These Budget Makeup Products Are Ideal For College Students Without Burning A Hole In Your Pockets!

These Budget Makeup Products Are Ideal For College Students Without Burning A Hole In Your Pockets!

College is the place where we feel that we have grown up completely. The main reason behind this is bidding goodbye to school uniform and being allowed to use makeup. That is quite a thrill to enjoy. But to cope up with xerox, panipuri, flea market sales and makeup isn’t that easy. For all those panicking over what makeup to wear on your college fresher’s party, take a deep breath and chill. Because here I am making things easy for you. Here is our tried and tested list of 30 Budget Makeup for college that are of good quality and super affordable too.


Budget Makeup Musts: Primer

You need to prep up your skin before you apply foundation for a flawless finish. That is exactly why you need a primer. I cannot stress enough on how primer is an essential part. Just believe me and apply one to create the perfect canvas.

1. Colorbar Perfect Match Primer

Dermatologically tested, this primer is enriched with the goodness of Vitamin E. It will diminish your redness, spots and fine lines. It is oil free and hence it will not be greasy. That’s an Yay. In order to make your foundation sit well on your skin, apply a primer. Get this one for Rs 850 for a 30 ml product which absolutely suits in the option of budget makeup for college.

2. Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer

Talking about budget beauty and not talking about Lakme is a sin. From the Absolute range, this one is of smooth, matte texture. It will even out your skin, giving it an instant glow and shine. Softening out pores and blemishes, this is one hell of a primer. It is priced at Rs 675 for a 30 ml tube.

3. Blue Heaven Studio Perfection Face Primer

Lakme is one product that will surely find its place in the budget makeup for college category. For all those looking for an extremely inexpensive primer yet of good quality, go get this one guys. This one is a silicon based primer which glides on your skin like butter and makes your makeup sit longer and better. With its oil free formula, you don’t have to worry about the grease. It mattifies and smoothens your skin. Available for Rs 300 for a 30 gm product.

4. Miss Claire Studio Perfect Professional Makeup Primer

All of you college goers have definitely tried this budget makeup brand. Available in three shades namely clear, beige and green this primer is a cult favourite. It reduces all your skin imperfections and gives you the natural, glowing skin. It controls the excess oil over your face and is suitable for all skin types. It is priced at Rs 595 for a 30 ml product.

Budget Makeup Musts: Foundation

Foundation is considered to be the most important part of one’s makeup routine. It is the base upon which depends your whole look. If your base looks amazing then everything eventually has to fall into the right place.

1. Nykaa SKINgenius Sculpting and Hydrating Foundation

Available in five different shades, this is a perfect foundation in a budget. Though not a full coverage foundation, it could be builable. Apart from doing its job as a foundation, it will also provide hydration to your skin. Containing Hyaluronic acid and Polylift technology, this one will give you a fresh dewy finish. It is priced at Rs 575 for a 30 ml product. So for all those looking for a foundation in the budget makeup for college category, this can be yours.

2. Maybelline New York Superstay Full Coverage Foundation

A full coverage foundation in a budget makeup for college list? That is too good to be true. But Maybelline has done it. For Rs 750 you are getting a full coverage foundation. Don’t pinch yourself, you heard me right. Available in 9 different shades, you will find your true match here. This has a oil free formula. Therefore, no clogging of pores. It claims to stay for 24 hours. Good news, it actually stays for 20+ hours.

3. Lakme Absolute Argan Oil Serum Foundation with SPF 45

Serum foundations seem to have taken over Instagram for quite some time now. I am sure you have at least seen a dozen videos of beauty bloggers applying foundation like tear drops over their face. So here it is, Lakme comes with its serum foundation. Having a good quantity of SPF is never a bad thing. Containing the richness of Moroccan Argan oil, this one has a silky fluid texture. It blends into your skin like a dream. The price of this product is Rs 750 for a 15 ml product. What a sweet experience of feeling all edgy with the serum foundation yet being on the budget makeup for college category.

Budget Makeup Musts: Concealer

1. L.A Girl Pro Conceal HD

This concealer is every woman’s favorite. Don’t worry if you are looking for a budget concealer. Because this one will find its place even in the budget makeup category too. All the college students, rejoice ! Available in 39 gorgeous shades, this brand has actually taken all skin tones into consideration. You can conceal as well as can correct you skin. You get 10 color correcting shades here. It covers redness, dark spots, blemishes and scars. It has a creamy texture and will stay on your skin for a very long time. This is priced at Rs 595.

2. Maybelline New York Age Rewind Concealer

Nykaa Femina Beauty Awards winner of 2019, this is a brilliant concealer. Maybelline has to be every college girl’s go to brand. How can someone even imagine a budget beauty for college students list without Maybelline? so here we are. Available in 8 shades, it will make your eye area look fresh within seconds. It has a micro corrector applicator which will remove your dark circles like magic. Enriched with Goji Berry and Haloxyl this is a hands down must have. Get your hands on this one at Rs 620.

3. Wet and Wild Photo Focus Concealer

It actually stands up to its claim. That is there will be no photo flashback when you are wearing this concealer.So all the budding influenzers in college, get your hold on this budget makeup brand. It does not look cakey at all. Instead it gives you a dewy finish which we all seem to love. This PETA certified Vegan brand is a high coverage concealer which conceals all your problems at a go. This is priced at Rs 399.

4. Nykaa SKINgenius Conceal and Correct Palette

The usefulness of palettes are definitely more than one. They are very convenient to use, travel friendly and what not. This invention of Nykaa is great because you have a concealer, color corrector and a contouring shade. If I have to remember one all in one product, I will always remember this palette by Nykaa. Available in four variants ( light, medium and deep ) and a sole corrector palette it contains 4 concealer shades and 2 corrector shades in each palette. It is priced at Rs 1200 which honestly is a little high for budget makeup for college but it is absolutely worth it because look at the number of uses it has in one single palette.

5. Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer

Available in 18 different shades, this product has actually taken all skin tones into consideration. That in itself is a big YAY. Moreover it is a full coverage concealer which will stay on your skin as long as you want it to. It is highly pigmented and will conceal all that little spots, dark circles and redness. This is priced at Rs 695.

6.Nyx Professional Makeup HD Photogenic Concealer Wand

This is a medium to buildable coverage concealer. Available in 13 shades, this one is specially for all those Netflix watching till late night and getting those dark circles. This best selling product by Nyx is very light weight, blends beautifully and will not make your skin look patchy. This is priced at Rs 525 for a 3 gm product.

Budget Makeup Musts: Eye Shadow

1. MakeUp Revolution Reloaded Palette- Iconic Divison ( Colourful )

Is there any woman who never eyed on a MakeUp Revolution palette? With 15 vibrant shades, this palette will bring out the artist in you. It has a mixture of matte and shimmery shadows. No matter if you are a bling or subtle person, this palette has all the options available for you. If you are a fan of smokey eye, the black color of this palette is just perfect for it.. They are extremely pigmented and blends very easily. This palette is priced at Rs 850.

2. Maybelline New York Blushed Nudes Palette

Available in 12 gorgeous shades, there are innumerable makeup looks that you can create with this palette. Be it a tupe, plum or taupe color, this product has it all. Being supremely pigmented with a creamy texture is all we want in our eyeshadows. Be it a brunch with your girlfriends or your date night, get ready with this palette quite effortlessly. You can buy this product which contains 9 gm at Rs 875.

3. Nyx Professional Makeup Cosmic Metals Eyeshadow

If you are looking for metallic eye shadows, this is the one for you. This gorgeous palette has shades of gold, plum and mauve. These colors speak for themselves. You can create almost any look with them. Their color payoff is great, they blend on your lids very nicely too. Get this one for Rs 1050.

4. Deborah Perfect Smokey Eye Palette

The name says it all. Looking for a smokey eye palette? Hey, we have got this one for you. Available in 8 different variants with 5 shades each, this is a brilliant shadow. Smooth texture will make it easy for you to blend on the lids. Apart from that, the color pay off is perfect making it a loved product by all you beautiful women. Get your hands on these for Rs 850.

5. L.A Colors Sweet! 16 Colors Eyeshadow Palette

You can get 4 different variants of this product with 16 shades in each one. The colors are very versatile and the palette contains both shimmery and matte colors which is a great deal. The color payout is perfect and has a smooth and velvety texture. This product is priced at Rs 675.


1. Plum Natur Studio All Day Wear Kohl Kajal

I would not be wrong if I say this kajal is among the best kajals available in the Indian market. Kajal is every girl’s favorite. Even if a girl does not do her base, or apply eyeshadow, even then she will apply kajal. This kajal by Plum is the blackest of black kajal. Very pigmented, apply it your eyes to witness how gorgeous you look. It is 100% water and smudge proof. That mean even after the all nighter, your kajal will remain intact. It comes with a free sharpener. That’s a total win-win. The cost of this is Rs 495.

2. Faces Ultime Pro Intense Gel Kajal

A single stroke is all that you need with this kajal. Dermatologically tested, this product does not contain any harmful ingredients. Hugely pigmented, a super black kajal with gel based formula is all you need in your vanity. You can use it on your waterline as well as on your lash line. It contains a white puff with which you can create a smokey eye look. So much goodness in just one product. Get this one for Rs 549.

3. Nykaa Rock The Line Kajal

If you are specifically looking for a kajal for your water line, get your hands on this one. Very creamy, nicely pigmented this kajal can be your best friend through thick and thin. Be it for your everyday college, or a movie plan afterwards use this kajal a simple yet unique look. It is priced at Rs 200 and contains 0.35 gm of product.

4. Maybelline Colossal Kajal

This has to be every girl’s favorite. Every one of us have used this at least once in our lives. This is a get black kajal, with very creamy texture. It will not make your eyes watery, will infuse no irritation whatsoever. This is priced at Rs 180.

5. Shahnaz Hussain Kajal

A beauty guru herself, this kajal by Shahnaz Hussain is made with natural ingredients like almond and trifala. It keeps your eyes calm. You can use this kajal both on your waterline and lash line. The color is absolute black. It is a smudge proof kajal which is long lasting as well. This is priced at Rs 290


1. Essence Lash Princess Sculpted Volume Mascara

Essence knows its mascara game. If you are looking for a budget mascara that will give you volume like its a dream, get this one. It has a tapered brush which does take every lash of yours into consideration. Complete your eye look with this mascara and let everyone ask you which one you are wearing. This costs Rs 310 and contains 12 ml product.

2. Maybelline New York Lash Sensational Mascara

If you are looking for a mascara which will get you lashes like falsies, this is the product for you. The winner of Nykaa Femina Beauty Awards 2018 you can get a full fan effect with this one. Create beautiful big, voluminous lashes with just one stroke of this mascara. Priced at Rs 500 this is available in two variants.

3. Wet and Wild Length Waterproof Mascara

This mascara from Wet and Wild is a must have in every girl’s vanity. This assures you with 80% longr lashes. Don’t worry, this one actually stands up to its claims. It will give you really long lashes. The best thing about this one is this is waterproof. So no matter if you are are struggling in extreme humidity or going for swimming, this one will stay. This is priced at Rs 299.

4. Benefit Bad Girl Bang Mascara Mini

What is a more happy event than getting a high end makeup product under a budget makeup list . With the mini variants available, you can actually own a Benefit without a hole in your pocket. This one is specially for those who wants more volume in their lashes. This gravity defying mascara has aero particles which doesn’t let your lashes weigh down. The color is super black. The formula is smudge proof and water proof. Get this one for Rs 1170.


1. Sugar Arch Arrival Brow Definer

Whoever said that your eyebrow can change your total look was absolutely correct. If you don’t believe me then get this brow pencil and know it for yourself. It is designed in a triangular slant to get you the perfect precise. It has a spoolie on the other hand for you to blend and give that natural effect. It is creamy, well pigmented and easy to use. Available in two variants, you can get this product for Rs 499.

2. Innisfree Auto EyeBrow Pencil

Innisfree is well known for creating 100% natural beauty. Innisfree’s eyebrow pencil falls into that category only. The brow pencil is a wide, flat, oval shaped pencil perfect for drawing wide lines. Its smooth creamy texture will make it even more easier to create your brows exactly the way you want. Available in two colours, this is priced at Rs 360.


1. PAC False Eyelashes

PAC has spoilt us with so many options for false eyelashes. They have every eyelash for your every mood. Be it an overly dramatic look, or a subtle one they have it all. They look just like your own lashes. Easy to put on and off, they are available in different lengths as well. Their price range from Rs 195 to Rs 335.

2. Miss Claire Eyelash Glue

If you are wearing a false eyelash then you will obviously need a eyelash glue to fix it. Miss Claire eyelash glue does a pretty decent job. It holds your lashes safely on place. It will not create any irritation to your eyes. Rather the water proof formula will ensure your lashes stay up right there. 7gm of this product will cost you Rs 250.


1. Wet and Wild Megalast Liquid Catsuit Matte Lipstick

This is a ultra matte lipstick available in 8 beautiful shades. The shade options covering all the basic colours like coral, pink, fuchsia, berry, nude, brick red, brown nude and berry.That is perfect for those looking for budget makeup. Though it is super matte it will not make your lips feel like sahara desert. Highly pigmented, one stroke is enough to keep your lipstick intact even after all the fries and coke. You can buy this one for Rs 499.

2. NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream

You must get your hands on at least any one of these, if you haven’t already. Available in 41 gorgeous shades, these lip creams are all you can ever ask for. This has a creamy texture which means there is absolutely no chance of drying out your lips. The colour payoff is too good to be true. Being a creamy formula, it will transfer a little. But due to its great pigment, it will stay on your lips for a long time. If you are trying to experience a little with your lip shade, get the blue ,grey or white one from this range. They are priced at Rs 600.

3. Nykaa Ultra Matte Lipstick

Available in 18 mesmerizing colours, Nykaa’s ultra matte range is a must have. The best thing about this product apart from their excellent pigment and texture, is the product names. Each lipstick is named after 18 iconic women of our world. So we have an Audrey, a Helen, a Jane and a Razia among others. The colour range covers from reds, pinks, mauves, nudes and browns. The texture is ultra matte and glides on our lips like butter. They are priced at Rs 599.

4. Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Colour

This product works as a lip primer as well as your lipstick. It evens out your lips so that the lipstick sits well on it. Available in 30 vibrant colours, you will find one for every skin tone. Nicely pigmented, it has moisturizing powers in it as well. The cost of these lipsticks are Rs 480 each. What more do you need when you can get two products in one. Of course it has to be in the list of budget makeup for college.

5. Faces Ultime Pro Lip Crayon

Lip Crayon are everyone’s favorite. And why shouldn’t be it so? They are so travel friendly, easy to use and so soft on your lips. Faces lip crayons are available in 32 different shades. The colors are extremely versatile ranging from nudes, browns, pinks, reds, mauves, corals, orange and what not. One swipe is enough for this one by Faces. They are ultra matte yet not drying at all. This is all because of the moisturizing ingredients present in it. It comes with a free sharpener as well. The price of this one is Rs 799.

Makeup Tools

1. Vega Makeup Brush

To complete your makeup vanity, makeup tools play an essential part as well. Even if you are a college student, you need to have makeup brushes. So here I am, with options of brushes which will fall under the budget makeup for college list only. Vega has many brush sets. The most popular being the MBS 06 set. It contains 6 essential brushes like the blush brush, eye applicator, lip liner, lip filler, eye shadow and eye groomer. The brushes are soft and the makeup application is made easy with these brushes. Grab this set for Rs 350.

2. PAC Beauty Blender

Beauty blender is another important part of your makeup routine. All the perfect base is due to the long dabbings with the beauty blender. This beauty blender from PAC is loved by all the makeup lovers. You can use it for baking, contouring, concealing and what not. The sponge is made of great quality and is very gentle over your skin. It is priced at Rs 555.

3. BS Mall Brushes

BS Mall brushes are quite famous because of their premium quality and the price it comes for. They have many variants, like you can get a set of eye brushes, base brushes and even a set which includes all brushes you can possibly think of. The brushes are gentle on your skin, will not cause any irritation. Well, what else do we need. The price range varies from 600 till 2000. You can get the one according to your need and budget. But having a full set of premium set of makeup brushes in a budget makeup for college list is an achievement in itself.

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