Full Face of Makeup on a Student Budget

Full Face of Makeup on a Student Budget

Rosie May is 18 years old and an ex-student of Kesgrave High School’s 6th Form.  Rosie is a blogger and vlogger on all things beauty and our resident beauty expert.  You can follow Rosie on Instagram @rosiestewartbeauty_, via her Blog or on her Youtube channel.


Buying all of the necessary makeup products for a full face of glam can get very pricey, especially on a student budget. However searching long and hard for good, cheap makeup can pay off in the end!


One of my favourite cheaper-alternative primers is the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm. A lot of the YouTube community use this, and it makes your makeup stay on all night! The formula is really thin and runny and feels lightweight on the skin, but still acts as a great base for foundation.


The L’oreal True Match Foundation is a great drugstore foundation. It is a light-medium coverage, however can be built up without becoming cakey. The range of colours is great and it only retails for £9.99! The formula has 24hr hydration, meaning no matter what it’ll keep your skin looking fresh and flawless!


As I’ve mentioned before, the Collection Lasting Perfection is a great drugstore concealer. The coverage is lush and only retails for £4, meaning it won’t break the bank! I also like to buy this in a very dark shade to use as a cream contour.

bThe Collection Sculpting Kit is a good product to hit two birds with one stone. It comes with a light highlight powder and a dark contour one. However, the highlight is matte so is perfect for a powder to set the under-eye area. The contour shade is equally as nice and super easy to blend out.


I personally prefer a lot of drugstore highlighters over high-end ones anyway, so this saves me money in itself! One of my favourites is the Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in the shade ‘Golden Lights’. It is blinding and makes my skin look super glowey.


Brows are an extremely important part of the face. The MUA Brow Pomade is a very good drugstore dupe for the Anastasia Brow Pomade. It comes in a very similar pot and works perfectly with an angled brush (it comes with one in the lid too).


My all time favourite mascara is a high-end one. However I don’t always have the money to be repurchasing it a lot especially as a student! The Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara is a great quality drugstore mascara. It curls my lashes and gives them a dramatic look which I love!

Setting Spray

My favourite setting spray is the NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray. It is fairly cheap and leaves my skin feeling fresh and flawless. They also have a Matte version for the people out there that prefer that type of finish!

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