The Best Makeup Routine Brought To You By Your Local Drugstore

If we could only wear NARS blushes and Estée Lauder foundation all day long, we would, but some of us are held back by one tiny issue: money. Frankly, we don't have all the cash to dole out for the pretty products at the department stores but that doesn't mean you can't get an equally stunning look from your local drugstore.
Not only is it possible to get a full face of makeup using only drugstore products, it's easy. The mass-market brands have come a long way and nearly all of them have some seriously high-quality products in their ranks. I’ve got many favorites, but these, in my humble product-junkie opinion, are the best of the best.
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When it comes to moisturizer, I don’t mess around. My skin is sensitive and prone to breakouts, so I don’t need any surprises when dealing with skin care. Simple’s Protecting Light Moisturizer is the perfect amount of moisture when you're fresh out of the shower. My skin drinks it up. The oil-free ree formula has SPF, which acts as a great canvas for makeup and keeps me matte for much longer than other options I've tried. Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15, $12.09, available at
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This foundation could easily sell for double behind the beauty counters. For one, the shade range is seriously impressive and the display offers up an easy way to match your skin tone. It has a texture that doesn't feel like it's sitting on your skin — it's the closest thing I’ve felt to that “second skin” so many brands claim. And, of course, it does its main job: cover all my blemishes and discolorations. L'Oréal True Match Foundation, $8.99, available at Target.
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Cream blush is like a tiny fountain of youth in a bottle by giving you that natural-looking dewy flush for less than $13. These generously sized pots come in two shades and I am partial to Flushed, a fuchsia pink that’s less scary on the skin than it is in the pot. Both shades blend and build easily to give you a pinched flush. Revlon PhotoReady Cream Blush, $12.99, available at Walgreen’s.
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This eyebrow kit from E.L.F. comes with a tinted wax to fill brows in and a colored powder to set. It even comes with a double-ended brush you can use to beef up your sparse spots for a thick, polished brow. And at $3, you'll really come to wonder why you ever thought you needed to spend so much for an eyebrow kit. E.L.F. Studio Eyebrow Kit, $3, available at
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The drugstore mascara to rule all drugstore mascaras, Maybelline’s new The Falsies Big Eyes is truly two mascaras in one. The dual-ended tube address both your top and bottom lashes with a budge-proof, washable formula that rivals my favorite prestige option. Both brushes are tops in my book and I’ve taken a liking to using the lower lash brush as a first coat and then going in with the top lash brush for serious volume. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes, $9.49, available at
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Leave it to Sonia Kashuk to satisfy your shadow fix in a budget-friendly way. These neutrals are rich and shimmery with a fine consistency that reminds me of Urban Decay’s velvety singles. I like to layer them for a goes-with-anything natural look. Its most winning quality is how long it lasts. You may never need to invest in anything more expensive again. Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Duo in Leather & Lace, $7.29, available at Target.

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