13 Drugstore Beauty Buys the Experts Swear By
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Bargain Beauty1 of 14
By Sara Tan
Celebrity makeup artists and hairstylists have access to top-of-the-line beauty products, but they still appreciate a good deal—especially when the less expensive product is just as good, if not better, than the luxury item. We asked them to share the drugstore products they use on their famous clients and themselves for longer lashes, smoother skin and fuller hair. Check out their 13 favorite money-saving buys now.
Bright Idea2 of 14
Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Smalls says that when it comes to facial masks, "a higher price point doesn't necessarily mean the product is more effective." She's a fan of Masque Bar's brightening sheet mask, which "includes orange extract and vitamin C, two ingredients which are known to help stimulate collagen, reverse sun damage and minimize dark spots. The cloth sheet also helps apply the nutrients to your skin more evenly."
SHOP NOW: Masque Bar by Look Beauty brightening Sheet Mask, $10 for pack of 3, target.com
Damage Control3 of 14
Makeup artist Jen Atkin uses Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy's Damage & Color Repair line as an affordable alternative to pricey salon treatments. "So many people focus on the ends of their hair, but they neglect their scalp, which is where new hair growth begins," she says. "This treatment is unique in that its ingredients, like vitamin B5 and coconut oil, help nourish all parts of your hair, not just the ends."
SHOP NOW: Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Damage & Color Repair, $5, target.com
Under Fire4 of 14
"I have used the most expensive eye pencils and never found anything that works as well as this one by Maybelline," says celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes. His secret to making it work? "Get your lighters out! Hit the pencil with the flame, wait for it to cool down and then apply it—that liner won't go anywhere."
SHOP NOW: Maybelline Expert Eyes twin brow & eye pencils, $3, soap.com
Take Cover5 of 14
Makeup artist Quinn Murphy likens Sonia Kashuk's Liquid Light Concealer to Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat concealer pens. Kashuk's version is formulated with moisturizing hyaluronic acid and soothing black tea extract. "It's very sheer, yet gives enough coverage to correct under-eye darkness and other imperfections," she says. "It's as good as a high-end brand concealer, but a lot more affordable."
SHOP NOW: Sonia Kashuk liquid light concealer, $9, target.com
Faking It6 of 14
"I make a trip to the drugstore every few weeks and buy an assortment of fake lashes for as little as $4 each," says makeup artist Luis Casco. "Some of the best and easiest to apply are the ones made by Ardell." For a more natural look, Casco uses Ardell's Accent Lashes, but if you're looking to add more drama to your eyes, he suggests Ardell's Wispies.
SHOP NOW: Ardell accent lashes, $4, drugstore.com
Come Clean7 of 14
Mally Roncal uses CVS's exfoliating cotton pads to help get her makeup off at the end of the day. "When I use the pads with my Mally Beauty makeup remover, the exfoliating action really gets everything off. It's super-fast and easy," she says.
SHOP NOW: CVS exfoliating cotton pads, $4, cvs.com
Making Waves8 of 14
Create beachy waves with Rita Hazan stylist Kimberly Gueldner's most trusted hair cream, Pantene's styling balm. "It's the perfect consistency for scrunching into hair to achieve natural-looking yet textured tresses," she says.
SHOP NOW: Pantene Pro-V Stylers all-in-one styling balm, $5, walmart.com
Go Long9 of 14
For a simple way to fake long, lush lashes, celebrity makeup artist Pat McGrath swears by CoverGirl LashBlash Bombshell Curvaceous. "I'm obsessed with this mascara because it gives the most luscious, thickest curled lashes you've ever seen," says says. McGrath says the applicator automatically lifts and curls, so you can skip the eyelash curler altogether.
SHOP NOW: CoverGirl LashBlash Bombshell Curvaceous, $12, drugstore.com
Turn Up the Volume10 of 14
If your goal is shiny, full hair, you probably "use mousse at least twice a week," says Rita Hazan stylist Mylo Carrion. "When you go through mousse quickly, you spend more, so it's going to add up." Carrion's pick? Redken's volumizing mousse, which is designed to condition and add body to your hair.
SHOP NOW: Redken Full Frame 07 protective volumizing mousse, $16, amazon.com
Hide & Conceal11 of 14
Makeup artist Jillian Dempsey relies on Nuance, Salma Hayek's skincare and cosmetics line, especially the brand's Front & Center concealer. Unlike other products that only work to conceal, "I like that this one has a brightening effect to it. It's perfect for the under-eye area," she says.
SHOP NOW: Nuance Salma Hayek Front & Center concealer & brightener, $11, cvs.com
A Leg Up12 of 14
It's easy to fake a tan with Sally Hansen's Airbrush Legs Leg Makeup, a favorite of celebrity makeup artist Fiona Stiles. "It gives great coverage, has a little glow so that your tan looks real, doesn't transfer onto clothes and lasts all day," she says.
SHOP NOW: Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $12, target.com
Body Language13 of 14
"I am totally in love with this Jergens BB cream," says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. "It's so important to make sure the skin on your body is just as flawless as on your face. This BB cream gives the immediate appearance of even skin tone, and it also offers lasting hydration and visibly firms the skin."
SHOP NOW: Jergens BB body skin perfecting cream, $12, drugstore.com
Lash Out14 of 14
"L'Oréal's voluminous mascara has been my go-to for celebrity clients since I began doing makeup," says makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. "It's incredibly pigmented, doesn't clump, is buildable and gives great volume and length to the lashes." While other department store mascaras charge more for complex applicators, Dedivanovic says L'Oréal's "wand and bristles are perfectly shaped and allow you to really coat each lash without them sticking to one another."
SHOP NOW: L'Oréal voluminous carbon black mascara, $8, ulta.com