Honestly, not much! You can find great lip colors at the drugstore and department stores. The only downside to the drugstore is you have to put in a little extra work to find good shades since a lot of times you cant test them/open them in store. So many drugstore shades are frosty/shimmery which personally, I don’t like. However you can find some GREAT creamy, bold shades from lines like Maybelline Vivid’s. Before I buy a shade from the drugstore I google the heck out of it to see swatches, how it looks on different skin tones, etc. This ensures I know exactly what I’m getting. I feel like every time I buy 10 lipsticks from the drugstore I don’t like/use 5, so doing your research will help ensure you’ll like the shade.
Check out my best drugstore lipsticks under $10 post here.
The only time i’d say it’s worth it to spend a lot on a lip product is if you were to buy an every day shade you would get a lot of use out of or a lip stain since lip stains can easily be hit or miss. Most of my “every day” shades are high end while my reds, purples, etc that I don’t wear as much are more affordable. So any shades you wear frequently, i’d say splurge a bit!
MAC lipsticks is really popular for being sort of “affordable high end”. Their lipstick shade selection is insane (in a good way) and most of their lipsticks are awesome quality. So having a few MAC lipsticks ($15 each) are a somewhat more affordable options since some drugstore lippys tend to go for around $10 now.
Try foundations like
- Loreal Magic Lumi
- Lancome Tient Miracle
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin
- Garnier BB Cream for Oily/Combination Skin (has medium to full coverage)
- Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
Try powders like
- MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural
- Benefit Hello Flawless
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Ultra Definition Finishing Powder (either their loose or pressed version)
- Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glow Powder or their Youthful Wear Boosting Spotless Powder
- Maybelline Fit Me Powder
You might also want to try translucent powders! I love translucent powders because they set my foundation so it lasts all day but never looks cakey or heavy because it’s so finely milled and weightless. The only down side would be it provides no extra coverage since it is a clear/colorless powder. Try translucent powders like Makeup Forever HD Powder, NYX HD Powder, Laura Mericer Translucent Loose Setting Powder or NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder.
You might want to try matte liquid liners, gel liners or really pigmented pencil liners! Matte liquid liners and gel liners don’t dry with a shimmer or sheen, which can cause eyeliners to look more light and not have as much as an impact. A matte black packs a little more punch!
Loreal Extra Intense Liquid Pencil Liner in Carbon Black (super black and creamy!)
Wet n Wild MegaLiner in Black. This liquid liner dries to a rich, matte finish so it’s super black. Sometimes black liquid liners with a sheen can look a little more light and not come off as intense.
Milani Liquify Metallic Pencil in Black. Doesnt go on too metallic or shimmery on the eyes, super black!
Kat Von D Ink Liner. Kat Von D is known for her dramatic eyeliner so this is perfect!
Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink.
My lips are always dry! If I don’t exfoliate them and apply lip balm at least twice a day they are dry and cracking.
Two things you should incorporate into your daily routine
- Exfoliating your lips with a tooth brush gently for around 3 - 5 minutes every night or every other night. This will help remove dead skin so your lip balm sinks in better and is more effective/moisturizing and keep your lips baby soft.
- Applying an intense lip balm at night before bed. You’ll wake up with moisturized, smooth lips.
Two lip balms that work best for me are Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm $7.50 and Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve in a Tube $6. You can get them both at Sephora and Jack Black at Nordstroms/Ulta! I like to use the Jack Black Lip Balm at night or if my lips are extremely dry because it’s suuuper moisturizing, when used at night I wake up with full, plump lips! I like to use the Rosebud Salve one during the day because it adds a light pink tint to the lips and keeps the moisture locked in.
As for lipsticks, if you keep a good lip routine going you should be able to use any lipstick. But I prefer tinted lip balms because they are easy, add color and are super moisturizing!
Some of my favs are
Maybelline Color Whispers. Smooth, creamy and moisturizing! The deeper colors have quite a bit of color payoff as well.
Tarte Lip Surgence. These are lip tints so they will add color, moisture and gently stain the lips. They even have lip stain versions and more intense pigmented versions.
Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment. One of my faaavorite lip products! Not only do they add color but they make the lips super soft and moisturized.
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NYX is sold at Ulta and as of lately CVS and Target! They may not be in all CVS’s and Target’s just yet but keep an eye out :)
Ulta has a huge NYX selection as well as online from sites like cherryculture.com (site with lots of affordable brands)
NYX Butter Lipsticks $6. Super creamy, pigmented and some in tons of fun and neutral colors.
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks (black packaging)/Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipsticks (red packaging) $5. Both are super pigmented and creamy. Even the matte shades are creamy and not drying for matte lipsticks.
Maybelline The Buffs Lipsticks $6. Price varies on drugstore. They have a nude for every single skin tone it’s awesome! Pinky nudes, beige nudes, warm nudes, deeper browns.
Maybelline Vivids Lipsticks $6. Super pigmented, creamy, rich shades.
Maybelline Color Elixirs $7. These liquid lipsticks have more a glossy finish. Almost like a super pigmented lipgloss but with better staying power. They have great shades from corals, bright pinks, pinky nudes and purples.
NYX Matte Lipsticks $6. Matte but not drying, awesome shade selection and creamy.
With Dip Brow you might want to use a synthetic brush because creams/liquids work best with synthetic brushes. So if you were to use a powder (brow powder or eye shadow) to fill in your brows you’d want to try a natural haired brush. A natural haired brush will work fine with Dip Brow just make sure it’s not too scratchy or rough :)
When looking for an angled brush for eye brows you want to look for short, dense brush hairs. Angled brushes that are too long, flimsy or soft will cause any brow products to go on really sheer because it’s not really picking up any product. However soft, flimsy brushes can be good if you want a super natural, barely any product there look!