Skin-care and makeup standouts that are also dirt-cheap.
Beauty editors are actually a thrifty bunch.
Yes, we drool over exquisite packaging and luxurious creams, but we also fully embrace our frugal side. In fact, our beauty routines would be greatly lacking if it weren’t for the help of some budget beauty essentials.
Luckily, we live in a world where dirt-cheap beauty gems can nestle in right at home among our slightly cringe-inducing purchases. Got five dollars? Because that’s all you’ll need to snatch up these Byrdie-editor-approved steals. All are available at drugstores, except where noted.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Shine Deep Conditioner ($3). An ideal deep conditioner for those with ultra-fine, color-damaged hair. It’s hydrating yet lightweight, so it doesn’t weigh hair down or make it look greasy.
e.l.f. Baked Eyeshadow Trio ($4 at Target). These shimmery eye shadows are impressively pigmented and pretty for how affordable they are.
e.l.f. Expert Liquid Eyeliner ($2 at Target). For creating a cat eye, this liner works just as well as more expensive brands. It glides on easily for a seamless line.
Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss Lipstick ($5). These lipsticks have a rich color payoff, addictively sweet smell, and come in a wide range of colors.
Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm ($5). Already a cult favorite, this balm comes in a range of soft shades for stashing everywhere.
Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips ($4). The size and shape of this little tin make it easy to throw in your bag on the go, and the formula makes your lips feel silky-smooth. The rosy tint gives your lips just a hint of color.
Organ(y)c Beauty 100 Percent Organic Cotton Makeup Pads ($4 at amazon.com). These cotton pads don’t pill or disintegrate upon use. And they’re eco-friendly.
Dickinson’s Witch Hazel ($4). This toner provides a nice refresher. It’s 100 percent natural and doesn’t dry out skin.
Q-tips Precision Tips Cotton Swabs ($3). Q-tips can be used for much more than just cleaning your ears. This pointy ended variety is great for cleaning up stray eyeliner or feathered lipstick, applying spot treatment to blemishes or even doing nail art.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($5). These towelettes don’t dry out skin or leave it feeling tight after use. And they remove every trace of makeup, whether it’s stubborn mascara, long-wear lipstick or foundation.