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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...

Trade this for that

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.

Blush

Betian recommends using a cream blush base to help your color last longer and look more natural. "You can apply powder on top of the cream if needed," she explains, "but powders alone have a tendency to soak into the skin." Look for highly pigmented options for the best burst of color.

Trade This:

Bobby Brown Pot Rouge ($22) or Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Blush ($18)

For That:

Revlon Cream Blush (around $9.50) or Maybelline Expert Wear Blush (around $5)

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