The best cheap makeup products in Australia, according to two top celebrity makeup artists

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By Rebecca Sullivan
If you've ever walked into your local Sephora, Mecca or department store beauty counter, taken one look at the soaring prices and walked straight back out again, we're here to help.
We were sick and tired of forking out $95 for a fancy eyeshadow palette or $50 for a mascara, only to have them not actually live up to their expensive price tags.
So we asked two top celebrity makeup artists to spill the beans on all their favourite budget beauty buys that still perform like high-end products.
Tobi Henney, or @tobimakeup as she is known to her 62,000 Instagram followers, has made up the faces of models Ashley Graham and Barbara Palvin, as well as Aussies Shanina Shaik and Bambi Northwood-Blyth.
Tobi believes we should invest our pay cheques in good skincare and sunscreen, while saving our pennies on cheaper makeup.
"I definitely think spending money on skincare to suit your skin needs is key. When you have beautiful skin you don't tend to want to wear as much makeup," Tobi told Now To Love.
"Spending less on a drug store mascara is always a great option! It is the one product you should replenish regularly in your makeup bag."
Tobi's handiwork on American model Ashley Graham. Instagram
Max May counts Aussie celebs Jodi Gordon and Olympia Vallance as his regular clients, and even did Jackie O's makeup on The Masked Singer.
Max says he's got a range of cheap makeup products up his sleeve that he regularly uses instead of more expensive buys.
"I definitely have my favourite 'dupes' that I've developed over the years and often would prefer to use rather than some of the more expensive products on the market," he told Now To Love.
"Having a career in the beauty industry, I'm buying twice or three times as much product as the usual person and so really appreciate having my go-tos."
Max May with longtime client Jodi Gordon. Instagram
So we asked Max and Tobi to list their favourite cheap beauty buys, and boy, did they deliver.
Keep on scrolling to read about the best affordable makeup products on sale in Australia right now.