Here's the thing about Halloween: Unless you're a vintage clothing collector with a cosmetics kit to rival that of a professional makeup artist's, you'll probably have to splurge to create your perfect costume. What's more, like airport and theme park pricing, everything bestowed with a jack-o'-lantern illustration on its packaging is oddly expensive compared to its drugstore equivalent. (And let's be honest, Halloween makeup kits are never that great anyway.)
Luckily, you can still round out your costume of choice with the perfect makeup look — and still afford to actually go out — with the right drugstore products. To help guide us to liquid liners worthy of freehand drawing, glam lashes that cost less than lunch, and lip colors that won't budge (no matter where you put 'em), we tapped celebrity makeup artist Valerie Star. She specializes in dramatic stage makeup at Caravan Stylist Studio in NYC and knows her way around a full-glam look.