Who says good make-up has to be expensive? It doesn’t. You can slay without giving up eating or taking out a small loan. And if you’ve ever thought about getting into make-up but don’t know where to start NOW is the time to get into it. And I’ve got a round up of the best drugstore make-up just for you.
For the purpose of this list, these are all things that can be physically purchased at a store that carries what are considered “drugstore” brands: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, Ulta, grocery stores, etc. If you’re looking for things with drugstore prices but can’t necessarily be purchased at a drugstore, stay tuned for my next post featuring affordable make-up.
Presented in order of putting them on ya face:
Primer: Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Smooth – $9.99
Foundation: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation – $12.99
Dry skin kids, don’t fret at the word “matte.” I have dry skin and love this foundation. It stays all day, and doesn’t look cakey or weird on my dry skin. I recommend moisturizing, priming, then using this foundation with a very damp beauty blender. The moisturizing and the damp beauty blender make all the difference, I promise.
Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – $4.99
Fit Me has been compared to the NARS Creamy Concealer. It’s got a great consistency and is a medium coverage. Plus, at the price, it’s great to get a few different colors for days when you want a super highlighted look vs. just a daily look.
Powder: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder – $4.99
Bronzer/Contour: Physician’s Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer – $14.99
Don’t freak out a the price tag, this bronzer is WORTH IT. It’s lasts forever, and the color is the perfect neutral undertone with a warm finish so you can use it for bronzing and for some light contouring. Plus it literally applies like butter. Skip the expensive latte for a few days to justify dropping the $15 dollars on this sucka, and you will not regret it. I have high-end bronzers, and still pick this one everyday. It’s the best of the best drugstore make-up.
Highlighter: Essence Pure Nude Highlighter – $4.49
It’s cult favorite for a reason: the most natural but gorgeous glow. To up the intensity, mist your brush with a setting spray before applying it to make it a little more “wet.” Much like the Butter Bronzer, I have many high end highlighters but use this one daily.
Blush: Makeup Revolution The Matte Blush – $5.00
Super pigmented and a ton of colors. Just make sure to use a light hand when applying.
Mascara: Maybelline Lash Sensational – $8.99
- Essence Eyeshadow – $1.99
- NYX Cosmetics Prismatic Eyeshadows – $5.99
- NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadows – $4.49
- Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo – $6.99
The Maybelline Color Tattoos are cream shadows and they are almost literally tattoos. I used to work triple shifts between working at a gym and waitressing, and could put these on m eyes at 9am, and get home at 3am after a 6pm-2am waitress shift and my eyeshadow would still be flawless without a primer. These are bomb.com.
- Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen – $2.99
This eyeliner is comparable to Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner in “Trooper.” Though this one is a felt tip and the KVD is a brush pen they apply very similarly. KVD may be a smidgen darker, but for the price difference of $16 bucks I’m fine with that.
- NYX Tres Jolie Gel Pencil Liner – $11.99
Stays all day, including the waterline. This liner applies very easily, and also lasts forever.
Setting Spray: Maybelline FaceStudio Master Fix Wear Boosting Setting Spray – $12.99
Comparable to the Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray, IMHO. They even have very similar ingredients lists. I use this as a setting spray, and to help dampen my brush when I want to intensify eyeshadow or highlight colors.
Just ’cause the Youtube gurus are using Marc Jacobs and YSL doesn’t mean drugstore make-up isn’t good. Drugstore make-up will still snatch your face, I promise.
Did I miss any other great products? Leave them in the comments!