These Are the Best Drugstore Beauty Products, According To Professional Makeup Artists -The Gloss

In our Makeup Artists’ Picks series, we have found out what products are worthy of a spot in their kits, including lipsticks, mascaras, eyeshadows, foundations, glossesmakeup removers and more. We have discovered what products are worth splurging on but sometimes you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great product. There are a lot of brilliant beauty finds at the drugstore. That’s why for our latest feature we asked makeup artists what their favorite drugstore picks are.

(Related: These Are the Best Makeup Removers You Can Buy, According To Professional Makeup Artists)

These are the affordable drugstore beauty products that makeup artist love:

1. Just The Basics Pre-Moistened Facial Towelettes ($2.99, CVS)CVS Makeup Wipes

Makeup artist and Artis brush founder Matthew Waitesmith chose this budget-friendlymakeup remover towelettes for his favorite makeup remover and his drugstore beauty buy. He says, “It’s simple, practical and gentle. It is a good item to carry in your makeup bag.”

2.  Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($5.85, Neutrogena)
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Forward Artists makeup artist Samuel Paul also picked a makeup remover for his drugstore pick. He says, “[The wipes] remove makeup and freshen the face and doesn’t leave any residue.” These were also featured on the makeup artists’ favorite makeup removers guide, so you know they’re good. Makeup artist and lash designer Monika Crouch 
is also a fan.

3. Lash Discovery Mascara ($6.20, Maybelline)Maybelline Lash Discovery

If you want your stubby lashes to look long and flirty without the telltale spikes, try this mascara.Forward Artists makeup artist Kathy Jeung loves it. She says, “The best narrow brush builds even the smallest lashes realistically without clumps.”

4. Liquid Eyeliner ($2.99, NYC New York Color)NYC LIquid Eyeliner

Makeup artist and lash designer Monika Crouch had a few drugstore faves. This liquid liner was one of them. The applicator allows you to create skinny lines or thick ones, depending on the look you want. Use it to create a flawless cat eye.

5. Studio Contouring Blush and Bronzing Powder ($3, e.l.f)elf Studio Blush and Bronzer

This was Monika Crouch’s other pick. This affordable kit has everything you need to enhance your cheeks. Apply the bronzer to define your cheekbones, then dust a bit of blush on the apples of your cheeks to add some color to your face.

6. Airspun Loose Face Powder ($6.49, Coty)Coty Airspun Powder

Makeup artist, Birchbox Beauty Expert and YouTuber Tati Westbrook has high praise for this old favorite. She explains, “This stuff is old school but will make your face look completely poreless. Best hidden gem at the drugstore!” It’s worth buying for the packaging alone.

7. Precision Blending Sponge ($5.99, Swissco)Swissco Blending Sponge

Makeup artist Jade Marie considers this an essential part of anyone’s makeup kit, professional or not. She simply says, “No explanation required. Everyone needs one!” You heard her.

8. Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask ($19.50, derma e)Derma E Charcoal Mask

Makeup artist Jose Corella actually picked a skin care product. This mask helps give you a perfect base for makeup. He explains, “Once you wash it off after it dries, it takes all the dry dead skin and leaves your skin ready for applying makeup.”

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