Makeup can cost hundreds, even thousands of dollars. But here's the absolute truth of the matter. It doesn't have to.
Sure, if you have the cash to burn then expensive makeup is genuinely a lovely thing to buy.
But if you've got other (maybe better?) things to spend your hard-earned cash on, then we have some news and you're going to like it.
And here it is - there are certain categories of beauty products that quite simply do not need to be costly.
Indeed, certain categories of budget makeup are absolutely equal to their more expensive counterparts - possibly even superior. The most obvious of these is mascara.
This is a product that pretty much all women use and the mass (read: budget) versions are truly excellent. Here, a quick round-up of the best of the budget buys in the mascara world.
Get ready for long, sexy, fluttery lashes like never before.
First cab off the rank, Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $12.95.
This one provides a full fat lash effect with no clumps or lumps. A winner.
Next up, L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara, $19.95.
thickens and builds lashes evenly for a full and bold look. Panthenol and Ceramide-R helps protect and condition lashes, resist clumping and flaking, and leaves lashes supple and soft to the touch. And for less than a lobster!
Sometimes a mascara is more about it's brush than anything else - and COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion Mascara, $19.95, most definitely falls into this category.
Wait ... the formula is ace too! But that brush! It gets every single lash and leaves them rich, dark and beautifully-curled too.