The Best Under-$25 Sephora Makeup When You Want to Look Like You're Not Wearing Any
Sure, you may wake up some days (or come home some evenings) with plenty of energy and a desire to create dramatic, bold makeup looks. But what about those days when you've either hit snooze for the fifth time, or you're heading out and want to look fresh-faced without literally being barefaced?
We've all been there, so we decided to scope out makeup items from Sephora that can help in these situations but wanted to make them also all $25 or less because, last we checked, money still does not grow on trees.
Each of the 19 products here can help you create a low-makeup no-makeup look, bringing a touch of color and glow wherever and whenever you need it most. Some of these are mini size for you to try this out first (or easily pop them in your bag), but there are also versatile palettes and full-size products, too.
Whether you're looking for one or two new items like a tinted moisturizer or barely there gloss, or aiming to totally restock your beauty bag with less-bold options, there's something on this list for you.
Now what are you waiting for? Check out these subtle-looking makeup goodies from Sephora that all ring up at $25 or less ahead.
Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Tinted Moisturizer
Tinted moisturizers can easily be a low-maintenance makeup wearer's BFF. It's always important to keep skin moisturized anyway, so adding some sheer color to cover any blemishes or redness is just a bonus when using this Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Tinted Moisturizer ($18) as a foundation substitute.
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini
One of the best things about the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer Mini version ($13) is that it comes in all 30 shades that the full-size product does, not just a select few. Popping this on your problem spots is an easy way to cover just what you want and leave the rest of your skin alone to do its thing.
Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer Mini
Don't think because something is called "primer" that you need to use it before something else. This Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer Mini ($17) has coconut water to hydrate, brighten, and smooth skin all by itself, leaving you with a matte finish and zero color for a very natural look.
Tower SuperDew Shimmer-Free Highlight Balm
If one of the steps in your natural look is a little highlighter, grabbing some of this Tower SuperDew Shimmer-Free Highlight Balm ($18) is an easy way to get a dewy glow without any dramatic sparkles. You can dab it on the high points of your face for just a little extra light reflection where you want it.
Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow to Go Highlight and Contour Palette
If you want a natural-looking highlighter with a touch of color, choosing one of the options in this Tarte Tarteist PRO Glow to Go Highlight and Contour Palette ($19) makes that happen. The colors are meant to mimic real shadows with an added shimmer that can seem barely there.
Bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush
Bareminerals Gen Nude Powder Blush ($24) is just one product in the brand's Gen Nude line that helps you create naturally effortless looks, with some actual effort, of course. This blush can define your cheekbones while also creating a blurring effect for any imperfections, and there are darker colors to do the same things for contouring, too.
Nars Mini Blush/Bronzer Duo
On those days when you need some help with your glow, this Nars Mini Blush/Bronzer Duo ($24) works wonders. Its transparent pigments are very lightweight on the skin, so you can create sun-kissed radiance and flushed cheeks that look natural in no time at all.
Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm
Does it get any easier than drawing rosy cheeks on with something like this Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm ($25)? There are four subtle shades to bring a glow to a wide range of skin tones with a sweep of the crayon and some blending in with your fingers afterwards.
Patrick Ta Major Glow Lip Shine
Your lips . . . but shinier. This Patrick Ta Major Glow Lip Shine ($22) boasts moisturizing oils and vitamin E to boost lips' fullness in a natural-looking way. All three pearly options have a shiny balm-like finish that's not at all sticky either.
Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm
Sometimes you just want a sheer balm that's one step up from drugstore options and packed with softening oils to let lips feel and look nourished and smooth. That makes this Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm ($18) a stocky, little addition that's perfect for a low-maintenance makeup regimen.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel
When you want to tame your (possibly unruly) brows but don't want to add dramatic color, pick up this Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel ($22). It defines and holds brows' shape all day long with a more natural look.
Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 3
Did you ever think about adding SPF on your eyelids? You should be protecting all of your skin exposed to the sun (even if it doesn't look sunny), and these four Supergoop! Shimmershade Illuminating Cream Eyeshadow SPF 30 shades ($24) do just that, while adding subtle colors and brightness, too.
Sephora Collection Eye Love Eyeshadow Palette
There are six different Sephora Collection Eye Love Eyeshadow Palettes ($14) to pick based on your own personal undertones, and each leaves you with a range of colors to build and blend for a natural look on your lids and below your brows. Four are in natural shades (light cool or warm and medium warm or cool) to bring a neutral look, but there are also two bolder options for those times when you want something a bit brighter.
Clinique Quickliner for Eyes
The Clinique Quickliner for Eyes ($19) has a smudging tool on one end to take the line you draw and blend it right into your lashes. This leaves a blur of color in a neutral tone that will make your eyes subtly and softly pop, without a harsh outline.
IT Cosmetics Tightline 3-in-1 Black Primer - Eyeliner - Mascara
IT Cosmetics Tightline ($24) is three-in-one primer, eyeliner, and mascara. It goes on like mascara but begins by adding a little color at the lash line (like a liner) while the biotin, proteins, and hydrolyzed collagen nourish and separate your lashes root to tip. This is more subtle than a regular mascara but, since it comes in black, also does the same thing a primer would do without a noticeable white residue.
Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara
The clean Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara ($22) both nourishes your lashes and also increases volume without clumping. There's argan oil to condition and bamboo to strengthen at the same time as length is added, and Sephora reviewers rave about its natural look in the end.