Myth: top-notch skincare, makeup and hair care must be expensive. Today, we’re showing you a huge roundup of our favorite affordable beauty alternatives to Sephora’s bestselling products that will provide the same gorgeous finish without breaking the bank. On this list, you’ll find a few skincare essentials that will make you fall back in love with your complexion, the beauty products that are currently in our makeup bag, and some hair care items that will change the way you feel about your strands. Best yet, all 23 of these affordable items are under $20 and ideal for the welcome of a sunny spring season. Stay beautiful and keep your wallet happy with these affordable alternatives to Sephora’s bestsellers!
Toner is a necessary step for removing all of the day’s makeup, dirt and bacteria. To apply, wet a cotton pad and smooth over your face after cleanser and before moisturizer. Both of these products are made for all skin types, and they tone down pores, provide intense hydration and remove impurities while leaving a fresh rose scent. The FRESH Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner is $44, while The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner is just $15. Image: Nordstrom/Body Shop
These products are meant for those of us struggling with dry, aging or wrinkled under-eyes. Both of these products brighten under-eyes by targeting signs of aging while reducing the appearance of dark circles and improving concealer application and wear. The OLEHENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye Creme is $38, while the e.l.f. Illuminating Eye Cream is just $10. Image: Sephora/Target
Struggling with dry skin? These products are a lifesaver. Both provide intense, nutrient-rich hydration through a unique water gel formula, and they will hydrate, clarify and refine skin. The Tatcha Water Cream is $68, while the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel is just $19.99. Image: Sephora/Neutrogena
For all of the upcoming spring vacations and general time spent in the sun, a facial SPF is a must. Both of these facial sunscreens deliver powerful broad spectrum UVA and UVB protection through a lightweight formula that won’t leave a white cast on skin or result in excessive oil under makeup. The Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense Sunscreen is $34, while the CeraVe Ultra-Light Moisturizing Lotion with SPF is just $17.99. Image: Morada Pure/CeraVe
And for those days when you need some “me” time, both of these clarifying mud masks work to bring bacteria that is deep in the skin up to the surface and then clarify and detox. The result is a radiant, glowing, youthful complexion. The GLAMGLOW Super-Clearing Mud Mask is $59, while the L’Oréal Pure-Clay Mask is just $12.99. Image: Cosmopolitan/Walmart
Using a primer before applying your foundation is an important step that often goes overlooked. Both of these products will fill large pores and even the skin’s surface for flawless makeup application. The Benefit POREfessional Primer is $31, while the NYX Pore Filler Primer is just $13.99. Image: Sephora/NYX
Spring is the time for radiant, glowing skin with a naturally flawless finish. These are the best foundations to accomplish that. They both provide medium-full coverage with an overall dewy finish that leaves you youthful and glowing. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation is $64, while the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow is just $12.99. Image: Sephora/Shape
For covering blemishes, age spots or dark under-eye circles, concealer is your best friend. Both of these products give a full coverage finish through creamy, easy-to-apply, lightweight formulas. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer is $30, while the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is just $6.99. Image: NARS/Maybelline
Bronzer is necessary for adding warmth and definition to the face. Both of these bronzers provide a natural matte shade that will define cheekbones and structure the face. The Benefit Hoola Bronzer is $29, while the Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is just $14.99. Image: Benefit/Amazon
Blush is a must for adding a pop of color and a bit of flush to the cheeks. These products are meant to last 12+ hours and will give the ideal amount of color — too much blush is never a good thing! The Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush is $29, while the NYX HD Blush is just $6.99. Image: Tarte/NYX
The biggest (and brightest) makeup trend lately is definitely highlighter. We love to lightly apply this to the tops of our cheekbones, above the eyebrow, down the bridge of the nose and on the cupid’s bow for an added touch of radiance and shine. Both of these products have a flattering champagne gold color that will make skin look radiant and youthful without emphasizing skin’s texture. The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop is $38, while the Maybelline Master Chrome Highlighter in Molten Gold is just $9.99. Image: Temptalia/Maybelline
Spring eyeshadow palette
Welcome spring with warm browns and rosey tones. These are great for making eyes pop and look especially beautiful on tanned skin. Both of these palettes have plenty of versatile, natural colors with a few bold, warm shadows. The Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay is $54, while the NYX Warm Neutrals Ultimate Shadow Palette is just $17.99. Image: Sephora/NYX
Second to highlighting, bold eyebrows are the biggest trend in the makeup world today. These products are the exact same in creamy formula, color pay-off and long-lasting quality. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is $21, while the NYX Micro Brow Pencil is just $9.99. Image: Anastasia Beverly Hills/NYX
In the spring, so much of our time is spent out and about that re-applying lip products should not be a concern. This season, give liquid lipsticks a go. They are ultra long-wearing, meaning they will last through the entire day (including eating and drinking!) without having to retouch. Both of these are fantastic, long-lasting options. The Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick is $20, while the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Lip Color is just $9.49. Image: Sephora/Maybelline
For those dealing with dry and damaged hair or hair that tangles far too much after showering, try a conditioning mask. Both of these products will detangle, strengthen, repair and hydrate hair for a sleek, smooth and tangle-free finish. The Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask is $35, while the SheaMoisture Hydrate + Repair Treatment is just $11.49. Image: Amazon/Pinterest
Sometimes there is just absolutely no time to wash your hair — and that is when this product becomes a true lifesaver! Dry shampoo refreshes hair’s texture and body while removing excess oils that create that “greasy” look. The Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo is $23, while the Batiste Dry Shampoo is just $7.99. Image: Nordstrom/Ulta
Texturizing & volumizing spray
If your main hair concern is flat, lifeless strands, all you need is a good texturizing and volumizing spray. Both of these products will liven up hair, making it appear fuller and allowing it to hold heat styling better. The OUAI Texturizing Hair Spray is $26, while the Big Sexy Hair Powder Play is just $16.95. Image: Sephora/Sexy Hair
Lastly, ensure the style you’ve spent time on stays put all day with a flexible hold hairspray. Both of these products will maintain hair’s shape and style throughout the day and night without resulting in a hard, wet finish. These are lightweight formulas that allow for touchable, flexible hair. The Bumble and Bumble Spray de Mode is $30, while the Big Sexy Hair Soy Touchable Hairspray is just $9.47. Image: Sephora/Sexy Hair
Enjoy shopping these products — and the savings too!
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