How to Build a Complete Makeup Kit On Budget

How to Build a Complete Makeup Kit On Budget


This post is going to be 8 pages long so please be patient with me and get ready with your pen and paper.Are you a makeup lover? Are you a makeup artist? Do you want to dive in the world full of beautiful colors? But ouch! Makeup costs bomb.Today we are going to discuss How to Build your Complete Makeup Kit on Budget.


For those of you who don’t know ,I am a professional makeup artist and a pass out from Namrata Soni School of makeup & hair. When I was just starting out, building a makeup kit with a limited budget was like finding a needle in a haystack. So, today we are going to discuss how to built that complete makeup kit with your limited resources.


Anyways, I searched for hours and hours &  finally I am able to give you my product list consisting of affordable alternatives of your higher end luxury buys.

I have been getting extremely busy these days & for that, I am sorry for the lax in posting. This time I have made a promise to myself that from now on, I would be careful enough to post on a regular basis.

I would be listing out products categorically –


Skin prepping products

  1. Moisturizers, Facial Oils
  2. Primer
  3. Lip Scrub

Face makeup :

3. Foundation

4. Concealer

5. Loose Powder/ Translucent Powder

6. Blush

7. Highlighters


Eye Makeup :

8. Eyeshadow Primer

9. Powder Eyeshadow

10. Creme Eyeshadow

11. Kohl pencil or Colored Eye Pencils

12. Mascara

13. Gel Eye Liners

14. Eye Lash Curler

15. Brow Products

16. Additional Items



17. To be pout pretty you need killer lip shades, right ladies? Well Instead of buying several lip colors I would definitely suggest to invest in Anastasia Lip palette which is a total game changer.

It has all the primary colors and depending on your needs you can create any color under the sun. Suppose you want your pink to have more warmth- just add a pinch of yellow from the palette.

Is your nude not pastel enough? Adding a bit of white would solve the woe. Endless options in front of you.





So starting off with skin prep products.

I have some serious mental disorder when it comes to skin. I feel if your skin work is good half the battle is won. So as a makeup artist’s point of view, skin prepping is the MOST important business.


  1. Moisturizer

Biotique Morning Nectar

Budget Moisturizer


One of the most amazing affordable finds till date & I have used it on innumerable people & never seen anyone reacting adversely to it.

Face Oil:

I would say do not skimp on this one. You might end up giving acne to your clients. And please please do not use Johnson Baby oil as a mean to moisturize the skin. It is totally mineral oil based, meaning it would just sit on top of the skin making it look oily and would not nourish the skin.

A. I highly highly recommend Indulgeo Rose Gold Essential oil which is such a boon for me. Gets easily absorbed making your foundation glide on much smoother.

Best facial Oil
Indulgeo Rose Gold Oil

Free from any harmful ingredients and guess what? Contains 24 Karat gold flakes.

It is not a budget option at all- 15 ml of small bottle costs you 1280 INR but definitely worth it.


P.S Never use this oil if you are going out in the Sun or doing outdoor shoots. Since this oil contains essential oils, it can give you sunburns easily.



B. Another great find is The Ordinary Rosehip Oil

It is very cheap but not available in India. You have to get it ordered from international websites or some Instagram seller so it would be not as cheap as it is supposed to be.

Budget Makeup
The Ordinary Rosehip Oil


2. Primer

Primers create a barrier between your skin and makeup thus protecting the skin. It also smoothens the skin texture and helps with the longevity of makeup.

Some primers fill in your pores while some color corrects, while some work as skin hydrants.

In the budget option category you would not find too many options still I would name a few.


A. Nivea After Shave Balm for Sensitive skin( Price: 235 INR). This is discovered by the famous youtuber NikkieTutorials and its a spot on! When it doesn’t do anything with the hydration or making your skin look smoother, but it holds the makeup for hours. It’s for men but we ladies can also use this one 😀

A definite must-have when you are on a budget.


Best Drugstore Primer
Nivea After Shave Lotion

B. THE ORDINARY High-Spreadability Fluid Primer

Best Drugstore Primer
The Ordinary High Spreadability Primer
This one is a silicone based primer which helps with spreadability of your makeup on top. Get it through someone coming from the US or else you can get it from reputed Instagram sellers.
C. Raise your hands if you love Benefit Porefessional! I do for sure… but is it too expensive for you to get your hands on?
Here we present our dupe. I bet it would work the exact same way without the price tag.
Drumrolls, please!
Benefit Porefessional Dupe
Benefit Porefessional Vs Aritaum Pore Master
Aritaum Pore Master sebum Control Primer


It is a Korean brand and it’s extremely affordable

Availability : available at cosmetic love. Follow the link here to purchase this amazing product



 3. Lip Scrub 
Lip scrub is an essential part of any makeup artist’s kit but we often overlook this. Always carry a baby toothbrush with you and before starting off your makeup scrub those dead skin off.
Best Budget Lip Scrub
Innisfree Smooth Lip Scrub
My budget pick would be Innisfree Smooth Lip Scrub. Got it from Nykaa for about 400 INR.
Face Makeup 
4. Foundation :
This is probably the most important item in any girl’s vanity.
There are some amazing options out there in the market but when you are on a budget it’s little difficult to choose one.
However, despite their low price point, these foundations work really well.
 A. L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Foundation ( Medium to buildable, Natural Finish)

My favorite affordable foundation. It has no SPF so photographs beautifully. Despite their low price point, L’oreal is one my favorite makeup brands and their innovation is just out of the world.

Best Budget Foundation
L’oreal Infallible 24 Hr Foundation

• Finish: Demi Matte

• Long wearing

• Extensive Shade Range

Price: 1400 INR

** Jabong, Nykaa gives awesome deals on L’oreal makeup so always grab it during their sale period.

Must have shades for Indian skin tone: 140, 200, 320



B. L’oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation ( Full Coverage)

Those of you who want full coverage, this stuff is magic.The best part is, it never looks cakey. The trick is to blend, blend, blend or mix it with little moisturizer or a lighter weight foundation.

Best Drugstore Full Coverage Foundation
L’oreal Infallible Total Cover Foundation

∗ Finish: Demi Matte

∗ Coverage: Medium- Full

Very limited shade range and lack of shades with warm undertones make it extremely difficult for me to recommend shades. Personally, I have tried shade number 309 on a client which worked decently.



C. The Ordinary Coverage Foundation:

It is by the company Deciem and they have shown the world that affordable products can be good as well. I am currently trying The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin & quite impressed by the result.

Drugstore Full Coverage Foundation
The Ordinary Coverage Foundation


With just 6$ you cant ask for more. Surely give it a try and see if you like it.

P.S It contains Coconut Alkanes which might cause breakouts to sensitive/ acne prone skin. 

Finish: More towards dewy

Coverage: Medium – Full

Shade range: Extensive


D. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

One of the most affordable foundations yet one of the bests in the Indian market. Very good shade range gives medium buildable coverage which looks very natural.

Best Drugstore Foundation Maybelline Fit Me
Maybelline Fit Me Foundation

Finish: Semi Matte

Coverage: Medium buildable

Shade Range: Good


E. Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation( Ideal for people with good skin )

How come Bourjois come up with such limited shade range for this foundation? If the shade range were good I tell you, this one is hands down one of the best foundations in the market without the hefty price tag.

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation



Finish : Natural Dewy

Coverage : Light- Medium



4. Concealers:

When I was starting out, it was the most difficult task for me to find a kick a** concealer without burning a hole in my pocket. Now drugstore brands have improved on their formulas a lot and we have quite a good options available today.


A. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 

I treat it as a dupe of Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ( My favorite)

Best Drugstore Concealer Maybelline Fit Me
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer


Great stuff


B. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer 

It has such a cult following  and now available at Nykaa. Personally, I havn’t tried it but heard great reviews.

Best Drugstore Concealer for dark Circles Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer



C. If you are a makeup artist you must have Dermacolor Concealer in your professional makeup kit. Even if you only use high- end products, you must get this bad boy in order to get your professional work done.



Budget Concealer Dermacolor jpg
Kryolan Dermacolor


Highly recommend.

Availability: Kryolan Stores



5. Translucent Powder

A. Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

Probably the best drugstore loose finishing powder in my opinion. Too sad that it is not available in India yet. If you have any relative staying in the US ask them to bring it for you or else you can rely on Insta sellers.

Best Drugstore Translucent Powder- Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Loose Powder



B. Kryolan Translucent Powder

Best Drugstore Translucent Powders
Kryolan Translucent Powder

Not a personal fan of this product but a good budget-friendly option.



C. RCMA No Color Powder

Considered to be the dupe of the oh so famous Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Best Drugstore Translucent Powder- RCMA No Color Powder
RCMA No Color Powder

A fantastic Product





A. Morphe 9B Blush Palette

One of the nicest palettes in the market which I still use despite having my higher end blushes.

Best Affordable Blush palette- Morphe 9B
Morphe 9B Blush Palette

Extremely pigmented and blends like a dream.


B. Makeupgeek Blushes

I love love love the formula. Easily comparable to high- end blushes I have tried in the past.

Best Affordable Blushes- makeupgeek
Makeupgeek Blushes

This is what I have in my personal makeup kit.


C. Nyx High Definition Blushes

Affordable Blush- NYX HD Blushes
NYX HD Blush



7. Highlighters

Highlighters are two types – Liquid & Powder.

Liquid highlighters can be used in different ways- mixing with your foundations, alone on top of your cheekbones or you can layer it with powder highlighters as well.

For the budget options, I would go for


A. Makeup Revolution Liquid Highlighters

This one is considered to be the dupe of Covefx Custom Enhancer Drops

Best Drugstore Liquid Highlighter- Makeuprfevolution Liquid Highlight
Makeuprevolution liquid highlighter


B. L’oreal Paris Magic Lumi Primer

Fabulous creation by the house of L’oreal . Excellent as an illuminating base or you can add this with your foundation in order to make you look healthily glowy ( does this even make sense?)

Best Affordable Drugstore Primer for Glowing Skin- L'oreal magic Lumi Light
L’oreal Magic Lumi Light


It gives a subtle glow, not something over the top or glittery.


C. Nyx Born to Glow Illuminator

Best Drugstore Liquid Highlighters- NYX Born to Glow




Powder Highlighters


A. Milani Strobe Light Instant Glow Powder

Best Affordable Powder Highlighters- Milani Strobe Light
Milani Strobe Light




B. Makeupgeek Highlighters 

Affordable Drugstore Highlighters- Makeup Geek
Makeupgeek Highlighter



C. Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strip All in One Custom Nude palette- Shade : Warm Nude

I am a die-hard fan of this product. When you want to add that subtle glow without going gaga over your highlighters this baby should be your pick.

Best Affordable Highlighters Physician Formula Shimmer Strip
Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strip

Though I use high-end makeup brands now, I still have it in my kit and it secures a permanent position there.

You can use the 3rd and 4th-row colors as bronzers as well.


D. Sleek Highlighting Palette ( Shade: Solstice



Best Drugstore Highlighter - Sleek Solstice
Sleek Solstice Highlighter


If you want that VA VA VOOM  highlight, then this palette is your bff.




8. Eyeshadow Primer 

to keep your eyeshadow in place you have to use a primer. Generally, I prefer using an eyeshadow primer which not only keeps your shadow in place but also color corrects your eyelids so that eyeshadows pop.


A. Maybelline Color Tattoo

These are considered to be an exact dupe of MAC Paint Pots.

Best Affordable Primer- How to Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget

The shade  Creme de Nude would work as an excellent eye makeup primer and it is a dupe of MAC Paint Pot in the shade Soft Ochre.



B. Nyx HD Primer

Best Drugstore Primers - How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
NYX HD Primer



9. Powder Eyeshadows 

A s a beginner for powder eyeshadows, it is always advisable to invest in affordable palettes.

My top picks would be


A. Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette

Whether you are on a budget or not you have to have this palette in your life. I cannot imagine any of my bridal work without this.

Best Affordable Eyeshadow Palettes - How to Make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette



B. Morphe 35 N ( Every Matte shades imaginable available in here)


How to Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget
Morphe 35N Palette




C. Morphe 35F & Morphe 350 S Shimmer Palette

Best Affordable Eyeshadow - Morphe 35F- How to Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget



10. Creme Eyeshadows

Creme eyeshadows have to be there in your kit if you want your eye makeup to have that luminosity . It also makes your eyeshadows last much longer.

A. Maybelline Color Tattoo Creme Eyeshadows

Best Affordable Creme Eyeshadows- Maybelline Color Tattoo- How to Make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Maybelline Color Tattoo



B. L’oreal Infallible 24 Hour Eyeshadow

Best Drugstore Creme Eyeshadow- L'oreal Infallible 24Hr Eyeshadow- How To Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget
L’oreal Infallible 24 Hr Eyeshadow


11. Kohl Pencil or Colored Eye Pencil


A. For the blackest of black kohl Lakme Absolute Kohl is the BEST I have come across so far.

Best Kohl for Indian Eyes-Lakme Absolute Kohl -How To Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget
Lakme Absolute Kohl


The texture is super creamy, when smudged gives you that smoldering kohl look.



B. Sugar Stroke of Genius Heavy Duty Kohl

Best Affordable kajal For Indian Girls-Sugar Stroke of Genius- Best Kohl for Indian Eyes-How To Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget


C. L’oreal Kajal Magique Bold 



Best Kajal For Indian Eyes- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget



Full Review Here


D. For Colored eye pencils

L’oreal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner  can be your choice. After some time it settles down so it wouldn’t  budge the whole day.


Best Affordable Colored Liners- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget



Full Review : Here



Some stunning shades and awesome pigmentation.
How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Kiko Intense Color Long Wearing Eyeliner
F. Sephora Collection Contour Eye Pencils 12 Hr Wear
Sephora Contourr Eye Pencil- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Extensive shade range with intense pigmentation in a single swipe.
12. Mascara:
My favorite drugstore mascaras would be
A. L’oreal Lash Paradise Mascara
L'oreal Lash Paradise mascara- best drugstore Mascara- Sephora Contourr Eye Pencil- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
B. L’oreal Volume Million Lashes Mascara ( For your kit you need a waterproof and a non-waterproof one as your brides would put the ocean to shame & your models would always prefer a non-waterproof mascara so that its easier for them to take it off)
Best Affordable mascara- L'oreal Volume Million Lashes
C. L’oreal Telescopic Mascara
 L'oreal telescopic Mascara- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
13. Gel Eye Liners
Maybelline Eyestudio Lasting Drama gel Liner- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner & L’oreal Paris Super Liner Gel Intenza both work brilliantly.
 14. Eyelash Curlers
Personally, I have never tried any drugstore eyelash curlers but Faces, Colorbar every brand makes one.
15. Brow Products
One of the most crucial things on a face – our brows. Doing it wrong can break the whole face.
A. Brow Pencil
On budget, the best brow pencils would be
A. Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper 
Maybelline Fashion Brow Duo Shaper- How to make Complete makeup Kit on Budget
B. Nyx Micro Brow Pencil
Nyx Micro Brow pencil - How to make your complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Nyx Micro Brow Pencil
C. Brow Pomade
While eyebrow pencils help you to outline and mark the shape of the brows, they dont last long. brow pomades are absolute must have if you are a makeup artist. I use Anastasia Dip Brow Pomade which happened to be quite expensive hence, you can definitely consider these cheaper alternatives I found for you.
Elf Lock on Liner & Brow Cream
Elf Lock on Liner Brow Cream- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Elf Lock on Liner & Brow Cream
Colorpop Precision Brow Color
Colorpop precision Brow Color- How to make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Colorpop precision Brow Color
Milani Stay Put Brow Color
Milani Stay put Brow Color- How to Make Complete makeup Kit on Budget
15. Additional items
As a makeup artist you should always carry
• A Hand sanitizer ( Dettol makes good One)
• Ear Buds
• Mixing Plate ( you can find it on Amazon)
• Makeup Wipes ( Go for Innisfree Green Barley Multi Cleansing Tissue or Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes)

• Tweezer ( I use one from Pro Arte 240 INR)

Makeup Setting Spray

I recommend 2 setting sprays here.

A. Milani Make it Last setting Spray



Milani make it Last Setting spray- How to Make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget
Milani Make it Last



B. L’oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray


L'oreal Infallible Setting Spray - How to Make Complete Makeup Kit on Budget


P.S Most of the Images taken from Google and two images are clicked by me


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