Maybelline, the queen of mascara, introduced modern mascara to the world in 1917.
So with so many products to choose from, how can we possibly be expected to leave the shop with just three?
The trick to thriftiness is to try to find products with multiple functions or shades so you can mix and match for a different look every day.
To create a bold, dramatic make-up look with no more than three products and less than £20, we recommend…
Maybelline Eye Studio Colour Explosion Duo – £6.99
The staple ingredient for any dramatic make-up look is of course eye-shadow. Eye-shadow adds a pop of colour and shimmer to the face, while introducing shading and definition to draw attention to the eyes.
We love the classic Art Deco inspired casing of Maybelline’s Explosion Duo range. It has the added bonus of looking more expensive than it is, and also comes in seven practical colour combinations to suit all eye colours:
- bronze and gold (recommended for brown, green and hazel eyes)
- green and gold (recommended for blue/green and grey eyes)
- purple and silver (recommended for brown, green and blue eyes)
- taupe and opal (this duo goes beautifully with any eye colour)
- plum and opal (purple eye-shadow will intensify the look of green eyes)
- azure and silver (this blue shade will look great with brown eyes).
To make the most of whatever duo you choose, apply solid colour to the upper lid, then the darker shade to the crease before blending for added dimension. You can alternate your ‘base’ shade for a different look every time – effectively giving you two eye-shadows for the price of one.
A perfectly matched eye-shadow is nothing without the accompanying eyeliner for increased definition. This gel liner comes with an easy-to-use brush that has a flexible point to allow for easy feline flicks and professional precision.
The smooth, intense texture of gel liner gives you the freedom to keep it to the top lid, or to extend to the inner lower lid for a darker, broodier look.
Maybelline XXL Volume and Length Mascara – £9.19
This XXL mascara has two ends for a double load of length, volume and intensity. The white base-coat adds dramatic length, while the rich, black top-coat on the opposite end provides visible volume and added structure to the lashes.
With the current 3 for 2 Boots deal, your trio for dramatic eyes totals at a very reasonable £17.18 – with your cheapest option coming in completely free.
To view the tonnes of other Maybelline products on offer right now, you can either visit your local Boots store or browse products and offers online at the Boots website.