Every girl knows the feeling of walking past the cosmetic department of a store – the burning temptation to take a peek is excruciating and hard to resist.
In fact, in a woman’s world it’s practically a crime to not take a peek.
And, for that reason alone, Grand Central found it fitting to compile a list of holy grail items that are essential to your collection. If you don’t have one of these items, start your car, grab your wallet and head to the nearest Target ASAP!
L’Oréal True Match Foundation
True Match is by far the best drugstore foundation, even the pros use it! This foundation blends like a dream and looks so natural, still giving you buildable-to-full coverage. There is such a large range of colors to match your skin tone in warm, neutral and cool.
Nyx Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer
Dark under eye circles are not your friend in the morning, especially just before that painfully early 8 a.m. class (coffee please!). The key to this must-have product is that it has a slight salmon tint to it, this will neutralize the purple/blue shade that dark circles are composed of.
Nivea Men Post-Shave Balm (in sensitive)
You may be thinking, shave balm is a favorite makeup product? Yes. It sounds crazy, but it’s best used as a primer. This post-shave balm blocks out redness, moisturizes skin and most importantly, makes your makeup last all day.
The main ingredient is glycerin, high-end primers use this ingredient to allow makeup to last for a full day. Want to see if this really works? Click here.
e.l.f. Expert Liquid Eyeliner
This product is very easy to use, dries very black and lasts all day. Enough said.
Wet N’ Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette (in Dulce De Leche)
This is a perfect duo of highlight and contour, and there is so much product for such a little price. The highlighting shade is a must-have to set under eye concealer, this avoids creasing. The contouring shade is also very nice for warming up the face and adding some dimension.
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (in shade 15)
This concealer is a best-selling classic for a reason. It gives great coverage, and is a perfect highlighting shade. Put this under the eyes to brighten them up, but don’t forget to balance out your highlight by also placing this on the forehead, bridge of the nose, cupids bow and chin.
e.l.f. Lip Exfoliator
With the cold weather brings dry and cracked lips. Fear no more, because your lips are finally saved – e.l.f. hit this lip exfoliator out of the park to reveal smooth, kissable lips without being too harsh on them.
Also, don’t forget to apply a moisturizer after using this product to help repair the lips, a favorite being Vaseline Lip Therapy.
Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay (product sold online)
This is an all-natural clay, best used with organic apple cider vinegar, and combined it creates an extremely powerful face mask. It cleans deep into pores to reveal baby-soft skin with affects you can see and feel immediately.
Morphe Eyeshadows (product sold online)
This online brand is simply a gift from above. They have individual, professional quality eyeshadow pans for so cheap. The best part is, you can order a Z-Palette for less than $10 and customize your own unique palette to fit your style.
Colour Pop Shadows and Lippies (product sold online)
Quality lip products are hard to come by at the drugstore. This is why online shopping is crucial when searching for the best makeup on a college budget.
Colour Pop is an online website that sells not only individual shadows, but also matte and satin lip products. The lippie pencil and stick in the shade Aquarius is the perfect nude for everyday glam.
A night out calls for the shade Brink, a mauve dark nude, or Bossy for a bright, bold matte red. The best part is, it’s all affordable.
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