Our Beauty Awards judges got a budget of R500 to shop for make-up. This is what we bought:

Make-up doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can get high quality, gorgeous products from top brands at bargain bin prices.

This week our All 4 Women beauty awards panel hit the shops with only R500 and came back with a pretty impressive haul.

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Good skin is in!

Great skincare is the foundation to any make-up look; luckily these skin products are so affordable:

Montagne Jeunesse face mask, available for various skin types for R33,99 at Clicks. These masks are excellent for feeling relaxed and keeping your face refreshed, soft and blemish-free.

Vaseline petroleum jelly – Dry hands? Dry lips? Dry feet? Use Vaseline. It’s an affordable essential for everything and costs only R10,99 at Clicks.

Pond’s flawless radiance mattifying day cream and my face powder. This is a great remedy for oily skin that helps keep skin matte and shine free. Available for R119,15 at Dis-Chem.

Essential oils (lemon, tea-tree and lavender) – You can never have too many essential oils. They smell great and make your skin feel smooth and reduce the appearance of dark marks. Essential oils are available at Dis-Chem at R36.76 each.

Must have make-up

Essence Get Big Lashes Mascara Volume Boost Waterproof – For girls who are not huge on eye-make up but still want their eyes to pop, this mascara only costs R54,95 and it’s waterproof!

Maybelline SuperStay lipstick – A bit pricier than the other products we found, one application of SuperStay literally stays on until you have to almost wash it off. It’s worth it’s R169,95 (at Clicks) price tag.

Haircare

When you’re on the go, Batiste mini dry shampoo, which adds volume and cleans the hair, is your friend. Available for R46,95 at Dis-Chem.

And all that adds up to R472,74!