Makeup dupes: cheap makeup brands VS high end (half face tutorial)

Which side is high end makeup and which is drugstore makeup?

Hi Fashionistas,

So many of you have emailed me and left comments on my videos asking me to use some more cheap makeup brands in my beauty tutorials. I know that I tend to use quite expensive makeup in my videos and this is because makeup is SO expensive in Australia, so when I travel to the US I usually stock up on all my favourite makeup — as brands like MAC are half the price overseas!

A couple of weeks ago I did a pretty big drug store haul and got some pretty good high end makeup dupes. So today I thought I would film a tutorial doing half my face with high end makeup and they other half using more affordable drugstore makeup brands. I also got some cheap makeup brushes from Urban Beauty United to apply the drugstore makeup with so you can really see the difference between each side of my face — that is of course if you can tell!

Leave a comment below letting me know which side of my face you think turned out best!

You can find all the products I used in this tutorial in my Beauty Box.

And remember, you don't need to be a model to look like you've stepped off the runway.

Big Love,
xox Marina

PS - If you can’t watch this video right now, here are all the makeup products I used

Primer

For the high end side of my face I used MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage and for the drugstore side I used L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream. 

Both of these primers are illuminating, they are formulated a little differently; the L’Oreal one is a little more watery and also changes colour mimic your skin tone whilst you are applying it and it leaves you with a very natural looking glow and dewy finish. The MAC primer is thicker, much like a moisturiser, and is also quite glittery so it’s very brightening.

Foundation

For the high end side of my face I used Chanel Lift Lumiere (I’m number 30/Cendre), I applied this using a MAC Flat Foundation Brush.

For the drugstore side I used L’Oreal Nude Magique Foundation (I’m number 170/Naturel) and I applied it with an Urban Beauty United Flat Foundation Brush, this brush just took a little longer to blend in the foundation but bristles are quite flexible so I was able to blend it in fast.

Concealer

For the high end side I used Diorskin Nude Concealer and applied it with a MAC 286 Concealer Brush, I just drew a triangle shape under my eye and then blended it in.

For the drugstore side I used Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer, I applied this with the wand it came with and then buffed it out using a QVS Makeup Sponge. 

Powder

For the high end side of my face I used Diorskin Loose Powder (I’m 002/Transparent Medium) and applied it using a MAC 150 Powder Brush.

For the drugstore side of my face I use L’Oreal Nude Magique BB Powder - this is a great makeup dupe for the Dior powder — the coverage is exactly the same! I applied this with an Urban United Beauty Kabuki Brush.

Blush

For the high end side of my face I used DiorBlush (in 939/Rosebud). I applied this to the apples of my cheeks with a MAC 168 Angled Brush and worked it up my cheek bone softly.

For the drugstore side of my face I used Bourjois (in number 34/Golden Rose) and applied it with an Urban Beauty United Angled Brush. I am not a big fan of Bourjois blushes, I find they smell like really awful perfume, but, they are pigmented really nicely so I think I can overcome it!

Eyeshadow Primer

I couldn’t find a drugstore eyeshadow primer so I used Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion to prime my eyes. If you know of a good cheap eyeshadow primer leave a comment and let me know.

Eyeshadow

For the high end side of my face I used the Urban Decay Original Naked Palette, I used the colour ‘Naked’ as the base and applied it with a MAC 227 Brush, then I used the colour ‘Sidecar’ and applied and blended it into the crease of my eye with a MAC 217 Brush. I then took the colour ‘Dark Horse’ and applied it to the outer corner of my eye with a MAC 213 brush and blended it in with a MAC 217 Brush.

For the drugstore side of my face I used a Rimmel Glam’eyes Quad (in 002/Smokey), I applied the first colour which was champagne colour to my eyelid using the larger end of an Urban Beauty United Eyeshadow Applicator, I then took a bronze colour and applied it through the crease of my eye with the smaller tip of the applicator, then blended it in with an Urban Beauty United Flat Eyeshadow Brush. I also used the darkest colour on the palette which was a dark brown and applied it to the outer corner of my eye with the small tip of the eyeshadow applicator, and then blended it in with the brush also.

Mascara

For Mascara I used DiorShow on the high end side of my face — it’s my favourite high end mascara and an amazing makeup dupe for it is the Max Factor Excess Volume Extreme Impact Mascara which I used on the drugstore makeup side of my face.

Lipstick

I didn’t have an expensive lipstick and a cheap lipstick in the same colour to show you a comparison so I just used Maybelline Colour Sensational in Pink Pop. I find Maybelline lipstick to be a lot like MAC Lipstick.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below if you use any of these products or know of any ah-mazing makeup dupes! 

You can find all the products I used today in my Beauty Box.