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Beauty on a Budget: 5 Model Must-Haves Priced Under $10

As a follow-up to my Tuesday Tip this week, here are some bargain beauty items that even the top makeup artists and hairdressers swear by:

1. Sally Hansen Natural Beauty, Inspired by What Not to Wear celebrity makeup artist Carmindy, is a line of cosmetics that feel luxurious yet won’t break the bank. The only problem is these products are really hard to find now (maybe discontinued? A travesty if so!). My favorite product: Sheerest Cream Blush (I love the Ginger shade—I just bought one for $9.20 on Amazon).

Celebrity Makeup Artist Carmindy

Celebrity Makeup Artist Carmindy

2. Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1, $7.00. This is a staple in any makeup artist or model’s kit. The tinted ones are also great, as a casual substitute for lipstick. (I use mine not only on my lips but on my dry eyelids, where the skin is prone to drying and flaking. In desperation, I tried putting a dab of lip balm on my lids when on a trip with no access to a dermatologist, and it worked!).

Kiehl's Lip Balm

3. Maybelline Mascara, ~$6. You don’t need an expensive brand.

4. Aussie Hair Products, $3.99 – $7.99 Drugstore.com. I love their shampoo and conditioner, and the Sprunch Spray is great for curly hair.

5. Olive Oil. Yep. My friend Audi swears by it to tame her thick, gorgeous mane.

Stop n Shop Olive Oil

Do you have a favorite affordable beauty product? Let us know!

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