As summer wraps up, it’s time to start seriously thinking about your back to school beauty routine. We know it might seem like a drag now, but you’ll be happy you sacrificed some of your last moments of summer vacation to do a little prep work because you’ll always look great not matter what comes your way this school year—whether it’s a pop quiz or an audition for a role in the school musical. Even better: you can completely stock up your medicine cabinet, locker, and bookbag with new budget-friendly goodies. We’ve rounded up the ten drugstore gems under $10 that will help you start off your school year with a top mark beauty routine.
1. Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel
Do you often hit snooze, even on mornings when you know you have to get up early enough to wash your hair? This genius towel makes up for any lost getting ready minutes. It’s made with special microfibers that soak up excess water from wet hair so blow-drying it is a whole lot faster.
2. Pantene Pro-V Original Fresh Dry Shampoo
Dry shampoo may seem like a no-brainer to stock up on, but between getting all of your school supplies and getting back into the routine of making it to class on time, you're bound to forget something if you don't make a list of beauty products to pick up before the first day of school. Trust us, you'll be thankful you wrote it down and checked it off when you have that can of dry shampoo in your locker to freshen up your strands after gym.
Pantene Pro V | $6
3. H&M Liquid Eyeliner
An easy-to-use liquid eyeliner? It is possible. The fine tip of H&M's eyeliner makes it easy to keep a steady hand and draw on a precise line that can easily be buildt upon. A cat-eye every day of the week? Yes please!
H&M | $7
4. Leaders AC Clear Treatment Mask
When you wake up and your long, late night of studying has shown up on your face, you could grab a latte for a caffeine boost to get you through the day, or you could take that $5 and do a quick mask as you get ready to go ace your test. This sheet one by Leaders calms and soothes redness and breakouts from stress and lack of sleep so you look (and thus feel) fresh.
5. Catrice Allround Concealer
Get a concealer palette that can do both. This multi-shade set will mask annoying breakouts and cover-up any uneven spots in your complexion like redness or dark circles.
6. Yes To Miracle Oil Argan Oil Facial Wipes
Lazy girls this one’s for you: Whether you’re too tired to take your makeup off at the end of a long day of school and your extracurricular, or you want to take your makeup off quick before your gym class sweat session, these gentle wipes will do more than quickly get the job done. In addition to swiping off every trace of makeup, they’re also infused with argan oil, a mega-hydrator that will leave skin smooth, soft, and glowing.
7. CoverGirl Lashblast The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara
This year, leave the drama for your lashes. CoverGirl's new mascara has all the benefits of a lengthening fiber mascara without the fuss of multiple coats. Simply a few swipes of its wand will give you your biggest and boldest lashes yet.
8. Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Drama Promade Crayon
It's true: few of us wake up with perfect brows. This do-it-all pencil fills-in sparce spots and can be used to define and adjust their shape. Its waxy formula will hold everything in place from first to last period without looking crunchy or fake.
Maybelline | $9
9. NYX Matte Lipstick
When all else fails, a swipe of lipstick is the quickest way to look put-together after you've hit snooze a few too many times and are in a rush to make it to school on time. Whether you opt for a classic red or an edgy purple, these new matte shades by NYX are on-trend with a formula that keeps lips hydrated throughout the day.
NYX | $7
10. E.L.F. Cosmetics Clay Eyeshadow In Smoked To Perfection
Create an infinite number of daytime eye looks with this palette of neutrals. It also includes a few moodier shades that can be swiped on to instantly transform your eye makeup for an evening out to dinner with friends.
E.L.F. | $6