Celebrity Makeup Artists Tell Us The Best Drugstore Buys

1/21 Courtesy of Sam Fine
Sam Fine's picks
Utterly lost when you walk down the beauty aisle at your local pharmacy? Here, top makeup artists, including Sam Fine, reveal the best drugstore makeup, from foundation to lip gloss to mascara.
2/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Max Factor Vivid Impact Lipcolor
"I love the colors: They're matte, bright, and awesome—and the finish is velvety. I use the bright fuchsia, deep purples, and gold on celebrities for red-carpet events."
$8, drugstore.com
3/21 Lisa Shin
Worth the Splurge: Chanel Rouge Allure Laque Lip Lacquer in Coromandel
"Every woman should splurge on the perfect red lip shade. Wearing it will make you feel sexy and confident. This particular shade is universally flattering because it's a true red, and it has the most luxurious texture."
$32, chanel.com

4/21 Ron Rinaldi
Kristofer Buckle's picks
5/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: CoverGirl LashBlast Mascara
"Mascara is something most women use every day, so it gets used up faster than other makeup. Picking a great drugstore mascara like this one, which has a giant brush to fatten up lashes fast, will save serious cash over time."
$8, drugstore.com
6/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
"They're very durable. That's why they will always grab those fine wayward hairs so well (as opposed to pulling on skin). If you happen to break them, Tweezerman will sharpen them for free or replace them for half the price you paid."
$20, drugstore.com
7/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: L'Oreal Paris True Match Blush
"Many drugstore blushes have too much of a glittery finish, and you end up looking very made-up. With this blush, the colors and textures are natural. They create the illusion of pretty, flushed skin."
$11, drugstore.com
8/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Revlon ColorStay LipColor
"This stays on through eating and drinking—and anything else you can fit into a night! Because the formula is long-wearing, there are fewer touch-ups, so one tube lasts forever."
$9, drugstore.com
9/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer
"I love these concealers because they glide on so smoothly. And they're as good as pricier brands because there's a shade for every skin tone. Once you find your color, it's foolproof: It gives great coverage without looking crepey."
$9, drugstore.com
10/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Maybelline Lineworks Liquid Eyeliner
"It's user friendly, plain and simple. The pointed-tip brush offers control and makes it easy to apply (even for a novice). It's almost impossible to mess up."
$7, cvs.com
11/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: L'Oreal Paris True Match Makeup
"L'Oreal got it right with the True Match line, including the foundation. The color range is better than anything on the market—there's a shade for every skin tone."
$13, drugstore.com
12/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Ecotools Brush Set
"How can you not love this cute little set of brushes that costs only $10? Not only do they get the job done, but the handles are made from bamboo, a renewable resource."
$10, target.com
13/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Wet n Wild Speed Gloss
"Use this over the lipstick you already own to create a new, glossy look. Dab it in the center of your lips to fake fullness or all over for extra shine. Bonus: These glosses smell delicious—like peppermint."
$4, walgreens.com
14/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder
"This powder bronzer offers a natural-looking, subtle shimmer. Use it as a blush on your cheeks, or all over your face for a bronze glow."
$15, drugstore.com
15/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: L'Oreal Paris Hip intensity Shadow Duos
"You get two coordinating colors in one pot for only $8. But the real value is that these shadows are richly pigmented, so you'll use less and they'll last longer."
$8, drugstore.com
16/21 Lisa Shin
Black Opal True Color Creme Stick Foundation SPF 8
"I love the range of shades and the great consistency in this stick. You can apply it for light or full coverage. It also works well as a concealer."
$9, blackopalbeauty.com

17/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: CoverGirl Natural Lash Clear Mascara
"This is a multipurpose product that you can use to make your lashes shinier or to groom your brows. If you put it on your eyebrows before you tweeze, it will separate the hairs and make it easier to pluck one hair at a time."
$5, drugstore.com
18/21 Lisa Shin
Worth the Splurge: Shu Uemura Makeup Brushes
"These brushes are so well made. The bristles are especially high quality, which helps makeup glide on smoothly. And unlike cheaper brushes, these won't shed on your face."
Shown: Synthetic Brush #14, $40, shuuemura.com

19/21 John Mark Sorum
Rachel Goodwin's picks
20/21 Lisa Shin
Best Drugstore Makeup Pick: Neutrogena Healthy Volume Mascara
"I like how natural looking this mascara is. Other inexpensive volumizing formulas often go on too thick and look too intense for daytime."
$8, drugstore.com
21/21 Lisa Shin
Worth the Splurge: Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder
"The Chanel compact is iconic and glamorous. The powder is great for touch-ups because it offers a bit of coverage, so it can double as a concealer."
$44, chanel.com

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