RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - How much money do you spend on makeup? The average spending per person over a lifetime totals about $15,000.
Our Diva of Discounts knows there are less expensive products that work well and went to local experts to find their favorite cheap products.
In 20 years of being a professional stylist, Carrie Sedok has tried a lot of products. She's discovered cheaper products that are quite effective. Like the $8 BB Cream made by NYX.
"It's got a primer in it, a moisturizer all in one," said Sedok.
Costlier brands run more than $40.
"And this will make your makeup stay on all day," said Sedok.
NYX is her cheaper brand of choice. Sedok loves the powder, blush, mascara and lipstick.
"I find them comparable to the Urban Decay."
Soft, gel eyeliners glide on easier.
"These are $5.99. I think Urban Decay is $18."
Sedok says NYX eyeshadow stands up to other brands.
"It's cheaper, and you can get the same kind of looks," said Sedok.
Freelance beautician Haley Smith hails from the casino industry, where glamour is a must.
"There's many combinations of products you can use that will achieve that expensive Hollywood look," said Smith.
Her go-to product is LA Girl Pro Concealer.
"It's three dollars and it's a secret weapon," said Smith.
It freshens her brow line and covers dark spots. Then she applies $10 L'oreal True Match Powder to blend.
"This is Ruby Kisses eye shadow primer - $5. It will make any color pop, no matter if it's from Walmart or if it's from MAC," said Smith.
Working 17 years in the makeup industry, mostly for Lancome, has taught Erica Singh that application is everything, especially with foundation.
"A sponge will absorb your foundation," said Singh.
A foundation brush keeps more of the product on you face, and you don't have to spend a fortune on those either.
"This is a $20 set. This foundation brush can do the same as a $42 brush," said Singh.
Want fabulous fake lashes? Singh says head to the Dollar Store. You can cheap out on the lashes if you have good glue.
"Buy the high-end glue. It's only $10. This will probably last you about a thousand lashes," said Singh.
Singh says you can get multiple uses out those fake lashes, as long as you don't use any mascara.
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