The drugstore beauty buys pro makeup artists can’t live without


They’ve got access to all the luxe beauty brands, but these top makeup artists always make sure their kits are fully stocked with these drugstore buys. Start planning your next trip to Priceline accordingly!

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L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Plumper

“This is my go-to drugstore product for every makeup look,” says Beyoncé’s makeup artist Sir John.  “A lot of people over-tweeze their brows or just simply don’t have full brows, so this product is key to helping give an instant fullness to brows. It also helps keep brows in place all day.”


Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara

Quinn Murphy makes sure his celebrity clients (Lily Aldridge and Karlie Kloss to name a few!) always have this legendary mascara on hand. “I buy [tubes] for every client, so I end up buying it a lot—sometimes ten in a week!” he told Allure. “It’s tried and true, and it works on everyone. It’s a classic and a must.”

L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator

Jennifer Lopez‘s go-to makeup artist Mary Phillips has revealed the secret to her star client’s flawless glow – the L’Oreal Paris Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator! Phillips loves to dab this creamy liquid highlighter onto the high points of J.Lo’s face – temple, cheekbones and brow bone – to catch the light.  Can’t get your hands on it? The Models Prefer Instant Glow Face and Body Highlighter is just as good.

Rimmel Provocalips Lip Colour

“This product is amazing because it lasts an extremely long time,” says makeup artist Etienne Ortega. “It’s great for weddings, red carpets or in my case, my performer clients since it doesn’t come off when they are near the mic! I use this lipstick on Christina Aguilera, the Kardashians (it’s great for long days of filming) and Paris Hilton when she DJs.”

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Towelettes

“These towelettes take all of your makeup completely off — even waterproof eye makeup — and it doesn’t irritate the skin,” says celeb makeup artist Sheika Dailey. “Plus, they work on all skin types and they’re very hydrating. I have and continue to use this product on all of my celebrity clients (like Kelly Rowland and Nicki Minaj), and I highly recommend it to them as well.”

Ardell Fashion Lashes

Vincent Oquendo is responsible for some of Bella Hadid’s best looks, so you know he’s well versed in perfectly fluttery false lashes. “Ardell has a great selection of inexpensive lashes, and they feel good on the eye. My favorite styles are Demi Wispies and the Baby Wispies.”

L’Oréal Paris True Match Blush

Kristopher Buckle, Blake Lively’s makeup maestro, prefers these blushes over more expensive options. “Many drugstore blushes have too much of a glittery finish, and you end up looking very made-up,” he says. “With this blush, the colors and textures are natural. They create the illusion of pretty, flushed skin.”

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Molly Stern favours this Burt’s Bees lip balm for her clients, who include Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Connelly. “I love the rose-tinted one,” she says. “It feels good and offers the perfect hint of color.”

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  1. I've used most of these products in the past, I love the mascara. Hands down! Plus it is the most affordable product out there. I don't like to spend too much money on make up and normally buy them from supermarkets. One day I might splash out on some bigger known brands… might be nice 🙂

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