Diana Crisan Jan 24, 2015

While we love spending all of our time (and money) at the beauty counters in department stores, we’re not ones to shy away from roaming through drugstore aisles either. Save some hard-earned dollars and shop drugstore beauty essentials … that actually work! We’ve covered all of the basics that you NEED and while there are dozens and dozens of quality beauty finds, we’ve rounded up our top 10 faves for you to try!

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1. Cleansing Towelettes

For those nights you’re too tired to wash your face (ahem, “tired”), just whip out the cleansing towelettes and give your face a swipe! Keep a pack at home, work and in your gym bag for an instant refresher! They’re perfect for fixing makeup mishaps and removing stubborn mascara, all while leaving your skin squeaky clean. Try Garnier Clean + The Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes for foolproof makeup removal!

2. Waterproof Mascara

Makeup that won’t budge is always a plus in our books … plus, you never know when you’re going to need a good cry! Pick up a tube of Maybelline Volum’ Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara for sleek, clump-free lashes that won’t break the bank. 

3. Repairing Hair Mask

The key to healthy locks is a hydrating hair mask that actually works. For a little more than your morning coffee, L’Oréal Paris Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask transforms dry, dehydrated hair into silky strands within minutes.

4. Concealer

Another cure to sleepless nights, concealer should be in every girl’s arsenal. Whether you favor cream, stick or liquid, the drugstore coverage options are endless. Conceal blemishes, dark circles and imperfections by dotting on Physicians Formula Conceal Rx Physicians Strength Concealer or Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. 

5. Red Lipstick

Who says lipstick has to cost a fortune? While we love our high-end lippies, you can find a bold red lipstick like NYX Matte Lipstick in Pure Red that really makes a statement!

6. Sea Salt Spray

There certainly isn’t always time for a chic updo, which is why beach wave spray is the perfect solution to enhancing bed head! Spritz a little Redken Fashion Waves 07 Sea Salt Spray or TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray for low-maintenance, tousled body.

7. Spot Treatment

Everyone gets them — pimple EMERGENCIES! Take care of a pesky blemish the second you feel a sore bump with a drugstore product containing salicylic acid like Burt’s Bees Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream. Your skin will be happy you had this on hand.

8. Liquid Eyeliner

A must-have staple in every girl’s beauty routine, NYX Studio Liquid Liner is super-pigmented, applies smoothly and the fine-tip brush allows for perfectly precise application — super handy for those tricky cat eye looks we love!

9. Lip Balm

Although cherry Chapstick does the trick, there are SO many fun balms and glosses that provide long-term lip hydration at the checkout counter. We love Maybelline Baby Lips and the super cute eos Visibly Soft Lip Balm!  

10. Brow Kit

For around $6 you can find everything you need in this little NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder kit — an angled brush, spoolie, clear wax and two brow powders. There are NO more excuses for imperfect brows!


What are some of your fave drug-store beauty finds? Let us know in the comments below! 



About the Author:Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.

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