Beginner Budget Make-Up kit under Rs. 2500

Hi Everyone,

Many a times when we talk about makeup, we feel like it is going to burn a deep hole in our pocket !!

 We make the “To Buy/Not to Buy” decision with the preconceived notion that this is a luxury spending. 

I’d say Yes, maybe there was a time in India when buying and using makeup was a luxury and when using inexpensive drugstore products meant risking your skin.

But I can happily say that at present, there are multiple drugstore products that are at par with their high end counterparts – in quality as well as in results.
So, if you’re someone who has been holding on buying a bronzer because they are expensive, or just a makeup beginner,

Here’s presenting a starter’s kit for you -under INR 2500

1. Foundation / BB Cream

Faces Sheer Radiance Liquid Foundation- INR 399

This foundation gives a medium coverage which can be built up according to requirement.
 Its smooth and leaves a matte finish, which is perfect for summers.
Though this product can be a little drying, so I recommend putting on a lot of moisturiser before putting this on.
It is available in 5 shades so finding your perfect shade is an easy task.

If you’re someone who is worried about the foundation creasing-
I’d recommend you to replace this with a BB/CC cream with medium coverage.

Ponds white Beauty BB Cream -INR 140

This BB cream does the task of a light- medium coverage foundation perfectly.
 It does not crease, gives a matte effect and has SPF 21.

P.S. I totally detest the “fairness cream” part of this product-  promoting beauty standards on the basis of someone’s skin shade is entirely wrong in my view.

Maybelline Clear Glow BB Cream -INR 250

Lakme Absolute Foundation Mousse - INR 700

So you can choose either of these products for your Starter’s Kit.

2. Concealer

Rimmel Hide the Blemish Concealer – INR 325

Rimmel London is a household name in over the counter beauty products in the UK. The company was founded in 1834 and has a legacy in cosmetic manufacturing.

The concealer comes in a twist up packing, making it super convenient to apply and travel with. It is quite creamy, has amazing coverage and blends really well.

A lighter shade than yours can be used as a highlighter as well. 

In my opinion this product is a steal for its price.

3. Blush

Max Factor Flawless Perfection Blush – INR 520

A very subtle blush available in gorgeous shades. This is perfect when you want to look just flushed and want that natural sheen. The only downside for me was the applicator brush which was a little flimsy for my liking, but the blush applies perfectly with fingers as well.

Maybelline Fit Me Blush- INR 400
4. Loose Powder
Coloressence high definition loose powder- INR 315

Any concealer that you use should always be set using a loose powder. This avoids the concealer to crease after a few hours and mattifies it.

This product is almost a dupe for the Make Up Forever’s HD Powder. 
The attached brush does a good job at application.

5. Eye Shadow

Maybelline New York Color Sensational Diamonds Eye Shadow- Topaz Gold
INR 489

This combination is everything a starter needs for a day time and night time look and so much more. The best part about this eye shadow is the formulation. It is smooth and blends in perfectly to create a beautiful smokey eye look.

This doesn’t look patchy or flake out and can stay on your eyelids for long even without a primer. Combinations of these 5 shades can be used to create various interesting looks.

6. Kajal

Lakme Kajal – INR 70

This kajal is perfect to line your eyes and doesn’t smudge easily.
I prefer to take this under the eyes a little and smudge it with my finger for a less harsh look.

7. Eye Liner

Lotus Herbals Opulence Botanical Eye Liner- INR 195

This eyeliner will last you as long as you wish for it to last.
Having gone through multiple bottles of it, it is yet another steal product.
It leaves a glossy line on top of your eyelids and is perfect to Cat things Up.

8. Lipstick

Colorbar Velvet Matte Lipstick – INR 299

This is a sheer lipstick which is available in multiple shades. The colour can be built up in various applications and lasts a considerable amount of time. You can definitely replace this one out for any lipstick of your liking.

 Maybelline Color Show Lipstick – INR 299

Here’s presenting an additional two items which you can add to your cart or maybe switch out the liner for the mascara if you’re a bigger fan of it (I know I am).

9. Mascara

Maybelline The Colossal Volum Express Mascara – INR 320

This mascara applies perfectly and instantly opens up your eyes.
It is not lumpy and doesn’t transfer.
It is indeed waterproof and requires a makeup remover to remove it.

10. Bronzer

Freedom Professional Bronzer- INR 450

Yet another UK drugstore brand which is now available in India, Freedom is popular for the quality of its products.
The best part about this bronzer is that its matte, which is perfect for all types of complexions.
It is an extremely professional product with great colour pay-off.
Though if you’re a starter, I would recommend you watch tons of contouring videos on YouTube before using Bronzers since it can be a little tricky.

Till next time....Keep it STYLISH By Nature !!
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Author - Nandini Seth is currently a Doctoral Student at the Indian Institute of Management in Bangalore. When she is not spending her time engrossed in books, she likes to try out different products and create various looks. She is currently starting out with her own lifestyle blog- www.pastelsrosegold.wordpress.com
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