And just like that, our days of days of music festivals in the sun, steamy beach hangs and lazy patio lounging are over. But before we tuck summer away ’til next year, we’ve got one last hurrah: Labor Day Weekend. Here are six weekend makeup essentials, all under $15, to get you ready to take on the last long weekend of summer.


Get out of the office and into some long weekend shenanigans as soon as the clock hits 5pm with Milani Amore Matte Metallic Lip Crème in Pretty Problematic ($9). This waterproof liquid-to-matte lipstick has a rich Bordeaux color with just enough shine. Add a killer cat eye with Rimmel London Glam Eyes Liquid Eyeliner ($6) — the perfect product to upgrade your look before you paint the town red. The thin brush and formula make it easy to smoothly draw on the sharpest of wings. Go forth and party!


We can’t be the only ones who have been dreaming of MUA Pat McGrath’s Lust 004 Lipstick Kit‎ after seeing Naomi Campbell rocking the hell out of it at the VMAs, right? Channel your inner glittery goddess by applying a red liquid lipstick as your base. Pat on some Lit Cosmetics Clearly Liquid Glitter Base ($10) with your finger and then dab on Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Cosmetic Glitters in Red ($15). Now you’re ready to slay the night away.


You’ve been going hard since Friday after work, and now it’s time to regroup over brunch. It may be a little early for makeup perfection, but all you need are some strong brows and a highlight to be ready to face the public. Bring on brow perfection with Maybelline Brow Drama Pro Palette ($13). Then reflect the end-of-summer sun by swiping Makeup Revolution The One Highlight Contour Stick ($9) on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow and bridge of your nose. This illuminating stick is quick and easy to use, which is a must, because brunch waits for no woman.

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