Nowadays I have a roster of makeup from more expensive brands, but when I first started I just had what I could pick up from the drugstore. So, I decided to do a makeup look comprised entirely of drugstore makeup. Remember, expensive doesn’t necessarily mean good quality, and cheap doesn’t necessarily mean bad quality. All prices are from Boots, unless stated otherwise. Hope you enjoy my drugstore makeup look!
Primer: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Primer Matte Base (£8.99)
This is a primer that I’ve praised already (review here), but not because it’s good for the price, it really is just as good as those that are more expensive. It is one of my favourite drugstore makeup products. I use a pea sized amount and spread it all over my face, from the T-zone outwards. I usually wait a minute or so for it to set before foundation application.
Foundation: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Matte Foundation (£8.99)
This is another product that I’ve already spoken about (review here), although I don’t use it all the time. I use a small amount of product on the back of my hand, dip my brush in and apply straight to the face. It gives a wonderful matte finish, but it does oxidise and go more orange-toned after a minute or so.
Concealer: Seventeen Stay Time Concealer (£4.49)
I used this product when I first started out with makeup and it is a favourite of mine, although I have neglected it recently. It has a doe-foot applicator, so I apply product under my eyes in a triangle, on my chin, down my nose and on the middle of my forehead. I then blend out with a kabuki brush for a flawless finish. It brightens and has a fab coverage.
Powder: No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder (£10.50)
Remarkably, this is the only setting powder I actually own. I was all ready to delve into the world of Laura Mercier, but then my mum pointed out this pot, and it’s truly brilliant. I use the powder puff to set under my eyes and on my T-zone. This mattifies my face and keeps my makeup in place all day.
Contour: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Sculpt Contour Palette (£9.99)
I was incredibly skeptical when I saw this drugstore kit, but it turned out to be a great formula, and the light/medium shade is fab for cool toned skin. Using a concealer brush, I apply the dark shade onto the hollows of my cheeks, on my temples/forehead and sometimes under my chin (although it can cause a line). I then blend it out with a kabuki brush for a sculpted finish.
Eyebrows: Meech and Mia Browliner (Birchbox: £12.99)
This isn’t strictly drugstore as it is from Birchbox, but it isn’t too pricey. Before drawing I brush my eyebrows out with a spoolie. I outline my brows with four lines: above the arch to the end of the brow, under the brow, connect the under and over lines, then draw a line above the brow, then I just fill it in and brush out with a spoolie again.
Eyeshadow: POP Beauty Bright Up Your Life (Birchbox: £15.50)
This is another product which isn’t technically drugstore, as it is from Birchbox again. However, it isn’t so pricey for the full palette: Naturally Bare (I was only using a sample I got in a box). I prime first with the Infallible primer, then cover my lid in the lightest shade. After that I go into the crease with a blending brush with a medium shade, and then define the outer part of the crease with a dark shade. I go under my eye with the dark shade, then blend everything for a seamless smokey eye.
Eyeliner: Rimmel Exeggerate Eye Liner (£5.29)
I have literally been using this eyeliner since I started doing eyeliner around eight years ago. It is so easy to apply and lasts all day. For the perfect wing I thinly line my lid, then draw a line from the outer corner of my eye, then drag from there back to my lid before rounding it at the mid-point and evening it up.
Mascara: No7 Extreme Length Sensitive (£12.50)
My mum introduced me to this one and it really does lengthen your eyelashes. Additionally, it doesn’t upset my eyes so I can wear it comfortably all day. I just coat my lashes in it (top and bottom), wiggling it as I go to add more volume. No need for falsies!
Lips: Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Lip Gloss – Candy Queen (£9)
I was gifted this by a friend, and it’s wonderfully sparkly, but also natural to wear in the daytime. It is very tingly though, due to it being a plumping lip gloss. While I don’t notice a huge plumping effect, it does look fab on the lips. I just apply it evenly to the lips and it leaves a lovely sheen.
I hope this drugstore makeup look was helpful for those of you who are just getting into makeup, or perhaps just want some new makeup on a budget. I’m thinking of doing videos to go along with these kind of articles, would you guys find that more helpful? Thanks for reading!