"I'm the type of person who doesn't want to skip a step in my makeup routine, so I would fill my bag to the brim with choices. I'd start with the E.l.f. Poreless Putty Primer ($8), which always smoothes out my skin and creates a great base for my face products. Next, I'd purchase the Wet n Wild Photofocus Foundation ($6) and Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer ($10) because they're always my go-tos for perfecting my complexion. I also would want a product to bulk up my brows, like the E.l.f. Eyebrow Kit ($4), which features a pomade and a powder to set it with. I use my Nudestix Nudies Bloom All Over Dewy Color ($32) almost every day and would be happy to splurge on it to be able to get the easy-to-blend color on my cheeks.
For my eyes, I'd splurge on one reliable treat and pick up two staples at the drugstore. I've long loved the Wet n Wild Megaliner ($3) for my daily winged eyeliner, and the L'oréal Paris Lash Paradise Mascara ($8) builds volume better than many more expensive mascaras. Last, I'd make sure to pick up the mini Too Faced Shake Your Palm Palms Eye Shadow Palette ($25), which has a bevy of pretty neutral shades. Even with a budget, I'd ensure I had a lot of makeup." — Sarah Siegel, assistant editor, Beauty