Although us makeup aficionados would love a lifetime supply of Bobbi Brown or Benefit, those premium brands are a bit out of reach for your average student. Here are some great dupes you can get down at your average Boots shop, satisfying your need for makeup without breaking the bank!
First things first; primer, it’s a crucial part of a makeup routine, which many people leave out. Primer creates a barrier between your face and your makeup, making it last longer and protect your pores. L’Oreal Infallible is great for oily skin at £7.99, and Boots online sell Nyx Primers for £10, a great dupe for Smashbox and can be picked up from your local Boots with no extra charge!
Whether you want full coverage or just something to brighten and even out your complexion, there are many different products to choose from. Personally, I use full cover foundation and I like Revlon’s range of foundations, especially the ColourStay range, with good coverage and a decent range of colours, although not enough options for darker skin tones at £12.99. For maximum coverage, use a sponge – the triangular sponges are a lifesaver from Boots or Tesco because they’re so cheap, but be sure to wash them every day or other day as bacteria tends to build up! For a lighter coverage, BB creams by Revlon and Maybelline are surprisingly good for their price at under £10.
As for concealer, LA Girl Pro Concealer has a similar formula to Mac, with good coverage and darker tones, at only £5 from Beauty Crowd, a great hub for affordable but good quality makeup! For under-eye concealer Maybelline’s Eye-Eraser is good at £7.99, but for oily skin it’s far too runny, so an alternative is Bourjois Happy Light Concealer because it has more of a creamy consistency, but a little more expensive at £8.99.
For oily skin, powder is a must and Rimmel’s Stay Matte Pressed Powder is a bargain at £3.99 and great for keeping skin matte, although it does break easily after a while, so watch it for that or else the powder will end up going everywhere.
In terms of eye makeup, Naked palettes at £38 pounds each remain a dream for most of us, however W7 are an obscure brand that make direct dupes of high brand cosmetics like Benefit and Naked, and their palettes are about £6 depending where you go, although it’s not sold in conventional makeup shops. Topshop’s waterproof eyeliner is perfect for your water line and that smudged ‘I woke up like this’ eyeliner look. For the classic cat eye, L’Oreal’s eyeliner pens are ideal and don’t run out too quickly, whereas I found Maybelline’s pen ran out and was useless after about two weeks. Nyx’s Liquid Pot Liner is only £5.50 and named one of the best drugstore eyeliners by Total Beauty. When it comes to mascara, know what type you need before you go shopping because different brushes affect your lashes differently, so whether you want longer, fuller curled and so on, have a look online before going to buy anything! Personally, I like Maybelline’s Lash Sensational Lash Multiplying Mascara. For fuller lashes L’Oreal’s Carbon Black Mascara is great for a dramatic eye look, or for longer lashes Great Lash by Maybelline is highly recommended.
There’s a way of getting good makeup suiting the student budget, but always look at reviews and articles to find the best dupes out there. Good luck, beauty lovers!