By Dana Dean
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Designer makeup is the kind you find at high-end stores or counters in the mall. And it's pricey. We had three St. Louis makeup artists work to find the best low-cost makeup, the kind you usually find in drug stores.
The first category is mascara. Makeup artist Mimi Nikolova's favorite high-end product is DiorShow Black Out Mascara. The cost is $25. And now for her favorite low-cost mascara that you can buy at the drug store. It's L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara. And it's around $9, a cost savings of $16.
The next category is concealer. Local makeup artist, Holly Hanak, says her favorite high-end concealer is Mac's Studio Finish Concealer. It's $18.Her favorite low-cost concealer at the drug store is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. It will cost you around $7 dollars, a cost savings of $11.
And finally, another local makeup artist, Emily Miller, says her favorite high-end gel eyeliner is from Mac. It costs $16 and the eyeliner brush is $19. And on the low-cost side, her eyeliner pick is L'Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner 24 hours. It costs around $9 and comes with a brush.
We also asked these three makeup artists in St. Louis to share budget-saving tricks. And ladies, this may have you wondering why you've ever purchased foundation, eyeliner, or blush.
Holly Hanak says you don't have to buy foundation, when you can achieve the same look using concealer instead. Using our production assistant as a model, Hanak wets a makeup sponge and then dips it in concealer. She begins by applying it to areas that need attention, then blends it in with the rest of her face. There's the final look, and as you can see, there's no need to spend money on foundation.
Next, Mimi Nikolova shows us why you don't have to buy liquid eyeliner, when you can achieve the same look using mascara instead. She puts some mascara on the back of her hand, dips an eyeliner brush into it, and then applies it just like eyeliner. As you see, no need to spend money liquid eyeliner.
And local makeup artist Emily Miller shows us why you don't have to buy blush. Just use lipstick, in a color of your choice, and apply it to the apple of your cheeks and use your finger to blend. And she says this look will last even longer than powder blush.
Prices of the low-cost products will vary depending on where you purchase the item.