Full Face of Makeup For Under $20

On a budget? Traveling and don't want to bring all your makeup? Here is a full makeup look for less than $20! All of these are amazing products that are comparable to high end products. This look is natural looking and takes less than 10 minutes. See more budget makeup for eyeshadowfoundation and highlighter.

Products Used:

Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation (Golden beige)
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Palette (Rose in the Air)
Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable (Ash Brown)
Essence Volume Stylist 18hr Lash Extension Mascara
Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip (903C Just Peachy)

Top 5 Eyeshadow Under $5

Eyeshadow can make or break your look. Eyeshadow can add definition, depth and brightness to your eyes. The best eyeshadows are the ones that blend easily, have high color pay off and lasts all day. Here are the top 5 best eyeshadow for under $5.

Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow 10 Pan Palette

For less than $5 and you get an entire eyeshadow palette which includes brow, transition, liner and lid color in mattes and shimmers. These shadows are smooth, easy to blend and well color coordinated with two larger pan transition shades.

L'oreal Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow

The newest formulation from L'oreal delivers a smooth consistency which allows the product to be picked up well by brush and delivered well onto the eyelids. The packaging is sleek and the perfect size to pop into any makeup bag. Read more about making eyeshadow stay put all day long and also how to make eyeliner stay on all day.

Colour Pop Super Shock Shadow

Colour Pop has become the brand giant for bold color cosmetics, winning beauty awards. With one swipe or stroke, this cushion-like cream delivers high intensity color pay off. Use fingers or synthetic brush in patting motion for high coverage and fluffy brush with light strokes for sheer coverage.

Kiss Pro Single Eyeshadow

These pro eyeshadow singles come in a variety of finishes such as cashmere matte, glitter and shimmer. These shadows are densely packed for minimal fall out but velvety in texture for sleek application.

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow

This gel to powder formula may feel like a gel when you first apply it but turns into a powder making it glide effortlessly on the lids but stay put all day. Use with brush wet or dry for sheer to intense color or even with fingers for a quick pop of color.

Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow

This ultra affordable line offers a high end finish that most drugstores do not carry. These shadows are soft so they are best applied wet as a topper on top of a cream or powder shadow for maximum shine and glam.

Top 5 Highlighters Under $5

Highlighter is a must for any makeup look as it adds dimension to your face. Whether you prefer a subtle or blinding highlighter, the finished look gives your face an instant lift and a youthful glow. It can be achieved without breaking the bank, here are some of the best highlighters for under $5.

1. Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

One of the most natural highlighters on the market for those who prefer a subtle glow that does not exaggerate fine lines or texture. This baked formula blends seamlessly into the skin and can be used also on the forehead, down the centre of the nose without looking like a disco ball.

2. E.L.F Cosmetics Baked Highlighters

The baked formula of this highlighter makes this product versatile and customizable. Use dry for a sheer wash of color or wet for a wet radiant look. Baked with also nourishing ingredients such as jojoba oil and vitamin E, this product keeps the skin hydrated all day.

3. Wet n Wild MegaGlow Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals

For those who prefer a pearlescent glow that adds an ethereal finish. This easy to blend formula is Wet n Wild's #1 selling highlighter and delivers high pirgment with its beautifully engraved pan. Wet n Wild also do not test on animals and are cruelty free.

4. E.L.F. Cosmetics Highlighting Pearl Paint

If you have drier skin or prefer to work with a cream formula, this highlighting pearl paint is an instant on-the-go highlighting item. Use it to add instant pearly glow anywhere on the face or use it as a primer so you can layer powder on top for extra long wear.

5. LA Girl HD Pro Conceal in GC996 Highlighter

The LA Girl HD Pro Conceal is one of the best affordable concealers on the market. Finally, they came out with the highlighter shade in the same convenient packaging. Since the formula is creaseless and high in coverage, it creates a worry-free long lasting glow.

Want more high performing products without breaking the bank? Read Top 10 Foundations Under $10

Top 5 Best Long Lasting Eyebrow Products

Eyebrows frame the face and change a look drastically. We expect the eyebrows to stay in place all day and not all eyebrow products are created equally. Here are the top 5 best and long lasting eyebrow product on the market from high end to low end.

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

One of the most versatile products ever. Completely waterproof and smudge-proof. This product allows you to work with a brush so you have full control of the intensity and thickness of the brows.

2. Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil 

If you want lots of precision with hair-like strokes and the most natural finish, this is the go-to product. The universal shade takes the guessing out of selecting the right shade since it seems to work on all eyebrow colors.

3. Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Pencil Ultra Fine Shape & Define

Amazing for those with sparse eyebrows to fill; this smudge-proof formula provides up to 12 hrs of wear and mimics hair-like strokes like no other. Plus, the spoolie on the other end works like charm to brush the hairs in place.

4. L'oreal Brow Stylist Definer Micro Pencil

On a budget? Here a cheaper alternative to the Diorshow and Benefit pencils. The tip is only 0.5mm and it delivers the same effect; the key is to use light feathered strokes. This product is waterproof, safe for sensitive eyes and ophthalmologist tested.

5. Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Retractable Pencil

One of the best bang for your buck pencils on the market. For under $4 in most stores, the consistency of the pencil is not too waxy or hard. The best part about this pencil is the slanted tip that allows you to produce perfectly arched and defined eyebrows with half the effort.

Top 10 Foundations Under $10

Having the perfect canvas is the best way to start your makeup. Foundations used to be a splurge item years ago but not anymore. Affordable foundations are making a clear entrance into the makeup industry. Here are 10 amazing foundations for $10 or less.

1. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation- Hydrate and Smooth

The hydrate and smooth gives a natural yet dewy look and designed for dehydrated skin. It has very buildable coverage and never looks overdone.

2. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation - Matte and Poreless

The matte and poreless provides oil control and does not look flat. Great for acne-prone skin or those with dilated pores.

3. Milani Conceal + Perfect 2-in-1 Foundation + Concealer

Get smooth and flawless coverage with just one pump of foundation. Skip the concealer as this is a very high coverage foundation.

4. Wet n Wild Photo Focus Foundation

Light weight and feels like nothing on the skin, yet buildable coverage. This foundation looks fabulous in photos as it has light diffusing complex that gives you a #nofilter perfection.

5. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation

If you are not a fan of liquid foundation, this is the perfect way to get full coverage in a compact. The foundation gives you a matte look but not flat as stated in the name. Great for oily skin but works for normal skin as well as it does look drying like most powder foundations. 

6. Maybelline New York Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation

In a very thin consistency, this foundation applies well and blends easily. It applies like a liquid and dries into a powder-like texture.

7. Cover Girl Ready, Set Gorgeous Liquid Makeup Foundation

An oil free foundation that will not clog pores, leaving a shine free complexion that lasts all day. The built in powder system prevents the foundation from slipping and sliding.

8. Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation

If you never know which color is the right match, this foundation takes the guess work out. The foundation is very forgiving and will blend seamlessly into the skin for a hydrating and natural finish.

9. True Match Super Blendable Makeup

A makeup artist favourite, this extremely buildable foundation comes in every possible shade imaginable  for all ethnicities. Makeup artists apply a thin layer for sheer coverage or several layers for wedding makeup.

10. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Lightweight and barely there foundation, this foundation feels like a second layer to your skin. Get a radiant natural finish that looks lit from within.

Want more high performing products without breaking the bank? Read Top 5 Highlighters Under $5

5 Must Have Makeup Products For A Holiday Glam Look

The Holidays are here and it is time to dress up your everyday makeup routine. It is the perfect time to look glamorous for all the festivities. Here are five makeup products you can use to instantly change your look from everyday to glam. 

1. Golden or plum eyeshadow

Gold and red are the perfect festive colours of the season to put on your eyes. Golden shadows will bright light to the eyes like christmas lights and the plum coloured shadow can be used to contour the eyes to add depth to the eyes.

Top Recommendation:

Urban Decay Naked Palette using Trick and Blackhorse

2. Golden highlighter

Nothing draws more light to the face then to have the perfect golden sheen above your cheekbones. Golden highlights flatter most skin tones and can look very subtle or dramatic depending on how intense you want your highlight.

Top Recommendation:

Too Faced Candlelight in White Gold

3. Red lip stick

Even if you are not a red lip stick person, the holidays will make you want to put on a lipstick. Instantly glam up your look with the perfect red lipliner and lipstick. Add a touch of gold eyeshadow to the centre of your red lips to make your lips look plumper.

Top Recommendation:

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme in Zivoli

4. False lashes

Open up and frame your eyes with fake eyelashes. To elongate the eyes or create a cat eye effect, choose lashes with shorter hair on the inner corner and progressively get longer towards the outer corner.

Top Recommendation:

Ardell Demi Wispies Lashes in Black

5. Liquid Eyeliner

Ditch the pencil eyeliner and add some intensity with a liquid eyeliner. Liquid liners give a more precise application that will stay on all day with no smudging to last you through those holiday parties.

Top Recommendation:

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Black

5 Makeup Tips On How To Make Your Face Look Slimmer

It has been universally accepted that slimmer and defined faces are portrayed as beauty. Not everyone has slender faces and perfect jawline like Kim Kardashian to Jessica Alba. but the power of make up can significantly create the illusion of slimmer faces. Click here for video on How to contour and look 10 lbs skinnier.

1. Use two different shades of foundation

The key to a slimmer face starts with the foundation. Choose a foundation colour 2 shades darker for the outer perimeter of your face and the lighter foundation on the inner portions of your face to create highlight and shade.

2. Perfectly arched eyebrows

Your eyebrows frames your face and complement your face shape. Having arched eyebrows will draw your attention to the arch and detract from a round face. A sharp arch will balance out the roundness of the face with its angularity.

3. Use matte contour powder

Bronzers often have glitters that reflect light and draw attention. The purpose of a contour is to recede and shade certain portions of the face. Using a matte contour powder in the right areas of your face such as in the hollows of your cheeks, along the sides of the nose, along the jawline and on the sides of your forehead can drastically slim your face. Remember to blend it seamlessly with a beauty blender or brush when applying.

4. Use highlighter

Highlighter does the opposite of contour, it protrudes areas you want to emphasize to add dimension to your face. The highlighter can be matte or shimmer but should be placed strategically in the center of the forehead, on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, and down to the cupids bow and below the lower lips. Highlighters do not need to break the bank. Here are top 5 highlighters for less than $5.

5. Apply blush in the right place

The placement of the blush can also create the illusion of a slimmer face if it is used like a contour. Instead of placing the blush on the apples of the cheeks, apply it slightly above your contour in a diagonal line from the middle of the cheeks upward towards your ears.

5 Ways To Look Radiant, Energized and More Awake With Makeup

Makeup can not only transform your features but make you look more radiant, energized and awake. Here are five tips that can make you look like you had a full 8 hour rest and recharged for the day to come.

1. Moisturise or use a face oil

The most important step to radiant skin is to provide enough hydration for your skin. Facial oils are becoming more popular as they can help balance and add hydration to the skin regardless of your skin type. To get naturally glowing skin, read 5 Ways To Get Hydrated, Glowing Skin and Get Rid of Dry Flaky Skin.

2. Use a foundation with a dewy, glowy finish

A foundation that has a matte finish may make your face appear dull. Choose a light reflecting foundation or use a BB cream which has sheer coverage but doubles up as a moisturizer. The finish of your foundation should give you a dewy yet natural look. Find out about the top 10 foundations under $10.

3. Use a highlighter

Adding light to the correct places on your face can make you look more awake. Highlight above the cheekbones, in the centre of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose and even slightly above the cupid's bow of your lips. Highlighters do not need to break the bank, find out top 5 highlighters under $5

4. Use a light, brightening concealer

The eyes give it away. Hide those dark circles and puffy eyes. Choose a salmon-colored concealer under the eye first to counteract the dark circles, then blend a light reflecting concealer that is a shade lighter than your skin tone under the eyes to fake a bright eyed look.

5. Add a pop of color to your makeup

If all fails and you are short on time, add a pop of color to your look. Throw on a vibrant colored blush or lipstick such as coral or bright pink for an instant awake look.

Top 5 Best Holiday Red Lipsticks For Christmas and New Years Parties

Nothing is more festive than wearing the classic red lip during the holidays. The red lip creates an instant glamorous yet polished look that is appropriate for all holiday gatherings. Here is a list of the top five low end and high end red lipsticks that is worth the investment during the most wonderful time of the year. To learn how to make your lipstick last throughout an entire party, please read my post on 5 Ways To Make Your Lipstick Stay On All Day .

Low End

Maybelline Color Sensational Creamy Matte in Siren In Scarlet

This is a new favourite; one of the most moisturising and non-drying matte lipsticks one the market. It is a brighter red that instantly brightens up your face and makes you look more youthful.

New York Color-Ultra Moist Lip Wear Retro Red 308B

One of the most inexpensive red lipsticks around. This lipstick works exceptionally well on those with warm undertones. The packaging may not be the most durable, but the product itself is moisturising and wear well for the price.

Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick in Fire and Ice

A favourite for many years, this red lip has a little bit of a coral undertone. Known for its creamy consistency and long wear ability, Revlon Super Lustrous Creme formula lipsticks are not only affordable but comparable to many high end brands.

High End

MAC Retro Matte Ruby Woo

Pair this red lip with a cherry lip liner and its known to give you the classic Snow White red lip. Since it has a matte formula, remember to exfoliate your lips and apply lip balm before putting this lipstick on.

NARS Red Lizard

NARS is known for its high impact and bold lipsticks. Red Lizard is a slightly darker classic red that has a flattering blue tone which makes teeth appear whiter.

Top 5 Waterproof Must-Have Makeup Products for the Beach/Pool

Here are five products that will keep your makeup looking beautiful at the beach/pool even when you get wet. Summer is here and not all of us can go makeup less when we have a beach/pool day. Many products claim to be water-resistant but only a handful can be considered truly waterproof. For more longlasting makeup tips, read my series of posts on How to Make Your Makeup Stay On .

Liquid Liner
MAC Liquidlast Liner
All other forms of eyeliners, especially pencil, can smudge upon contact with water. MAC's liquidlast liner has a gel-like formula that takes a few minutes to dry but does not smudge at all afterwards.

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara
As the name claims, this mascara has been put to the test under wet conditions. The mascara is also extremely volumizing, lengthening and holds the curl after using an eyelash curler.

Brow Product
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade
One of the newest breakthrough product of the makeup industry, Anastasia's Dripbrow Pomade has invented waterproof brows with its gel-like texture. Do not underestimate what eyebrows can do for your face. Having nice full eyebrows frames your face and makes your look years younger.

Face Product
Makeup Forever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream
Skip the foundation if you are afraid of it melting off and spot conceal with concealer instead. This Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer can conceal scars, acne and even tattoos.

Waterproof Eyeshadow
Maybelline Eyestudio Color Tattoo 24Hr Eyeshadow
These cream eyeshadows are super easy to apply and very blendable. Maybelline offers a wide array of colors from Bad to the Bronze; a metallic bronze color to Tenacious Teal; a perfect vibrant color for the beach/pool.