14+ Under $50 Beauty Buys That Will Last You Through The Apocalypse, Probably

Diply 23 Aug 2018

Beauty is expensive.

Staying slaying 24/7 definitely requires an investment, but that doesn't mean you have to break the bank. Investing in the right products will help you get as much bang for your buck as possible, and ensure that you don't have to stop midday to reapply your powder.

Join us as we break down some of the best buys for your makeup's longevity, and rejoice as we all celebrate that none of these things are over $50. Because in this world, that's kinda rare.

1. Bake your face with flour.

YouTube | Jackie Aina

Please tell me you took me seriously for a second. If you're in the market for an incredible setting powder that actually has a good color range, look no further than Beauty Bakerie's Flour Setting Powder. With over 824 five star reviews and endorsements from beauty influencers like Jackie Aina, this setting powder is made for everyone.

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2. Dip into lash paradise.

MakeupAlley | MakeupAlley

This recommendation is coming directly from me, friends. This is my favorite mascara of all time. I am not messing around. It has all the best benefits of Urban Decay's Perversion mascara, but none of that high price tag. It's pigmented, it isn't too thick, and it makes my lashes look long as hell. Plus, it never smudges!

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3. Wave along with Lise Watier. 

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If you're looking for a neutral toned blush that has near-universal appeal, then this is the blush for you. Balancing between dusky rose and medium peach, the Lise Watier Aqua Terra Powder Blush Duo will work on a variety of medium skin tones and keeps its pigment from day to night. Lise Watier actually makes a ton of other great products at a mid-range price!

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4. Get brows that don't move. 

Instagram | @ronnellshera

I once witnessed this product hold up through a whole day in a waterpark, so trust and believe that I know what I'm talking about here. Rimmel's Brow This Way is a gel/powder combo that is a) inexpensive and b) an absolute hero to brows everywhere. Just shape with the gel, set with the powder, and forget it for the rest of the day. They're not going anywhere, but you totally are.

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5. G-L-O-W. 

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The highlight of a makeup routine, there's nothing quite like putting shiny stuff on your face and pretending that everything is gonna be okay. No one does it better than Becca, whose highlighters are the stuff of legend for a reason. Their Shimmering Skin Perfectors (both in liquid and pressed form) were makeup artist faves, and now they're cult icons.

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6. Solid foundations of a great look. 

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Everyone knows the key to a long-lasting, flawless look includes one damn good primer. Without it, everything else doesn't gel quite as well. And you could end up with cake face, which is not nearly as fun as it sounds. Enter Fenty Beauty's Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Primer. It smooths and fills your pores so well that you won't even need Facetune. For real.

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7. Speaking of Fenty...


You know it had to make this list. Ever since Fenty Beauty launched, Queen RiRi has been hailed for Fenty's Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation's longevity and crazy diverse range of shades. Coming in at 40 shades, this foundation turned into the cult hit of 2017/2018 and shows no signs of slowing down. Thank you, RiRi, for being there for everyone when no one else was.

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8. Go swim with the fishes. 

YouTube | Jamie Paige

If you want liquid liner that will be ride or die for you, Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner is it. It comes in a bunch of neutral and bright colors, including a white that would look amazing highlighting a great wing. It's safe to say that swimming in this liner would be pretty easy to do, since it's not going anywhere that you aren't. It's loyal like that.

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9. While we're on the foundation subject

Instagram | @aklaudi

A cheaper alternative that everyone is also nuts about? Wet 'n' Wild's Photo Focus Foundation. Clocking in at drugstore prices, Photo Focus only comes in 20 shades — for now! Photo Focus is a long-wearing, buildable foundation that looks great in any kind of lighting, including with and without flash. In fact, it lasts so well that YouTuber Tati Westbrook wore it through a workout and still kept glowing.

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10. A most versatile palette. 

YouTube | MakeupByDianis

For those days (or weeks, or months) when you just can't settle on a fave blush, Morphe's 8c Cool Pro Blush Palette has got your back. The palette has eight different colors (and finishes) ranging from light to dark, so it has something for absolutely every skin tone. From peaches to plums to pinks, you'll be sure to find the right blush to fit your look (or your mood).

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11. Get lippy with it. 

Instagram | @beautyspectra

One lip product that claims to last ages and ages is the Nars Velvet Lip Glide. It's supposed to be long lasting and incredibly smooth, which would work out great for a long summer day or a Christmas party that never ends. You can even eat with it! Nars might be a little pricey, but if their lipstick stays on all day, I can't help but think one or two might be worth it.

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12. Liquid blush is key to happiness.

Instagram | @rn_beauty87

There's nothing quite like being able to achieve the perfect, rosy glow. Nars Liquid Blush is a product perfectly designed to give you a smooth, flawless look that doesn't have a trace of powder anywhere. Liquid blush is especially great for the summer, when you only want a hint of color and absolutely no powder. Let's be real: we're all gonna sweat it off, anyway.

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13. Bronzed to the gods. 

Instagram | @amanyyusef_wassayef

Hi, hot tip: bronzers work best when they're not overly glittery. Which is why Nyx has you covered — their Matte Bronzer is, well, matte, and it gives you a bronzed glow without being glittery. You'll look like you have a nice, natural bit of color, and you'll have it without catching the light the wrong way. Leave that job to your highlighter, y'all.

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14. The greatest eyeliner pencil of them all.

YouTube | D Beauty Liv

I'm not just saying that! I went through an emo phase as a teenager, and I tried out a LOT of eyeliner. Trust me, I'm an expert. Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils are borderline crazy in how long they'll last. You can put them on your lids, under your eyes, or in your waterline, and they will not budge. I recommend Zero, which is a cult-ish shade, but Perversion is really where it's at.

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15. Tattoo your eyes. 

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Go on, do it. With Maybelline, okay, please don't tattoo your actual eyelids. Maybelline's Eyestudio ColorTattoo 24h Cream Gel Eyeshadow (that's a mouthful) is a pigmented, easy to apply cream product that doesn't budge once it's dried down. The formula is waterproof, so it's great for hot weather, and they have different finishes, like metallic and leather! Pair this with the white Stila liner for the full mermaid look.

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16. Set it and forget it.


Of course, the true, final key to long lasting makeup is your setting spray. Without it, your powder just feels lonely, you know? So don't forget to pick up some setting spray, like Urban Decay's All Nighter (or De-Slick, for us oily gals). It seals in your makeup and helps stop oil from breaking through your foundation and separating it. It really can handle...an all nighter.Thank you! I'll be here all week.

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