I quite often get asked what budget friendly beauty products I would recommend for people just starting out in makeup, or those who want to pick up some essentials for their makeup bag without breaking the bank. All of the products mentioned in this post are available from the drugstore / highstreet / online and they're all under £10!
For a good base and flawless face you'll need some kind of foundation, concealer and powder. A great option for beginners in makeup or if you generally don't need to wear foundation is a CC cream; this Bourjois CC cream (£9.99) is a great middle ground between a full coverage foundation and a light coverage BB cream. It's very blendable, covers redness and evens skin tone and feels natural on the skin. For any blemishes or darkness under the eyes give the Natural Collection Concealer a try (£1.99) which is very creamy and hydrating. For setting the skin and preventing oil throughout the day use a mattifying powder like this Miracle Matte Powder by Seventeen (£3.99) which has a handy powder puff and compact mirror for on the go too!
The Sleek Makeup Face Kit in light (£9.99) is a great option for a multi-use product that will provide you with a soft bronze contour/bronzer, a glistening highlight and a lovely blush. This kit is also available in a darker shade, so a great choice for lots of skin types. For eyes a basic neutral/bronze palette is always a good idea; there's no need to shell out on the expensive Urban Decay Naked palettes as there are lots of affordable and similar palettes available. This 5 pan eyeshadow palette from Makeup Rumours (£1) has a great matte shade for a base colour and 4 beautiful bronze shades that are really pigmented and great quality for the price. An easy way to apply eyeshadow is to try an eyeshadow stick like this scandaleyes eyeshadow stick from Rimmel in the shade bluffing which is a shimmering bronze that can be swept all over the lid in approximately 2 seconds flat!
There are plenty of affordable mascaras out there; I personally like the Maybelline Great Lash mascara (£4.99) for it's black formula and easy to control brush that works well for top and bottom lashes. It's small, easy to apply and doesn't get all over your face. If you like lipsticks then the Rimmel Kate Moss lipsticks (£5.49) offer great shades and they are incredibly beautiful and have amazing colour pay off. If you'd rather a subtle lip colour then tinted lip balms like the Maybelline baby lips in Cherry Me (£2.99) offer a subtle tint of colour and moisturise your lips at the same time.
You really don't have to spend a fortune on makeup from the luxurious beauty counters; there are plenty of high quality, low priced beauty buys on the high street that perform just as well. These are just a few of my recommendations for a beginner kit or perhaps a teen makeup bag.