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Unless you’re one of the Kardashians, it’s likely you sometimes have to pick and choose when you splurge on makeup and when you save. With all the makeup out there ranging from dollar store eye-shadow pallets to, well, stuff so expensive we can’t wrap our heads around it, how do you decide where to save and where to go all out? How can you get the most out of your cosmetics budget?

Well, wonder no more, we’ve got you covered. Here’s where you should spend and where you should save when it comes to your makeup bag.

Mascara – save

If you’re following the rules set out by the makeup gods–and doctors–you should be replacing your mascara every two to three months. You really don’t want to be dropping a fortune on something you’re buying that frequently. Plus, there’s really no need. There’s some high-quality, cost-effective stuff out there.

A tried and true fan favourite is L’oreal Paris Voluminous mascara which you can get for less than $10.

Highlighter – splurge

Highlighter is so tricky that you don’t want to mess around with the cheap stuff–you could end up spending more money trying to find a cheap one that actually works than just buying professional to begin with. It’s a real science, finding a highlighter that is colour-correcting, light-reflecting and sheer without being greasy or too glittery. For that perfect finish, it’s worth it to go all out.

If you haven’t found one you like, try Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder and feel that ‘Photoluminescent Technology’ at work.

Lipstick – save

The thing about lipstick is it’s the product you’re going to have to reapply the most on any given day. Sure, you could splurge on those 24-hour guarantee ones, but how much do you trust that advertising really? Save on your lips and reapply without worrying about how much you’re using. Plus, cheaper lipstick means you can buy a wider variety of colours. Sorry, Kylie, if the choice is between one lip kit or 10 different shades, we’re going to have to do quantity over quality on this one.

Best bang for your buck? E.l.f lipsticks starting at under $4.

Tweezers – splurge

Tweezers are one of the most crucial tools in your makeup kit. All the makeup in the world can’t cover up a uni-brow (well, technically it could, but it would still look weird). Your tweezers need to be able to close evenly, get a good grip on stubborn hairs and hold on until the job is done. Cheap ones don’t do that. Save yourself a whole lot of time and hassle by getting the best pair of tweezers you can.

For a reliable tweeze, try one of these cute Tweezerman sets.

Eye-shadow – save

We know, Urban Decay makes the most amazing pallets, but if you’re looking to save money there are thousands of cheaper options out there. You don’t have to go with the cheapest of the cheap (although, you might be surprised what you can find at the dollar store) but most drugstore brands are of decent quality and offer good selection.

You can get the Sephora brand seasonal palette for only $13.

Foundation/concealer – splurge

We don’t have to tell you that finding the right foundation and concealer is a journey. You need one that provides the right coverage, doesn’t get greasy or shiny and lets your face breathe. And even if you find all that, you need it to come in your colour. Everyone wants flawless skin so treat yourself and get the foundation that works best for you.

Since Rihanna is the new queen of the cosmetics counter, try the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r foundation. With 40 shades to choose from, finding your colour should not be a problem.