Best drugstore makeup used by pro makeup artists

Best Drugstore Makeup Used by Pro Makeup Artists by Jamie Stone TODAY Style
Today-Style-LogoMakeup and skin care products don’t have to break the bank, which no one knows better than a professional makeup artist.

We reached out to a few celebrity favorites to find out which drugstore finds they hoard in numbers and, of course, why they love them so much.

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Sir John, celebrity makeup artist
Clients: Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Joan Smalls


1. Coconut Oil, $6.84: “I love to use coconut oil to prep dry skin. It is super moisturizing!”

Q Tips

2. Q-Tip Precision Tips, $3.11: “Pointed Q-Tips are the tool in every makeup artist’s kit; the pointed version is great for a winged liner look.”

Rose Oil

3. Rose Oil, $6.99: “I love, love, love rose oil! It is a great product to help repair skin, but also helps plump the skin and smells amazing. I honestly use rose oil on every single one of my clients to prep their skin before makeup application.”

Joanna Schlip, celebrity makeup artist
Clients: Ellen Pompeo, Zooey Deschanel, Alyssa Milano, Megan Fox


4. Ardell Duralash- Flare Medium Black, $3.49: These are “easy to use and great to intensify the tips of lashes.”

Carole Colombani, Maybelline New York makeup artist
Clients: Jourdan Dunn, Lea Seydoux, Harper’s Bazaar magazine editorial shoots


5. Avene Thermal Spring Water, $9.00: “This product is great for setting makeup, or refreshing skin for a studio touch up. Spray on your brushes to turn powder eye shadow into a wet look.”

Allison Brooke, commercial and editorial makeup artist
Clients: Whitney Port, Cosmopolitan magazine, “New York Live”

6. Wet N Wild MegaEyes Cream Eyeliner, $3.99: “This smooth and creamy eyeliner glides on easily and is extremely pigmented. Use it for a crisp wing or even as a base underneath eye shadow.”

7. Kiss Ever EZ Lash Trio, $4.99: “Applying lashes can be time consuming and aggravating. These cluster lashes give the perfect amount of volume and length … just pop a bundle or two in the center of your eye (to open eyes) or on the outer corner (to create a cat eye).”

8. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4.49: “You will find this mascara in almost every pro makeup artist’s kit because it’s all-in-one. One quick swipe grabs and coats every lash thanks to the viscous formula and petite brush.”

9. Revlon Color Burst Balm, $6.89: “These chubby sticks come in a variety of colors and finishes — ranging from glossy balms to matte stains. They cost a fraction of their competitors’ versions, meaning you can stock up on as many colors as you want.”

10. Maybelline Baby Lips Balm, $3.37: “These moisturizing balms combine beauty and functionality in an adorable package. They are scented and available in a range of tints. Not to mention, there’s SPF included!”

Julia Dalton-Brush, commercial and editorial makeup artist
Clients: Tennis star Jelena Jankovic, Monica Potter, Volleyball star Gabby Reece

22. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara: “My go-to mascara on set. It produces big, beautiful, bold and voluminous lashes. The brush really grabs each lash beautifully and creates a long, full look. I used this on the FILA Tennis Athlete shoot with Jelena Jankovic for their latest campaign and it really made her already beautiful lashes pop even more.”

23. Burt’s Bee’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes: “I don’t love using facial or makeup wipes, but when I do use them, they are always Burt’s Bees. These are so gentle on the skin that I can generally use them on clients who have sensitive skin. The different scents are calming and [the formula] doesn’t dry out the skin like most wipes.”

24. Maybelline Great Lash in Clear: “This is a clear mascara, but I solely use it for brows. It sets unruly brows beautifully regardless if you are trying to give a really dramatic look or just a beautiful, natural brow.”

25. Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray: “Whether my client needs a little added hydration or just wants a refreshing mist, this facial spray is a life saver. Everyone loves the way it feels and it is an extra fun perk when clients see you have it with you.”