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Budget Beauty: Build Your Makeup Bag For Less Than £50


While there is something incredibly pleasing about having luxury beauty products sitting on top of your dressing table or neatly laying in your makeup bag. But there’s also something incredibly rewarding about discovering a moisturiser or mascara that works just as efficiently at a fraction of the cost.

We’re suckers for those ornate gold caps that adorn elegant body creams, sure, but the rewarding feeling of discovering a new high street favourite that comes in at under a tenner is something else!

Build Your Makeup Bag For Under £50

So, if you’re wanting to make some simple, more cost effective swaps, we’ve got you sorted. We’ve found you eight products that are makeup bag must-haves – and you can get them all for under £50.

  • Cleanser – £3.99
  • Moisturiser – £3
  • Foundation – £8.70
  • Highlighter/Blush/Bronze – £6.99
  • Eyebrows – £6.50
  • Mascara – £4.99
  • Eyeliner – £5.99
  • Lipstick – £6.99


Simple uses some of the purest ingredients around to formulate their collection, which works wonders on even the most sensitive of skin. Filled with nourishing ingredients like Vitamin B3, Triple Purified Water and Vitamin C, Simple’s Micellar Face Cleanser will ensure your skin will be brimming with essential goodness after each use. The result? A fresh, clean and hydrated complexion.


While the price is cheap, the CeraVe Moisturising Cream features three essential Ceramides as well as Hyaluronic Acid, which work in synergy to moisturise and protect skin’s natural barrier. A rich and nurturing moisturiser, it delivers a surge of much-needed hydration to dry and sensitive skin.


Create a long-lasting flawless base with the Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily SkinBlending seamlessly, this foundation allows you to create a smoother-looking, more even-toned complexion while also controlling oil and shine. Containing Salicylic Acid, this formula also helps balance your skin over time, whilst SPF 15 is included to aid in protecting against external aggressors. Your skin will have never looked so good for such little money!


Contouring doesn’t appear to be going anywhere fast – in fact, quite the opposite. If you’re still trying to find the perfect products, how about this Rimmel Kate Sculpting Highlighter Palette which incorporates all you need into one. Working to lend you chiselled features, the pressed powder formulations blend seamlessly on skin to create a professional, radiant makeup look.


Tame your brows with one simple product – a brow gel. The NYX Professional Makeup Control Freak Eyebrow Gel to be precise. This clear brow gel tames and controls hairs for all day perfection, styling them into the gorgeous, bushy brows you’ve been dreaming about.


Achieve the lift of your dreams with the Wet n’ Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara in Amp’d Black. Nourishing and intensifying your lashes, a blend of Jojoba and Olive Macadamia Nut Oil will keep your eyelashes in tip-top condition, while the pure black colour makes them stand out no matter the occasion. And all for under a fiver – what more could you want?


Defined your eyes with the Sleek MakeUP Felt Liner, an eyeliner that uses a super-precise tip to enhance and intensify your peepers. The jet-black formula is richly pigmented and long-lasting, delivering superior colour payoff in just one easy swipe!


What makeup bag would be complete without a stunning lip shade? We love this bargain from L’Oréal Paris. A pop of rich colour for your lips, the LOréal Paris Color Riche Matte Lipstick is highly pigmented and offers a moisturising matte finish. Despite this, it still hydrates with an infusion of oils, and delivers bold, vivid colour no matter what shade you choose!

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Emily Cotton

Emily Cotton

Beauty Editor

I'm someone who loves getting glammed up, but I feel like I never have enough time. Frequently running between work, the gym and seeing friends means my makeup routine is quick and often touched up on the go. Therefore, beauty products that serve as multi-purpose are perfect for me - a blush that works for cheeks and lips is a must in my makeup bag!