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At the risk of having one of the other mumsnetters complain about my using the word have you tried Avon? There are often offers to buy multiples of products, or products at reduced prices, if you get chummy with an Avon Rep she may even get you better deals. The products are good quality but very reasonably priced.
If you need to cut your budget, what about using up all the stuff you already have?! So only replacing things that actually run out, like mascara (Rimmel, No7, Mabelline, L'Oreal) and foundation/concealer.
Rimmel 25 hr Lasting Finish foundation is FANTASTIC, dewy coverage and really stays put. Bourjois do the most amazing eyeshadows and blushers, as good as any high end product Ive tried with really high level of pigments which means brilliant colours that last. Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara is hard to beat. For proper creamy lipstick I really like Revlon and L'oreal.
Yup - Barbara Daly at Tesco. Love the Facelift tinted moisturiser - it is great. And also second the No.7 vouchers - and also look out for the special offers when they have a free make-up bag with sample sizes of Protect and Perfect serum etc. I've never had to buy P&P - just live off the samples!
If you are very pale, then Barbara Daly or Revlon Colourstay (though depends if that fits your definition of 'cheap').
Get a good eyeprimer and cheap eyeshadows will work nicely. I'd recommend Everyday Minerals - have a look at the Cocktail Cosmetics website. Cheap mineral make-up that works nicely. However they don't ship from their own site to the UK now, so foundation matching is tricky.
Also, if you buy things from Superdrug and fill in the survey online - look at the back fo the receipt - you get 25% off Gosh etc, and 10% off everything else so good if you need to stock up.