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We Built A Beauty Bag Of Essentials On A $50 Budget

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For a lot of ladies, leaving the house without makeup on would be like answering the door sans pants: you’re simply not fully dressed. While it is necessary to give your skin a breather from time to time, makeup is very much a part of many of our daily routines. As new products come to market and must-try makeup trends appear rapidly, adding to your pre-existing collection can become an addictive habit. But what if you had to strip it all back to bare essentials, on a tight budget? If you’ve got wanderlust, you’ll know how easily makeup bags can get lost in the abyss that is airport security, so knowing exactly how you would recreate your daily essentials bag in a tight spot is an absolute must. 

Regardless of your travel habits, spring is the season for deep cleans and fresh starts, so we've put together a list of all the essentials you need to form the foundation of your basic makeup kit on a budget of under $50. 

You may think the first essential you’d grab from the shelves would be foundation, however BB cream is actually the better option. While the former provides heavy duty coverage, it’s also bad for your skin: it blocks pores and cakes into the creases of your eyelids. Most foundations are designed with much older skin in mind, not so much for a young, fresh-faced market. By opting for a lighter formula like BB cream, you can have your coverage and eat it too – that is to say, breathable skin. Matching your skin tone is so much easier with BB cream too, dispelling any Oompa Loompa errors that can occur with liquid foundation. To avoid having to buy concealer, simply add an extra layer of BB cream to any dark shadow areas or spots of redness. 
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Garnier Skin Active BB Cream - $10
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Burt's Bees BB Cream - $15
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Loreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB Cream - $11
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Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream - $7
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Whether black or brown suits your complexion best, no makeup bag is complete without mascara. A quick coat of mascara gives you a wide-awake look, ideal for disguising too many late nights or annoying jet lag. If you’re only going to have one mascara, make it a waterproof one, that way you’ll be prepared for everything from an impromptu pool party to blubbering like a baby at a cute cat video on YouTube.  
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Maybelline Great Lash Big Mascara - $3
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Covergirl Volume Lash Blast Mascara - $6
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Sephora Outrageous Volume Mascara - $12
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Maybelline Super Sizer Mascara - $6
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When your makeup bag is limited, there’s no easier way to take your look from day to night than to slick on some skin-illuminating red lipstick. Be sure to pick up a stick in a shade that suits your coloring, there’s nothing worse than a red that doesn’t compliment. Dark skin tones suit the brightest shades of red as well as classic scarlet, whereas orangey reds will look super striking on olive skin tones. For all you pale beauties out there, stick to fire engine red or pale, almost pink, shades and finally, for anyone worried about accentuating any rosacea, look for reds with cool undertones. Don’t forget, if applied properly your new red lippy can double up as blush, gently does it though, it’s easy to go overboard with this technique and clown faces should be reserved for the circus not the street.  
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Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate Lipstick - $3
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Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color - $4
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Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick - $4
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e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick - $3
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For your day look, you’re going to need a great nude. Whether you opt for a gloss, matte or satin finish, your perfect nude shade can range from sand to light brown and everything in between depending on personal choice. This style of lip is an easy, all-purpose look that suits everyone, so it's a no-brainer for your go-to look.
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Bare Minerals Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lip Color - $18
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IMAN Cosmetics Matte Lipstick - $10
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Almay Smart Shade Butteries Lipstick - $14
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e.l.f. Day To Night Lipstick Duo - $5
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A little touch of highlighter can make all the difference, turning flat, one-dimensional skin into a soft, dewy dream. Just a dab under the eyes above the cheek bone and along the length of the nose should be enough to bring some life to tired skin, and freshen your look. 
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Loreal True Match Lumi Powder Glow Illuminator - $11
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Sephora Microsmooth Baked Luminizer - $7
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e.l.f. Baked Highlighter Blush Gems - $4
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Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Sticker - $11
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Nothing frames your facial features more than those hairy slivers we call eyebrows. By delicately filling them in with a soft eyebrow pencil, you define their shape, giving the rest of your beautiful facial features more definition along with it. Double win. 
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Palladio Cosmetic Eyebrow Pencil - $6
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Sephora Brow Enhancer - $12
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Aesthetica Precision Brow Liner - $12
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Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eye Pencil - $6
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