(Closed) How much did your DIY make-up cost?

posted 7 years ago in Beauty
Post # 3
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

I spent between 200 and 250…. I too was starting from “scratch” since I was out of everything and it was time to restock anyways

I love all my make up though so I pay for it regardless lol

Post # 4
257 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

it depends on the brands you buy.  NYX is a pretty good brand that is fairly inexpensive but people usually go with MAC.  I also like Urban Decay a lot.

some items i definitely recommend:

– Two Faced Shadow Insurance (many people recommend Urban Decay Primer Potion but I hate the weird tube so I switched to Two Faced) $18

– Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer $38

– Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliner $18 each.  My favorite color is called Rockstar.

– Eyeshadows MAC is $14.50 each.  Love the Satin Taupe and Sketch colors.  I also like buying the holiday palettes for about $36.  I also like Urban Decay shadow palettes sold at Sephora.  The thing with Urban Decay is the colors are more glittery. 

– Brushes: You can spend a small fortune on brushes and it depends on how long you will use them.  My favorite are MAC and Shu Uemura brushes.  My favorite inexpensive brushes are from Eco Tools.

– Eye Lash curler: The best is Shu Uemura. I can’t remember how much but I’m sure it’s less than $20.

– False eye lashes: An inexpensive brand is Ardell.

You will also need mascara and blush/bronzer.  I use the Maybelline pink tube mascara but I don’t care too much about my lashes to spend money on an item that I rarely use and have to replace every few months.  I prefer bronzer over blush and I usually get the bronzer from either Sonia Kasuk or the Body Shop.

Watch for the MAC and Urban Decay sales.  I think I got 20-30% off regular price with free shipping.  I also got a bunch of items from NYX during their lot sale.  I had to buy lashes in packs of 30 but they were so inexpensive, I started giving them away to my friends.  I got everything below for $83.21.

Post # 5
5654 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@malisa0607 and OP Monistat Chaffing Gel is the EXACT same as Smashbox Photofinish primer and is roughly 6 bucks!

I use:

Smashbox Photofinish foundation b/c I don’t like the was MAC feels on my face.

Smashbox Photofinish Concealer

You can always get the “starter kit” that comes with the foundation, powder, concealer, and primer for like 50 bucks.. (lasts a couple of mths with regular use)

Bare Minerals Foundation Powder b/c I like it better than regular powder and

Bare Minerals Warmth for my cheeks w/ a cheap blush on the apples of my cheeks (works out great for color)

Make Up Forever MicroFinishing Powder… it works and is worth the bucks

You can get REALLY great brushes at Target

Studio Tools for a foundation brush and blush brush

I got a great powder brush at CVS

I love both the brush more than some of the more expensive brushes I bought in past


Post # 6
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I love my eco tools brush set!! I won`t buy any other brand anymore and they are cheap cheap cheap. I think I got them at walmart.

Post # 7
409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I also would like to recommend the mark brushes from avon. I have had a face one for years and its pretty decent, even compared to my MAC blush brush.

A must have for me is Benefit’s Eye Bright and High Beam. I use the eye bright on the inner corner of my eyes, the outer corner of my eyes and my brow bone. It makes me look so refreshed!! I will also use the High beam a bit on the inner corner of my eyes and the apples of my cheeks before I put on blush… it gives a nice subtle glow! You can get this small tube for $10 at sephora, and it will last you foreverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


Post # 8
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am completely in love with the website makeupgeek.com. Marlena is an expert on makeup tutorials…and she is amazing! I bought some brushes and make up from the store on her website and I absolutely LOVE everything I bought from her. Watch some of her tutorials, she has a lot of extremely helpful information!

Post # 9
22 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

There are a lot of really good drugstore products that have staying power just as good as high-end products, so you can definitely can what you need on a budget. 

I used Make Up For Ever’s Mat Velvet + Foundation (~$35) but Revlon Colorstay works just as well, especially with a primer like Smashbox Photo Finish or Monistat Chafing Gel (amnystik isn’t lying, it’s the same stuff!) underneath or a finishing powder over top. I used Make Up Forever MicroFinishing HD Powder — It’s a little pricy at Sephora for .35oz but you can get the same thing through Coastal Scents at $5 for 1oz OR you could order the Studio HD Powder from e.l.f. — it’s $6 for 3oz and works wonders.

As far as eye shadow primers, like malisa0607 mentioned Urban Decay’s Primer Potion and Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance are both fantastic. Again, you can get the same stuff for a lot less — Palladio Herbal Eye Shadow Primer is sold at Sally’s Beauty Supply (and Ulta too, I think) for about $8. I use it every day and it’s a must have — it will keep your eyeshadow from creasing and helps the staying power of your eyeliner. 

There are drugstore mascaras that work really well too — I really like the Maybelline One by One. If you want to splurge on high-end, Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes is by far my favorite.  One thing I would definitely  recommend is Tarte’s Amazonian Clay Blush. They claim to last 12 hours and totally do. I wear them everyday and lovvvvvvvve it. 

Clearly I love makeup — its kind of my thing — so I had a lot of stuff starting out. I’d say you could get everything you need for $200 or less. Now that I’ve written you a book, feel free to PM me if you have any questions. 🙂

Post # 10
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also love the Eco tools brush set. The concealer brush works really well. Smashbox primer worked well as a base, but I hated how it felt on my face. I will be visiting Sephora in the next couple of weeks for a tutorial and to pick up some makeup.

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