Budget beauty products can be one of three things: good, bad or just OK. We're here to talk about the former, but better than good, we're highlighting the best. Within you'll find our top picks from the budget category for each essential item in your beauty kit. Best mascara under $20? Got it. Best concealer under $20? We're using it. Come budget-conscious beauties, come.
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This month marks the middle month of Winter, eek! By now your beauty regime should have gone into full, cold weather swing; with cream cleansers, thicker moisturisers and even a warmer-smelling scent. If you still need to tick a few of these boxes, it's not too late. The beauty world is bursting with some stand out new products, from super serums to affordable, smile-inducing blush.
Interested in capturing the passion of samba on your face? Mac Cosmetics' new makeup collection, Tropical Taboo, is all about shimmer, colour and sensuality. Oh so steamy! With mineral-based product playing hero, the baked-style eyeshadow and blushes are a colour mix sensation, with cool tangerine and burnt rose with peach some of our favourites. Tropical Taboo hits stores and online on July 1, click through to snoop our top picks to wear this Winter. Pro tip: Partner 159 Duo Fibre Blush with the Mineralize Blush for best results.
While you might need to keep saving your pennies for that luxe Winter coat, buying on-trend beauty products to take you through the new season isn't quite as expensive. Lucky us! There's a lot of colour right now — something we're sure to need to pick us up on those dreary Winter days — as well as some party polish and a skincare line to rival all others. Keeping skin hydrated is key this Winter, so we suggest you check it out. Add to that the CC cream our beauty editor is wearing right now, and you've got yourself some new, must-have beauty products. Click to shop.
Designer Peter Copping stuck to what he called a "resolutely graphic palette" for the Nina Ricci Autumn Winter 2013 show, using predominantly black, white, and crimson red for the feminine collection. With nods to 1950s silhouettes in sleek skirtsuits and sporty motifs like fur-trimmed layers, it was a collection made for a modern Grace Kelly. The presentation itself was also fit for a princess, as the sister duo of Katia and Marielle Labèque played at nested Steinway grand pianos placed in the middle of the gleaming red runway. Click through to see the full collection.
When fleshing out your makeup brush collection, it's easy to get slipped up on what you need. Some brushes look the same, seem to serve similar purposes, and seem like they're easy to skip. But scratch your head no longer! We're here to bust up the confusion of the brushes, starting with your standard blush brush.
What It's Used For
A blush brush is used for, well, blush. It is designed to lightly apply pigment to the apples of your cheeks, giving you a flushed, rosy tinge.
What It Looks Like
Blush brushes are domed and fluffy. Look for a brush that has natural, tapered bristles. A blush brush has a similar shape to a powder brush but is smaller. And those mini-brushes you get with a lot of blushes? Can them. Since they aren't dome shaped, they'll create a sharp line instead of a soft dusting.
Why You Need It
Blush is an important step in your makeup regimen, especially if you use a heavy foundation. A blush brush is a makeup case staple since it delivers your pigment in a natural way. To apply, dip your brush into the blush, tap off the access, and lightly swipe it onto your cheeks. Smiling helps you find the natural line your blush should take, and you should apply from the bottoms of your ears to the top corner of your mouth, with most of the pigment focusing on the apple of your cheek.
Tips and Tricks
- For a creamier blush look, wet the top of your brush with a tiny bit of water before dipping it into the blush. This will create a soft, diffused look.
- If you want a more defined line, lightly squeeze the bristles of your brush together. This is great for contouring colour down the bridge of your nose.
Out of all the celebeauties to walk the red carpet at yesterday's SAG Awards, we were flawed by the perfection that is Rose Byrne. From her glossy finger waves, adorable doe-eyes covered in a light shimmer of taupe shadow to those candy pink lips, Rose proved that sticking to your signature style always works on the red carpet. Click through to zoom in on that skin, and shop our product picks to get her look at home.