15 Drugstore Beauty Products We Spotted On Models This Week

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Sprinting into CVS after work to grab a box of tampons and a $4 eyeliner feels pretty unglamorous. But after seeing the Gigis and Imaans of the world strut the runways wearing the exact same plastic-wrapped cream pencil, we might just be changing our tune.
As it turns out, there are tons of cheap beauty products strewn all over the backstage hair-and-makeup stations at New York Fashion Week this season, and we rounded up 15 of our favorites. Whether you're looking for a texturizing dry shampoo with enough hold to weave three pounds of fresh flowers through your braid, or you want to get your hands on the $7 berry lip stain that looks expensive enough to be worn with a $2,900 slip gown — you'll find the chicest, cheapest beauty products of the season, ahead.
There is a lot of product out there — some would say too much. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team, but if you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
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Brandon Maxwell

Brandon Maxwell teamed up with MAC to create a Texas-inspired makeup collection for his runway show at New York Fashion Week.
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The soft sunset hues looked stunning on the eyes and lips, and the nail look followed suit, with models sporting Essie's Sugar Daddy, a super shiny shade of blush pink.
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Jonathan Simkhai

Maybelline makeup artist Grace Lee wanted to juxtapose the white and yellow fabrics in the Edwardian-inspired collection with a flushed cheek or berry-stained lip, according to the brand.
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To achieve a youthful dewy look on the skin, Lee tapped Maybelline strobing liquid glow highlighter all over the face.
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The dreamy berry-stained lip came courtesy of Maybelline's matte liquid lipstick in the new shade 'Composure' (which, by the way, does not budge for hours).
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Harlem’s Fashion Row

Celebrity stylist Ursula Stephen used synthetic wigs for this look, but counted on drugstore products for the perfect prep.
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She saturated the models' hair with Tresemmé pre-styling spray and braided it tightly against the head before securing the wigs.
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After each wig was in place, Stephen cut the hair into a triangle shape and teased and brushed through it to create volume and loosen the curls. She then hit it with hairspray to lock in the triangular shape.
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Rachel Zoe

As part of Rachel Zoe's Spring 2019 Ready-to-Wear Collection, the designer paired her floral-printed, draped silhouettes with delicate touches of sparkle in the hair, courtesy of scünci's rhinestone barrettes.
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The pins are super cheap, but looked expensive with the right placement and cool loose waves.
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Manicurists layered Essie's Summit of Style, a topcoat with thick chunks of glitter, over the nails for a twinkling effect.
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Jeremy Scott

For the Jeremy Scott show, models wore flashy 3-D foil lipstick, created by makeup artist Kabuki.
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Vogue reported that Kabuki used Ardell lash glue to adhere custom-cut pieces of metallic foil paper onto the lips. Of course, off the runway, we recommend buying a chrome lipstick, and keeping your lash glue on your lashes.
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Opening Ceremony

Where fashion is the focus of most shows, Opening Ceremony's cabaret presentation was all about celebrating individuality in beauty — with hair and makeup looks inspired by and worn by drag queens and kings.
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Some looks required industrial-strength staying power, but most of the models wore Maybelline's FitMe foundation and concealer as a base.
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The mesmerizing eyeshadow look was achieved with a blend of emerald and teal shadows, also by Maybelline.
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LaQuan Smith

The makeup at LaQuan Smith was all about the details, including a double flick of black liner winging outside the lash line.
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Artists employed this cheap, creamy black pencil to get the look — keeping a teeny tiny space between the lines for added drama.
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LaQuan Smith lead makeup artist Bimpe Onakoya used a small blending brush to sweep Maybelline chrome highlighter onto the models' cheekbones with precision.
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The soft neutrals in the Lemonade Craze palette gave dimension and definition to the eyelid, without overpowering the eyeliner moment.
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Rodarte's lead hairstylist Odile Gilbert achieved one of the most impressive hair presentations on any runway, weaving pounds of fresh flowers throughout the models' hair.
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Gilbert raked Tresemmé's extra-hold mousse through towel-dried hair from roots to tips for volume, bounce, and hold.
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After the hair was bone-dry and styled, Gilbert liberally sprayed dry shampoo all over it to add additional body and texture — and a strong base for all those flowers.

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