New beauty must-haves for every budget
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By Rachel Hayes
When it comes to pulling off a trendy new beauty look, you can either indulge in a luxe brand or watch your pennies. Investing in a pricey new product once in awhile is a fun way to pamper yourself, but there are also clever ways to get the hottest new looks for less. Whichever road you choose, here are spring's best new beauty splurges and steals.
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Eyes accented with lightly sparkly pastel shadows are ideal for spring, and these sticks provide the world's easiest way to achieve the look. This creamy formula glides over your lids and comes in a dozen pretty shades. Just a swipe or two imparts a sheer hint of color; if you want a more dramatic effect simply apply multiple layers to build the perfect hue.
SHOP NOW: Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes, $16
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These creamy eye shadow sticks let you create a similar effect at a third of the price. The hues are super-easy to blend and come in nine fun colors, from bright turquoise green to a velvety purple—and all have a high-shine, luminous finish. Feeling adventurous? Mix a few hues to create a Technicolor effect.
SHOP NOW: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eye Shadow Sticks, $5 each
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Red lips were all over the spring runways, but many women find the bold hue too daunting to try. Here's a good way to give the look a go: This luxe lipstick is moisturizing and plumping, thanks to a new gel formula that goes on feather-light. The color is rich, and has a fresh, wearable sheen that doesn't cake or bleed.
SHOP NOW: By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Hydra Balm, $35
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This new lipstick isn't just easy on your wallet—it's also light on your lips. Instead of using heavy waxes and oils as a base, this new formula contains pigments suspended in a light gel formula—just like the pricier option.
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Dramatic lashes can be spotted on every red carpet. This new luxe mascara comes pretty close to the effect you'll get from hand-applied lash extensions. The clump-resistant formula expands when applied, plumping lashes and giving the appearance of opening up your eyes. And the brush, which combines long and short bristles, separates and makes lashes appear longer.
SHOP NOW: Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, $30
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The secret of this new mascara is a unique, lash-hugging brush, which has a whopping 200 bristles and is curved to reach even your tiniest lashes. The formula is called Liquid Extension Technology, and we find it accurate. This clump-free formula comes in black and brown shades in both regular and waterproof versions.
SHOP NOW: L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Shocking Extensions Mascara, $10
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Flushed, rosy cheeks are a coveted look this season. This silky pink blush, aptly called Pink Happiness, blends effortlessly without streaking. Plus, the product's embossed houndstooth motif will make every application feel chic.
SHOP NOW: Diorblush Colour & Light Powder Blush in Pink Happiness, $43
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Makeup artist Mally Roncal's makeup is both effective and economical. Her just-out shade of matte-powder blush, Fantasy, works on a wide range of skin tones, and is buildable if you're seeking a day-to-night color. The compact is eye-catching, too; it's metallic pink with a cool snakeskin print on the interior of the package.
SHOP NOW: Mally Blush Single in Fantasy, $18
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Luxe gel manicures can last up to three weeks without chipping or fading, and a slew of new at-home kits make it easy to get a salon-worthy mani at home. This one comes with a dome-shaped LED curing light that sets the polish of all five fingers at a time (many kits have lights that only cure one finger at a time). Also included are prep solution, base and top coats, cuticle oils, tools (like cuticle sticks and emery boards), remover and a red lacquer.
SHOP NOW: Red Carpet Manicure Pro Kit, $80
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We love this DIY gel-manicure kit for two reasons. First, the price is right. Second, it boils down the time-consuming multi-step gel manicure process to a few easy moves. Just apply the strips, swipe on the gel top coat, then cure the polish with this single-digit LED light. You can also buy additional strips—like floral and animal prints—in designs that only a star manicurist could create.
SHOP NOW: Sally Hansen Salon Insta-Gel Strips Starter Kit, $30
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