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Budget alternatives to your favorite beauty splurges

Tiernan McKay is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colorado. Her writing has appeared in magazines such as Alive!, Occupational Health and Safety, Restaurants and Institutions, Tampa Bay and Arizona Woman. Right now, she is either ridi...

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Every woman knows that beauty products can break the bank -- but only if you let them. Some of the price tags on our go-to favorites are painful, yet we buy them anyway because it's hard to find affordable alternatives that actually work as well. In the interest of saving money while remaining your beautiful self, Katie Betian, a Los Angeles-based aesthetician and make-up artist, shares some professional secrets that will help you choose reasonably priced products without sacrificing results.

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Eye and lip liners can help define your features and prevent make-up from feathering. Because you apply them to very sensitive areas of the face, it's important to use quality products (which doesn't have to mean expensive). "The best liners are soft and can be applied without tugging," advises Betian. "Hard lip or eye liners have to be dragged across the skin, which can actually cause damage." Her affordable suggestions go on smooth and last.

Trade This:

MAC Technakohl (around $17) or MAC Power Point Eye Pencil (around $15)

For That:

Revlon Colorstay liners ($8) or Prestige waterproof liners (around $5.50)

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