Cuz I got caviar taste on a tuna fish budget!

Hey there! I'm Patrice, a beauty writer here at BuzzFeed. I love looking like a million bucks. But ya know what I love even MORE? Telling you how very little I spent on my faux-boujee beat.

Hey there! I'm Patrice, a beauty writer here at BuzzFeed. I love looking like a million bucks. But ya know what I love even MORE? Telling you how very little I spent on my faux-boujee beat.

What's that, you say? You really like my lipstick? OMGTHX IT'S ONLY $6!!!

Patrice Peck

Rimmel Fix And Perfect Pro Primer and Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation are an iconic duo that blocks shine like a bawse...

Rimmel Fix And Perfect Pro Primer and Maybelline New York Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation are an iconic duo that blocks shine like a bawse...

So I've heard primers fill in fine lines, smooth out pores, and even out your complexion for a fresh faced look. Personally, I've never felt the need to add yet another product to my daily 5-step routine. I'm what you might call a low-maintenance (i.e. lazy) makeup gal.

But when BuzzFeed user adw1234 said that she literally couldn't live without Rimmel's Fix & Perfect Pro Primer, I decided to start wearing it under my Maybelline FIT Me Matte foundation. Final verdict? Believe the hype, folks! This primer + foundation combo really does help me achieve a flawless matte, yet still dewy, finish that lasts from A.M. to P.M. Welcome to my daily routine, primer ;-)

Get the foundation for $5.69 and the primer for $7.59 at Amazon.

Patrice Peck

...And a few sprays of e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Spray will keep it that way from 9 to 5 (and sometimes longer)!

...And a few sprays of e.l.f. Matte Magic Mist & Set Spray will keep it that way from 9 to 5 (and sometimes longer)!

Fun fact: I'm one of those people who uses bathroom paper towels as oil blotting sheets whenever my nose gets shiny AF at work. Why pay for the sheets when I know my nose is just gonna get oily all over again? Well, little did I know that a setting spray (something I only associated with fancy events and makeup artists) would solve this pesky issue.

I figured I oughta give it a go when user firefighter27 said it stopped people's makeup from melting off during her son's summer wedding. "I used it too and my makeup didn’t budge, even with my oily skin," she wrote. Same, girl, same. But, shout out to my primer AND matte foundation, cuz I'm pretty sure it was a team effort.

Get it at Ulta for $4.

Patrice Peck


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