Bargain beauty buys for the spooky season

No need to fear Halloween on a student budget, Charlotte Boulton shares her top bargain beauty buys.

Charlotte Boulton
21st October 2019
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Whether Halloween always creeps up on you with no time to prepare elaborate looks, or you’re more afraid of breaking the bank with expensive repackaged products, you can never go wrong with a bargain beauty buy to craft a costume for the spooky season. You don’t need to be a special effects makeup artist to put together an impressive beauty look for Halloween, and here’s the proof with our cheap product recommendations.

Naturally, eyeliner has to be top of the list. It’s versatile and Halloween is a great opportunity to dare to bare exciting bright colours on your lids or across your face, as eyeliner is a great easy alternative to face paint if you’re sticking to lines or smaller areas of shading. NYX’s collection of Vivid Brights liquid eyeliners are £6 and range in colours from green and blue to a red that could be perfect for any blood-like effects. If you don’t want to spend on a vibrant eyeliner that you don’t think you’d wear much, a classic black liquid eyeliner is just as effective and multi-purpose. For these, I recommend Soap & Glory’s Supercat Liner (£6.50) if you prefer a chunky felt tip style brush with thick application, or NYX’s Epic Ink Liner (£9) or a more flexible tip that makes a great dupe for Kat Von D’s acclaimed Tattoo Liner (£17).

"Superdrug’s own Fantasy Glitter is just £2 and has plenty of colours to choose from"

If you’re going for more of a Mean Girls-esque sexy Halloween look then you can’t go wrong with a bit of glitter. You probably already have a pot left over from festivals, glitter socials and any other excuse to cover yourself in glitter, but if not, Superdrug’s own Fantasy Glitter is just £2 and has plenty of colours to choose from. For the more eco-conscious amongst us, Beauty Blvd’s Stardust biodegradable glitter is a little more expensive at £5.49, but still a great deal with the benefit of helping the environment too.

If glitter isn’t your scene, lots of Halloween makeup looks can be achieved with a nice eyeshadow palette; face paint is often greasy, thick and difficult to remove so use sparingly and always try to substitute with eyeshadow instead. Revolution is a beloved budget brand and bright palettes like their Halloween special Slime Palette (£8.99) or Reloaded Marvellous Mattes Neon palette (£4) are perfect for any cartoon inspired looks or adding a pop of colour. And to top it all off, a blood red lipstick you can bare your fangs in; my favourite is Maybelline Colour Sensational in Fatal Red (£6.99).

Halloween is a bit of fun so don’t stress yourself out buying unnecessary specialist products when your usual drugstore products will do the job – plus, both Superdrug and Boots offer 10% student discounts with their free membership cards so it's definitely time to get spooky.

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