Best Cosmetics Under $10

Looking for high-quality, affordable makeup? Here, our beauty editors share their top picks for inexpensive eye shadow, eye liner, lip gloss, concealer and other beauty products.

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Avon Shine Attract Lipstick


Shine, hydration and gorgeous color—this lipstick packs it all into one small tub.

Available at, $9

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Rimmel London Glam'Eyes HD Eyeshadow


To up the intensity, add a few drops of water to your brush when swiping on.

Available at drugstores, $6

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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Eye Smokifier


This gets you through the day and night—use as a liner in the a.m., then apply as a shadow in the evening for a glam look.

Available at, $8

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SYX by Unforgettable Moments Dual-Sided Eye Pencil


A one-stop shop for eyes. The Silver Dust shade makes lids pop, especially when paired with the Bold Blue on the other end.

Available at Payless stores, $4

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Sally Hansen Instant Lip Line Relaxer


Make your smile bigger! The collagen complex smoothes grooves like nobody's business.

Available at drugstores, $9.95

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Beauty Fixation Makeup Remover Swabs


Finally, a solution for midday mascara smudges. These swabs come pre-filled with solution, so just swipe, toss, and you're clean.

Available at, $4.95

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Kiss Premium Eyelashes


The clever application technique helps you align them perfectly on the first try. Just hold lashes in place, then unthread to remove strings when the glue dries.

Available at Walmart, $4

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Hard Candy Glamazon Glow


A glowing, minimal-makeup face is the current look. And Hard Candy Glamazon Glow is the "it" kit—keep the travel-size bronzer and luminizer handy for touch-ups.

Available at Walmart stores and, $8

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Your lips will literally drink in the shea butter- and olive oil-infused lip balm. Of the half dozen flavors to choose from, peppermint anise is our top pick.

Available at, $9.99

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Physicians Formula Concealer Twins 2-in-1 Correct & Cover Cream


Hiding imperfections has never been easier—one side disguises darkness and redness, the other lets you cover up with ease. So handy!

Available at drugstores, $7

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Modella Makeup Bags


These pouches make lugging around makeup products a pleasure. No loose items floating in your purse, and they come in dozens of fun prints.

Available at Walmart, $3 each

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Victoria's Secret Dream Angels Heavenly


This fragrance now comes in a totable size. It's a must in your cosmetic bag.

Available at Victoria's Secret stores, $9.99

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Nyx Cosmetics Sweet Pie Lip Gloss


Three flattering shades, one adorable set. The gloss goes on smooth as icing and keeps lips looking pretty all day.

Available at, $8/set of 3

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Express Lip Gloss in Watermelon


Love the clothes? Now love the beauty line.

Available at, $7

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Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio


Application is foolproof—the words Browbone, Crease and Eyelid are stenciled on their shade.

Available at drugstores, $3

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Mehron Celebre Pro-HD Makeup Foundation


This foundation will give you a picture-perfect complexion so you'll always be ready for your close-up.

Available at, $9.95

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Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush Denimania Lip Gloss Palette


Adorable packaging, sweet flavors—there are multiple reasons to be a fan!

Available at, $7

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Yes to Cucumbers On-the-Go Facial Towelettes


Use to wipe away eye makeup sans rubbing. Even the toughest eyeliner doesn't stand a chance.

Available at Walgreens, $3

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Wet 'n' Wild Megalength Mascara


A single swipe of this mascara is all it takes to make lashes look l-o-n-g.

Available at drugstores, $3

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Face Secrets Professional Brush Cleaner


Makeup artists say to clean your brushes weekly! Use this cleaner when yours need a refresh.

Available at, $8

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Yves Rocher Watercolor Effect Blush


Yves Rocher Watercolor Effect Blush comes in a squeeze tube that looks like lipgloss—think of it as finger paint for your face.

Available at, $5

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Sonia Kashuk's Nail Buffer


Sonia Kashuk's Nail Buffer is an all-in-one mani—no polish required. File, buff, then use the shine side for tips pretty enough to go bare.

Available at, $5

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Larenim Eye Colour in Perfectly Pink


Good-for-skin mineral makeup in a sweet shade makes this shadow twice as nice.

Available at, $9

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American Classics Yellowstopper Top Coat


One quick application of this top coat prevents the sun from fading a light-colored mani.

Available at, $5

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Eos Lemon Drop SPF 15 Lip Balm Smooth Sphere


It smells good enough to eat!

Available at Walgreens, $3

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Ms. Pedicure Best in Toe


This kit makes a DIY pedi easy and fast; a salon visit is no longer necessary.

Available at Walmart, $3.50

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Julep Nail Parlor


No more messy cuticle oil applications! Julep Nail Parlor's roller-ball applicator keeps it clean.

Available at, $9

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Pure Orchid by Halle Berry


Take this perfume on your next trip—the .25-ounce bottle is airport security-friendly.

Available at drugstores, $9.99

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Focus on Lips Lip Gloss


Your lips will be healthier and shinier after you try this lip gloss from CVS/pharmacy's new line.

Available at CVS stores, $6

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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Multi-Pencil


One side colors lips, the other highlights eyes.

Available at, $8

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Essence Bronzing Pearls


Essence Bronzing Pearls almost magically release the perfect amount of powder, so your makeup brush picks up just what you need for a subtle, natural glow.

Available at Ulta, $3

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Fruits & Passion Argan Lip Balm


Argan oil—from nuts grown in Morocco—is said to be a great natural moisturizer. Fruits & Passion Argan Lip Balm is proof.

Available at, $5

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Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub


A daily rub with Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub eliminates any dryness that messes with lipstick. Even better, it tastes like candy!

Available at, $9

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Essence Eyeshadow Duo in Summer Flirt


Use the midnight shade as a liner and apply turquoise on lids.

Available at, $2.50

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Shades of Barielle in Freestyle


New favorite summer nail hue: a fresh, minty green with barely-there glitter.

Available at, $8

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Jillian Dempsey for Avon Professional Lash Booster


Try this new lash booster over your usual mascara—hello, sky-high lashes!

Available at, $9.50

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OPI in Panda-Monium Pink


This pink polish gets two thumbs up—the lavender undertone somehow perfectly complements different complexions.

Available at drugstores, $8.50

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Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer in Twice Baked


The swirled shades in Femme Couture Mineral Effects Baked Bronzer in Twice Baked combine for a pretty glow with a hint of shimmer.

Available at, $9.99

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Treat Beauty Jumbo Lip Balm in Vanilla Buttercream


The cotton candy flavor of this lip balm can almost satisfy a sweet tooth.

Available at, $9.99

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Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio


Stenciled words on each shade makes applying Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in Don't Steal My Thunder a breeze.

Available at drugstores, $3

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Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Time-Released Strength Formula


Brushing on Sally Hansen Continuous Treatment Time-Released Strength Formula keeps brittle nails from breaking.

Available at drugstores, $9

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Milani HD Advanced Concealer


Cover-up that stays put is awesome, and this concealer also looks superluxe.

Available at drugstores, $7

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Rimmel London The Max Volume Flash Mascara


A single swipe of Rimmel's new mascara does the trick—no curler or second coat needed.

Available at drugstores, $7

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Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Correcting Concealer


This concealer hides blemishes in a snap—literally! Just mix and match detachable shades as needed.

Available at drugstores, $9

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Rimmel London's Sun Shimmer Maxi Bronzer


The glow from this bronzer makes you look like you just got back from somewhere sunny.

Available at drugstores, $8

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Originally published in the December 2009, January 2010, February 2010, March 2010, April 1, 2010, April 17, 2010, May 2010, and June 2010 issues of Family Circle magazine.

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