Being stuck at home all day for the past year and a half has brought me back to some of the hobbies I genuinely loved as a child, one of them being makeup! So at the start of the year, I promised myself I would go out on a limb and invest in this little hobby of mine of collecting and trying out makeup of all kinds and brands (Who says you need an audience to doll up?).
Whether you’re fairly new to makeup or you consider yourself a seasoned guru, I think we can all agree that looking for budget-friendly, high-quality makeup is hard. And with the abundance of options available in the market, it can be a little overwhelming to decide which ones in your online shopping cart are actually worth checking out.
After spending the past year swatching, swiping, and sampling every makeup product I could possibly get my hands on in the middle of a pandemic, I’ve finally come up with a fool-proof list of makeup products that you (and your wallet!) might also love. The best part? They’re all locally-made and cruelty-free.
Here are nine affordable local makeup products that will become your holy grail:
1. Tinted Moisturizer
Skinimalism is taking the world by storm, and there’s no greater way to achieve that desired healthy glow than with a tinted moisturizer. A tinted moisturizer is a great hassle-free alternative to full coverage foundation, which may be a bother to wear now that we spend most of our time at home. This oil-free tinted moisturizer by Issy & Co. is infused with niacinamide and UVB/UVA SPF 35, making it makeup *and* skincare in one!
2. Brow Pencil
I’ve gone through a lot of different brow product phases in my life, and I’ve found that nothing is as convenient and cooperative as the classic brow pencil. This product by Strokes Beauty Lab has two ends, with one side being an easy-to-use retractable waterproof microbrow pencil and the other being a fine spoolie brush to blend and set the brows in place.
If you’re not into brow pencils, you might also want to check out the Strokes Brow Colorist (?358), a tinting brow pomade, and the Strokes Microblade Pen Perfector (?498), a revolutionary detailing pen that mimics the effects of a microbladed eyebrow.
3. Multi-Use Tints
If there isn’t yet a single multi-use tint in your current stash of makeup... WYD? Just kidding. But seriously, you need to get a hold of one of these. Multi-use tints, such as Colourette Cosmetics’s Colourtints, are the perfect piece of makeup for my fellow lazy girls!
4. Liquid Highlighter
I was never much of a highlighter kind of gal until I encountered Moonë Beauty’s Glowgasm Face Highlighters. This liquid illuminator comes in two universal shades: Moonlight, a ‘champagne pearl’ color, and Celestial, which gives ‘a soft golden glow.’ The formula is surprisingly lightweight and extremely easy to blend into the skin. According to Moonë Beauty, you can even mix it into your foundation, primer, or moisturizer in order to achieve a flawless and luminous glass skin look!
5. Lip Gloss
Try: Hypergleam Hydrating Lip Gloss, P180 - P300, Available on Shopee
They say lip gloss is a girl’s best friend, and I'm enjoying my friendship with Hypergleam’s Hydrating Lip Gloss. The glosses come in a beautiful clear packaging and non-sticky formula that not only hydrates and plumps your lips but also gets it smelling like heaven. These hydrating glosses are available in five tinted shades and four clear shades.
6. Mini Eyeshadow Palette
As they say, a little goes a long way. A simple four-pan eyeshadow palette, such as Squad Cosmetics’ Squadlet Mini Eyeshadow Palette, is more than enough to up your makeup game. Not only are their colors suitable for and vibrant on morena skin tones, but they’re also highly pigmented, easily blendable, and ~sooo~ buttery!
If you’re unsure about which shades to buy first, I highly recommend Squadlet in Serene and the 9-pan Mini Eyeshadow Palette in Nude and Blush. Super sulit!
7. Makeup Brushes
Try: HeyHue Color Candy Makeup Brushes, P380 - P499, Available on Shopee
Every makeup kit needs a cute set of makeup brushes and local brand HeyHue makes the most adorable looking candy-colored sets perfect for beginners. These brushes are made with microcrystalline silk texture fiber hair, which basically means that they’re extremely soft to the touch. You can get this 8-piece brush set in the colors sky blue, pale green, salmon pink, or bright silver.
8. Brown Liquid Eyeliner
Waterproof, long-lasting, and ultra-precise, this product is a game-changer for all eyeliner enthusiasts. As someone who loves my eyeliner clean and slick, this has been my go-to for quite a while, and I don’t see myself switching lanes any time soon!
The Téviant Liquid Eyeliner in Sienna in particular is a natural brown color that is perfect to use for a simple and subtle everyday look. This award-winning local liquid eyeliner is also available in the shades Virago in Black, Duenna in Blue, and Colleen in Green.
9. Brow Soap
Yep, TikTok made me buy this one, and I have zero regrets! If you’re looking to hop onto the Instagram-favorite soap brows trend, this water-activated brow soap can help you achieve clean, bushy, and feathery brows for more than eight hours long, if applied correctly. The BrowBar comes in three different shades: Clear, Brown, and Black. It also comes with two free spoolies.
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