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.
The Spring Racing Carnival is well under way now, and this Saturday we'll be cheering horses down the home stretch at Moet & Chandon Spring Champion Stakes Day. If today's weather is anything to go by, it's going to be a warm one, so we'll be prepping our clutches with the kind of essentials a girl needs to get by. Lip balm, concealers, blotting papers and more will be added to our essentials kit — what would you add to yours? Click through to see what each of the POPSUGAR Australia editors will be keeping by their side come the weekend!
It doesn't matter how prepared you are, little emergencies are bound to happen on the big day. Forget loose hair, sore feet, shiny makeup and smeared mascara from all those happy tears. The key is to be well-equipped with products that will quickly fix little woes from pre-aisle to reception. Not a care in the world, right? Step this way for 10 wedding day essentials.
- Leave it be: It's been said before, but it's still true: do not pop or pick at your pimple. Not only does it spread bacteria, but it makes it practically impossible to cover.
- Go green: After washing your hands, apply a green-tinted concealer, like the one in the Bloom Cosmetics Secret Weapon Concealer Kit ($20), to neutralise the red of the blemish. Pat it on with a clean makeup sponge, but do not rub.
- Conceal: Generously layer your regular concealer on top of the green with a clean sponge or brush, blending away any harsh edges left behind by the green.
- Powder: Dip a small brush into your regular powder and gently pat it on and around the blemish to set the concealers. Use a light, tapping motion to get full coverage from the powder.
- Finishing touch: If you still feel like you need some coverage, add a second layer of your flesh-toned concealer, but avoid another powder layer to avoid looking cakey.
With all the various brands, launches, and new innovations, a girl could really go crazy shopping for makeup. But in your quest to create your ideal makeup bag, there are certain items you should consider buying straight from the department store. To find out the breakdown on where you should invest your makeup dollars, read more.
Where would we be without concealer? We use it to hide angry blemishes, dark circles under our eyes, pigmentation, and sometimes — when we're feeling really daring — as a matte, nude-look lipstick. The little pots imperfection-hiding goodness can be costly, though, so we thought it was high time some love went the budget concealer stars. We've tried and loved all of these, and we know you will too.
Just as there are tricks for concealing pimples without making it look too obvious, there are ways to hide under-eye circles sans the cakey, flakey effects. The biggest mistake many women make is trying to hide too much, explains What Not to Wear's Carmindy. "I see women put on so much concealer," she says. "It settles into those fine lines and wrinkles, and lines end up looking worse than if they just left well enough alone." But how do you use that concealer to your advantage? Get three steps to quelling darkness and brightening your complexion when you read more.