Why spend $20 on a concealer when you can bust out $5 for the same thing? There’s a dupe for everything when you need to budget your bag.
The Perfect Prime
The first step to beauty doesn’t need to cost more than $10. Enter e.l.f.’s Poreless Putty Primer. Able to create a solid, smooth base that reduces the need for heavy foundation application, it’s a steal.
A Solid Foundation
Next on the list is Flower Beauty foundation, ringing up around $14. It’s a hydrating formula that is thin but radiant and natural looking.
The Set Up
To pull it all together, the top dupe finishing powder is awarded to the commonly heralded Mabelline Fit Me Matte at around $8. It’s a favorite among beauty YouTubers and for good reason. It does a fantastic job with coverage and reducing skin oil shininess.
In the Shadows
Once again e.l.f. wins with its $3 mini palettes. They are absurdly great for the price. They blend. They shimmer. They stay in place. It’s everything anyone could want from an eyeshadow.
Mascaras can be a tricky try since most are only as good as they cost but it’s hard to go wrong with Covergirl. Their Exhibitionist line is only $12. While it might not be as voluminous as other brands, it is long lasting and holds strong against flaking and smudging.
Milani Baked Blush, at $12, is a best kept secret. The pigments are rich and they have a good array of both matte and shimmery hues. It can build easily or go on subtly.
Milani takes the cake once again with their Bold Color Statement line running $7. While it goes on drier than many lipsticks, it’s virtually smudge-proof, making it the ideal choice for an all-day look.