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Everyone's tightening their belts at the moment, but that doesn't mean you can't look your best. Check out our exclusive-to-boots.com pick of the best budget make-up buys under a fiver
Health & Beauty Magazine Online Editor
Published 10th September 2008
This great low-cost creamy blusher is easy to apply using your fingers or a sponge, and works equally well applied straight to skin or on top of foundation. It dries to a warm pinky glow that won't come off on your clothes, so not only can you blush on a budget this season, you'll also be bang on trend. Best for a youthful bloom.
Summer's a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still look bronzed and beautiful. This bronzer gives skin a natural 'just got back from the Caribbean' glow. It also works really well on black skins with this season's gold, shimmery eye make-up trend. Best for a much-needed bit of winter sun.
Given everything that's gone into the development of this concealer, it’s hard to believe it costs less than a fiver. Plant extracts authenticated by Kew Gardens include rosemary, which has antioxidant and anti-microbial properties that help to calm breakouts. Blends well for a soft matt finish. Best for calming and concealing breakouts.
To create this season's make-up looks you need a flawless base, which can be hard to achieve on a budget. This medium-coverage foundation covers blemishes and hides oily areas while still looking light and fresh on the skin. Match it with red lipstick and mascara for a fresh-faced and fashionable look in a hurry. Best for natural-looking coverage.
Great for combination skin, and supplied in one neutral colour, this powder is oil-free and lightly medicated. It's easy to apply with a powder puff or a brush, mattifies oily skin quickly and also lasts for hours. Works well on top of foundation or applied directly to skin. Best for shine reduction.
Available in six easy-to-blend sparkly colours, including green and golden hues, 17 Eye Dazzle Eye Shadow is flirty, flattering and has great staying power, especially if you use a base on your lids. If you love the packaging as much as the make-up, you'll love the cute little individual pots too. Best for dazzling eyes.
This eyeliner is a must for people who prefer using eye pencil rather than liquid, but who never seem to be able to find a sharpener. L'Oréal has solved the problem by incorporating a tiny sharpener for the retractable nib in the base. The soft liner glides on so easily that it's done in a second. Best for eyelining in a hurry.
Perfect for day or night, this shade is dark enough to make an impact, but versatile enough to look good whatever you happen to be doing during the day. The texture is light and moisturising and the price tag budget-friendly. Best for being pretty in pink.
This shadow duo enables you to create stunning golden catwalk eyes at a fraction of the usual cost, perfect for day or evening wear. It's light and easy to use and doesn’t clump around the fold of the eye. Use the lighter shade as the base, then the darker gold for the smudged eye effect. Best for a golden glow.
If the autumn days have returned your skin tone to its pre-summer colour then this eyeshadow trio has three stunning shades of grey to complement it perfectly. The three colours blend together for sultry, smoky eyes, or can be worn on their own, and the deep grey also works as a smudged eyeliner. Best for this season's Gothic glamour.
Written by Cat Leonard
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