How to Create a FULL Makeup Kit for Under $70!


Who says you have to spend a lot for gorgeous, quality makeup? There are many ultra-affordable hidden treasures to be found at your local drugstore or Ulta…you just have to know where to look. Keep reading for our favorite budget-friendly beauty picks to create a full makeup kit for under $70.

ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer

Primer: ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer: This clear, multipurpose primer from ELF creates a smooth base for your look. It hydrates, minimizes the look of pores and fine lines and gets rid of excess oil. If you have other skin concerns, like redness or sallow skin, there are color correcting primers available as well. ($6.00)

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation: There are plenty of solid, affordable foundations at the drugstore, including this phenomenal one from Maybelline. The Matte + Poreless is ideal for those with combination or oily skin. It mattifies your complexion, with looking or feeling heavy. It minimizes the appearance of pores, and creates a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup. ($7.99)

NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand

Concealer: NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand: NYX’s HD concealer is one of the best bets at the drugstore. It’s creamy, buildable, covers extremely well and feels lightweight on your skin. There are plenty of shades, so it’s easy to find your match, and they recently added some color correcting hues to the lineup. ($4.99)

Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder: This powder from Rimmel is fantastic for keeping your complexion matte all day. It doesn’t look cakey, clog up your pores or leave you shiny after an hour. The sleek design makes it perfect for popping in your bag and using for a quick touch-up. ($4.99)

Wet n Wild Color Icon SPF 15 Bronzer

Bronzer: Wet n Wild Color Icon SPF 15 Bronzer: This is the perfect everyday bronzer. It’s not too dramatic; there’s no shimmer. It just gives a nice, healthy glow to your face. I like to apply it all over my face with a fluffy brush. The pan is absolutely gigantic, so you definitely get a big bang for your buck. The shade Ticket to Brazil is perfect for fair-to-medium skin tones, while Bikini Contest is great for deeper tones. ($3.93)

Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush

Blush: Wet n Wild Color Icon Blush: These blushes!!! So, so incredible. It has everything you could want in a blush: pigmented, but not too pigmented. It applies evenly. It lasts a fairly long time on your cheeks. One standout shade is Apri-Cot in the Middle, one of those versatile peaches that go with nearly every makeup look. ($2.00)

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter

Highlighter: Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter: Until recently, it was quite difficult to find a good, affordable highlighter. Thankfully, that seems to have changed. Almost every drugstore brand has released a highlighter this year. My favorite? Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade Radiant Lights. It’s extremely pigmented and smooth. You can build it up, or apply it with a wet sponge for a more dramatic look. ($6.00)

Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray

Setting Spray: Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray: There’s nothing worse than a setting spray that soaks your face once you’re finally done with your makeup. I’m always searching for a spray that delivers an ultra-fine mist – something that refreshes and sets your makeup, without looking like you just got caught in the rain. This is the best setting spray I’ve found at the drugstore – it’s hydrating and truly locks your makeup. ($2.99)

Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer

Eyeshadow Primer: Wet n Wild Picture Perfect Eyeshadow Primer: I’ve mentioned Wet n Wild a lot in this post, but it’s honestly one of the best ultra-budget-friendly brands out there. This shadow primer is comparable to some of the most popular alternatives at Sephora – many which are more than six times the price. A little drop of this primer will coat your entire eyelid, enhancing the shadows you place on top of it and keeping your look in place all night. ($4.69)

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyshadow Set

Eyeshadow: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyshadow Set: Wet n Wild has plenty of little eyeshadow palettes, but the Comfort Zone set is my absolute favorite. It has neutrals, plus a few funky shades like a blue-brown duo-chrome. It blends easily, doesn’t have fallout, the colors work well together and…it’s less than $3!! Is that a deal or what? ($2.79)

Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

Liquid Liner: Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner Pen: This liquid liner has an extremely precise and easy-to-use felt tip that is perfect for beginners. It’s my absolute favorite liner for drawing a wing. Since liquid liners tend to dry up quickly, I don’t think it’s the kind of product worth investing in – this will more than do the job. It goes on jet black, doesn’t smudge or run, and lasts until you take it off. ($2.99)

Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof

Eyeliner Pencil: Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof: If your eyeliner always runs, you need to pick up this gel liner. It glides onto your waterline so smoothly, it’s richly pigmented and truly lasts. It gives off the same effect as a gel pot liner, but with the ease of a pencil. I can’t believe this is less than a cup of coffee. ($2.99)

CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara

Mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast Clump Crusher Water Resistant Mascara: The name speaks for itself – you’ll have no clumps with this amazing formula. CoverGirl usually gets it right when it comes to mascara, but this specific formula is a notch above the rest. It’s water resistant, so it will last through humidity, tears, anything. The unique, curved brush will give your lashes a curled, separated look that will have people doing a double take. ($4.09)

Essence Lip Liner

Lip Liner: Essence Lip Liner: Unlike many wooden lip liners, the Essence formula glides on smoothly, doesn’t budge or smudge and truly keeps your lipstick in place all night long. Lip liner is one of those products that many people would scoff at splurging on, so it’s good to know that there’s a long-lasting, super budget-friendly option out there! ($1.99)

NYX Butter Gloss

Lip Gloss: NYX Butter Gloss: Butter Glosses are, without a doubt, the most comfortable, non-sticky glosses I have in my collection. If you dread that feeling of getting a strand of hair stuck to your glossy lips, definitely give this a try. Plus, it’s available in over thirty, wearable colors (with just the right amount of pigment) and smells like sugary vanilla. ($4.99)

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick

Lipstick: Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick: Less than two dollars for a solid lipstick is incredible enough, but these are pretty much always on sale…meaning it can be yours for well under a buck. The Megalast line is honestly great: they tend to be dry (think of the MAC matte lipstick formula), but once it’s on, it’s on. They will last through dinner, drinks, etc. The red and berry shades are especially striking. ($1.49)

What are your favorite beauty steals? Let us know in the comments below!