How to Get Fall’s Hottest Beauty Trends Under $25
When you're beauty obsessed, a change in seasons doesn't mean investing in new clothing: it means making room for new makeup. But between spontaneous purchases and buzzy, can't-miss product launches that can blow your beauty budget, the thought of dropping more money on seasonally appropriate products can be daunting. This is an issue we understand all too well, so we came up with a budget-friendly challenge. The task? To channel three of Fall's hottest beauty trends using — wait for it — $25 or less. Spoiler alert: we actually made it work. If you're dying to know which products actually fit into our budget without having to skimp on quality, see our winning picks below.
Sure, dreamy eye shadow looks are always in style, but this Fall, it's all about taking them to dramatic new heights. To create endless looks, we suggest spending the majority of your $25 budget on a versatile eye shadow palette ($15) that's stocked with colors. No matter which combination you choose — from smoky browns to a sweet wash of neutral shimmer — a pair of soft-yet-dramatic wispy lashes ($8) will doll up any eye look in seconds.
Pro tip: No need to drop extra dollars on liquid eyeliner to lock in your look. Get creative with the darker shades in this palette instead! Start by lightly saturating a thin eyeliner brush with a spritz of water or your favorite multiuse makeup spray. This will instantly turn any shadow into a vibrantly pigmented liner that's easy to pack and spread on your upper lash line for a dramatic touch.
Grand total: $23.
Taking inspiration from everyone's favorite Fall sight — gorgeous, color-changing leaves — play up your pout using warm, autumnal hues. For a season's worth of lip looks that are as eye-catching and interchangeable as they are hydrating, we suggest choosing three versatile products: a lip liner, a standard tube lipstick, and a liquid color formula. A nude lip liner ($6) will give you a subtle wash of "your lips but better" color on the days when you're feeling more natural or keep your warm-toned lipstick ($10) from running when applied underneath. And when you're ready to switch on the drama, opt for a matte liquid lipstick ($7) in an earthy burgundy shade that totally screams Fall.
Grand total: $23.
Turn up the vampy vibes and get on board with playful colors. Graduating from the rose-gold hues that dominated hair trends in the Summer months, try relaxing geode tones for a Fall-appropriate spin. The low-key amethyst hues of this semipermanent deep purple hair color ($10) are perfect for someone with dark hair who wants to experiment with a hint of color without going too bold. To keep your budget in mind, choose a coloring product that requires no additional mixing with developer or the like. Finally, add a punch of flair to your nails with a sultry deep red nail polish ($5) with a nail-pro-favorite protective base coat ($7) that keeps imperfections concealed.
Grand total: $22.