Create a natural makeup look using only drugstore products

While there's a certain allure to owning high-end cosmetics, you might not want to drop a week's pay on a few products in pretty packaging. Luckily, the quality of drugstore makeup has improved greatly in recent years, and you can get everything you need for daily wear without going broke.
Brands like NYX and e.l.f. make it easy to put together a naturally beautiful look. This tutorial shows how to use bronzing and highlighting powder two different ways, so you'll get more for your money without needing to buy extra products. Brands like L'Oréal, Maybelline, and Revlon have been making quality products for decades, and you're sure to find a few favorites among them since they go on sale frequently.
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Materials
- Primer stick (e.l.f. Prep & Blur Stick)
- Liquid foundation (L'Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation)
- Damp beauty sponge
- Liquid concealer (L'Oréal Infallible Full Wear Concealer)
- Pressed powder (L.A. Girl Pro Face Matte Pressed Powder)
- Fluffy cheek brush
- Bronzing powder (e.l.f. Primer-Infused Bronzer, Forever Sunkissed)
- Fan brush
- Small tapered brush
- Highlighting powder (Maybelline Facestudio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter, Molten Gold)
- Peach and pink blush (e.l.f. Light Blush Palette)
- Brown eyebrow powder (NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder, Brunette)
- Angled eyebrow brush
- Fluffy blending brush
- Ash brown matte eye shadow (e.l.f. Mad For Matte Summer Breeze Eyeshadow Palette)
- Flat brush
- Black liquid eyeliner (Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner)
- Black mascara (Maybelline Volum' Express The Colossal Big Shot Mascara)
- Brown lip pencil (NYX Slim Lip Pencil, Nutmeg)
- Nude lip gloss (NYX Intense Butter Gloss, Tres Leches)
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Instructions
1. Apply primer stick to your T-zone, including the center of your forehead, nose, cheeks, and chin. Use your fingers to gently press the product into your skin.
2. Even out your skin by applying liquid foundation with a damp beauty sponge. Press the product into your skin, including your eyelids.
3. Apply liquid concealer below your eyes using the applicator wand. Press the concealer into your skin with the damp beauty sponge.
4. Swirl a fluffy cheek brush in the pressed powder, then stipple it onto your face in a light, tapping motion. By stippling instead of swirling the brush, you won't leave brush marks in your foundation.
5. Warm up your cheeks and give your face dimension by sweeping bronzing powder along the tops of the cheekbones, jawline, and temples with a fan brush. To contour your nose, use the same powder and a small, tapered brush. Apply powder in a vertical line on each side of the nose and on the tip.
6. Apply highlighting powder to the tops of your cheekbones and the center of your nose and forehead with the tapered brush.
7. Create a custom cheek color by combining bronzey peach and rosy pink blush. Pick up a small amount of each color with your fluffy cheek brush, then sweep the blush onto your cheeks. Blend thoroughly to diffuse any harsh lines.
8. Fill in your brows and give them definition by brushing brown eyebrow powder through them with an angled eyebrow brush.
9. Define your eye by sweeping bronzing powder onto the crease with a fluffy blending brush.
10. Pat ash brown matte eye shadow onto the outer corner of the lid using a flat brush. Blend the color into the crease using the fluffy blending brush.
11. To bring light to your eyes, pat gold highlighting powder onto the inner two-thirds of the lid with the flat brush.
12. Use black liquid eyeliner to draw a small wing on the outer corner of your eye, then line the rest of the top lid.
13. Apply one or two coats of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes.
14. Complete your makeup look by lining your lips with brown lip pencil, then fill them in with nude lip gloss.
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Here's to looking great and saving money! Stay pretty!
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