VIDEO: Beauty on a Budget

By Charleen Gonzalez for Shine Latina

Don't miss my tips for beauty budget swaps / iStockphotoThere are many fabulous high end makeup brands out there, but for Latinas (and any chica for that matter!) on a budget quality doesn't have to be sacrificed for affordability. Here are some great dupes for high end products.

LIPS
Starting with the Clinque Chubby Stick ($16) which imparts a sheer wash of color on the lips; Revlon has a super affordable alternative that won't break the bank. Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain ($7.69) has more opaque color coverage and also works as a stain which lasts for hours. Next up is lip liner, MAC's Lip Pencil ($14) comes in a variety of colors and is revered around the world as the go-to lip liner. The price is not so fabulous, however, and I found NYX's lip liner ($4) to be a great alternative- just as pigmented and easy to use.

Watch my video to see which products give a better bang for your buck:

 

EYES

Eyeshadow primer is an absolute must before applying eyeshadow in order to increase the wear time of your colors. My favorite high end primer is Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($18), however, NYX HD primer ($7) works just as well for less than half the price. Now I love MAKE UP FOR EVER's HD Micro Finish Powder ($32), which works beautifully to set your makeup, however it's quite an investment not every Latina can make. Luckily ELF makes a powder that works just as well for a fraction of the price called ELF High Definition Powder ($6). Made with the same ingredients as MUFE, this translucent powder is the ultimate steal.

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FACE
NARS seems to have a monopoly making the best blushes on the market but at $28 a pop it's quite an investment. ELF blush is great affordable alternative and comes in a variety of colors and finishes. High end eyeshadow palettes can be particularly expensive like Stilla's In the Moment palette ($39). However, Rimmel has come out with just as pigmented eyeshadows in their Glam Eyes HD Quads ($5.69) that really pack a punch of color.

Consider mixing in some affordable brands into your makeup kit and your wallet will thank you!

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