Since last week’s post about skincare dupes was so well received, I thought I would follow it up with my favorite makeup dupes. Because finding a fantastic product can be a blessing and a curse if you can’t afford to keep it in stock. Here are five fabulous dupes for some of my favorite makeup products.
Mascara. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill is the most phenomenal mascara. It volumizes like a dream with zero clumps. And best of all, it doesn’t wear off and cause raccoon eyes. Wet n Wild’s Lash Renegade Mascara is the closest dupe that I’ve found for my beloved mascara. The multi-shape brush helps you reach every lash, while the fiber formula lengthens and volumizes. And most importantly, it’s smudge-proof.
Under-Eye Brightener. Have under-eye circles? Peachy concealers help neutralize under-eye darkness. This Becca Brightening Corrector provides the perfect base for concealer. Unlike many under-eye primers, it doesn’t crease or look too heavy. This Pixi Correcting Concentrate is the perfect substitute, but if it’s still a bit too rich for your blood, try this NYX Dark Circle Concealer. Even if you don’t wear foundation or concealer over it, a bit of brightener perks up your look.
Lip Mask. Lip makes moisturize your lips and plump them with a bit of collagen. You’d be surprise the difference they can make; they’re like lash extensions for your lips. The KNC Beauty lip masks are the obsession of every beauty editor out there. But if you want to use them regularly, you need something cheaper.
I picked up these Tony Moly Kiss Kiss lip masks and they’re great. They give your lips a bit of plumping. They also heal dry lips like a dream. My only complaint is that they have a bit of an odor to them. (I think it’s the plastic they use.) So I’m thinking about trying Rodial’s affordable Dragon’s Blood lip mask next.
Foundation Drops allow you to customize your coverage based on your daily needs. The more drops you apply, the more coverage. CoverFX drops are the best, and come in a wide range of shades. But since I use the drops to tint moisturizer, instead of as a foundation replacement, these NYX Total Control Drops are a better fit for my budget.
Strobing Powder. Taking makeup from day-to-night requires a strobing powder. I love the way it lights up the face. Hourglass Ambient Strobe Lighting Powder has really fine pearl particles to effortlessly reflect light. It’s a great product, but as an accent product, it provides the perfect opportunity to save. This strobe powder from Makeup Revolution is such a good dupe that it’s hard to tell the difference.
Do you have a favorite makeup dupe? Leave it in the comments.