We love all manner of beauty buys, whether it’s a luxe daily moisturizer or a playful colored eyeliner we break out for special occasions. While we could never fully commit to getting all our essentials from just one place, the drugstore is a trusty destination for many of the products we purchase time and time again. Considering many of us are on a budget with the holidays looming, we’ve rounded up a definitive list of the essentials to shop now that’ll get you through the season with your best face forward. Grab your cash, ladies—turns out $30 can go a long way.
The Heavy-Hitting Concealer
We've praised this one countless times based on its ability to hide imperfections without caking or flaking. If you prefer an au naturel look, this formula works wonders in place of foundation—apply with your fingers to areas of redness and over any blemishes for a velvety effect. To double down on dark circles and unsightly spots, blend over your base for an airbrushed finish. And whatever you do, don't leave home without it for quick touch-ups on the party circuit.
The Tried-And-True Mascara
An oldie but major goodie, this OG mascara has stuck around for a reason—its formula is top-notch for imparting dramatic, lengthened lashes without the clump.
The Wear-Everywhere Balm
This cult Burt's Bees balm keeps lips moisturized and protected from harsh seasonal elements and gives a natural but impactful wash of color. The Red Dahlia shade is a universally flattering favorite and can be used in a pinch as blush while on the go.
The Trusty Polish
With a deluge of festive fetes on the docket, maintaining a manicure is crucial. Save some cash, skip the salon and do touch-ups yourself—this Sally Hansen formula provides the most bang for your buck, imparting rich color with staying power to keep you chip-free longer. As far as shades go, you can never go wrong with a classic red.
The Ever-Important Makeup Remover
This time of year, you're probably wearing more makeup than usual, getting gussied up for cocktail parties galore. Make sure you have a trusty remover on hand to take off the day and leave skin squeaky clean (do everything possible to avoid blemishes at this time!). This micellar water gets the job done and can even be used on stubborn eye makeup and lipstick.
The Hydrating Mask
Party makeup, chilly weather and end-of-year stress can wreak havoc on your skin. Ensure you have a sheet mask (or 10) at the ready to detox your complexion from whatever ails it.
Make This Your Best Holiday Season Yet
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