We totally get it. The days are getting shorter, which sadly means less sunlight and more nights spent inside with some Netflix and takeout. The struggle is, indeed, real. But rather than starting your winter hibernation early, get out with your friends and celebrate the beginning of pumpkin spice season. Here are six weekend makeup essentials, all priced $15 and under, that will give you the push you need to go out and socialize this weekend.



Cheers to the weekend! We know you’re beyond ready to grab a cocktail and dish on all your coworkers, but first you must put in some quality time at the nine-to-five. To liven up your workday eye look, add some Make Up for Ever Glitter in Gold 1 ($15) to the center of your lid and dust a little under your eye. The glitter grade is fine enough to give you instant glam without looking gaudy. Add a few swipes of Estée Lauder Sumptuous Knockout Defining Lift and Fan Mascara ($10) to lift, fan and separate your lashes. This product is so good, they’ll think you’re wearing falsies.



Everyone is going gaga for rainbow highlighter, and there’s no time like the weekend to try the trend on for size. This Saturday, channel your unicorn patronus and add Forever 21 Compact Facial Highlighter ($6). The rainbow highlighter will give you a nice, subtle, multidimensional sheen. To make sure your makeup stays put ’til you take off your dancing shoes, apply Cover FX Illuminating Setting Powder ($10) with a powder brush. This product will illuminate your complexion and set your makeup while also soothing your skin and reducing any redness.



For many of us, brunch time means rocking the no-makeup makeup look as we recover from the night before — but that doesn’t mean you have to sidestep looking fabulous. After you’ve mastered your #wokeuplikethis base, line your eyes with Wet N’ Wild Mega Liner Glitter Liquid Eyeliner in Jollywood ($3). It’ll add a little touch of luxe to your subtle style. Finish everything off with L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint in Orchid ($4). It’s been all about matte lips for awhile, but we’re feeling this glossy lippie in an understated purple shade.

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