Choosing the perfect red to suit your complexion can be complicated, we get it. So, here’s a quick breakdown of how to find the right red for your skin tone. Tan, olive, and deeper skin tones look ravishing in orange-based reds, while fair and light complexions will pop in a blue-red. Medium complexions, a la Emmy Rossum can really go with either blue or orange-reds. And then, of course, there’s a classic red, which is equal parts orange and red and is considered to be universally flattering. So, now you know the rules, but have fun breaking them. If dark and dramatic reds are your thing, go for it! Lupita Nyong’o looks gorgeous in deeper reds, while fair-skinned beauty Kate Bosworth livens up her pout in orange-reds rather often. It really is a personal choice, so some trial-and-error may be necessary.
Luckily, you can explore varying shades of red on a budget with our guide to some of the most fabulous red lipsticks, all for under $10.
Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate in My Little Black Dress ($5) – A bold and universal classic red inspired by Kate Moss.
L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Lipcolour in Zoe’s Red ($4) – A deep, blue-red for added drama.
Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Poppy ($4) – A fire engine orange-red.
NYX Matte Lipstick in Perfect Red ($6) – A crimson red that is, well, pretty perfect.
e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Razzle Dazzle Red ($3) – A blue-red that packs a dramatic punch.
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Red Lacquer ($9) – A classic red for every skin tone.
CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick in Hot ($8) – As the name suggests, this is a hot cherry-red shade.
NYX Round Case Lipstick in Chaos ($4) – A bright blue-red hue.
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick, Kate Moss Collection in 111 ($5) – Another Kate Moss-inspired red, this time in an orange-red finish.
Neutrogena Moisture Smooth Lipstick in Classic Red ($8) – Equal parts blue and organs-red, this is a classic color for every skin tone. Formula is more subtle than dramatic.
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Many women are under the misconception that beautiful hair has to break the bank. Totally false. As long as you are diligent about your ingredient list (steer clear of sulfates, parabens, and the like), you can find amazing hair products for a fraction of the price of expensive favorites like Oribe, Kerastase, and Fekkai.
Here are a few of our favorite drugstore hair products, all under $10:
1. Sauve Professionals Dry Shampoo Spray ($6) – Who isn’t a sucker for dry shampoo (second day hair happens to be better than freshly washed)? This totally affordable drugstore find rivals the expensive ones. It sprays clear and gives great volume!
2. Pantene Pro-V Medium-Thick Style Heat Protection & Shine Spray ($5) – If you’re a fan of hot tools, then you need this product. Not only is it affordable, but it’ll leave your strands soft, shiny, and protected.
3. Nature’s Gate Herbal Daily Cleansing Shampoo ($6) – An inexpensive, pH balanced, all-natural shampoo that cleans without stripping color. And it’s sulfate-free, so no carcinogens here!
4. L’Oreal Paris EverStrong Reconstructing Conditioner ($7) – Sulfate-free conditioner that adds nourishment, shine, and moisture to damaged hair. The rosemary mint scent is the perfect way to start your day. The complimenting EverStrong Sulfate-Free Shampoo is worth the under $10 price tag as well.
5. Yes To Baby Carrots Shampoo and Body Wash ($8) – This is a gentle yet effective everyday shampoo that doubles as a body wash! Safe enough for your baby, but good enough for you. And it’s subtle, sweetly delish smells makes it a treat, without any calories.
6. Garnier Fructis Style Sleek & Shine Anti-Humidity Hairspray, Ultra Strong ($4) – A hairspray that tames frizzies while giving great hold… without feeling stiff or hard. A steal, indeed!
7. Alba Botanica Hawaiian So Smooth Anti – Frizz Serum Gardenia ($8) – A healthy, natural, weightless serum that tames flyaways. Argan oil and plant-sourced keratin seal the cuticle to give strands optimal shine.
Summer’s around the corner and winter has most certainly left your skin pale and lackluster. How to get ready for the big season of sun? Bronzers, of course. In fact, we’re calling all bronzers to the rescue ASAP. And if you’re like me and refuse to let your face enjoy the sun, then you’ll be needing these bronzing powders all summer long to fake that sun-kissed complexion.
Here, a few of our favorite drugstore bronzers, all under $10 — because a golden glow doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag.
1. Lorac Tantalizer Baked Bronzer; Travel Size ($7) – Sure, it’s smaller than the original, but it’s also 1/3 of the price. And the mini version doesn’t take away from the major punch of sun-kissed color, the baked tera cotta formula, and the light, luminous shimmer. For the full size (at $32), click here. Compare with Laura Mercier’s Radiance Baked Body Bronzer (a BB favorite at $55).
2.Rimmel Natural Bronzer ($5) – A matte bronzer that delivers sun-kissed skin at an affordable price. Comes in three shades, sun dance, sun light, and sun bronze (which seems to be the most universal hue). Compare with Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Matte Sunpowder ($52).
3. E.l.f. Studio Bronzer ($3) – There’s little that three bucks can buy you these days (a pack of gum, maybe?), but E.l.f. is stretching your dollar to include a gorgeous golden glow. This bronzer contains four shimmering shades that can be swirled around and applied to the face, or used separately to highlight and contour. Compare with Too Faced Beach Bunny Custom-Blend Bronzer ($32).
4. NYX Cosmetics Matte Bronzer ($9) – This matte formula gives good glow without any shimmer. Comes in light, medium, and deep tan for a natural, gorgeous sun-kissed complexion. Compare to Tarte Amazonian Clay Matte Waterproof Bronzer (a BB favorite at $30).
5. Milani Bronzer XL All Over Glow ($9) – This oil-free formula comes in 3 color options with a matte and shimmer shade in each. Highlight and contour or wear together for an all over, even golden glow. Compare with Shiseido Bronzer Oil-Free ($35).
6. Cover Girl Cheekers Bronzer in Golden Tan ($5) – This formula mimics the perfect tan without the sun and at a fraction of the price of prestige brand bronzers. And the small compact is ideal for on-the-go application (just make sure to apply with a kabuki brush like this one from Tarte!).
Buying beauty product after beauty product can take a serious toll on your bank account. The struggle is real, people. While certain expensive formulas are worth their weight in gold (i.e. eye cream with actual gold in it), there are others that are just as fabulous but for a more budget-friendly cost. Here are the best sunscreen formulas to load up on this summer, all for under $10!
If you are planning to break a sweat in the sunshine, reach for Neutrogena Cooldry Sport Lotion SPF 30 ($9). It will cool and protect skin through even the most intense activities… you know, like sunbathing.
Protect that pucker with Supergoop! Acai Fusion Lip Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($9). It’s a much better look than the white zinc favored by lifeguards.
Do you ever think about how exposed your hands are when driving? Keep Jergens BB Hand Cream SPF 20 ($7) in your glove compartment so that they will always be protected.
It may be designed for babies, but anyone who prefers a physical sunscreen over chemical will love Babyganics Mineral-Based Baby Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($10).
A spray that is not only moisturizing but almost undetectable is quite a bold statement. L’Oreal Paris Advanced Suncare Invisible Protect Sheer Spray SPF 30 ($8) does that and more, since it’s also water resistant. L’Oreal, you shouldn’t have (but thank you!)
Sunscreen needs to be reapplied frequently and liberally. Throw Sun Bum SPF 30 Sunscreen Face Stick ($10) in your purse for on-the-go touchups.
Sunscreen that includes bronzing elements? Genius, since we don’t have any plans to get a real suntan anyway: Australian Gold Faces Sheer Coverage Kona Infused SPF 45 ($7), thank you.
Although all beauty products come with an expiration date, it’s especially important to follow chuck expired sunscreens to avoid ineffectiveness. Further, this is definitely not a product to apply sparingly. Indulge, people. And for under $10, no excuses!
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com