Looking good without dropping a paycheck is definitely #BeautyGoals. So we asked celebrity makeup artists to reveal which drugstore picks they stock in their kits and actually use on their clients IRL. You won't need to break a $20 bill on any of these finds. You’re welcome!
1. Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder
"This silky powder takes away shine and is perfect for touching up oily t-zones," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Nick Barose, who has used the compact on Uzo Aduba. Better yet, he says, "it has a great shade range too.”
Maybelline | $5
2. Q-Tips Precision Swabs
These sticks don’t shed cotton like some other swabs, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Edward Cruz, who works with Priyanka Chopra. “These are lifesavers when I need to do a quick-fix around the eyes, or when I want to sharpen up the edges of lip liner.”
3. Cetaphil Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
To prep her clients before even applying makeup, pro Yolonda Frederick relies on this lotion. "It hydrates the skin without making it feel greasy," she says. Plus, "it's non-irritating and non-comedogenic so it won't clog your pores.”
Cetaphil | $17
4. L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara
"I can't go a day without this mascara – not personally, and not professionally," says N.Y.C. makeup artist Megan Lanoux. It dual effects, too: “The plush brush deposits the perfect amount of product, providing volume without leaving lashes clumpy,” she says. The formula also "conditions lashes to keep them healthy."
L'Oreal Paris | $9
5. Rimmel’s Exaggerate Full Color Lip Liner in Addiction #018
This automatic lip liner is soft and creamy, so it glides on easily," says L.A. makeup artist Vanessa Scali, who works with Vanessa Hudgens. "It can be worn alone or under a lipstick for longevity. I buy multiple pieces at a time because it is one of the products that I give away most,” she says.
Rimmel London | $7