There’s no need to drop a small fortune on every beauty product in your makeup bag in order to find quality. That $13 mascara you found in your local pharmacy can often be better than the designer items in department stores. We got Mia Steiber, Shopping and Beauty Expert at finder.com.au, to give us her tips on where to spend your hard-earned moolah.

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Lipstick
If you want to treat yourself to an expensive lippie then go for it, but there’s no need to spend big bucks to find quality. Brands like NYX and ModelCo have some of the best products on the market and they’ll only set you back $10 – $20 each.

Mascara
Yes, some of best mascaras are found at Dior and YSL beauty counters. But many can be discovered at the chemist. Maybelline and Bourjois are known for making some of the best mascaras on the market and both brands can be found at Priceline.

Cleanser
Finding a good cleanser comes down to ingredients. A mild, non-drying cleanser, free from irritants, will serve most skin types well. Products like Cetaphil and micellar water are affordable and will get the job done. However, if you have specific skin concerns you might need to spend a little more for a specially tailored product.

Face oil
Face oils are all the rage at the moment and the best thing is, you don’t need a fancy blend to reap the benefits. Look for a cold-pressed, pure product that you can also use in place of pricey skin serums.

Splurge

Foundation
Foundations are the legs on which the rest of your makeup stands. You need a good one for your skin, and the rest of your makeup, to look flawless. It’s worth splashing out to find a product that is kind to your skin and has a beautiful finish.

Makeup brushes
It doesn’t matter if you’ve got the best quality makeup in the world, if you’re applying it with a dud brush, it’s never going to look as good as it could. Investing in a quality set of makeup brushes will help your foundation, eyeshadows and powders look unblemished. And if you take care of them, brushes are a one-time investment.

Moisturiser
You’ve only got one skin so you need to look after it! Do your research and invest in creams tailored for your skin type and concerns

Eye cream
Your eyes are one of the first places to show signs of ageing. So it’s really important you look after this delicate area properly. Invest in a nourishing product filled with antioxidants.

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