Have you ever found yourself in the unfortunate situation of losing (or momentarily misplacing) your entire makeup bag (or just forgetting to bring it with you…)? And you’re in the middle of small-town America, with absolutely no Sephora in site. But there’s a drugstore! Well, here are the best beauty products to buy at your local drugstore (and online by clicking the links). And even if you haven’t recently lost your makeup bag (sigh of relief), these products should be staples in your beauty arsenal, so pick up one (or a few) today. Not quite under $10, but everything on this list will certainly save you a pretty penny in the long run.
1. Sonia Kashuk Chic Luminosity Highlighter Stick ($11) – This creamy, champagne-hued highlighter rivals any of the prestige brands. In an interview with celebrity makeup artist Quinn Murphy, he called this, “The perfect champagne shade to mimic natural dewy skin…. a makeup artist’s secret weapon; it can be used on the body, too.”
2. CoverGirl LashBlast Super Sizer Waterproof Mascara ($6) – For nights – or days – when you need a mascara that stays put but still intensifies your lashes. This is my current favorite waterproof mascara; in fact, I use it daily for my lower lashes (as they tend to get raccoon-y very quickly without a waterproof formula) as the thin plastic bristled application coats every.single.baby.lash.
3. e.l.f. Flawless Eyeshadow in Golden Goddess ($2) – e.l.f. can do no wrong when it comes to shadows, especially their quads (and their cheap as f*&$ prices). Golden Goddess is your everyday brown/ neutral pairings, but Smoky, Beautiful Browns, and Tantalizing Taupe are just as wearable. At $2 a pop, stock up and buy all four quads! And e.l.f. makes it super simple to apply, as they list what shade to use as base, lid, crease, and line… so it’s basically foolproof.
4. Revlon Matte Lipstick in Really Red ($8) – A seriously classic red lip color with a matte finish. See, you don’t need to spend double digits to get that coveted screen siren pout. If red isn’t your hue, opt for Nude or Pink, both are beautifully pigmented, wearable shades that will leave your pucker with glam appeal.
5. CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm in Cotton Candy Twist ($9) – If matte isn’t your thing, try these fantastic glossy lip crayons by CoverGirl. Cotton Candy Twist is a pretty perfect nude hue, while shea and mango butters will add hydration and shine.
6. Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara ($7) – Brows shape the face, so making sure that your hairs are perky and stay put is key. This stuff rivals Anastasia’s coveted tinted brow gel, and for a fraction of the price. It comes in five colors and works like a charm. For quick tips on the best way to shape your brows, click here.
7. Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil ($4) – By far, my favorite black drugstore eyeliner (and you can’t beat the price, so might as well pick it up in brown, too!). The pencil is soft and malleable and allows you to apply either in the waterline or to the lash line and smudge with ease.
8. Milani Rose Powder Blush in Coral Cove ($6) – A natural finish that never streaks in beautifully, universal flattering shades (although Coral is definitely first pick as every skin tone has a hint of orange in it). Build and layer for more color.
9. CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen in Very Black ($7) – Create a cate-eye with this easy-to-use liquid liner. Definitely one of the best ones on the drugstore market as it applies smoothly and the black is that ideal inky black color… without any late night smudge issues to boot.
10. Physicians Formula Magic Mozaic Pressed Powder ($13) – Multiple golden hues that can be swirled around to create the perfect bronzed shade for your skin tone. You can also get creative by highlighting and contouring, depending on what colors you mix together. Physician’s Formula products are hypoallergenic, fragrance and oil-free, and non-comedogenic so they work on sensitive and acne-prone skin too.