Step 1: Fill in the brows. Lately I've been using the ELF eyebrow kit. It's $3 and I only use the left side. I like it and the little brush is sufficient for my needs.
Step 2: I apply Maybelline yellow concealer stick around my eyes. I have naturally darker skin there, but am pale in general, so I find this helps balance my face out. I've been using this since high school.
Step 3: I put on a layer of mascara - you know, the Great Lash stuff that everyone has. I wait for it to dry then I carefully curl my lashes. Then I apply another layer or two of mascara. I think this is abnormal? My friend taught it to me in college and I find that my lashes stay curled this way.
Step 4: Revlon liquid liner. I put a thin line around the top top and bottom. I think this may be a beauty faux pas but I like how it looks. I can't use pencil liners because my eyes are naturally really watery and it smears... I prefer not to walk around looking like a raccoon.
Step 5: Ponds' BB Cream. This is one of my friend Meg O.'s recommendations and I love it. I've always had pretty clear skin so I don't wear foundation. Just this year my skin started to change a little and I added this BB Cream (which as far as I can tell is basically tinted moisturizer) to the mix and I can't go back now. It's great. Another of Meg's recs is the Instant Age Rewind Dark Circles Eraser. I just love this and I put this around my eyes now too, sometimes in place of the yellow stick, sometimes on top of it. I like that it brightens up the skin around my eyes.
Step 6: Bronzer and blush. Because of aforementioned paleness I like to warm up my face with bronzer and blush most days. I used to have a MAC bronzer that I loved and it lasted me about five years, suddenly ran out and I didn't want to spend $30 on a new one so I tried this NYX Matte Bronzer which was supposedly a great dupe for the MAC. It's a pretty good match and only cost me $9. My favorite blush is Cover Girl's Soft Mink.
Step 7: Maybe, when I'm feeling like getting really dolled up I'll put on eyeshadow. I used to have a Stila shadow called Kitten which is supposedly one of the most popular eyeshadows of all time. It looks good on everyone. I looked up a dupe for Stila Kitten and found Revlon Infallible in Iced Latte. It's pretty much the same in color, but the texture is off, which is fine. It does the job and costs $4-ish as opposed to $18.
Step 8: Lip balm. Burt's Bees is my top choice, but I also love just the plain old Chapstick brand. This flavor is to die for, but seasonal and very hard to find.
So, that's what's in my makeup bag. Do you use any of the same things? Or do you know of a better budget-friendly product that I should be using instead of one of these?! Spill!