Post # 1
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Summary: I don’t wear much makeup. I had a trial at Sephora that worked well but all the products together was over $500! So some wonderful bees gave suggestions about how to cut costs but still wind up with a good look. I thought I could use my own bronzer, highlighter, blush, and brow pencil. And last night I went to Target and spent $85 for everything else – cleanser, moisturizer, primer, foundation, foundation brush, concealer, blush brush, eye primer, eyelash curler, eye shadow, eye liner, smudging brush, mascara, lip liner, lip stick and finishing spray. So what do you think?
Professionally applied withe $500 worth of product:
Applied by me with $80 worth of Target makeup:
Per the advice of many bees I’ll be getting my eyebrows cleaned up several days before the wedding. I also need to blend a bit more along my hairline. I also think I’ll use a bit more eyeshadow next time. Beyond that – what do you bees think???
Post # 3
I think both look nice, but consider how long drug store makeup is going to last…
Post # 4
Eyes are a little to dark for my liking. You have such a beautiful eye color and shape, the darkness takes away from it.
Otherwise I think it is great!!
Post # 5
Being completely honest, I much prefer the Sephora makeup. I see a difference between the professional and the at home application (sorry!)
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@JenGirl: Hey!! I think it’s a bit hard to say since the lighting is pretty dim in the Sephora makeup pictures–but if you really want to use drug-store brands, I would consider signing up for a Reddit account and asking the wonderful people at the MakeUpAddiction subreddit! http://www.reddit.com/r/MakeUpAddiction
They seem to have product lists and recommendations for just about any budget and tons of little tips and tricks for basically any look. It seems to be a very warm community with great constructive criticism. Good luck 🙂
Post # 8
The drugstore application doesn’t look horrible by any means, but the foundation is a little too warm/orange for your skin tone. In terms of wear, in my experience there are things you can buy from the drugstore that work just as well as the expensive stuff, but some things you really can’t compromise on. Some of the expensive stuff just wears better and lasts longer.
Stuff that I wouldn’t compromise on:
Foundation (love Shiseido) — you want to make sure this is matched to your skin tone
Eyeshadow (Urban Decay is awesome)
Finishing spray (Urban Decay makes a good one)
Stuff that you can buy cheap:
Concealer (I actually like Cover Girl)
Blush (although NARS and Tarte gel are awesome)
Mascara (although some drugstore are definitely better than others)
Post # 9
I’m pretty cheap, so I’d say go with the drugstore makeup. That’s what I did! However, I’d splurge on lipstick and some sort of makeup setting spray. Setting spray really helped keep my makeup in place and it kept me from getting shiny, which was nice – and I used makeup I got from RiteAid. And lipstick… test run it before your day, make sure that it doesn’t travel to your face, or disappear altogether! (Mine did – that’s the only part where my setting spray failed.) Also, eye primer (I used cheap stuff), also helps your eye makeup from creasing.
ETA: I used the Urban Decay finishing spray something else mentioned. I like your eye makeup, but your bottom lid eyeliner needs to be blended a little more in your drugstore run, I think. My foundation is American Beauty, I think, which is sold at Kohl’s ($20 a bottle maybe?), so I don’t know if you would include that in the “drugstore” makeup department. Still affordable, though, and it lasts forever.
Post # 10
I definately like Sophora application much better. Sorry I am kinda a snob when comes to makeup and very rarely buy drug store stuff.
Post # 11
@JenGirl: I would go a bit easier on the application of the eye liner.
Post # 12
I’d go with the target makeup, looks great!
The only thing I would change is your foundation shade. It looks a little orange in the pic, but that could be the lighting.
Post # 13
I would go for the drug store makeup, just perfect you’re technique. $500 is ridiculous and I haven’t noticed any longer wear from more expensive department store brands. you just have to find the right products for your skin and apply them properly.
Post # 14
I’ll give you a rundown of what I think:
Lighten up on your liner application on the bottom- actually get a small angled brush (I use EcoTools from CVS, it’s a set for under $10) and use a brown shadow to line your lower lashline instead of the black liner. It’ll give you the definition you want without the harsh line.
Foundation: go Revlon for drugstore. I’ve tried the super super expensive foundations and Revlon is still my go-to. I like the Nearly Naked.
Mascara- Maybelline Falsies line is perfect!
For primer, just use a general silicone primer- I like ELF’s and it’s $6, worked better than the Too Faced Primed and Poreless for me (very pricey).
Also use an eyeprimer- I’ve used the LORAC and the Too Faced primers and like them but the $1 ELF primer works just as well for me.
My favorite setting spray is NYX, available at Ulta. $8, it’s a GODSEND.
If you want to get some nicer tools, try Real Techniques or Bdellium tools, both on Amazon.
If you want any other advice, just let me know. I’m a big fan of drugstore makeup, pricier isn’t always better.
Post # 15
The colors look great, especially the lips. My only suggestion would be to ease up on the lower lash liner. Do you know how to tightline? Instead of applying your liner below your bottom lashes, apply it directly on them. It takes some practice but it will prevent raccoon eyes.
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Actually I think the cheap stuff lasted just as well as the expensive stuff. And felt way less greasy.
I agree. The didn’t use any liner at all and I think I used too much!
I’ve never heard of that before! I’ll have to check it out!
Yeah, I think I’m going to take the foundation back and try a lighter shade.
I agree. I don’t wear makeup very often and there was a huge
difference in how it looked today vs when I’ve put it on in the past. I think I mostly need ot work on blending better. But I think the difference is most in technique, not in product.