$20 Makeup Challenge: Summer Edition

With mid-August swiftly approaching, our love affair with summer is coming to an end. But before we get hung up on fall’s dark and deep hues, it’s not too late to become a bronzed beauty without breaking the bank. With just $20 you can cover all the makeup bases with these great drugstore buys. Soak up the last of the summer rays in this sun kissed edition of the $20 makeup challenge.

1. Face


In the summer heat, it’s easy to get oily so a matte foundation is your best bet. Even when you’re on a budget, this is definitely one of the products you want to “splurge” on. Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation ($4.99) is lightweight, long lasting and gives good coverage. Apply this all over your face and blend it in with your fingers. Dab a little more product over your hyperpigmentation in place of concealer.

2. Brows

Budget or not, our brows must be on fleek to frame our colored aviators. Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Brow and Eye Pencil in Taupe ($1.49) goes on smoothly and gives a natural finish on every skin tone.

3. Eyes


Minimal eye makeup is ideal on a hot summer day, but a simple look can still pack a bold punch. Skip the shadow and go for bright winged liner with the versatile Wet n Wild Color Icon Liner Brow and Eye Pencil in Sky Blue ($1.49) for a surprising pop of color.

For a dramatic contrast, layer on a few coats of Wet n Wild Max Volume Plus Mascara ($4.99) another “splurge” for this affordable look. A drugstore favorite, this gives you dark, plush lashes for a great price.

4. Blush

It wouldn’t be a cheap summer makeup look without rosy cheeks or E.L.F. products. The E.L.F. Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzer Powder ($3.00) is a definite bang for your buck with this two in one product. Taking the soft-bristled E.L.F. Essential Total Face Brush ($2.00), apply the blush to the apples of your cheeks sweeping it towards your temples to mimic a natural flush.

5. Bronzer

Achieving that sun kissed glow is the most important step of the makeup look. Rub the brush on a paper towel to “clean” it and apply the bronzer of the E.L.F. duo. Warm up your complexion by focusing on the outer perimeter (forehead and jawline) and the hollows of your cheeks. These are areas that the sun hits naturally.

6. Lips


Complete your look with the season’s quintessential coral lip. Try NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color in Coralista ($2.00). It provides good pigmentation and the non-drying formula goes on smoothly. Pucker up!

TOTAL ($19.96)

Use $20 worth of the best in drugstore beauty to get that sunkissed glow with some change to spare! This look goes great with summer highlights and the latest summer fashions.

Photos: BethBenderBeauty, KissAndMakeupBeautyBlog, Maybelline

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