Holy Grail Drugstore Buys To Scoop Up

Pros in the beauty business seem to have it made. They get to schmooze with celebrities, travel a ton, and have access to the best products out there. So, their medicine cabinets must be like mini versions of the Barneys makeup counter — right? Wrong. Turns out makeup artists and hairstylists are huge fans of budget-beauty buys. Who knew?
Since you know there's very little we love more than a serious score at the drugstore, we had to pick their brains. And, in our opinions, the recommendations they offered up are truly invaluable. Ahead, find 26 wonder wares you can snag at the drugstore, all recommended by some of the coolest pros in the biz. Yeah, a trip to Walgreens is so necessary.
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"This product is hands down one of the best BB creams on the market, even compared to more expensive brands. It offers all the benefits of BB cream, like evening of the skin, SPF, and hydration, with the added bonus of being hypoallergenic- and fragrance-free." Kindra Mann, makeup artist for Rosario Dawson.
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"This is a very high-end formula for a great bargain. The new and improved shade system means you can find a great match for almost any skin tone. It works over time, creating a medium-to-full-coverage, flawless finish that lasts and lasts — without the need for powder." Beau Nelson, makeup artist to Nicole Richie.
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"This is the best! You can use a lot to create any crazy, big hairstyle or just a little for the perfect hold. And, it's easy to brush out. I couldn't work without it."Maranda, hairstylist to Catherine Zeta-Jones.
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"This is the perfect brightening solution for just about every skin tone — especially if you're medium-toned. Make sure to apply a small amount to the high-points of your face. It will add a fresh, radiant glow to your skin." Gina Brooke, makeup artist to Madonna.
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"I'm a self-proclaimed lip-moisturizing fanatic. These little guys are not only effective but taste great (and the mint keeps breath fresh). Just be careful when you get to the bottom of the base, it can be a little messy when applying." — Scott-Vincent Borba, director of marketing for Toppik.
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"When it comes to affordable blowdryers, this is the cream of the crop. It dries hair quickly and gives it some serious shine. Plus, it's small and portable, so it doesn't break my back when I'm lugging it around from client to client." — Megan Balinski, senior stylist at Roman K Salon.

BaBylissPro Tourmaline Titanium Travel Dryer, $29.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
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"Seriously, anything from Goody. It makes every hair accessory imaginable. But, it does have a new athletic range of headbands that I'm liking right now. Genius and affordable!" Robert Vetica, hairstylist to Cate Blanchett.
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"It's the blackest one I have tried — it lasts so long and doesn't crack. I do a cat-eye on myself daily, so I feel like I'm an expert in this area. I'm so happy I stumbled across this one!” Kristin Gallegos, makeup artist to Riley Keough.
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"They have a sheer tint that is shiny but not sticky. It's a great balance between a balm and a gloss — nice to wear alone or to mix!" Roz Music, makeup artist to Emma Watson.
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"I love the L'Oréal Super Liner liquid liner because it has really fine point, and the applicator is amazing, not too hard so it glides on the lids to create smooth lines." Nick Barose, makeup artist to Lupita Nyong'o.
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"The absolute holy grail of mascara for me. I almost never even bother using anything else. It wraps its blackest black formula around lashes, leaving them thicker and defined with no clumps." — Beau Nelson.
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"Anything by Burt's Bees. You seriously get the most bang for your buck from this brand." — Robert Vetica.
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"I pat this under the eyes after applying foundation. It bounces the light back under the eyes, reducing the look of dark circles. I love the brightness it brings to the face. I'll use the extra on my finger and run it down the bridge of the nose for a beautiful highlight. Fiona Stiles, makeup artist to Jennifer Garner.
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"An amazing synthetic brush line that offers very cheap starter kits. The shadow blender is the best concealer brush on the planet." Matthew VanLeeuwen, makeup artist to Naomi Watts.
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"This is the best mascara for that ‘no makeup’ eye makeup look. It gives great separation and definition for natural looking lashes!" Daniel Martin, makeup artist to Jessica Alba.
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"This is a great organic lip balm that moisturizes. It's perfect under lipstick because it doesn't turn greasy." — Nick Barose.
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“I love the conditioners that are sold in home hair-dye boxes! This is my secret miracle product. I use them in extreme cases where the hair is very dry, frizzy, heavily colored, overstyled, and damaged. It's great for an emergency, when you need to look your best with very little time.” — Christian Wood, hairstylist for Jessica Chastain.
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"These amazing cream shadows come in a great variety of neutrals and some fun colors, too. They blend easily over lids and can be worn by themselves or as a base for under-powder shadows to create depth and intensity. Best part? They don't budge until you're ready to take them off.” — Beau Nelson.
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"The combination of light oils and almost no surfactants and thick consistency but no wash-out residue makes this my favorite shampoo in its price range." — Scott-Vincent Borba.
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"Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is one of the best on the market for its effectiveness, price, and aesthetics. I create many products, including skin care, and this is a staple in my shower." — Scott-Vincent Borba.
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"These come in a rainbow assortment of colors, and the texture is fantastic. Great pay off and great colors — it's an inexpensive way to embrace a color trend.” — Fiona Stiles.
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"Pixi Nail Colors — any color. They're so fun, and the bottles are easy-to-carry in my kit." — Nick Barose.
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"The true pioneer of highlighters — and a kit staple for years!" — Daniel Martin.
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"For $7.99 you can get smooth, silky-feeling hair. Just apply a small amount and pull it through your hair. It will kill flyaways and smoothen out frizzy-feeling hair."— Maranda.
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"It's up there with any other surf spray. It has seaweed and algae extracts, so it's moisturizing as well." — Robert Vetica.

Nuance Salma Hayek Texturizing Sea Salt Spray, $12.99, available at CVS.
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"This is a great little miracle worker for both men and women alike. Tend Skin eliminates razor burn and ingrown hairs almost immediately, and helps to diminish any red, irritated skin. It's perfect for anyone who frequently shaves or waxes and has a sensitivity to it.” — Kindra Mann

Tend Skin Solution For Men and Women, $15.99, Target.
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