7 Makeup Items You Don't Need to Spend a Lot on ...

Have you ever wondered which are the makeup items you don't need to spend a lot on? Some cosmetics are worth splashing out on, but if you can't afford to buy everything from premium ranges then you have to concentrate your budget on buying a few quality items. So what can you economise on? Here are the makeup items you don't need to spend a lot on

1. Mascara

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One of the makeup items you don't need to spend a lot on is mascara. It's a waste of money to buy an expensive one if you won't use it up before it expires (mascara can get contaminated with bacteria if kept too long). A cheaper mascara can be just as good as a pricey one; the key issue is how good the brush is, as a good brush will allow for a better application.

2. Blusher

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You don't need to spend a lot on blusher either. Expensive blushers will have better pigmentation, but cheaper ones will do just as well if you apply it carefully. Pick the right shade in a cheaper range and apply with a blusher brush; build up the color rather than applying with a heavy hand.

3. Lip Gloss

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Lip gloss tends to get wiped off very easily and so is reapplied frequently. This means that it's not worth spending a lot on. Buy a cheaper gloss and touch up as and when you need to. It's worth spending more on your perfect lipstick that you wear a lot, but you can economise on a lip pencil to go with it.

4. Nail Polish

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Cheap nail polishes chip very easily, so it's worth avoiding very cheap brands unless you like changing your color a lot. But premium brands aren't necessary for your manicure to last; you can buy some good budget polishes. Just use a base coat and top coat to help it last.

5. Pencils

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It's not necessary to splash out on an eye pencil or liquid liner. One of my favorite eye pencils costs less than a couple of dollars, and it lasts all day. Keep your pencils sharp, and apply in tiny feathery strokes rather than a long line. This helps it look more natural.

6. Eyeshadow

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Do you like experimenting with eyeshadow colors? Then pick your colors from the budget ranges, so that if you don't like it you haven't wasted a lot of money. There are some great budget palettes that have lots of different shades in them. You only need to splash out on a lovely neutral that you are going to use a lot.

7. Powder

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If you wear powder just to set your foundation, then a budget powder will do just fine. It's worth splurging if you want a color-correcting powder or one that brightens your skin. Otherwise a budget powder will take the shine off your skin just as well as a more expensive one.

Of course, you can spend as much as you like on makeup items; the packaging of luxury brands makes them a pleasure to use. But if your budget is limited - as is the case for most of us - it makes sense to economise on cheaper products that serve their purpose, and spend a little more on the few items that are worth splashing out on. Are you a budget beauty or a luxury lovely?

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