Bronwyn O'Neill gives us her top beauty finds and dupes to stay stunning on a budget.
Being a broke student and a makeup addict is a problem, with brands constantly releasing new products that I can’t afford but desperately need. So how do you survive on a budget but still look fleeked?
 
There are loads of ways to keep your spend to a minimum on makeup and still look amazing. Here are some of my favourite ways to beauty shop on a budget.
 
The first thing you should do is research. Don’t just buy an expensive beauty product on a whim, make sure you know the quality of the product and if it will work for you. There are hundreds of beauty bloggers on Youtube reviewing products. So before you splurge, you should probably watch a few videos on how the product performs. This will save you from buying a terrible product that may have been hyped by the company and media outlets. For example, the Kat Von D and Too Faced collaboration was certainly hyped but the product ended up being a disappointment to many people. A quick look at reviews of the palette would save you a lot of money.
 
If you want to splash out, buy investment pieces. That may sound strange to talk about makeup as an investment, but it definitely is. Pick products that aren’t just fashionable for five months but will stay with you for years. Products like the Urban Decay Naked palettes, a gold/brown eye will never go out of style or a neutral lip colour from Mac. Colours and products that can be used over and over again. Don’t get sucked into buying the latest holographic eye shadow palette that costs over €50 because holographic eyes are the latest trend. Keep it simple, timeless and classic.
 
Head to your chemist to check out what products they have there. Trust me, there are so many gems in your local chemists. With products like Rimmel, Maybelline and Sleek Makeup, you can get a full makeup bag with products that won’t break the bank. Of course with high street makeup, you can easily save money with my favourite thing in the world: dupes.
 
Sleek makeup are one of the best brands for dupes, their ‘Matte Me’ liquid lipsticks are an excellent dupe for Kylie Cosmetics liquid lipsticks, and they only cost €7. Their highlighting palettes that retail for €12.50 are a great dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hill’s Glow Kits.
 
Another high street brand that have hundreds of dupes is Makeup Revolution, with almost exact dupes for the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes, at a fraction of the price. As well as this, they have Blushing Heart products also almost identical to the Too Faced products. They recently released their own versions of lip kits. If you want pigmented products but are on a budget, Makeup Revolution is your go-to brand.
 
MUA is another brand that does absolutely amazing dupes, including eye shadow palettes which are almost the exact same to the Urban Decay Naked Palettes. The ‘Undress Me’ palettes are only around €6, are stunningly pigmented and are almost as perfect as the Urban Decay shades.
 
Those three brands alone are enough to get you to start buying makeup from your chemists.
 
Of course, no makeup on a budget recommendation would be complete without telling you to go to Penney's. Penney's launched their PS makeup range over a year ago and they are honestly amazing. The products are cruelty free, stunningly pigmented, long wearing and do not dry out your skin. With the launch of their PS Pro, there are a lot more products including full coverage foundation. They even have sweat proof makeup for your workouts. If you need to save money, Penney's is the place to be.