6 Secrets To Making Your (Cheap) Makeup Look Expensive

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Major 2016 beauty trend alert! We find out how to make your makeup look a million dollars, even if you’re on a serious budget.

Does anyone else feel like they were literally wearing the wrong shoes? As in your tastes are Balenciaga and your budget is more primark? Do you lust after this seasons AW 2016 beauty trends but look despondently at your makeup bag? Do you regularly daydream that Prince Harry would definitely be all yours should you move in the same circles, it’s just a small matter of gaining that Lady title and then BAM, you're in line for the throne. Yes, welcome to london life.

We may not be able to help you snare a prince, but we can help in looking chic on a shoestring budget. It is possible to look like you're worth a million dollars and in fact spend less than £100 on all your beauty essentials and still be on trend with beauty for the 2016/17 season. (Read More: 4 Beauty Trends You Need To Try This Autumn)

We’ve got you covered, literally, with some of the best budget buys and makeup tips to make your makeup look expensive, even if it’s was a bargain you picked up on your lunch break.

1. Prep your skin

In order for your foundation to look at its best, and not to mention expensive you need to prep your skin. Make sure your moisturise morning and night to keep skin supple and smooth and create a perfect canvas for your base. Eucerin Dry Skin Replenishing Face Cream Night 5% Urea is a lightweight cream that provides an intense moisturising hit that last all day, all for under £12.00.

2. Use a primer

Nothing says expensive like flawless makeup. Smudges and creased makeup sadly doesn't quite have the same effect. One of the most main beauty trends for 2016 has been the innovation in primers available and Stila Glow Perfecting Primer is worth the cost. For just £20.00 you will have a flawless canvas to work with. The water based formula feels weightless upon your skin and refines pores, minimises lines and any redness to create seamless coverage with natural radiance. Not only that but the Alaskan glacial water and a cocktail of skin soothing minerals reduce under eye puffiness and leave your skin looking like you've been on a 5* spa holiday, even if your budget is more Butlins.

3. Get the right tools

Applying your makeup with fingers is never going to get the luxurious, flawless finish you deserve. Instead you will distribute oil and germs from your fingers onto your face. Yuck. Instead try applying your base with a Real Techniques Bold Metals Triangle Foundation Brush for an airbrushed effect. Plus this brush wouldn't look out of place in a Vogue shoot, no one would ever know it was under £20.00.

5. Keep it dewy

If you get it wrong, matte foundation can leave your skin looking mask like as it doesn't always sit well with your skin’s natural radiance. Matte foundation can look a bit mannequin like, so choose a more lightweight foundation to help give off that dewy look. We suggest: L’Oreal True Match Foundation If you’re worried about looking oily then set your foundation with Stila Sheer Pressed Powder a finely milled translucent powder that leaves skin looking flawless, and yes it;s undr £20.00.

6. Get in the Spotlight

You may not be on the red carpet with a team of hair and makeup artists attending your every move, but you sure can look like you belong there. Be a 2016 beauty trendsetter and add a touch of highlighter. It will leave you looking luminescent and radiating a healthy glow. The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome adds a natural looking flush of warm shimmer that looks more Bora Bora than bargain.

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