The Under-$20 Fall Makeup Our Editors Love

The best part of the upcoming fall season is undoubtedly having another excuse to stay in and binge Netflix (that, and the return of Halloween re-runs like Hocus Pocus). There's also the makeup. You didn't think we'd forget about that, did you?
We've already got a list of new makeup trends we're ready to test drive in the coming months, which means our cosmetics bags are going to need a bit of an update. Some of us reach for more hydrating bases and highlighters when the weather gets colder, while others gravitate toward richer lips and nails.
Ahead, check out the products we're most excited to wear this autumn. Even better: They're all under $20 so you can try the trends while still having enough to splurge on your fall wardrobe, too.
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"I'm typically a cream eyeshadow girl, but I had to make an exception for this palette. The shades are sexy (especially the shimmery khaki and the gold-flecked black) and the pigment is so easy to diffuse out if you want a softer, semi-sheer wash of metallic." — Alix Tunell, senior beauty editor

Maybelline The City Mini Palette in Urban Jungle, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"This isn't just the best tinted balm at the drugstore, it's the best I've found anywhere — and I take my hunt for berry-plum tints very seriously." — Tunell

Revlon Kiss Balm Lip Balm in Berry Burst, $4.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"Lately, I've been reaching for this highlighter over the rest of my collection. I mix all three shades together, and dust one or two layers onto my cheekbones using a fan brush. Once I'm done, I end up with the prettiest diffused glow that's only visible when my cheeks catch the light just so." — Mi-Anne Chan, beauty writer

Milani Stoplight Face & Eye Strobe palette, $13, available at Milani.
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"I love all three of E.L.F.'s Mad For Matte eyeshadow palettes because of the long-wearing, pigmented formula. The brand's newest addition to the Mad For Matte collection is called Holy Smokes and it's the perfect palette for fall. It has a bunch of mid-tone warm shades and a couple of fun navy and teal hues to spice things up, too." — Chan

E.L.F. Mad For Matte Eyeshadow Palette in Holy Smokes, $10, available at E.L.F.
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“I have very few loyalties in terms of makeup, but you can pry my Dipbrow from my cold, dead hands. My brow hairs are very dark but naturally a bit sparse and desperately in need of some shape and direction — this creamy pomade is the only thing I’ve ever found that does everything I need it to, and it’s smudge-free and waterproof, to boot.” — Rachel Krause, beauty writer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Granite, $18, available at Anastasia Beverly Hills.
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"This double-ended shadow stick is the best thing to have in my bag if I'm going from work to drinks. (Or from my boyfriend's house to work). The shimmery golden cream helps my eyes look bright, fresh, and subtly defined. Then, I smudge the dark brown cream into my lash line for a smokier look — more or less depending on where I'm going." — Cat Quinn, beauty director

L'Oréal Infallible Eye Paints in Brown Sugar, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"This is one of the best highlighters I've tried recently — among drugstore and high-end brands. It's this weird hybrid of cream and powder, which means it blends beautifully but doesn't just wipe your foundation off like a lot of cream sticks tend to do. The highlight is strong, but I'm into it." — Quinn

Flower Shimmer & Strobe Highlighting Palette, $12.98, available at Walmart.
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"I know this is technically a moisturizing natural lip oil — but that doesn't sound nearly as sexy as this stuff actually is. It's a non-sticky gloss that gives lips that full, post-hookup flush. I like to wear it alone, or over my Tom Ford lipstick when I'm feeling saucy." — Quinn

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Oil, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"I've been wearing Essie Bikini So Teeny, a pastel periwinkle shade, all summer — and come fall, I'll be graduating to it's moodier cousin, As If. The deep, cool-toned lilac-grey looks rad on hands and toes. I plan to wear it with really minimal nail art — think a pale pink stripe or half moon design." — Quinn

Essie Nail Polish in As If, $9, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"I have an entire makeup bag of neutral palettes — and I use about 1-2 shades max from each one. With this palette, on the other hand, I'm so in love with every color, I can't decide which to use on any given day. There's the deep copper when I'm feeling the sunset trend, the neutral gold for a pretty everyday look, and the rich khaki for a smoky effect that brings out the green in my eyes. They're all shimmery and super soft, but with minimal fallout. And when the light hits them just right, damn." — Quinn

Beauty By Brent L.W. Palette, $18, available at Beauty By Brent.
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"Color correcting can be an annoying extra step, but it really does make a difference for me — especially underneath my eyes. I typically go for a heavier one, but I'm looking forward to trying this lighter formula out. It should layer perfectly underneath my go-to, NARS' Radiant Creamy Concealer in Dark 2." — Khalea Underwood, beauty writer

L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal, $5, available at L.A. Girl.
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"I'll be the first to tell you that I am l-a-z-y when it comes to my everyday glam. I'm always here for a good 2-for-1 product... and this peachy gold lip-and-cheek cream is my way of holding on to summer as long as I can..." — Underwood

Ulta Beauty Lip + Cheek Color Stick in Peachy, $10, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"Even though warmer days will soon be a thing of the past, my shiny skin is, unfortunately, never going away. This powder foundation combats that T-zone sheen." — Khalea

NYX Cosmetics Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, $9.50, available at NYX Cosmetics.
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"I have serious commitment issues when it comes to lipstick, which is why I would usually gravitate toward glosses or sheens… until I met this bad boy. It’s shiny and hydrating like most formulas I like, only it has the pigment of a lip stain without clinging to my lips, so I have the freedom to take it all off without the drama." — Kelsey Castañon, beauty news editor

Catrice Lip Dresser Shine Stylo in Surf And Turf In Grapetown, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"This mascara survives my habitual 4,280 coats without a clump in sight, won't flake or fall for a full workday, and — at just $10 — you can’t beat the price." — Castañon

L'Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"I don’t typically love wearing bright lip colors, but I like this tint because it's so easy to apply, I can swipe it on without having to look in the mirror. It’s super moisturizing and the color is natural, so it looks more like a tinted balm." — Megan Decker, beauty intern

Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Sweet Watermelon, $9.49, available at Walgreens.
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"This matte bronzer blends really nicely, and at under $5, you don’t have to feel bad about applying it generously." — Decker

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, $4.29, available at Target.
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"This highlighter is one of my faves. It gives a nice, dewy glow without looking glittery and obvious on my cheekbones. I prefer the stick to a pressed powder highlighter because it’s more convenient and easy to swipe on. Plus, it’s super-blendable. I actually prefer it to highlighters that cost twice as much." — Decker

Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick in Sparkling Sand, $10.99, available at Target.
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