Beauty on a Budget: Foundation that Won’t Break the Bank

When it comes to experimenting with a new foundation, understanding your skin type and having a daily skincare routine will be the most helpful. All of the beauty tips in the world won’t work if you don’t take the time to understand your skin. For starters, if you’re trying to get around a small blemish, use a small pointed brush to cover up the blemish. Once there is a fine layer of foundation over the blemish, BLEND like your life depends on it. When you remove your makeup later on in the day, put spot treatment on the blemish and moisturize. Continue this simple routine until the blemish is gone.

Knowing exactly how to use your brushes and blend will improve your ability to craft a fine smoky eye, perfect your contours and strengthen your wrists for the application of fine eye makeup. Also, always remember to clean your brushes! You should strive to do it at least once a week. All of the buildup from your foundation may be what’s causing blemishes in the first place.

Here are some of our favorite foundations that are under $50.

Tarte 12 Hour FoundationTarte

$32-$38 available at Ulta and Sephora

This natural-based cosmetic brand is great for all skin types, but the Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Full Finish is especially perfect for combination skin. It moisturizes and is paraben/sulfate free (skin-irritating chemicals). It works with problem skin, blends perfectly, holds for hours (so it won’t come off while you’re talking on the phone). A tube can last you over a year, depending on the level of coverage that you need. A major plus of this product is that it contains lysine, an essential amino acid that helps stimulate growth and development in hair, skin and nails. If you’re prone to blemishes, consider this product a gift from the heavens.

Laura MercierLaura Mercier

$48 available at Sephora and Nordstrom

Editorial-quality makeup (for photoshoots and professionals) is now available for those of us not in the industry! Laura Mercier products mean business. These foundations contain tea extractfor smooth skin, shea butter to keep skin moisturized, and pearlescent pigments. It is best applied with a beauty blender, so if you aren’t used to wearing a heavy foundation, grab a tool and have some fun.


Bare-Minerals-Bare Minerals

$20-$40 available at Sephora, Macy’s and Ulta

A Bare Minerals starter kit is such a treat. They include a few versatile products that offer a wide range of coverage, depending on your skin type and skill level, along with their patented brushes. These foundations give you a sleek finish, whether you’re just learning how to play with makeup or you are a seasoned pro. With a little bit of powder, you can achieve a foundation feel, without the heavy texture of a liquid or gel product. Using Bare Minerals products is easy and lets you practice your blending skills.

Mac Studio FixM.A.C. Cosmetics

$27-$35 available at MAC and Macy’s

M.A.C. Studio Fix is known for their editorial coverage. They give you a great way to understand your skin, with their easy to understand standardized shade codes. If you want to expand your collection, all you need to do is find your local M.A.C. store and a make-up artist can tell you what to use. Be warned: these products are not for beginners since they do require a little more finesse with application. Practice makes perfect, and the model-like finish makes it worth it!


DR-1.JART_BB-Cream_trioDr. Jart

$40 available at Sephora

This is no traditional foundation. Instead, it’s a BB creme that offers amazing coverage, without the heaviness of a gel or liquid. BB cremes rock that way – they are moisturizers that can be applied with the tips of your fingers but offer a light tinted coverage along the way. Dr. Jart is a high-end product that offers a smooth, long lasting finish similar fashion to a foundation competitor. If you’re going for a natural look, this BB creme is highly recommended.

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