As poor, hard-up and destitute students, it can sometimes be tricky to keep up with our beauty routines. We simply don’t have the spare coins to splurge on make-up and skincare! But never fear, my dears, because I’ve done some digging to find you my favourite affordable make-up and skincare products. HURRAY.
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation
This foundation has been endlessly praised by bloggers all over the internet. Boasting a semi-matte finish with unique formulation, this foundation blends like a dream. The only downside? The foundation claims to be full-coverage, but I’d definitely say it’s more medium-buildable. Nevertheless, for £5.90 per 30ml, how could we possibly complain? Oh, and a bonus, it’s cruelty free!
Make Up Revolution – Conceal & Define
Once again, bloggers all around the world have been raving about this concealer, and with good reason! Famed to be a dupe for the well-loved Tarte Shape Tape concealer, this lightweight concealer is NOT playing around. It’s a full coverage dream, and blends wonderfully. Another plus point? Simply buy a darker shade of your choice and this wonder of a product doubles up as a cream contour! So, for those of us on a budget, this is a total steal, because who wants to splurge £22 on Shape Tape, when you can get this for a mere fraction of the price?
Primark – My Perfect Colour Mattifying Pressed Powder
Ah, Primark. Not the usual place you’d expect to go for your make up products. However, they’ve been SERIOUSLY upping their game recently, and I’d beg people to not knock the products till they’ve tried them. This mattifying pressed powder is a match made in heaven for powdering down and setting the shine on your foundation. And for £2? TAKE MY MONEY.
Make Up Revolution – Ultra Sculpt & Contour Kit
I can only apologise for the amount of Make Up Revolution products on this list. But I’m not that sorry, because they’re totally killing the game in terms of affordable make up. This trio features a beautiful, easy to blend bronzer, a blinding pink-toned highlight and a slightly shimmery blush for just £3.50. That’s just over £1.10 a pan! This little beauty has lasted me forever and a day, and I can’t recommend it enough.
Make Up Revolution X Soph Palette
Created by YouTube beauty guru SophDoesNails, this palette is literally a dream. It features predominantly warm tones, but the cool tones are there too for when the mood takes you. The shimmers are absolutely stunning and create an almost foiled effect when applied with your fingers or by wetting your brush. I honestly can’t recommend this enough; you get 24 shadows for just £10, and a high-end look can still be achieved on the smallest budget.
Nyx – Epic Ink Liner
I’ve forever had issues with my liquid liners transferring on my eyes throughout the day due to my oily skin. Honestly, I never thought I would find one that worked for me. But I visited the Nyx store in Westfield at Stratford, and boy, I was wrong. This felt tip liner is durable, easy to use, and ultimately just perfect. For £9, it may seem slightly pricey compared to undoubtedly cheaper alternatives, but for me, it’s definitely worth the money just to have something I can truly depend on.
Maybelline – Lash Sensational Mascara
£8.99 (ON OFFER AT SUPERDRUG – CURRENTLY £6.99)
Although known as a classic cult favourite, this mascara is relatively new to me. Late last year I delved in and purchased the waterproof version, and after seeing how well it performed, I immediately went and bought the standard version too. It provides volume, curve, and a super black tint to your lashes which I simply cannot compare to many other drugstore mascaras. It’s again a little pricey compared to alternatives, but REJOICE, as it’s currently £2 off its retail price at Superdrug, so grab this magical wonder while you can and save some dollar.
Nyx – Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Liquid Lipstick
Yet another Nyx Product, the Liquid Suede Metallic Matte Liquid Lipstick (and, breathe…) is the best, most pigmented shimmery liquid lipstick I’ve ever come across. This formula glides on like a dream and doesn’t create that dreaded uncomfortable dry feeling on your lips. The only downside? Some of the darker colours would definitely benefit from a matching lip liner to neaten up application, but it’s no big deal.
The Body Shop – Mattifying Tea Tree Toner
Now onto skin care, and my ultimate ride-or-die product is this Tea Tree Mattifying toner from The Body Shop. Simply shake and apply to a cotton pad, and swipe across your face just after cleansing. Combating blemishes and oily skin, this is the best toner I’ve EVER tried, ever. At first glance, it may seem pricey at £8.50, but you get a hell of a lot of use, and The Body Shop often give students 40% off, so keep your eye out for this bargain.
Avon – Mattifying Day Cream
£4.50 (ON OFFER AT AVON UK, CURRENTLY £3)
And finally, moisturiser. It’s one of those items you can either choose to splurge on, or not. It depends on your personal preference, but I personally swear by this moisturiser from Avon. It’s oil-free, so it doesn’t leave your skin sticky and gross after use. The best part, it retails at £4.50 but it’s currently on sale for just £3, so make sure you purchase some!
Hopefully, with these tips you can live out your make up and skin care dreams, even on a student’s budget.