As students, we’ve all -pretty much- accepted living on a budget, which sometimes leads to buying items of lower quality than we’d usually expect (thank you Student Finance!).
And for those of us who like to keep up to date with the beauty world, it can feel as if miracle products are being teased in front of us daily, but our tight pockets don’t always allow us to buy the latest palette or foundation reviewed by Jeffree Star or Nikkie Tutorials. Because, come on – who has $1000 lying around to spend on a 24K gold face mask?



It’s so easy to become entranced by a particular brand or artist; but what if I told you there are fantastic, cheaper alternatives to palettes like Anastasia Beverley Hills’ Modern Renaissance, or Jeffree Star’s Peach Goddess Highlighter?







A short trip into Guildford town could save you a lot of money, and for some items, you don’t even have to leave your room! There are many UK friendly sites that skip the dreaded international shipping, and you don’t necessarily need to spend your rent to get a high-end look.


Primer: NYX Angel Veil, £13, Boots

Perfect for all skin types, as it both hydrates and minimizes shine while creating a flawless base for makeup. Can be worn alone for a more even complexion.



Foundation: Maybelline Fit Me Matte And Poreless Foundation, £7.99, Boots

Blurred pores and long-lasting wear in 19 versatile shades for normal to oily skin.



Contour/Highlight: Makeup Revolution Ultra Contour Palette, £8, Superdrug/

Extremely versatile palette that include contour, highlight, and blush. Comes in various editions, including rose gold, and has a cream alternative.



Blush: Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush, £7.99, Boots/Superdrug

Adorable, transportable little pot in 21 different shades for every look.



Powder: L.A Girl Pro Powder, £6,

Sets makeup perfectly in place, and reduces the appearance of lines by stopping foundation from settling into creases in the skin. Apply under eyes with a damp sponge and then brush off for best anti-creasing results.



Setting Spray: e.l.f. Studio Matte Magic Mist & Set, £5,

A light spray to lock in hydration and hold on makeup for an all-day stay.



Mascara: Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Waterproof, £6.99, Boots/Superdrug

Thick brush to grab and coat every lash for intense volume and length. Bright orange packaging means you won’t lose it in your bag either!



Brows: KIKO Precison Pencil, £5.90, KIKO Cosmetics

Easy use pencil with a brush on one end to tidy any stray hairs. Various colours for all hair types.



Palettes: BH Cosmetics Neutral Eyes 28 Colour Eyeshadow Palette (varying editions), £13,

Beautifully pigmented matte and shimmer eyeshadows for excellent value; 28 shades included.



Lips: Milani Amore Matte Lip Crème, £9.99, Boots/

31 matte shades with metallic twins. Affordable and good quality for a high-street liquid lip.



Text by Holly Gibbons

Picture research by Holly Gibbons, Juliey Pham and Donna Darafshian; featured image taken from Danielle Smith’s blog (Miss Sunshine and Sparkle).