Best Makeup Buys for Under $5

Nothing makes me more excited than discovering a great makeup product. When I can get it for less than $5, I’m over the moon. Whether your beauty budget is slim, or you just love a great deal, these makeup products will make you – and your wallet – look great:

Sally Girl Mini Baked Eyeshadows
Don’t be fooled by the tiny size and even tinier price of these eyeshadows from Sally Beauty Supply – these shadows are big on color. At .99 cents, you’re not likely to find a better deal, a larger selection of colors, or a more versatile shadow. You can use these small wonders dry for more subtle color, or wet for more drama. And since these shadows are so inexpensive, they’re a great way to try a new color (or three!).

N.Y.C Ultra Last Lipwear

I love N.Y.C. Ultra Last Lipwear. It wears well, especially over N.Y.C.’s .99 cent lip liner pencils, and comes in a great range of colors. But best of all, if you get the right shade in a cream finish, it can do double duty as a cream blush, too. Lipstick AND blush for around $2.00? Awesome.

Wet N Wild Creme Eyeliner
If you’re looking for an easy-to-apply eyeliner that lasts and lasts, look no further – Wet N Wild’s Creme Eyeliner’s got you covered for around $4.00. This rich liner comes applies like shadow, looks like a liquid liner, and wears like a pencil, only better. It comes with its own application brush, but you may want to sub your own for more precise application.

Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Washable Mascara

Mascara trends come and go, but a perennial favorite of mine is Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft formula. This mascara does exactly what the name implies – it gives you full, soft lashes that are thick but natural. I have sensitive eyes, but it’s never irritated them. You can usually find this classic for around $4.99 at drugstores and big box stores.

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Polish
One of my style secrets is nail polish – the right nail color is an inexpensive way to keep your look on-trend. Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear line is always fashion-forward, wears great, and costs less than $3.00. What’s not to love?

E.L.F. Brushes
I’d always heard that you get what you pay for when it comes to makeup brushes, but E.L.F. has proven that old adage wrong. For only $1.00, you can get some of the best foundation, eyeliner and eye shadow brushes on the market, period. Hint: the eyeliner brush makes applying Wet N Wild Creme Eyeliner a breeze.

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