The makeup and skincare sections are the crown jewels of a drugstore. Not only can you find super affordable lipsticks and lotions alongside your favorite snacks and household items, but they can rival the quality of department store finds for a fraction of the price. If you’re building your makeup routine or wanting to expand your collection, take inspiration from the women in eHow’s 52 Faces series. From top mascara picks to go-to night cream, they have the details on the best drugstore finds. Here are nine of their favorite budget-friendly products that give luxury makeup a run for its money.
A Penny-Pinching Tool
Owning good brushes is just as important as having good makeup. Luckily, you don’t have to spend your entire week’s paycheck on a set of makeup brushes — just take a trip down the drugstore makeup aisle to the E.L.F. section. PR account manager Sheiva Shideh loves the brand’s brow comb and brush, and it'll only set you back a little over a dollar.
A Pro Makeup Remover
Using a Burt’s Bees towelette to remove your makeup is like that gourmet piece of chocolate you eat every night after dinner: a small, but well-deserved luxury. eHow editor Kelly Dawson looks forward to this part of her nightly routine. “The cucumber and sage scent is so calming,” she says.
A Tried-and-True Skin Friend
You can’t get more multipurpose than Vaseline. It helps with chapped skin, hair flyaways and stubborn makeup. Blogger Caroline Burke also uses the bathroom staple to keep her eyebrows in place and her skin glowy. When you’re in the drugstore, stop by the skincare section to pick up a tub or a few lip balms.
A Much-Loved Mascara
Every top drugstore beauty pick list you’ll ever read will have Maybelline Great Lash mascara on it, and for good reason — the classic green-and-pink tube is that good. If you need any additional persuasion, take it from novelist Stephanie Danler. Her mascara pick? “Maybelline Great Lash, in 'Blackest Black,' always and forever.”
A Lash Lifesaver
When you run out of the mascara in your bag, head straight for the drugstore to pick up a tube of CoverGirl LashBlast. It works even better than the pricey department store version you’re thinking of. If you’ve been thinking about switching up other parts of your makeup routine, take a cue from Brooke Wolin, eHow’s brand partnership manager. She wears it with tinted moisturizer, a little coverup and a swipe of bronzer.
An Ace Eyeliner
If you love spending your Pinterest time combing through photos of eyeliner tricks and designs, then you should know about L’Oreal’s Lineur Intense Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner. Alexa Egeck, a BHLDN accessories buyer, counts it as her favorite one. “I discovered felt-tip eyeliner in college and it really changed my makeup game,” she says.
A Makeup Master
Foundation is one of the most expensive makeup items, but there are tons of incredible products you can find in your local drugstore. Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless Foundation comes in so many shades, and costs the same amount as two of your favorite lattes. Actress Tiana Okoye recommends it — she uses it when she goes on auditions.
A Bargain Body Scrub
Don’t forget about skincare! Make sure a body scrub is at the top of your drugstore list. St. Ives has a spa-worthy green tea scrub that Egeck loves. “I use a lot of green tea and tea tree oil products on my skin — they keep it clear without using a bunch of harsh chemicals.”
A Go-To Night Cream
A good night cream is hard to find, unless you’re a drugstore product connoisseur. Turn to Garnier’s Nutritioniste Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream for your nighttime routine. Actress and yoga instructor Kate Alvarado dabs a small amount of it under her eyes before she goes to sleep, and she wakes up looking as refreshed as she feels. The next time you head to the drugstore, take a trip to the makeup and skincare sections and treat yourself to some budget-friendly finds.