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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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"To get the most out of your eye shadow, first apply a primer or concealer to the entire lid of your eye," says Betian. "This will make your shadow last longer and give a truer color." You definitely do not need to spend a boatload on eye shadow. There are so many affordable products out there that can deliver exceptional results, especially when applied correctly (and over a base that evens out your skin first).

Trade This:

Dior Eye Palette (around $42) or Chanel Quadra Eye Shadow ($56) or MAC Paint Pot ($16.50)

For That:

Maybelline Expert Wear Eye Shadows Quads (around $6) or L'Oreal HIP Cream Shadow Paint (about $8)

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