There's nothing worse than loading up a cart-full of gorgeous, glimmering beauty products (and feeling pretty damn pleased with yourself), only to internally sob when the total sum flashes on the register. We're with you, people: The makeup struggle is
That's why we're always scouring for ways to save on our self-care routines, and if you look hard enough, you'll discover there are plenty of them. You can find
dupes of cult classics, stalk the stores for sales, and even join a club for round-the-clock discounts. But there's one thing you should avoid when finding cosmetics on the cheap: unauthorized retailers, which can put you at risk for buying fake or counterfeit beauty products. (And we're sorry, but no discount on lipstick is worth accidentally gluing your lips together.)
Luckily, you don't need to go underground to find incredible deals. In fact, you can find everything you need for just a buck (yeah, we went there) at
trusted retailers. If you don't believe us, check out this $1 Wet n Wild deal, then click through for every other item you can nab on a dime. We can assure you it's not stealing — no matter how much it may feel like it.
There is no makeup tool more iconic than the egg-shaped wonder that is the Beautyblender, but it can set you back a cool $20. This latex-free dupe is
just as good as the real deal — and offers up that flawless finish we all know and want. AOA Wonder Blender in Purple Beveled, $1, available at Shop Miss A. More
This dual-sided mascara is there for you on good days and bad. On one end, there's a regular mascara; on the other, a waterproof formula.
E.L.F. Regular & Waterproof Mascara Duo, $1, available at E.L.F. Cosmetics. More
After that cool-girl, smudgy eyeliner look? This one's for you. It glides onto lids easily, making blending a breeze.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil, $.99, available at Wet n Wild. More
The quickest way to
megawatt skin is with a creamy, pink-hued highlighter stick. In other words: this. E.L.F. All Over Color Stick, $1, available at E.L.F. Cosmetics. More
This saturated eyeshadow is available in seven dreamy colors — from royal blue to pearly white — with the prettiest satin finish.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Eye Shadow Single, $.99, available at Wet n Wild. More Read More
Everyone needs a
staple red lipstick, and this one delivers in pigment payoff and price. If "fire truck-red" isn't your hue, you've got six other crimson variations to choose from. E.L.F. Essential Lipstick, $1, available at E.L.F. Cosmetics. More
If you're not sold on lipliner just yet, don't splurge on an expensive formula. This one does the job just as well — blending on smoothly and preventing feathering.
Wet n Wild Color Icon Lipliner, $.99, available at Wet n Wild. More
Why settle for any nude lipstick when you could have one jam-packed with good-for-skin ingredients, like vitamins A and E, plus aloe vera?
Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick, $.99, available at Wet n Wild. More
This blendable kohl eyeliner has been a makeup go-to for years. One editor with a theater background swears by its versatility (you can use it on your lids or brows) and creamy finish — plus, you can't beat that price.
NYC Cosmetics Kohl Brow / Eyeliner Pencil, $1, available at New York Color. More
Practically a two-in-one, this lipstick has a curved tip that also lines your lips.
L.A. Colors Matte Lipstick, $.99, available at Walgreens. More
If you're new to eyeliner and looking for a subtler effect, try this: The pigment is just bold enough for beginners, but you can build up the intensity with every layer.
L.A. Colors Eyeliner & Brow Pencil, $.99, available at Walgreens. More
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