How to look like a million bucks with out spending it!


Example Holiday look by @izzyglam on Instagram

Siobhan Somsen, Reporter

There are so many beauty products to get you glamorous this holiday season, but let’s be real makeup can get expensive, fast. So here is a full face of makeup dupes to keep you from breaking the bank.  

1) Pore minimizing primer: Benefit the POREfessional face primer $31 VS Maybelline Baby Skin instant pore eraser $5. The POREfessional primer is pore filling but pretty cakey in my opinion, but the Baby Skin pore eraser is the perfect product to help give you an all-day airbrush finish without being too heavy. 

2) Blending Sponges: The Original Beauty Blender $20 VS Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge $10. The Real Techniques sponge is one of my Holy Grail products. It blends foundation, concealer, cream contour and everything else FLAWLESSLY! 


3) Light weight matte foundation: NARS All Day luminous weightless foundation $50 VS L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte foundation $10. While NARS always makes great products, this new L’Oreal Infallible foundation is super high coverage and has shades that really work for anyone with very fair skin. Nikki Tutorials has a great review on her channel of this foundation. 

4) Concealer: Tarte Maracuja creaseless concealer $26 VS NYX Gotcha Covered waterproof concealer $6. This Tarte concealer is supposed to be high coverage but tends to lean to the medium coverage side, but the NYX Gotcha Covered concealer is high coverage, waterproof, and comes in a variety of shades. 

5) Loose powder: The original RCMA No-Color powder $12 VS Coty Airspun loose face powder $7. The Coty Airspun powder is a classic, and the perfect dupe for the RCMA powder. It’s great for baking.  

6) Eyebrows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade $18 VS NYX Tame & Frame tinted brow pomade $7. While in my opinion Dip Brow can never be replaced, the Tame & Frame pomade is a great alternative until you can buy the real thing.  

7) Eye primer: MAC Soft Ochre paint pot $22 VS Maybelline Color Tattoo by Eye Studio in just beige $6. The MAC Soft Ochre paint pot is a holy grail for a lot of beauty gurus but the Maybelline Color Tattoo is the perfect fill in. 

8) Warm rose gold eyeshadow palette: Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette $54 VS Covergirl TruNaked Roses eyeshadow palette $10. The Urban Decay Naked palettes are cult classics but $54 is a little steep. Look no further because the Covergirl TruNaked Roses palette has almost all the same shades and you don’t sacrifice pigment. 

9) Black liquid eyeliner: Lancome Artliner liquid eyeliner pen $30 Vs L’Oreal Lineur intense $8. I LOVE eyeliner so when I say the L’Oreal Lineur is the perfect eyeliner to have in your makeup bag, I mean it.  

10) Black volumizing mascara: Benefit Roller Lash mascara $12 VS Covergirl Super Sizer mascara $5. I am a fiend when it comes to lashes so when I found the Covergirl Super Sizer mascara and saw the savings compared to the Roller Lash I instantly fell in love.   

11) False eyelashes: MAC 1 lash $17 VS Elegant Lashes #066 $3. I don’t wear a lot of falsies but I know a deal when I see one. Both lashes are made of 100% human hair and are great quality, but the Elegant Lashes are a whopping 86% cheaper! 

12) Warm Taupe-Brown Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil $30 VS Ulta matte bronzer in Warm $10. Nowadays it’s hard to find a great bronzer, but look no further. This Ulta matte bronzer is ULTAmately one of the most blendable bronzers on the market.  

13) Peachy pink blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in Glisten $21 VS E.L.F Studio blush in Twinkle Pink $3. Watch out high end makeup, because the drug store brands are coming for you! Just ask Jeffree Star, E.L.F. is one of the hottest brands on the market right now!

14) Peachy gold highlighter: Becca X Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop highlighter $38 VS Wet N Wild Holly Gold-Head highlighter $3. Again, the drug store products are really stepping their game up. This Wet N Wild highlighter is blinding and SO pigmented! 

15) Nude liquid lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita $20 VS NYX Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken $9. Take it from me when I say this NYX lippie is LONG LASTING. Its formula is super buttery and dries to a matte finish you can wear all day. 

16) Setting spray: Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray $32 VS L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set $8. Of course, every girl needs a good setting spray and the L’Oreal Pro-Spray is the perfect finishing touch for any look.  


Long story short: you don’t need to spend a million bucks to look like it!