. simply because it's way too darn inexpensive. I'm going to share how I do my makeup everyday using drug store makeup. Enjoy!

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Step 1: Foundation

First, you'll need to apply foundation. I use Rimmel Clean Finish first with a sponge-like blender. Blot on, don't smear. 
Now, use a big brush to apply powder foundation. I use NYC Matte Smooth foundation

Step 2: Cheekbones

I like to apply a little white eye shadow onto the apples of my cheekbones. It makes them stand out a little bit. I use the pearl color of Jordana's Dynamic Duo and apply it with my finger.

Step 3: Eyes

Don't put that eye shadow down because I use Jordana's Dynamic Duo again for my eyes. First, I grab an eye shadow brush and apply the pearl color and apply it all over my eyelid. Then, I grab my liquid eyeliner pencil (I use Revlon Colorstay) and apply eyeliner pretty thick. Next, I apply the gold eye shadow to my eyelid.

The reason why I put the white first, is so the gold color will pop more.

Now I curl my eyelashes with an E.L.F eyelash curler. I got mine from Target for $1. I also got all of my E.L.F brushes in a little packet from Target for $2-$3.

Apply mascara. I use Maybelline Colossal Volume

Step 4: Lips

Finally, I like to apply a little dark lip gloss. I don't know a lot about makeup, but I do know that not all lip shades look great on everyone. See what works best for you.

Now you're done! Now go out on the town and strut your stuff.

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    8 Discussions


    5 years ago

    please let me know what kind of lip gloss you used. I love your tutorial. great job.

    you have GORGEOUS eyes - I hope you don't mind but as a makeup artist I did a few *tweaks* that might help you to maximize your look

    3 replies

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You look beautiful! Your eyes really pop when you wear eyeliner. I understand about not wanting to spend too much on makeup. I used to buy $30 mascara - was wonderful. Stopped spending like that and ended up finding Physicians formula mascara (organic one - just from CVS) and it's cheap and it makes the eyelashes look like they're a 1/4 inch longer! Awesome! Anyway, I also wanted to comment on the makeup artist tips for you - very cool. But, it's not that easy to draw in a fake eyebrow to make it longer more towards your eyes. I wish mine were a little thicker towards the eyes but they hair has been growing back all weird there (probably from overplucking over the years)..Any tips? :) BTW - congrats on being a finalist and you'll be winning something on here today! :) Fun!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Wow, I've never even heard of $30 mascara! Yeah, I wish my eyebrows grew better in that area. Oh well. :/


    6 years ago

    You remind me of Merida


    6 years ago on Introduction

    so you know, you look nice before the makeup ... Did you note how thew eyeliner seems to darken your green eyes? ... awesome!