Your favorite pink blush has been reduced to dust in the wind, and your pencil eyeliner pretty much looks like this right now:
As a college student, you’re not exactly fanning yourself with money, and your next Sephora gift card isn’t due to come in until Christmas. So what are you going to do to get your makeup fix? Use ground-up coffee beans for eye shadow? No, of course not! This isn’t prison — although, the ladies of “Orange Is the New Black” do have pristine makeup game, all things considered.
There’s no need for tears or hand wringing. Here’s a list of beauty products you can (mostly) score for less than $10 in Berkeley!
e.l.f. Essential Eyelid Primer — $1 at Target
The next time you’re in Emeryville, make sure you stock up on this stuff. It’s super cheap and will keep your eye makeup in place the entire day.
e.l.f. Essential Flawless Eye shadow — $2 at Target
Neutral shades! Bright shades! Take your pick!
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eyeliner — $9 at Walgreens
This is an easy-to-use, versatile liquid eyeliner, and the paintbrush-style tip is great for precision.
Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil — $4.80 at Walgreens
You can give yourself Chancellor Dirks’s distinguished monobrow with this product — or you can just fill your eyebrows in normally. Your choice.
Maybelline Great Lash — $6.50 at Walgreens
It seems like when we were growing up, every mom had this mascara. This mascara will give you beautiful mom eyes.
Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaLast — $2.50 at Walgreens
Wet ‘n’ Wild has a ton of dupes for different Mac shades. Go wild! (See what we did there?)
L’Oreal True Match Liquid Makeup — $10.79 at Walgreens
This is the cheapest foundation you will find in a drugstore, and it comes in a variety of colors.
DIY Cinnamon and Honey Face Mask
Cinnamon — $4.19 at Safeway
Honey — $5.29 at Safeway
Scout’s honor, this DIY cinnamon and honey face mask actually works. Don’t check our credentials, though — we’re not actually scouts.
Daiso eyelashes — $1.50 at Daiso
Don’t turn your nose up at these Daiso eyelashes. You might need to trim them a little and bend them to your eye shape before you put them on, but they’re actually pretty cute.
Daiso eyelash curler — $1.50 at Daiso
You don’t need to get too fancy with eyelash curlers. In fact, a spoon is probably just as effective. But you might feel slightly less professional using a spoon.
Daiso eyebrow tweezers — $1.50 at Daiso
According to Oprah.com, many people sneeze when they tweeze their eyebrows because tweezing stimulates the trigeminal nerve, which extends from the brow down to the tip of the nose.
Olive oil — $7.50 at Safeway
You probably have it lying around your apartment already and intend to use it for cooking, but did you know it also makes a great makeup remover?
Coconut oil — $8.50 at Safeway
Coconut oil is magical. You can use it as a makeup remover, face moisturizer, hair product, and stretch-mark cream! Oh, and you can eat it, too. Don’t you wish all of your beauty products were edible?
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