Quarantine & Makeup: Arshi Chowdhury's top makeup products for under $10
More people have been getting into makeup during quarantine. Here’s TikToker Arshi Chowdhury’s story.
By Samia Abbasi & Renuka Garg
With more time for creativity and nowhere to really go, we got into makeup during the quarantine. We both find joy in figuring out what kinds of makeup looks or colors that we like and what matters to us when selecting makeup. The beauty of it is that no matter how your makeup turns out while you’re experimenting, you can wash it all off at the end of the day. When we found out that TikToker Arshi Chowdhury (@arshichow) only started to get creative with makeup during quarantine, we needed to know more. We absolutely love Arshi’s looks: from a dreamy pink sky dappling her cheeks and nose, to a fierce snake slithering down her face. Based in Florida, Arshi is a Bengali-American, Gen Z TikToker who loves singing, makeup, K-pop, learning languages, and more. Here’s Arshi’s relatable beauty journey and 4 of her favorite makeup products that are under $10—perfect for beginner makeup users and seasoned makeup enthusiasts alike.
Q1. How did first you get into makeup?
I started getting into makeup in middle school. That was when the makeup tutorials scene was starting to get really popular, so I would watch a lot of makeup tutorials. Michelle Phan was one of my favorites to watch. At that time, I didn't have a lot of my own makeup and didn’t wear it that much, so I would play around with my mom's.
I would say that I wasn’t that good at makeup before, but as with everything in life, I got better with practice.
Q2. What has it been like getting into makeup during quarantine?
I started getting creative with makeup at the beginning of quarantine. There's only so much you can do when you're stuck inside for a long time. So, that's when I started trying out different things, being explorative, and just having fun. A lot of my makeup looks this year on TikTok are because of the free time I had. I feel like I'm still learning how to do ‘everyday makeup' properly.
I have yet to find an everyday makeup look that suits me. So, I’m still on that journey to find a look that’s unique to me.
Usually, I’m pretty happy going out and about with my bare, natural face. I'm 0 or 100—either I don't wear makeup at all or I go all out.
Q3. What kinds of products do you recommend for people who are starting to get into makeup?
To me, it’s important to have at least a good eyebrow product, mascara, and lipstick. I like having one of everything: foundation, concealer, blush, bronzer, mascara, eyebrow product, and lipstick. Even though I do my makeup a lot, I actually don't have that many products. The only thing I have a lot of are lipsticks, and I have a few eyeshadow palettes.
You don’t need a ton of products! I only shop for makeup when I run out of something, which allows me to be more intentional about what I buy.
I recently shopped for makeup for the first time in, like, a year. I often buy drugstore makeup, and the only thing I would spend a good amount of money on is for a quality foundation.That's the hardest thing to really match with your skintone.
Q4. Which affordable makeup products do you love to use?
1. Colourpop Lippie Stix in Ziggie & Kapish | $7: Ziggie is a matte, dark terracotta, and Kapish is a matte, dusty warm brown. These lipstick are affordable and have a matte finish but are creamy, non-drying, and super comfortable. These two shades are especially gorgeous on tan or Desi skin tones.
2. Milani Baked Blush in Rose d'Oro | $7.99: Rose d'Oro is a shimmery warm pink shade. This dusty rose blush with gold specks is just so pretty on my skin, and I use this blush with pretty much every makeup look.
3. Elf Hydrating Camo Concealer | $6: I only recently started using this concealer, but I've really been enjoying it. It has great coverage and doesn't crease under my eyes. I use the shade Light Beige to brighten under my eyes and Medium Sand to cover hyperpigmentation.
4. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation | $7.99: This foundation is so cheap—but so good. The only problem I have with it is shade matching. Unfortunately, drugstore foundations don't match my skin's undertone. It's always either too pink, or too orange. So, I kind of have to make it work. I have yet to find a good foundation that really matches my skin naturally, and I’m currently trying Rare Beauty’s foundation.
Watch me use some of these products in this TikTok where I do a full-face of under $10 makeup products!
Q5. What are some of your favorite makeup looks of all time?
Wow, I’ve done so many different looks. Even just this year, my makeup technique has evolved a lot.
1. There’s this fire-inspired eyeliner look that I really like. The flames I drew came out so much better than I expected
2. I did this red lip look that I like, and I don't do red lips that often
3. My Halloween makeup look had a Corpse Bride vibe and that was fun to create
Younger generations are very creative with their makeup and self expression, and that’s been so amazing to see.
Editor’s Note: This is Part 2 of our series on Arshi Chowdhury. You can read Part 1 here on how Arshi got into TikTok, her thoughts on South Asian cultural appreciation on TikTok, and how she started creating Bangla language TikToks!