Affordable Makeup Products for Prom! (Products Under $10)

IMG_5867Hello beautiful faces~
I recently talk to several high school girls, and they shared their concern about upcoming prom. They all mentioned how they don’t have enough budget for fancy makeup products. For those of you who might have the same concern, I want to tell all of you that you do NOT need fancy makeup products to achieve a gorgeous look for Prom. It’s all about using the RIGHT PRODUCTS. Here’s a list of good affordable makeup products that are UNDER $10: 

**NOTE: All these products are what worked well on me. It may work differently on different skin types.

1. FACE 

IMG_5864For face, I’d stay away from tinted moisturizer or BB creams. Since you’ll be dancing all night, try to use a lightweight foundation. Generally foundations last longer and give better coverage. Also, depending on your skin type, use a proper primer to make your skin look even more flawless and to help your foundation last longer.

1. Loreal – True Match Lumi Foundation
: give nice luminous glow
2. Loreal – True Match Powder
: oil control without drying out skin too much
3. Revlon – 24 hr Colorstay Foundation
: really does last all day!! pretty good coverage.
4. Maybelline – Baby Skin Pore Eraser
: minimizing pores
5. Maybelline – Age Rewind Dark Circle Corrector
: great for under eye area
6. Maybelline – Fit Me Concealer
: great for dark spots


IMG_5865Make sure you use waterproof (and preferably smudge proof) mascara and eyeliner!! Otherwise, you might become a panda by end of the night… (Yea.. that happened to me before..) Also try to use shimmery or metallic eyeshadows instead of matte ones. Because of the lighting, your eye makeup won’t stand out as much. So focus more on eye makeup by using highly pigmented shadows.

1. ELF – Eyeshadow Palette (Shimmery Neutrals)
: only about $2. VERY shimmery. works much better with eyeshadow primer
2. Sally Hansen – Natural Fake Eyelashes
: looks natural.
3. Maybelline – the Falsies Volume Express (Waterproof)
: waterproof. holds curls really well.
4. Duo – Eyelash Adhesive
5. NYX – Roll on Shimmer (Platinum and Salmon)
: can use for both face & body!!!!!! Must have for parties
6. Rimmel – Scandaleyes Waterproof Eyeliner (Nude, Brown, Sparkling Black)
: can be used as both eyeshadow & eyeliner. highly pigmented. glides on very smoothly. smudges really well.
7. Maybelline – Eyestudio (Taupe Temptress, Copper Chic)
: HIGHLY pigmented even without a primer. VERY shimmery.

3. Bronzer & Blush & Highlighter

IMG_5863Since the eye makeup will be pretty strong, I’d use less blush, but focus more on contouring and illuminating. Also, since the lighting will be pretty dim, strong contouring will really make your face structure more defined.

1. Rimmel – Natural Bronzer
: highly pigmented. little bit goes a long way
2. Milani – Illuminating Face Powder
: very natural.
3. Milani – Baked Blush
: gives a nice healthy glow. highly pigmented
4. Maybelline – Master Matte
: Nars multiple dupe. highly pigmented. easy to blend. creamy
5. Maybelline – Master Prime (Blur + Illuminate)
: can be used as both primer & illuminator. VERY hydrating. great for dry skin.

4. Lips

IMG_5866For lips, use whatever product that YOU LIKE. One suggestion will be.. try to use a product that lasts longer. Lip stains, lip tints, or lip lockers will be the best.

1. Tonymoly – Kiss Lover Lip Master (First Kiss, Back Hug Pink)
2. NYX – Lip Smacking Fun Colors (Haute Melon, Chaos)
3. NYC – 16HR Smooch Proof Lip Stain (Forever Fuchsia, Orange On the Go)

Whoa, that was pretty long.
But the main point is…. you don’t need all those makeup products to look gorgeous.
Be confident, and love yourself.
Self-confidence is what makes you stand out, not your makeup.

Remember, every one of you are beautiful.
And every one of you are the prom queen in your life.

So don’t worry, and just have fun!

Thank you for reading, and

Stay beYOUtiful ♥

45 thoughts on “Affordable Makeup Products for Prom! (Products Under $10)

  1. rachaelaflood says:

    I read this post even though my prom was last year haha I think you have everything bang on! the age rewind concealer is absolutely amazing on the skin so natural! and the elf palette is perfect for any dress you might be wearing! fabulous post really loved it! made me want to go back and relive my prom over again haha! would love it if you checked out my latest blog I just put up today thanks lovely xx

  2. SASS-A-FR-ASS says:

    Fantastic blog post and idea!!

    I hadn’t thought about it before but now that you have broached the topic, I would imagine that all thing’s cult status cosmetics as it were, are now also apart of the un-needed extra stress of the high school year’s. (The dreaded haves and have nots.)
    Your blog post regarding this issue has also given me an idea which while being too late to put into effect this year, next year I am going to challenge every beauty maven that has an excellent grasp on using makeup and those who do nail art..( I do both) tutorials etcetera.
    Challenge being, print off flyers, leave one’s name at school’s, local girl’s club’s to whatever wherever and do the makeup, nails and hair for those who not only cannot afford the “fancy” makeup never mind having everything done for them. It could be done for free or a very small fee of $10-$20.

    Either way, for those of us who are pretty much makeup artists, time to put our money and blogging/tutorial skills where our mouths are by helping those less fortunate look their best!!
    And who wouldn’t want to give some young women a Cinderella type feeling?

    I may reblog this later and add the challenge thought for those who could help in time…

      • SASS-A-FR-ASS says:

        Most definitely will do!! If I wasn’t running behind schedule until August darn rights I’d be doing this idea this year. And I think it only right that sure, maybe a lot of us aren’t well known or may ever be well known but most of us have some serious mad make-up artist skills and we should make time for the prom ladies. Take the lead, show the way and inspiration and change happens. So, Yes I’ll be planning well in advance for next year and most definitely issuing a challenge to give back!! 🙂

  3. stephaniesocial says:

    You don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts of money to look gorgeous! Another idea is getting ready in a group and helping each other get the perfect make-up look and this also saves money by sharing products like Naked Eyeshadow palette’s which everyone can’t afford. Such a brill post!

  4. mirrorthelove says:

    I’m (long) past the prom stage, but this post works way past a specific age! I still can’t afford super expensive makeup and I love reading more about affordable brands, easily available but pure quality. Such a great idea for a post!! Thank you for sharing xx

  5. TheMakeupCase17 says:

    One thing is to be sure to not use any face products that have SPF in them. Since it’s prom, there are a lot of photos being taken and you don’t want to wear anything on your face that will give you the dreaded backflash white cast.

  6. sofiacollins says:

    The age rewind and fit me concealers are both so raved about! I love the two maybelline palettes you picked out! The colors would compliment so many eye colors and they’re really subtle and versatile shades without being boring! Great post! xoxo

    • amorebeyoutifulyou says:

      Aw. I’m not pale, but I do understand your problem. My skin is too dull (without being tanned), sometimes it’s impossible for me to find a perfectly matching bronzer and or highlighter. Usually those are either too red-ish or too awkwardly white for my skin. If you want to stick with drug store products (which usually have limited colors), I’d suggest you to use a face powder that’s a shade or 2 brighter than your shade. If you are opened up to try high end ones, I think Laura Mercier #1 or Compact shine on #3 from Makeup Forever will be good.

      • blondeprincessxo says:

        Thank you! Yeah I use the Nars Olympia set and am open to both high end and drug store. As long as it works! That’s my problem is I’m just so fair and pale skinned that it’s harder to find products.

  7. tirurit says:

    I need to check out those Maybelline palettes. They sound really nice!

    In the affordable niche, I would say that Kiko has some great little products and their prices are usually very attractive. I personally vouch for their brow products (clear gel and pencils), many people really like their mascaras (which I haven’t tried myself yet) and you cannot go wrong with their stick eyeshadows both in terms of price and endurance!

    • amorebeyoutifulyou says:

      Those Maybelline palettes are pretty good! I’ll do review of them soon 🙂
      I heard so many good things about Kiko! I’ll check their brow products out soon! Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. Mrs Leigh says:

    I’ve always wanted that Revlon foundation since I have read a lot of good reviews about it but I cannot find it everytime I search it to our cosmetic shop in Kapadokya, Turkey. 😦
    Anyways, great post. 🙂

  9. nkyy says:

    The milani blush is such a gorg colour. I’ve been wanting to try out some products from milani for the longest time, maybe it’s about time.

  10. Micaylah Jewell says:

    I use a lot of drug store products on my clients, as well as high-end. But these are some amazing picks. I might have to add some of these to my collection.

  11. Magdalene Anne Sukala says:

    If you’re looking for an even cheaper (but just as long lasting) foundation, my personal favorite long-wear base is Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation. It doesn’t clog pores, it’s super blendable, has awesome coverage, is only slightly over 7 bucks in price and lives up to its name. Amen to that last line, too–your confidence is what makes you stand out, not your face (well, that and your boss dance moves 😁). Awesome post!

  12. poorva says:

    I swear by Maybelline Falsies! But just like you, I believe that makeup should only enhance the beauty that you already have…so I don’t use so many products everyday…I’m a minimalista 🙂

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