Please note that if this post contains affiliate links, any sales made through such links will reward me a small commission. No extra cost.
If you’re a “broke college student” and don’t want to spend money on expensive makeup just for everyday use, this post is just for you. I have listed for you beauty products that I SWEAR by. These are perfect for a college student budget.
This post is basically a break down of my everyday makeup routine. I love high-end makeup, but my wallet does not. These products provide the high-end look with less than half of the cost.
1. CeraVe – Facial Moisturizing Lotion
This is a game changer. CeraVe not only has great face wash, but their moisturizer is great as well. This product has broad spectrum SPF 30 and helped restore the skin’s barrier. Perfect for wearing makeup or not.
The price may seem a little up there, but a little products goes a long way! I have used mine everyday for a month now, and I still have product left.
2. Covergirl – Clean Fresh Skin Milk Foundation
This product is perfect if you don’t want to wear heavy foundation, but want decent and natural coverage. This foundation is the weight of BB cream and has nourishing components for the skin.
I love this product all year round. It is also easy to layer.
3. Maybelline – Instant Age. Rewind Correcteur Concealer
I have been using this product since I was in middle school and I still LOVE it. Sometimes I skip foundation and only wear my concealer, and I still get a natural look on my skin.
If you’re one who doesn’t want to spend time applying foundation but want natural coverage on under eye circles or problem areas, I HIGHLY suggest this product.
4. Maybelline -FIT Me Loose Finishing Powder
A little of this product goes a long way. It is by far, in my opinion one of the best drug store settings powders out there.
This powder keeps me oil free all day long without having to do any touch ups. Great for us busy college students.
5. Maybelline – City Bronzer
Get the natural, snatched face with this powder bronzer. Blends smoothly and comes in so many shades!
I also use this products as eye shadow. Saves so much space in my makeup bag!
6. Pixi by Petra – Blush Duo in Peach Honey
My favorite shades of blush are peachy tones. This blush is just that! It also blends well with the Maybelline City Bronzer.
Peachy shades as your blush are beautiful in the summer for a glowy look, and great for transitioning into the fall as well.
7. Nomad Cosmetics – Highlighter (Shade: Balmoral Beach)
The Nomad highlighter blends well with the skin to give a natural glow. You can apply with your fingers or a brush and it is a smooth and even application.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find the exact shad I use any more, but the shad I have linked is very similar!
I use it for eye shadow as well for a pop of shimmer!
8. L’Oreal Paris – Brow Stylist Definer
I cannot live without this brow pencil. The small tip for applying the product allows you to get realist filled in brows in minutes.
It also comes with a spoolie brush that makes it easier to blend. So convenient!
9. L’Oreal Paris – Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara
The BEST drug store dupe for the Better Than Sex mascara! It comes in waterproof as well which literally lasts ALL day long.
I have used this mascara for several years now, and I love it. A staple in my everyday makeup routine that I cannot live without.
10. Nivea – Lip Care (tinted moisturizer)
Nivea’s tinted lip care smells amazing and is so buttery. My favorite by far is the peach, which offers a warm, peachy lip color.
They also have other options of fruit flavors that will tent your lips while providing moisture. You have got to give these a try!
11. e.l.f. – Makeup Mist + Set
The best low priced makeup setting spray! It is a little liquidy when you spray, but once it dies it does no damage to your look.
This spray keeps my makeup on from the morning to the evening. I have also used this primer for the stage and my makeup never looked shiny!