For most, department store beauty counter makeup is more than a little overpriced. Forget expensive designer brands and ask your friends about their favorite inexpensive beauty products. SheKnows presents the best beauty buys under $10 from real, budget-conscious women around the country.
Cleanse and moisturize on-the-cheap
Proper cleansing and moisturizing is the first step to a beautiful face. Locking in moisture makes the skin look youthful and improves elasticity. Here's how a few women keep their skin looking fresh and beautiful throughout the decades:
"Olay Night of Olay firming cream. It's $7! [My girlfriend] and I use it before we go to sleep, it makes our skin look and feel awesome! Even though we aren't old, we have wrinkles too. This helps minimize them." — Becca Woods
"Ponds Wet Cleansing Towelettes sweep away makeup, dirt and oil, giving you the perfect fresh face before bed." — Brittany Hayes
"St. Ives Apricot Scrub, for sure. My face is a garden for blackheads, and I can use it daily without overdrying." – Jade Montoya
Bring out your best with drugstore makeup
You don't have to spend a fortune to look your very best. Plenty of drugstore makeup purchases rival department store brands. These products left a lasting impression with these thrifty women who aren't looking to spend a pretty penny on designer makeup:
"[CoverGirl's LashBlast is] the best mascara I've ever used and it's cheap. It makes my eyes pop!" — Sarah McMillen
"I love Rimmel Lash Accelerator for about $7 at drugstores. [It] gives my lashes length and volume, and [it's] really the only mascara I can stand by that's not overpriced. I think it's supposed to make your lashes grow too, but I can't comment on that yet." — Janice Vega
"I love the e.l.f. line from Target -- great quality products for cheap. I can buy everything and not feel guilty!" — Amy Porter
Love those locks
Keeping your hair in tip-top shape doesn't require designer shampoos. All you need is a little bit of effort and the right product to make your hair voluminous, shiny and full of life. To prevent breakage and repair damage caused by over styling, serums are a great way to go:
"I use Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Serum." — Arianna Pri
Watch: How to save money on your beauty routine
You don't have to compromise your looks to economize -- you just have to know a few tricks!