Want to meet the girl who spends an average of $2-3 on makeup, and can pull off a Kylie Jenner?
We got the chance to interview Amanda Marie Cadena, who calls herself the Thrifty Makeup Artist, and we picked up some great tips and tricks for you! We were literally speechless when we ran across her Instagram page, because this beauty pulls of the following looks without breaking the bank!
Check out her nudes:
Impressed yet? Just wait until you read her responses to our questions:
First things first, how much do you really spend on makeup?
"I would have to say that the average price is $1.99-$3.99. I really don’t like spending any more than $6.00 on just one item makeup item."
So then, where are your shopping destinations?!
"They are all over the place! I always keep an eye out wherever I go because they are a dime a dozen. When I am driving around town, and I see hole in the wall stores with the title containing words such as dollar
, 0.99 cents
, or save,
I always take a few minutes to stop in to see what they have. The majority of the time they will be selling beauty products at inexpensive prices. Some of my favorite places are Gran Dollar (Covina, CA) Monte Dollar (El Monte, CA), Beauty World (West Covina, CA), Chloe Accessories (Brea, CA), Family Dollar
stores, and 99 Cents Only stores
What are some of your most treasured brands and/or products?
"Italia Deluxe would have to be my favorite inexpensive makeup brand. They have GREAT products for the best prices. The only negative aspect about the brand is that they don't have a company website. The majority of the products are wholesale, and you have to find them in a store, eBay, or Amazon. NYX is another one of my favorite inexpensive makeup brands. Although their prices are not the cheapest I have seen. But you can purchase a vast amount of NYX products without having a heart attack at checkout (Find them at Target
or on NYX
Also, Jordana Cosmetics has some of the best lipsticks! I have replaced all my MAC lipstick colors with similar (if not exact) colors from Jordana. Each lipstick is $1.49 on Jordana Cosmetics
How do you keep your makeup on all day?
"By applying a skin/face primer before applying any type of makeup. I use NYX's Angel Veil
, and I apply an eye shadow primer or base. I use NYX's Proof It
, which is a water proof eye shadow primer. I also recommend setting your makeup by applying a setting powder over your foundation or concealer. I use Ruby Kisses HD Setting Powder
. Once you're done applying your makeup, use a finishing spray. I love NYX's Matte Finishing Spray
. All of these products are amazing, and under $10.00! This is way
less than what you would spend for a brand name product."
Is there a different application technique to budget-friendly makeup? From your Youtube videos and Instagram posts, we've noticed that you use your hands versus using blending sponges, or makeup brushes.
"Using my fingers to apply products is just a technique I prefer. I use it for inexpensive makeup and
higher end makeup because I find that my fingers can blend better than most brushes. They are also easier to clean! For all of the inexpensive makeup products I have, I use the same techniques others would use with brand name makeup. I have yet to find an inexpensive makeup product that did not perform well, or caused me to change my technique."
Has any of this makeup made you breakout? How does your skin react to these products? Is it safe for women to be using inexpensive makeup on a daily basis?
"I am fortunate enough to not have any other skin problems besides having really oily skin and rare breakouts. By changing my entire makeup collection from higher end products to inexpensive makeup, I have not seen any negative effects on my skin. Personally, I believe that wearing inexpensive makeup daily is just as safe as wearing the regular brand name products. Though as a precaution, I would suggest trying the inexpensive products one by one, and adding in new products each time to see how the skin reacts."
Can you name some of your favorite NUDE products?
"My current favorite nude product has to be JCats' Beauty Hydrating Lip Stain in Fappening
. I love the consistency of the lippie, and the color is the ultimate nude! I found it for $3.99 at Citiwear (a local clothing store). I use it whenever I don’t know what lipstick to wear. It will probably remain my favorite for a very long time!"
Are there any additional tips or techniques you would like to share with our readers?
"When applying a nude lipstick, try lining lips with a lip liner that is a shade darker than what you are going to wear. There will be more definition on your lips, and you won't end up looking sickly, or like a ghost. Also, it's important to keep your skin tone in mind when trying to find the perfect nude lipstick. If you have pale skin, try more peachy nude tones. A warm/ashy nude lipstick goes great on people with medium skin tones. Dark skin tones should go for a dark beige lippie; definitely stay away from the brighter nudes."
Wow! Thanks Amanda!
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