The Ten Best Drugstore Make-Up Products
If you are anything like me, you can't generally afford to purchase your full line of make-up products at a department store or Sephora. Personally, I have to avoid Sephora altogether because as a confessed cosmetic junkie, I just don't have the funds to support my habit. Sephora to me is like a liquor store to an AA member. I just know I can't go in. Still, I must have my make-up. Not to support a frivolous habit, but because I'm one of those women who was raised to never, ever, ever go out in public with a naked face (I'm from the South, that's what we do). However, now that I have three children who require food, clothing, and iPod Touches, I have no choice but to scale back on the amount I spend on the beautifying products. Ah, such is life. So now, I typically stick to the make-up section at the drugstore, but in doing so, I've discovered some really great products - for pretty darn cheap. So here's my list of Top Ten Cheap Make-Up Products, starting from the pores up.
1. Favorite Cheap Moisturizer: Neutrogena Oil Free, $9.99. I always begin with moisturizer before applying make-up, or my skin will get dry and irritated. I like this product because it goes on smoothly, doesn't sting my face like some lotions do (my skin is extremely sensitive) and it has SPF 15 in it. The best part is, I've had my 4 ounce bottle for about a year, use it every day, and there's still plenty left in the container. Now, that's good for cheap!
2. Favorite Cheap Foundation: Almay Wake-Up Liquid Make-up, $11.44. I love that this has broad spectrum SPF 20. I never go anywhere without SPF on my face. I also like this foundation because it covers well, it's not greasy looking, and it stays on a long time.
4. Favorite Cheap Loose Powder: L'oreal Paris, Translucide, Naturally Luminous, $11.50. I like this powder because it goes on smoothly, is long-lasting, has just a hint of luminous glow, yet still looks natural.
5. Favorite Cheap Pressed Powder: Cover Girl Clean for Sensitive Skin, $5.94. Even though I use a loose powder for my initial make-up applications, I keep a pressed powder compact in my purse for routine touch-ups. This product covers up my shiny nose and doesn't look cakey.
7. Favorite Cheap Eye Shadow: L'oreal Studio One Sweep, in Playful Blue Eyes, $8.97. I admit it's a bit of a cop-out, and true make-up artists may cringe at the concept, but I love the idea of not having to apply three different shadows in order to get that shaded, highlighted look. (Ain't nobody got time for that!) You can apply all three colors in just one swoop. Yes, at first it was a bit awkward trying to learn how to use the applicator, but after a couple of practices, I was a pro.