Cheap Spring Makeup (That Won’t Make You Look Cheap)

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When it comes to changing up your makeup colors, there's no better time than the start of the spring season to try something new. While the general guidelines for how to apply makeup remain the same month to month, something as simple as changing your lip, blush, or eyeshadow colors can give you a newly inspired attitude and vitality. Whether you want to complement a spring-inspired wardrobe or you just want to spruce up your color selection, we've got you covered with the hottest, budget-saving makeup to look pretty, chic, and smart this spring.

For Your Lips

Spring's beauty trend for lips is synonymous with pinks and corals, as well as creamy tones to complement the exciting clothing shades of lime green and salmon. Freshen up your palette with these refreshing gotta-love-‘em lip colors:

Maybelline Color Whisper
Make your lips stand out with this gel-cream lipstick in shades like Who Wore It Red-er and Pin Up Peach.

Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm
Try on this hydrating, non-sticky formula in Apricot Pucker for a sheer wash of coral with an attractive soft shine finish.

For Your Eyes

Ditch the darker eye-makeup shades and the intense lashes of fall and winter, and bring new life to your eyes with these stunning, natural-looking enhancers:

N.Y.C. High Definition Separating Mascara
This bargain mascara separates and defines while adding thickness and volume - plus, it doesn't clump, flake, or smudge!

Wet ‘n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection
Check out limited-edition spring sets, including Nude Awakening for naturally gorgeous browns and taupes, or experiment with Going in the Wild to really get into the season's hottest colors. Have fun and remember, it's only makeup—you can wash it right off if you're not happy!

For Your Cheeks

Trade in muted or brown-toned shades of blush for luminous hues of coral, peach, and pink. Try these to illuminate skin:

Palladio Baked Blush
Luminous finish + richly pigmented colors = love. We recommend the shade Blushin as an inexpensive dupe for NARS' iconic (yet pricey) Orgasm blush color!

L'Oreal Visible Lift Color Lift Blush
Fans of cream blush will love the sheer radiant finish this offers. Honestly, there's not a bad shade in the bunch, and they're all perfectly in line with fresh spring makeup.

For Adding a Bronzy Glow

We love faking a healthy sun-kissed glow with bronzer and highlighter that will leave your friends wondering if you just got back from a tropical paradise. You'll know your skin is safe from wrinkles and brown spots with these wonderful options:

NYX Matte Bronzer
This smooth, pressed-powder bronzer comes in netural and warm brown shades that are heavily pigmented and truly matte - and a little goes a long way! To customize your level of bronze, top it off with a dab of Revlon Skinlights Face Illuminator —and voilá—a faux glow that says you're ready for spring!

The Revlon product above is great for highlighting cheekbones and accenting other areas. This fluid shimmering potion works great on the rest your body, too!

For more makeup recommendations, no matter the season or occasion, check out our reviews on Beautypedia.com.

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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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