We could sit and chat beauty with our favorite makeup artists for hours, but one thing we’re continually curious to know is how to achieve Hollywood-worthy glam without spending a fortune. Even the top talent in Tinseltown uses affordable products (hallelujah!), and all it takes is a strong recommendation from these pros to take a trip to our local drugstore. Here, some of our most-trusted makeup gurus spill on the cheap and chic buys they always have on-hand. (And take it from them—they’ve tried everything.)
The Pros Share Their Best Buys
"I have used L'Oreal's Voluminous mascara for years. It has a gorgeous, rich black color, plus you only need one coat and it never flakes."
Colour Riche La Palette
"I love this palette because it has a perfect range of nude shades. By offering both shimmer and matte shadows, you can simultaneously highlight and create depth. You can achieve a perfect, soft daytime eye and also intensify the look for evening. I also love the texture and use this palette quite often on Rachel [Zoe]."
Ardell Glamour Wispies Black Lashes
"Ardell lashes are my go to drugstore obsession—I go through 10 pairs of double Wispies a week."
Eye Studio Sculpting Brow Mascara
"This is my ultimate go-to brow product—I keep it in my kit for clients, and use it personally. The tones in the color range are perfection. Brow Drama tints the brows, makes them appear fuller and gives the them the best texture. What I love most is that when you apply this, your brows stay in place for the whole day."
Infallible Lacquer Liner
"L'Oreal's Infallible gel liner never lets me down! What I love about it is that it doesn't dry out like most gel liners do. I love that it glides on so smoothly and has a glossy finish. You can apply it precisely for a cat eye or diffuse it for a smoky effect. It doesn't migrate all over the eyes throughout the day and stays on forever."