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If you’re just starting out as a make-up artist or entering into the makeup world just for yourself, you understand the struggle to invest in great quality products for your kit. Lucky for you, there are countless affordable products out there that are just as great as high end products. You just have to know where to look!

City Color Cosmetics lip liners are only $2.99, with the special price of $1.99 going on right now, making it about $24 to invest in all 12 colors available! That’s like 1 high end lip liner for the price of this whole range! You can’t beat that price. Its creamy formula can be compared to MAC Pro Long Wear lip liners and they are just as pigmented as well. The best part is their black sleek design doesn’t look cheap at all, considering the price which I still can’t wrap my head around. High end packaging and results, for a price you will barely notice. 


Seche Vite is very well known for its fast dry top coat. If you haven't heard of the brand, it’s probably because most beauty supplies ONLY carry it's top coat and sometimes even the base coat so it can be very easy to miss. Within just 5 minutes of application, you’re nails are completely dry and solid. For that reason alone, I always go back to this top coat even over Essie or OPI....And you know how much I love glossy things :-)  This top coat leaves a high gloss shine so your regular manicure looks more like a gel manicure for the first 2-3 days. I call it my life saver when I’m rushing out the door!

By Miryam | Makeup Tonight NYC Instructor