Dear Budget Fashionista. I’m almost 13 and I want to start wearing makeup soon. I want to buy products maybe under $5. Any recommendations?
Girls, your first foray into makeup should involve inexpensive products that are easy to apply. To help you out, we’ve put together a list of some excellent makeup steals for $5 or less. Use these products to try different looks and define your own style. Remember, though, not to overdo it–try one product at a time and stick with subtle colors. You don’t want to look like a circus clown after all.
1. E.L.F. Essential Flawless Face Powder
E.L.F. is a line of super affordable cosmetics – some hot sellers, others duds. The Essential Flawless Face Powder is a true winner. Use the easy-to-blend powder to hide minor skin imperfections, such as acne. The powder also absorbs oils on the face, leaving a silky, smooth finish. Cost: $2.00
2. Essence Gel Eye Pencil Waterproof
When searching for the perfect eyeliner, opt for a waterproof product of the gel variety. The Essence Gel Eye Pencil is a waterproof gel liner in a retractable pencil. The smooth gel-like consistency glides on perfectly without smudging, and stays on throughout the day. It’s available in classic black or a variety of other fun colors. Cost: $2.99
3. Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eyeshadow Trio
The Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Trio is a combination of three brilliant colors: 1 for the brow bone, 1 for the crease, and 1 for the eyelid. For young teens just starting out with makeup, this simple eyeshadow trio makes applying and blending complementing colors a cinch. There are also a plethora of color trios to choose from. Cost: $1.99
4. NYX Concealer Jar
To achieve full coverage without breaking the bank, try the NYX Concealer Jar. The lightweight concealer is available in a number of shades, and works well to hide blemishes, acne scars, and other facial flaws that you don’t want others to see. The jar may seem small but it lasts for a while, as only a small amount is needed for coverage. Cost: $5.00
5. CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara
Mascara is a must-have in every makeup bag. It works to add volume, while separating and defining lashes. The CoverGirl Professional Super Thick Lash Mascara features a slim applicator that reaches every lash from root to tip, resulting in lengthened, darkened lashes that make your eyes appear bigger and more intense. Cost: $4.99
6. Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss
Young teens often favor a shiny lip gloss over a bold lipstick. To achieve a brilliant gloss without the sticky residue, opt for Essence XXXL Shine Lipgloss. This popular gloss offers a great color selection, moisturizes dry lips, and is true to color. The convenient container is small enough to be carried in your pocket or purse for anytime application. Cost: $2.49.
Makeup for young teens doesn’t have to be expensive. There are numerous low-budget selections currently on the market that are comparable to the more expensive cosmetic brands. Test-drive these budget-friendly products, and make sure to ask your friends for feedback as you experiment with new looks.
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