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3 Budget-Friendly Makeup Brands

Nothing beats the feeling of walking out of the house in the morning knowing that you look fabulous. For some of us, makeup is an essential part of that process. But let’s face it, as students, we unfortunately do not have the unlimited finances to make regular trips to Sephora. However, there are plenty of makeup brands out there that are great quality and work well for a student budget. Here are my top three brands that anyone can enjoy!

1. NYX

Here is a brand that is truly professional and is widely available in stores. While it is the most expensive out of these picks, it still has some great affordable products compared to the more high-end brands. NYX is a great brand for lip products especially, with a wide range of colors and textures that normally fall under $12! This is a fantastic brand to check out.

2. Milani

Milani is a good choice for anyone looking for a stunning eyeshadow palette. Their most affordable palettes retail for around $10, and they all have great pigmentation and are long-lasting. Also, if you are in the market for some new blush, their baked blush is a great choice for everyday looks, at only $8!

3. e.l.f.

This brand is by far one of the best bargains out there. With $6 foundation, $3 to $5 lipsticks, and loads of really inexpensive products, e.l.f. is a wonderful choice for people who are starting out with makeup and wanting to try new things without spending a fortune. They also have a great selection of makeup brushes and skincare products, which are essential to creating any gorgeous, eye-catching look.

Those are some of my favourite affordable makeup brands. Whether you are a makeup pro or just starting out, these are excellent places to find some awesome products. Makeup is about self-expression, so don’t be afraid to try new things and find what makes you feel fierce!


Alison Gallagher

Queen's U '19

Queen's University Class of 2019 Major in Political Studies Minor in World Language Studies
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