Buying knockoffs of name brands can get you in a lot of legal trouble, and even land you in prison. In the makeup world, women have the choice of many imitations for expensive makeup brands at a much more affordable price – and it’s all legal.

The average woman will spend $15,000 on makeup in her lifetime. Imagine if you could put $10,000 of that money into a high-interest bearing account for 30 years. Brand name knock-offs allow you to cut one-third of your makeup budget. You could go on a spa vacation every year with the savings.

We have consulted the expert beauty bloggers for the best makeup swaps for high-end brands. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that you do not have to compromise.  There are many high quality, affordable alternatives to expensive name brands.

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TotalBeauty.com has replaced Giorgio Armani’s $59 Luminous Silk Foundation with NatureLuxe’s Silk Foundation for $10. The beauty site says the CoverGirl brand has the same look and flawless finish but with added features. They include sun protection and are oil free and paraben free.

Over at GetTheGloss, L’Oreal Paris is a reasonably priced alternative to several more expensive brands. Consider swapping out Urban Decay Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette with L’Oreal Paris Color Riche La Palette Nude. L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara provides small bristles and a rigid wand to compete with Lancome Hypnose Mascara, long a favourite for avoiding clumping. Savings $15 – $25.

Replacing NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo at $42 with ELF Studio Contouring & Bronzing Powder at $3 could pay for your monthly yoga membership.

Cheaper Alternatives to High-End Makeup Brands To Save Money

If you are seeking sun protection, Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation SPF 15 provides the same protection as Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup SPF 15, according to Paula’s Choice Skincare. If you missed your yoga class and needed some glow in a bottle, luminosity can be achieved with Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer for much cheaper than the $40 Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Radiant Touch.

For when you need to take all of the makeup off, Paula recommends Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser over Mercier’s more expensive Flawless Skin Foaming One-Step Cleanser, which costs five times more.

You can even develop your own professional makeup studio. All of our bloggers have found substitutes for the makeup artist’s favourite brand, MAC. Here’s how to look like runway models and actors for a bargain price.

Cheaper Alternatives to High-End Makeup

ELF Single Eyeshadow at less than five bucks can replace MAC Power Eyeshadow. Paula recommends the NYX Eyeshadow line for the same “velvety smooth texture, rich pigmentation, and vivid colors.” A wide colour assortment is also offered.

MAC lipsticks can be replaced by Revlon Lipstick, whether you are after bold orange or neutral nude lips. For luscious red lips, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss appears to have more lustre than MAC Russian Red Lipstick.

Ben Nye Translucent Powder can smooth out skin tones with the same finesse as MAC Set Powder.

Follow our links and you will find dozens of other affordable alternatives to high-end makeup brands. These beauty bloggers attest to the quality of the cheaper equivalents. The next time you are headed for the department store, consider stopping off at the drugstore instead. You may find all your makeup needs at a fraction of the price.

Affordable Alternatives For High-End Brands

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Anna Haotanto is passionate about finance, education, women empowerment and children’s issues. Anna has been featured in CNBC, Forbes, The Straits Times, Business Insider, INC and The Peak Singapore. She was nominated and selected for FORTUNE Most Powerful Women conference in 2016 (Asia) and 2015 (San Francisco, Next Gen). Anna has 10 years of experience in the financial sector and is currently a Director in Tera Capital. Her previous work experience includes positions at Citigroup, United Overseas Bank, a regional role in Business Monitor and a boutique private equity firm based in Shanghai. She graduated from Singapore Management University (Finance and Quantitative Finance).