We’ve all had that moment of guilt: the one where we shamelessly look at our bank statements and ask ourselves “Did I really spend that much on makeup?” Scanning the aisles at our preferred beauty stores, we tell ourselves it’s only a lipstick, eye cream, or blush. Dropping our beauty favorites into tiny little shopping baskets is easy; it’s when we go to check out that we realize just how expensive makeup can be.
I’d like to introduce a series More Bang For Your Buck, where we can all share money saving beauty tips. If you were given a $100—$200 annual budget for beauty/skincare, what would you buy? Where should you invest and what’s worth the splurge?
This foundation is catered to everyone—I swear. It comes in 20 shades and is specifically geared for both combination/oily and normal/dry skin. It’s a full coverage foundation but can be easily sheered out by using less product. It’s extremely long-wearing and won’t fade or rub off during the day. I rarely use concealer with this foundation because the coverage is that good. Bravo!
Retail: $9.99 – $12.99 (1 fl. oz.)
Natural and breathable, Maybelline Fit Me foundation has a medium-to-buildable coverage. It blurs imperfections, leaving behind a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application. This foundation contains no oils or waxes, and has a gel-like consistency with SPF 18 (exception of a few shades). This foundation is geared toward people with normal to combination skin. I find myself powdering and blotting throughout the day—oily skinned girl here. When I’m looking for a luminous complexion, this is my go-to.
Retail: $4.99 – $7.99 (1 fl. oz.)
The Neutrogena Healthy Skin foundation is packed with antioxidants, which over time help to improve the quality of your skin. When applied, it resembles the coverage of a tinted moisturizer, but provides buildable to a medium coverage. With SPF 20 and a natural sheen, this foundation looks and feels natural on the skin, while covering minor imperfections. It comes in 12 shades, ranging from cool to warm tones.
Retail: $9.99 – $12.79
Color selection galore! Available in 33 shades, L’Oréal True Match is a dream to apply. It has a runny consistency, which makes it easy to blend and build up to full coverage without caking on the skin. You might ask yourself, “Won’t it clog my pores?” I bet you it won’t. This foundation is ideal for people who are sensitive to scent (it’s fragrance free). I have found it applies best with hands or a wet sponge, as opposed to a brush. True Match is suitable for people with normal to combination skin.
Retail: $7.99 – $10.99
Although this foundation has a limited color selection and can’t be found at your local drugstore, I strongly believe it deserves a spot on this list. Readily available in the UK and Europe, you can purchase this product online—and believe me, it’s worth it. This brightening vitamin-rich foundation gives sheer to light coverage. It’s gel formula boosts radiance and helps diminish signs of fatigue with the use of litchi, goji berries, and pomegranates. I like to use this foundation on days when I need a quick pick me up and am looking for something quick and easy.