The 20 Best Beauty Products for $20 (or Less)
Your makeup bag doesn't need its own mortgage
So maybe you just majorly splurged on a Joanna Czech facial. Hey, we can't blame you. So if you're looking to spend wisely on everything else you put on your face, here are our favorites (some new, some oldies but goodies) that come in at $20 or less.
Milk Makeup Mini Lip Color
If you’ve ever wanted to pull off a confidant matte red lip, then this Milk product is perfect for you.
BARE MINERALS GEN NUDE MATTE LIQUID LIPCOLOR
Leave it to Bare Minerals to create a pleasing palette dedicated entirely to the matte nude lip. Will it be a bo$$ or slay day?
Bare Minerals ($18)
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick
Sometimes you need your lips to shine, shine, shine. Life is all about variety, people.
Urban Decay ($17)
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
It’s no wonder a tattoo artist is behind this product—it truly lasts all day. (Don’t worry, it’s not permanent.)
Kat Von D Beauty ($20)
Supergoop! AcaiFusion Lip Balm With Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Tinted SPF 30 with a non-sticky glow. Need we say more?
IT COSMETICS YOUR SKIN BUT BETTER CC CREAM WITH SPF 50+
This stuff can cover up the most massive of spots without making you look like you are wearing clown paint. Sweet success.
IT Cosmetics ($15 for travel size)
L'ORÉAL PARIS MAGIC SKIN BEAUTIFIER BB CREAM ANTI-REDNESS
Have a tendency toward facial redness? Use this BB cream to neutralize your base before applying makeup for a more even color.
L'Oréal Paris ($11)
Maybelline Fit Me! Shine-Free Foundation
Stick foundation wins for being easy to use, and this gel stick makes your skin feel all dewy and wonderful.
NYX Hydra Touch Brightener
Who doesn’t want to have that “I got 10 hours of sleep last night” look at 8 a.m. on a Monday? People who don’t buy this crayon, that’s who.
NYX Cosmetics ($9)
Buxom Lash Mascara
Bigger is better when it comes to this big ol’ brush mascara. It works some serious lash magic.
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil
Sometimes applying liner to your waterline is just torture. This smooth-glide formula makes it easier to do the job sans tears…and cursing.
Urban Decay ($20)
Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes
Cool colors. Easy application. We knew Clinique would never let us down (our moms and grandmas told us so, after all).
Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
Of course a major pimple showed up on your forehead the day before your BFF’s wedding. This spot treatment will shrink that sucker up overnight. Phew.
Leaders Daily Wonders Break Up With Your Ex-Skin Cell Exfoliating Mask
For the mask obsessed, these sheet masks come in fun names and have powerful results. Bonus points for scaring the delivery guy when you answer the door with this thing on your face.
Ulta ($9 for two)
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Everyone needs a good dry shampoo. This one adds volume without leaving all of that awkward white residue.
OGX Coconut Oil Weightless Hydrating Oil Mist
Coconut oil wins always. And so you should have known that you would add this lightweight spray to your beauty arsenal sooner or later.
Sally Hansen Salon Gel Polish Nail Cleanser Pads
Although these are technically for immediate cleaning after a gel application, we use them throughout our manicure’s life because the shinier the better.
Sally Hansen ($5)
Maybelline Fit Me! Blush
The pink that says “I’m a nice girl, but I know what I am doing.”
Boots No. 7 Pop & Glow Cream Blush
If you prefer dewy cheeks, this glam glow enhancer is the bee’s knees.