The Best Makeup Products for a College Budget

I think we can agree that not a lot of us have enough disposable income to drop $40 or more on a new foundation at the drop of a hat. The good news is that you don’t have to break the bank to get high-quality results! Over the years I have found some tried-and-true, inexpensive products that perform like those at Sephora. Below are 10 of the best makeup products for under $10 that you can get at the nearest Target!


1. Primer

One thing we don’t want is for our face to come off a couple hours into the night. This primer will make a smooth, even base for your foundation, and it will make it last all day… Or all night, whichever you prefer. This is one of my favorites and is comparable to the Benefit Porefessional.

Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser - $3.89 at Target

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2. Foundation

This foundation has great coverage and will last a long time on your face. One thing I love about it is that it will not give you that white cast when you use flash in photos. It comes in 18 shades from very fair to very deep. We love a good color match!


Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation - $4.69 at Target

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3. Concealer

This is probably my all-time favorite concealer from the drug store. It really does perform like a high-end concealer would, and it lasts me all day! It’s perfect for blemishes or under-eye circles. It comes in 12 shades and has natural coverage. It is comparable to the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer.


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer - $5.49 at Target


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4. Setting Powder

This translucent setting powder is a favorite of professionals, beauty gurus, and even normal people just like ourselves. It gives you a smooth finish and makes sure that your makeup lasts. Is it clear that we’re all about longevity?


Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder - $5.99 at Target


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5. Blush

To get that nice, natural flush, you don’t have to take out a small loan! This blush will make you look like you just got in from a snow day, which is nice since we don’t really get snow here. The shade “Luminoso” has a huge cult following.


Milani Baked Blush - $6.99 at Target


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6. Highlight

For a price less than that of a grande frappuccino at Starbucks, you can get a glow like no other. A lot of people rave about this highlighter, and something tells me that you will too.

e.l.f Baked Highlighter - $4.00 at Target


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7. Bronzer

Even though fall and winter is upon us, we can still achieve a sun-kissed face for under $10! This product has gotten sooooo many good reviews that I think it would be sin to keep this knowledge from you.


Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer - $8.99 at Target


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8. Eyebrow Pencil

In the age of fleeky eyebrows, an inexpensive, high-quality eyebrow product is absolutely essential. My personal favorite is this one because it lasts all day and night and it is very precise.


NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil - $9.99 at Target


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10. Mascara

If I were only able to use one beauty product for the rest of my life, it would be mascara without a doubt. I have tried quite a few mascaras, both high and low end, and none of them are any match for this. It doesn’t flake off or wear away throughout the day, and it lengthens, curls, and volumizes my lashes without clumping. Don’t sleep on this, guys.


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - $6.99 at Target


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