How to Look Like a Million Dollars for a Whole Lot Less

Everyone wants to look like a million bucks, but very few actually can or want to spend a million bucks on their looks. So how do you get that look without breaking the bank? Follow some tried and true tips to determine what beauty products are worth the big bucks and where you can scrimp and still look great.

The Eyes

The three main categories of eye makeup are:

  • Mascara
  • Eye Shadow
  • Eye liner

Mascara is generally mascara, and any department store version that works for you is fine. Eye liners are much the same. Have at least a black and a brown, and add any fun colors you want. They do not have to be expensive, just pretty. Variety is what you are going for here; the quality is pretty much consistent. Eye shadow is where you can really have fun. Do not waste money on one or two expensive options, but rather find the huge pallets that are reasonably priced and offer tons of colors or splurge on some cheap singles.

The Lips

Lipstick is a tricky one. You really have three options when it comes to lip color:

  • Lipstick
  • Lip Stain
  • Lip Gloss

You want it to stay put and be comfortable, but you want to have color options as well. The best bet is to choose a key shade or two of good quality lipstick that look awesome and stick with them.  Add variety with cheaper glosses and maybe even lip liners to vary shades and such.

The Face

Do not scrimp on foundation or blush. This is where quality counts. There is something to the smooth, flawless finish of the more expensive brands. Choose a foundation that suits not only your skin tone but you skin type as well, and once you find a shade of blush that works stick with it. You can definitely see the difference if you apply a cheap blush to one cheek and a more expensive one to the other.

Whether or not you even need concealer depends on what you are trying to conceal, but if you do need it focus more on what it is designed to cover rather than the price. For dark under eye circles go for a yellow undertone, and for red spots shoot for a bluish under tone. If it works, it does not matter how much it costs. Lastly, powder is a must, but it is not necessary to break the bank over it. If you do not need it for color, but only to set your makeup and absorb oil, a light dusting of baby powder will even work. Be sure to keep it light to avoid looking like a corpse.

In the end, it is well worth spending a few extra bucks on foundation and blush, and you shouldn’t scrimp on lipstick either, but when it comes to the eyes focus on adding variety to your collection. As far as concealer and powder goes, use what works best for you, but don’t feel like you have to buy a more expensive brand.

You can look like a million bucks on less than $50.00 if you know where to put your money.

Cindi Lewis writes for an organic skincare and beauty products online retailer.


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  1. Grace Pamer says:

    I agree with you. You do not need to spend so much if you want to look like a million bucks. If you can have something cheap but with the same quality, why go spend for a branded or expensive one? You can actually look like a million bucks for a less cost if you only know how to use your money.