Years ago the cheaper brands were like their name might suggest pretty cheap and yep they were pretty nasty!
Eyeshadows had really low pigment content and you would use half a tub to apply one look and blending was pretty non existent! Eyeliners were pretty much the same and super hard or really soft, lack of colours from lipsticks to foundations etc though a lot has changed..
Like any brand cheap or expensive unfortunately we still have to sort through what’s great, so so or just a miss. You can find a few gems in so many places so don’t forget to look through the isles at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse because you might be pleasantly surprised and have a happier bank account and then you can splurge on your favs!
I’m going to break this post down into 2 parts so this is a few prep, base and finish ideas and then ill do another for shadows, additional products, setting etc
Skin is important so find what skincare works for you and stick to it you’ll thank yourselves later, trust me I feel you I am very lazy but once it works its magic you will do it! X
If your skin is dry and most of us suffer on the drier side of life 😉 I really liked the Farsali oil 24k Gold it was moisturising though absorbed through and didn’t look oily once finished… Bonus!
If your skin is very oily I apply a mattifying powder, then primer and on top of your makeup. I really like Arbonne’s Mattifying powder. I have had it for ages so I hope it is still available.
Ok, foundations.. The hardest part for most of us I think. I personally haven’t found one I love in on the cheaper side though to be fair I haven’t really tried them all.. I am also really fussy with how they feel on the skin. I find the ones I have tried feel drying, heavier than what I am used to and make my skin look dry and unnatural?? I like them when they almost feel non existent and just like my own skin.
I go to my fav Swiss primer and foundation from Arbonne.. Yes it is a MLM brand, no I don’t sell it and to be honest you really have to try it!
So concealers and stick foundations for me and clients I tend to pay a little more for a light weight feel of the cover which I can add to for a cover we want that feels great and hydrates.. That’s a definite bonus for me!
I have mixed Fit Me by Maybelline into these and found it works well though don’t use it on its own.
You definitely want this when you are contouring as you need to blend.. blend and blend again.
Powders whether it is for baking, light coverage or a translucent I’m still looking around so I will get back to you on that one.. Australis had a baking style powder though it was white it worked pretty good though the lid I could never get back on 😦
As you get older they can add volume to creases and settle which I am not a fan of. The back of the hand test can be great judge on how it settles and if you can blend it, yes you will have product on to which can help. Though I may have found a winner so I will give you a few in my next post 🙂
I found a really nice bronzer from W7 which was around the $4 mark and it was on par with two I had bought for around the $45 mark so I was impressed though I think it has been discontinued as when I went to purchase a new one from Chemist Warehouse it was a bronzer glow which is not what I was after.