10 Drug-Store Beauty Products A Makeup Pro Actually Uses

We all love to occasionally splurge on beauty products – but as much as a Dior eyeshadow palette gets us hot and bothered, there are many instances where a budget-friendly drug store product has the same effect.

We asked makeup artist Tatiana Donaldson to share 10 affordable products she thinks are the most innovative and reliable for skincare and makeup.

1. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover, $8.99

“I am big on properly prepping and hydrating the skin so cleansing water is a must-have. This cleansing water is a great way to give the skin a gentle, clean and healthy glow.”

2. Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, $7.99

“I love this foundation because it’s oil free and lightweight. It’s leaves a poreless, matte finish and a little goes a long way.”

3. Cover Girl Queen Collection All Day Flawless Foundation, $11.29

“This product is my  go-to for women of color. I love that it’s long lasting, it gives flawless coverage and it’s oil-free. It’s also a 3-in-1 – foundation, concealer and powder.”

4. Maybelline Eyestudio Brow Drama Pro Palette, $12.99

“I was recently introduced to this product while working at New York Fashion Week. We used this product to create natural yet defined brows and freckles. This is a multi-use product that delivers great pigment.”

5. NYX Stay Matte But Not Flat Powder Foundation, $9.50

“I use this powder to set the face and give a more flawless complexion. It’s mineral enriched so it looks natural even when I build it up.”

6. Maybelline The Nudes Palette in “The Nudes,” $9.99

“These colors are vibrant, long wearing and can easily be worn alone. I love this palette because it works for absolutely anyone and everyone.”

7. Palmers Cocoa Butter Dark Chocolate and Peppermint Lip Butter, $3.95

“Lip prep and treatment is key to achieving an overall flawless lip. I not only personally use this, but also use it on set. It gives the lips a natural shine without the stickiness.”

8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, $6 

“Don’t sleep on these beauties. The lip creams offer a velvety, matte finish and they are super lightweight and creamy. I apply with my fingers for a more naturally stained effect.”

9. Ardell Invisibands Natural Lashes Demi Wispies, $9.99

“These falsies have an invisible lash band and give the lashes a full and natural effect. They almost always have people wondering if they are your real lashes.”

10. Garnier Clean + Soothing Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (Sensitive Skin), $5.99

“These here are a must have. I am constantly changing makeup looks and love to use these wipes because they remove makeup effortlessly without irritating the skin. Plus, they are fragrance and alcohol free.”

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