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Today, amongst a sea of skincare posts, I thought we could take a little moment for makeup, so I'm bringing you my favourite finds under £16 (sorry for the very specific number... it will all become clear shortly) from both the drugstore and from the world of online indie brands!
First up, I have some complexion products. I've been pretty rubbish at using primer since I've been working from home; I guess I just don't need my makeup to be super long-lasting when I wear it these days! However, it's still good to have a product that provides a nice canvas to lay makeup over and the Avon x Lisa Armstrong All About the Base Priming Moisturiser* | £15 | is just that. This is a buttery smooth complexion product with Vitamin E and shea butter to soften the skin and get rid of any dry patches, so makeup goes on smoothly and your complexion looks radiant and healthy.
I have a light base option and more of a proper foundation. I'm actually a really big fan of the Morphe 2 Hint Hint Skin Tint (Hint of Toast) | £16 | despite being far from 'a really big fan' of Morphe as a whole. This lightweight serum-like complexion product melts beautifully in with the skin, neither overtly matte nor overtly dewy, just mimicking the natural finish of your skin. You only need a couple of drops of product to cover the face lightly for a natural look, but it's definitely possible to build the coverage up without it looking heavy. I think this has great longevity on my skin too. Something that I'd wear more out in the evening to a bar or to dinner (if, you know, they were things any more) is the EX1 Invisiwear Liquid Foundation (Shade 6) | £12.50. I love the formula and finish of this product; you can really customise the coverage and it gives me THE GLOW! Honestly, it just brings this healthy radiance to my skin without making it look overly shiny. I don't know how; but it's beautiful on the skin. It really wears well on me too, without breaking up or sinking into fine lines.
Next, let's talk about cheek products. One highlighter I always come back to is the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals | £4.99. This has such a smooth, creamy formula that gives you that gorgeous, eye-catching glow whilst also meshing really well with the skin. It's a soft, finely-milled formula that doesn't look chunky and doesn't sit on the surface of the skin and I'm in love with this warm peachy-champagne. It's a pretty good dupe for the Becca Champagne Pop highlighter too. The other cheek product I have is a liquid-cream, which is what I've tended to lean towards over the past year, in all honesty. The Flower Beauty Blush Bomb in Cinnamon | £11.99 | is one of my most-used products but I'm sure it's going to last me ages yet, because you only need the tiniest dot of product blended out with your fingers to achieve a natural flush of colour. It goes on evenly and wears well throughout the day without going patchy and this shade works with most of my makeup looks; it's a sort of rosy brown nude.
I have two eyeshadows to talk about in this post. The first, I'm pretty sure is a reincarnation of an old product I used to love: the Maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadow in Dusk Doll | £6. I think it used to be called Creamy Beige, but it definitely looks like the colour I remember! This neutral nude-brown beige is a great base / priming colour for eyeshadow on my skin tone but can also be used on its own for a very natural makeup look. It has a not-quite-matte satin finish and, as you'd expect, it's long-lasting and crease-proof. The next is something for a bit more glitz and glam: the KimChi Chic Beauty Diamond Sharts Cream Eyeshadow in Raise the Curtain | £9. It's definitely a slightly glittery product, but I am not against that at all! I personally use it as a topper shade over a more opaque powder shadow but it lasts well without creasing. This is a warm orange-toned gold with silver-ish glitter running through it.
Let's round things off with mascara and lipstick. My go-to mascara for ages has been the Glossier Lash Slick Mascara | £14. I know it's not the cheapest brand but with L'Oreal's mascaras now reaching £12-13, I thought I'd throw it in here. It's amazing at lengthening and separating the lashes, but best of all; it doesn't flake, smudge or smear. It's a product I can trust even in the height of summer! My lip colour of choice is the Ofra Long-Lasting Liquid Lipstick in Americano | £15.50. It's pretty much my go-to evening or 'special occasion' product. It's matte but not drying and also long-wearing, non-flaky and easy to apply and re-apply. The colour is a warm, deep reddish brown that's pulled-together but not too high-maintenance.
What are your favourite drugstore and affordable makeup picks?