Hello everyone! Obviously I’m in a thrifty mood because I have another ballin’ on a budget lil post for ya. This time, I’m challenging myself to create a full make-up bag with just $25 and Ulta.
Make-up doesn’t have to be expensive and expensive products don’t guarantee the best look. Here is a collection of products from Ulta that will leave you with a comprehensive and versatile makeup bag.
1. L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer
Regularly $4.99 but current BOGO 50% off so $2.50
While I haven’t personally tried this concealer, it has gotten major love from practically every blogger/YouTuber out there. And for this price, you can’t beat it. I love liquid concealers for both blemish coverage and undereye coverage so this is a perfect and versatile addition. You can also use this as an eyeshadow primer!
If you want to contour, you can also buy this same concealer in a shade darker than your skin tone! Take advantage of that BOGO1/2 off.
2. ELF Cosmestics Prime and Stay Finishing Powder
While I understand the love for foundation, stifling your skin everyday can be a major cause of acne and other skin problems. Want your skin to have a flawless finish still? Pair the concealer with this powder. A powder will set your concealer so it looks like you have that same flawless finish, minus any shininess. Plus, it will last way longer!
3. Essence Eyebrow Designer Pencil
I LOVE this eyebrow pencil. It’s affordable and the Soft Blonde shade is a perfect ashy taupe for brunettes and blondes alike.
This pencil is smooth and a little goes a long way so this $1.99 bargain will last you. Use light hair like strokes to get a realistic finish and blend with a spoolie brush.
4. Essence Lipliner in Soft Berry
Another $1.99 stunner courtesy of Essence. Somehow, this lipliner works with all shades of nude, berry, and mauve (the only it doesn’t work with is red). You can wear this as a liner for your favorite other shade OR wear it alone as a demi-matte dupe of Kat von D’s “Lolita”.
It’s pretty, non-drying, and long lasting. What more could you want from a lipliner?
5. NYX Whipped Lip and Cheek Souffle
The key to an inexpensive yet versatile makeup bag? Multi-use products. You can use this on the lips, cheeks, and eyes. I personally like the shade Cocoa Bean, but don’t be afraid to choose a rosier shade. This soft and blendable product is great for all over the face and for $2.99 I can’t think of anything better!
6. L.A. Girl Eye Lux Eyeshadow in Urbanize
This lil palette has 4 neutral shades that could create a seemingly endless combo of looks. Smoky eye? Blend the two darkest browns together. Everyday look? Use the light taupe on the lid and use the black for eyeliner. Want to contour? Experiment using the dark brown shade. Need an eyebrow powder? You’ve got it. Use your finger for a smoky kajal look to blend it out. There are so many options with this color palette!
7. ELF Cosmetics Eyelash Curler
A staple in every makeup bag, imo at least. It doesn’t matter what mascara you get if you don’t have a curler. The curler is gonna take your lashes from just darker to BAM. Also, a curler is great to have on hand for no makeup days so you can curl your lashes to still look awake while still giving your face a rest. I love this inexpensive option from ELF.
8. ELF Cosmetics Mineral Infused Mascara
I am not one to splurge on mascara. My opinion is that if you’ve tried one mascara, you’ve tried them all. I’m not sure if this is because it’s true or because my lashes are naturally full, but still. Out of all of the wonderful products out there, there’s no need to splurge on mascara.
I love this healthy for your lashes yet still poppin’ option from ELF.
9. ELF Cosmetics Makeup Mist and Set
As the summer has reached makeup melting heights, I’ve started feeling as though setting spray is a necessity. I love the cooling effect of setting my face after doing my makeup and the fact that my
hard work makeup lasting all day.
This one worked throughout the heat, tears, and many hours involved in my graduation day so I highly recommend this! It’s formulated using aloe, cucumber, and green tea so you can also use it as a refresher post workout or right when you wake up to quench your skin!
WITH $3.50 OFF COUPON GIVEN TO ULTA MEMBERS: $21.96
And there you have it! A versatile and complete makeup bag that contains everything from dramatic nighttime looks to everyday HR appropriate faces. Makeup doesn’t have to be expensive to 1.) be good quality or 2.) look good!