Here’s a full face — eyes and lips — for $8.91
How low can you go? (Sing it!) How lo-oh can you go? Okay, so I had a lot of fun last week trying to put together a makeup look for less than $10, and I think I did an okay job. The whole shebang came to a whopping $9.85, but I think I can do better.
I gave it another go, this time shooting for something 1) cheaper and 2) more dramatic. I paired smokey taupe/brown/violet eyes with lilac lips. Again, the products are all from N.Y.C New York Color because, obvs, they’re really inexpensive, cruelty-free, and altogether not half bad.
NYC New York Color products from bottom to top: Ultra Last Lipstick in Lilac Dream ($1.89), Brow/Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black ($1.14), Metro Quartet Eye Shadow in Chelsea Chic ($3.99). Also used in this look but not pictured: NYC New York Color Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black ($1.89)
Since the eyes AND lips are pretty colorful in this look, I kept the cheeks bare (don’t want to overwhelm passers by, LOL!), but a nice blush probably wouldn’t have hurt.
If you decide to give something like this a try but feel that the lilac lips are way too much, you could swap ‘em out for something a little quieter, like perhaps a light peach gloss (maybe the $6 Sally Hansen Diamond 12-Hour Lip Treatment in Flawless?).
Here’s how I did this $8.91 look featuring smokey taupe, brown and violet eyes with lilac lips
First, the eyes. Start by applying N.Y.C. New York Color Brow/Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black ($1.14) on the lids and the crease as an eyeshadow base. Use a finger or a brush to smooth out the edges before patting the shimmery mauve eyeshadow from the Metro Quartet Eye Shadow in Chelsea Chic ($3.99) on the lid.
Sweep the shimmery brown shadow into the crease, and then apply the violet shadow to the brow bone. Line both the upper and lower waterlines with the Jet Black liner to further define the eyes. Then, smoke out (heh!) the look by lining the lower lash line with the brown shadow, and layer the taupe directly on top for an iridescent effect.
Finish the eyes by adding two coats of N.Y.C. New York Color Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black ($1.89) on your lashes, and then frame the entire eye look by filling in your brows with the very same pencil.
The lips are a lot easier (yea!). Here I applied creamy purple N.Y.C. New York Color Ultra Last Lipstick in Lilac Dream straight from the tube.
Swatches from left: shimmery blue shade, shimmery brown, shimmery violet and shimmery taupe from Chelsea Chic; Brow/Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black, Ultra Last Lipstick in Lilac Dream
NYC New York Color Ultra Last Lipstick in Lilac Dream
NYC New York Color Metro Quartet Eye Shadow in Chelsea Chic, Brow/Eye Liner Pencil in Jet Black and Lengthening Mascara in Jet Black
Do you think I should try to see if I can do another look for even less? The first one was $9.85. This one was $8.91! I wonder if a cute sub-$7 look with makeup for eyes, lips and cheeks is possible (something tells me it is)…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,