A Full Face of Affordable Makeup Must-Haves

Whether you’re a makeup pro who wants to find cheap dupes for your favorite luxury brand, or a beginner to the makeup world who needs the basics—this is the article for you! From primer to setting spray and everything in between, keep on scrolling for high performing, but affordable products that your collection needs! 

1. Primer

Nyx Honey Dew Me Up Primer $8.99 

This primer is very hydrating and dewey on the skin (as the name suggests). Its consistency is serum-like but it does not leave your face oily upon foundation application. And the best part of course… it’s only $8.99 at Target or Walmart!

2. Foundation 

Wet n Wild Photo Photo Focus Foundation $4.68

Say goodbye to flashback for under five dollars! Wet n Wild offers a flawless liquid matte foundation that combats any camera flash and looks expensive on the skin.

3. Concealer 

Colourpop No Filter Concealer $6.50

Colourpop never disappoints with both an affordable price and impressive quality! No Filter concealer is both brightening and mattefying without drying out the under eye area. 

4. Setting powder

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Setting Powder $5.99 

Bake to perfection without dryness or cracking with this makeup must-have. If you don’t want to dish out the coin for the iconic Laura Mercier setting powder, this is a great alternative!

5. Bronzer 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer $12.99

While this product is pricier compared to most products on this list, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer is worth it. Its extremely buttery consistency glides onto your brush with ease. And even though it is pigmented, it remains subtle. However, my favorite part is its coconut/tropical essence (without being too much!)

6. Blush

Milani Rose Blush $6.99

Milani is simply known for their beautiful and pigmented blush selection. Choose the shade that suits your style and go crazy for less than $10! 

7. Highlighter

Colourpop Supershock Highlighter $8.00

Another Colourpop staple that is affordable and necessary for your collection...especially if you want to appear absolutely blinding! My personal favorite is in the shade Lunch Money.

8. Eyeshadow 

Any Morphe Palette! 

While the price for morphe palettes vary, they are a great option if you don’t want a luxury brand price point, but still want a flawless eye look. Morphe palettes include all of the shades necessary for a complete look. I would especially recommend them for beginners since there are so many shades to choose from. They are also pigmented, creamy, and easy to work with!  

10. Mascara 

Essence Mascara $4.99

Once I started wearing Essence Mascara, I never turned back. Their formula never fails for the thickest, longest lashes and the price cannot be beat. 

11. Setting Spray

Catrice Prime & Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray $7.99

As the name suggests, Catrice’s setting spray is multipurpose, making it a makeup must have. Use it to prime your face before makeup application or spray it after so it’s set all day. You will definitely get your money’s worth with this one! 

12. Lip gloss 

Morphe Lip Gloss $8.00

I recently discovered Morphe’s lip gloss line and I am extremely impressed, given the price! It is sheer as lip gloss should be, yet still pigmented enough to add a glamorous final touch to your look. 

While the definition of a full face of makeup varies from person to person, you can get pretty much everything you would need for a solid full face with this list for around $100!