Affordable Makeup Products That Actually Work

Makeup looks don't always have to cost an arm and a leg.

There are plenty of affordable companies that create plenty of options to choose from. Even better? All of these products can be found in your local drugstores or Target. Make sure to add a stop on your errands list, because you don't want to miss out on these affordable and actually useful products.

affordable makeup products you must try out

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1. Elf Clear Eyebrow Gel: $3

Elf Clear Brow and Lash Mascara duo is made to last all day and works to tame all those wild brow hairs—and we love that it's just $3! This product will have you looking defined and keep your brows in place. If you run out of brow gel quickly, the clear mascara works just as well and gives the same look and feel.

Clear eyebrow and mascara duo

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2. NYX XXL Matte Liquid Lip: $9

This liquid lip comes in so many colors. It applies so easily and dries matte for a very sophisticated look while also being made to last and vegan-friendly. If you are ever feeling like a look isn't complete, run over and grab this liquid lip formula for a good quality lip color. They are so pigmented!

Matte finish lipstick

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3. Revlon Eyelash Curler: $4

This eyelash curler will last a lifetime. It creates a perfect butterfly effect on your lashes that will have you questioning why you didn't have it before. This classic product is a must-have in your makeup routine. Believe us, your eyelashes will thank you.

Revlon eyelash curler

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4. L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara: $11

L'Oreal's Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara does wonders for your eyelashes. With the shape and separation of all the bristles on the wand, it will make your eyelashes exceed your volume and length expectations. All two hundred bristles will work to catch every lash and make them longer and more noticeable. Plus, the mascara glides on smoothly and adds volume and length to any eyelash.

pink bottle mascara

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5. Wet n Wild MegaGlo Contour Stick: $5

This easy-to-apply contour will save you time and energy. It swiftly glides on for an easy to blend use, elevating your makeup routine to more than just a simple, one-toned look. This contour stick is a must-have, especially since it's small enough to keep in your purse in case of an emergency.

the perfect applied bronzer

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6. Neutrogena SkinClearing Liquid Foundation: $15

This foundation is lightweight and easy to apply. If you like a more covered look, this foundation is super buildable. Its ingredients work to dissolve oils and help diminish breakouts. If you are acne-prone, be sure to try this foundation out. It works to not only treat those blemishes, but to prevent emerging breakouts as well.

foundation with buildable effects

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7. Colourpop 'Jelly Much' Eyeshadow: $7

Colourpop does not get enough credit, as their products are great for their price points. They have so many eyeshadow options that it's hard to just pick one. However, one item that's is totally worth it is the "jelly much shadow." It has a precise application and intense color payoff. There is zero fallout, and it dries fast, so there aren't any creases.

colourpop eyeshadow

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8. Elf H2O Proof Eyeliner Pen: $6

This eyeliner is perfect if you are planning to be around water. It dries quickly and works to last for a long time, even if it gets wet. It creates a matte finish that's perfect for winged looks, as it gives fantastic precision with its felt tip and easy-to-grip pen.

waterproof liquid eyeliner

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9. Physicians Butter Highlighter: $11

This highlighter is worth every dollar. If you like a bold highlight, this is your must-have affordable product. It glistens in the light and makes you look like you're positively shining. Highlighters can really brighten up your whole makeup look. So, make sure to try out Physicians Formula's silky smooth highlighter.

physicians formula has a great affordable highlighter

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10. Maybelline New York Fit Me! Blush: $6

Mabelline Fit Me Blush is a great start to a beginner's collection of makeup. This pigmented formula will have your cheeks always looking rosy. This blush can be applied lightly or can be built up if needed. Hurry and grab this amazing product to add to your makeup ritual.

love the maybelline blush

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11. Real Techniques Brush Set: $17

You definitely need affordable brushes in order to perfect your makeup look. This six-piece set comes with four brushes and two sponges. It's a must-have because of their different sizes and, of course, their quality. It can feel like there are too many companies to choose from when it comes to makeup brushes, but this company does it right and makes the decision that much easier.

real techniques beauty brushes

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These 11 products might be just the thing to treat yourself in the new year—and if you need tips on your makeup routine, click HERE for six mistakes to avoid while creating the perfect makeup look.