3 Beauty Products to Splurge On (…With Some Cheap Alternatives Of Course!)
Being a makeupista isn’t cheap. With new products being launched everyday and so many classics left to explore, burning a hole in your pocket is almost inevitable. And unfortunately burned-pocket holes aren’t in fashion, ever. Fortunately, makeup does come in different price ranges allowing us to pursue our passion and have enough money left for less important things- like eating and paying rent. The trick is to choose which items to buy from the fancy stores and brands and which one from your local drugstore or dukaan. Here’s 3 makeup products that you definitely should splurge on:
Two words- Return Policy. Okay, if that doesn’t convince you let me get a little into detail. A bad foundation can ruins otherwise perfectly applied makeup. There is no greater turn off than a foundation that doesn’t offer the right color and/or coverage to the wearer’s face. Every high-end makeup brand offers makeup artists who can help you find the best foundation for your skin tone/type. Plus if it doesn’t work for you, you can always exchange/return the makeup. Much better than trying five different foundations from a mid level brand in my opinion.
My pick: MAC Mineralize Satinfinish SPF 15 Foundation
Price: $ 29.50 or 1780 INR
Cheaper alternative: Get a makeup artist at a store to find the perfect shade for you and then look at various beauty blogs and forums for cheaper alternatives for those shades. If you live in North America various drug stores (C.V.S., Walgreen’s) will let you return makeup that isn’t the right shade for you. Under no circumstances should you commit this makeup faux pas:
Photo Source: Eros
Actress Rani Mukerjee What a difference the right foundation can make!
2. Eyelid Primer:
Ever wondered why some people’s makeup just seems flawless and lasts forever while yours often suffers from a midday meltdown? If yes, you definitely need to invest in a good primer. Primer is a product applied prior to applying makeup for an overall better application. A face primer prepares the skin for foundation by making it smoother and also increases the foundation’s staying power. Some face primers will correct skin tone imperfections and also mattify the skin and control oil. Eyelid primers allow the eye makeup to stay on longer and appear more vibrant. There are other primers such as lip primers and eyelash primers available on the market too, but the only primer you really need to splurge on is the eyelid primer. You can use the primer with cheaper eyeshadow and eyeliners and make them last all day. Plus a tiny tube of primer goes a really long way, so this is one product that definitely packs a big bang for the buck.
My pick(s): Too Faced Shadow Insurance/ MAC Prep+Prime Eye
Price: $17 or approx. 800 INR
An eyelid primer will make your eyeliner/kajal last all day.
Cheaper Alternative: E.L.F. Cosmetics makes a regular and a mineral eyelid primer that retail for $1 and $3 respectively. The mineral primer imho works almost as good as any high end primer. E.L.F. India’s website does not carry these yet.
3. Makeup Tools:
Just like a good primer a good makeup tools can make your mediocre makeup seem ah-mazing. Flawless application, super easy blending and taking little product a long way can all be achieved with the right makeup tools. While I do speak mostly of makeup brushes here, a good eyelash curler too is a must in every girl’s vanity case. Remember splurging on good makeup tools is an investment since most good makeup brushes will last you a couple of years.
My pick: It’s really hard to pick one brand, but overall I would choose MAC.
Price: Ranges from $11 to $52 depending on the brush.
Cheaper Alternative: E.L.F. has some great Vegan brushes in their mineral line. I wouldn’t recommend the eye brushes, but their face brushes are great. And a MAJOR shout out to their eyelash curler, it retails for $3 (approx 150 INR) but is the best I’ve ever used. There are also some great Indian makeup tools brands such as Vega reviewed on this site, which I have tried and think they work wonderfully. Bollywood Actress Kareena Kapoor shows you how to work those brushes!
The Bottom Line If your monetary resources are limited but your love for makeup isn’t, I would suggest buying the “cheaper alternatives” listed above. If you have some money to spare, take some out to buy a good foundation, a good eyelid primer (a must if you want to wear your shadows and liners in the summer) and invest in some good makeup tools! Heaven must look like a Sephora store…only all the makeup is FREE!
But since we are on Earth… what are some products that YOU like to splurge on?!