Emmy-Winning Makeup Artist Reveals 8 Best Drugstore Finds
'Tis the season to be jolly and fill your bag with lots of makeup!
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As much as I'm a big fan of gorgeous packaging and luxury boutiques, there's nothing more rewarding than scoring a beauty find for mere pennies on the dollar. (Well, maybe not nothing, but you know what I mean!)
In the spirit of giving and sharing, I’m revealing my favorite affordable drugstore finds, many of which I not only use on my celebrity clientele, but also include as major must-haves in my own makeup bag. And yes, as much as it seems impossible to pair the words boutique, beauty, and drugstore all in one sentence, I’ve found that many convenience shops now offer curated selections of some of the top names in beauty with sensational displays of timeless old faithfuls.
Whether filling a stocking or simply adding to your personal collection, you can find a treasure trove of beauty steals that will certainly help you dazzle this holiday season. Here are my picks:
I love a bright poppy lip for the holidays, which is why my go-to is Revlon’s Moon Drops Creme Lipstick. It’s a cult classic and found in 24 fabulous Old Hollywood-inspired shades. I recommend Love That Pink for a gorgeous pout certain to make heads turn. This is also one of the lipsticks used on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”! $8.99, Drugstore.com.
As much as new trends emerge in mascaras, I always come back to my favorite: Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft. It provides length, separation and classically dramatic lashes without the clumps. This mascara and wand can easily transition from natural to mega volume with repeat applications. $7.49, CVS.
Lips, Cuticles, and Dry Spots
Nothing heals cuticles, chapped lips and dry spots faster or easier than Aquaphor. For some added sheen to your pout, add a dab in the center of your lips after you've applied your favorite lip color. Wha-la! Instant moisture and a gloss that creates a light-catching effect. $8.49, Walgreens.
For quick touch-ups that last, try a sheer compact powder you can carry anywhere. Mally Beauty’s Poreless Face Defender is sheer, it's light as a feather, it diffuses fine lines, and it protects with a soft, semi-matte finish for flawless skin. It's pricier than the usual powder, but it gets the job done every time. $40, Ulta.
Sonia Kashuk’s limited-edition Eye on Neutral Matte/Shimmer is fragrance- and paraben-free without compromising on metallic, sparkling hues. It features holiday-inspired gold, bronze, gun metal and more, all ideal for adding subtle shine. This palette is also balanced with simple, classic matte shades to enhance your personal style and define the eyes. $29.99, Target.
Eye Makeup Remover/Treatment
I absolutely adore Aubrey's Herbessence Makeup Remover. This all-natural essential oil remover also acts like a cleanser and excellent eye treatment. I love to use this after a long night to whisk away the makeup from the day while giving the delicate eye area an overnight treatment. Cleanse your eye area first with this remover, then lightly saturate a q-tip with the oils and pat it into the orbital bone for an added treatment bonus. $6.78, Amazon.
Wipe away a day’s celebration with one simple presaturated towlette known as Boots No7 Quick-Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes. This fragrance-free, paraben-free formula cleanses, tones, moisturizes, and removes makeup in one quick swipe. With super sensitive skin, I live by these, whether it be a pre-gym quick cleanse or the post-party crash cleanse. $6.99, Target.
It never fails. Pimples always seem to act up at prime moments. Try the naturally derived Alba Botanica Natural AcneDote Invisible Treatment Gel. It highlights botantical ingredients and salicylic acid to put blemishes in their place. This clear, non-sticky product is key for under-makeup application and for PM-treatment. After all, who wants to finish a fabulous holiday feeling not so fabulous with splotches all over their face? This treatment is my all time favorite for re-establishing glowing, perfected skin. $9.95, Drugstore.com.