Makeup for less: Fill your make-up bag for under $50

Most women would be surprised to know that their favorite department store make-up brands contain the same ingredients (and sometimes come from the same manufacturer) as their less-expensive pharmacy counterparts. Today, cosmetic companies are now offering high-quality ingredients at affordable prices. Some women haven’t visited the make-up aisle of their local pharmacy since high school. Well, it’s time to go back. With so many choices available to us, finding the right combination of products that enhances your natural beauty is easy. Read on for a list of essentials to have in your make-up bag that won’t break the bank.

Healthy skin enhancerFace

The key to saving money on make-up is finding products that do double duty. Take, for example, Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Enhancer. This product actually does triple duty. In one single step, this product nourishes and protects skin against sun damage with its SPF 20 moisturizer. It contains Retinol which diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles. And finally, it provides sheer coverage in six different tints. $11 at


For a healthy glow that lasts all day, Cover Girl Cheekers Blush is a classic choice. For a natural look, just sweep some blush across the apples of your cheeks (where you would normally blush). $4 at

Cover Girl's Perfect Point PlusEyes

For clump-free, thick lashes, Maybelline Great Lash is your go-to mascara. That familiar green and pink tube is consistently voted as America’s #1 mascara. Finding its way into the make-up kit of professionals (and yours too!), this hypoallergenic formula gives you fuller-looking lashes without unsightly globs. $5 at

Can’t live without eyeliner? Line your eyes with Cover Girl’s Perfect Point Plus. It glides on smoothly and self-sharpens. Plus, it has a spongy tip that allows you to smudge the liner to give you a smoky eye look. $6 at

Avon's Pro Color and Gloss Lip DuoLips

When you can’t decide between a lip gloss and a lipstick, why not wear both? Avon’s Pro Color and Gloss Lip Duo gives you the choice of 3 looks. It’s a lipstick on the outside with a shiny gloss on the inside. Wear each separately or blend the two together for maximum impact. $10 at

Pump up the drama

For those evenings out on the town, there’s no better way to go dramatic than to emphasize your eyes with eyeshadow. Sephora Collection’s Colorful Artist Palette gives you the choice of 15 gorgeous shades to allow you to mix and match. Choose between a warm or a cool palette. $15 at

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