Being a student is very hard and being a girl is much harder. There’s only so far that a student loan can stretch and I know keeping up with the hottest makeup trends can be hard. However ladies, fear not, I’m here to give you some makeup essentials that WON’T have you looking at your bank account in fear.

(Foundation was not included as it is generally hard to find a good drugstore brand)


Helps to create a flawless look and ensures that makeup stays put all day.

COMBINATION SKIN: Barry M Flawless Original Primer RRP: £5.99 Buy here

DRY SKIN: Rimmel’s Lasting Finishing Primer RRP: £6.99 Buy here

OILY SKIN: Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer RRP: £5.99 Buy here

ENLARGED PORES: Maybelline’s Baby Skin Pore Eraser RRP: £7.99 Buy here


To fill in, draw on and darken natural eyebrows.

Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil RRP: £2.99 Buy here

ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit RRP: £4.50 Buy here


Can be used not only to conceal and hide dark circles but also to highlight and contour. 

LA Girl Pro Concealer RRP: £2.99 Buy here

Freedom Pro Correct Palette RRP: £5.00 Buy here


Put on the cheekbones, cupids bow, forehead, chin and nose for that hollywood gleam

Makeup Revolution Highlighter RRP: £3.00 Buy here


To deepen faces natural contour lines for a more defined look

Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette RRP: £8.00 Buy here

Barry M Contouring Kit RRP: £6.49 Buy here

Sleek Face Contour Kit Medium RRP: £9.99 Buy here


Makeup Revolution Baked Bronzer RRP: £4.00 Buy here


Sleek Blush Palette 3 Pink Lemonade RRP: £9.99 Buy here


Makeup Revolution Eyeshadow Palette’s List here


Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner RRP: £5.29 Buy here

Rimmel Scandal’Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner: RRP £3.99 Buy here


Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Very Black RRP: £7.99 Buy here


Sets creams and liquids to avoid crease lines and smudging

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder RRP: £3.99 Buy here


Helps makeup to stay put all day and gets rid of the ashy-ness caused by the powders

Mario Badescu Rose Water Spray RRP: £5.95 (40Z) Buy here

Quick tip* Try using the lighter shades of LA Girl Pro Concealer to highlight and the darker shades to contour and then set with a powder from a contour kit, you’ll save a lot!

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