Cheers, y’all! Fri-yay is here and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a particularly awesome weekend (we’re in Austin at SXSW!). While I’ll be trying not to melt in the Texas humidity, you should focus on perfecting your off-duty beauty vibes (sans sweat!). Here are six weekend makeup essentials that’ll have you looking your absolute best, each costing $15 or under.
YOUR DESK-TO-DINNER LOOK
A quick way to elevate your daytime look is to add some depth to your face with a bit of contouring. Whip out LORAC Travel-Size Tantalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($13) to define your cheekbones with the bronzer, and brighten the high points of your face with the highlighter. To add some color to your look, apply HAN Cheek & Lip Tint ($14) — this 100% natural tint can also be used to perk up your eyes.
YOUR NIGHT O.U.T. LOOK
Hope you’re not afraid of a little sparkle — and why should you be? Jane Iredale 24-Karat Gold Dust ($14) is an all-purpose shimmer that brings out your eyes, cheeks and lips. If you’re really into it, have fun by putting some in your hair (glitter roots, anyone?) or even on your collarbones. Coat your lashes in a healthy application of Urban Decay Travel-Size Perversion Mascara ($10), which has one of the best formulas for super fluttery lashes out there.
YOUR BRUNCH WITH BESTIES LOOK
Head to brunch fresh-faced with radiant skin from the inside out. Apply mark. That’s Brilliant Face & Eye Luminizer ($14) as a lightweight illuminator wherever your skin needs some brightening (prob on your cheekbones, your nose and under your eyes). After you’ve taken care of your skin, focus on adding some healthy color to your look with a dewy, cream-based product like Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Cheek Gelée ($13).
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