Megan Does Makeup

Affordable face makeup must haves

Nobody has to spend hundreds of dollars on high end makeup to make themself feel beautiful.

Not all high end makeup is amazing and not all affordable makeup is mediocre. There are fantastic products on both ends of the spectrum, you just have to know what to get.

Talking about face, eyes and lips would make for a very long column so I am just going to touch on face products.

Face primers depend on skin type and how you want your skin to look. Hydrating primers are best for dry skin while smoothing and mattifying primers are best for oily skin.

For dry skin, try a hydrating primer like the CoverGirl TruBlend Primer for Dry Skin and for oily skin try the Maybelline FaceStudio Master Blur and Smooth Primer.

Foundation is difficult to recommend due to skin type and tone.

Some product lines only have a few shades that might not suit everyone. I have been disappointed many times when I test the lightest shade of a foundation and it is still too dark.

My go-to dewy and hydrating foundations are the Rimmel Match Perfection 24 Hour Moisture Hydration Foundation and the L’Oreal True Match Lumi. Both give medium coverage, hydrates dry skin and have decent shade options.

For normal, combination or oily skin, try the Maybelline Matte and Poreless Foundation. If you have dry skin you can make this work if you moisturize properly.

The matte and poreless foundation stays on all day and creates a flawless base for your face.

I swear by Maybelline concealer. I have not tried all of them but the ones I like best are the Instant Age Rewind and the Fit Me concealers.

The Age Rewind has a sponge tip so it can be applied smoothly under the eyes. The Fit Me also works great on the under eyes but I prefer that for concealing unpleasant zits.

Shades for bronzer depend on how deep or fair one’s skin is. For lighter skin tones, the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is excellent unless you do not like the smell of coconuts. Deeper skin tones could try the Elf Cosmetics Deep/Dark Bronzer Palette which has multiple shades to suit most people.

Some drugstore blushes can be so powdery then not blend out smoothly on the cheeks. An inexpensive blush from Elf is Mellow Mauve which is a muted, neutral shade that works great if you are not a fan of rosey cheeks.

Highlight also can depend a lot on skintone. Golds and bronzey colors look stunning on deeper skin while champagne and white look better on lighter skin.

The MegaGlo Makeup Stick Highlight in When the Nude Strikes is a pink toned highlight which could be nice for fair skin. The Elf Baked Highlighter in Blushed Gems could be nice for darker skin.

A tip for the baked highlighter is to scrape off the top layer to get more color payoff.

Finally to set everything into place is a decent setting spray. This is not necessary but if you want your makeup to stay on most of the day or you need a hydration boost, this is the answer.

The Wet n Wild Photofocus setting spray is inexpensive and works well to keep makeup in place and hydrate the skin. The Milani Cosmetics Make It Last setting spray is new on the market but has been raved about by everyone who has gotten their hands on it.

Hopefully some of these products will work as well for you as they have for me.

Later on this year I will chat about affordable lip and eye products.

Bloom is a Sun-Gazette reporter who has a passion for makeup and making people feel beautiful. Megan Does Makeup is about tips for applying products, if a product is worth the money and inspiration for makeup looks. The column is published on the third Sunday of each month in the Lifestyle Section.

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