Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Drugstore Makeup 101

My drugstore makeup suggestions! Perfect for beginners or those looking to expand their collection. (as of May 2015 / US brands)

Below are a ton of options, for anyone looking for drugstore products in an array of prices and finishes
(Most of these are brands found at Ulta/Target because it’s really hard to remember brands not sold in stores. If you think of any leave me an ask and I can always update my list)


  • Face
    • Maybelline FaceStudio Mast Prime Blur + Smooth Primer (hydrating)
    • Maybelline FaceStudio Mast Prime Blur + Redness Control Primer (redness reducing)
    • Maybelline FaceStudio Mast Prime Blur + Illuminate Primer (luminizing)
    • L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Light Infusing Primer (luminizing)
    • Boots Beautifully Matte Make Up Base (very mattifying)
    • Rimmel Stay Matte Primer (mattifying)
    • Rimmel Lasting Finish Primer (basic primer)
    • L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Secret No.1 Magic Perfecting Base (basic primer)
    • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer Skin Transformer (glowy / mature skin)
    • NYX Color Correcting Cream (different shades)
  • Eye (personally not a fan of drugstore eye primers, they tend to work below average)
    • Maybelline Color Tattoo (tinted base)
    • Jesse’s Girl Eye Shadow Primer
    • NYX High Definition Eye Shadow Base


  • Light Coverage
    • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup (natural/all)
    • Maybelline Dream Wonder Fluid-Touch Foundation (natural/dry)
    • Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Luminous Foundation (luminous/dry)
  • Medium Coverage
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (matte/oily)
    • Iman Second to None Foundation Stick (natural/all)
    • L’Oreal True Match (natural matte/all)
    • L’Oreal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup (dewy/dry)
    • Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Make Up (normal/dry)
    • Maybelline Fit Me Foundation (dewy/dry)
    • SheaMoisture Creme Foundation
  • Full Coverage
    • Revlon ColorStay (oily/combo, normal/dry, whipped/all)
    • Iman Second to None Cream to Powder (matte/oily)
    • Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation (matte/oily)
    • CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-In-1 Foundation (soft matte/all)
    • L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation (soft matte/oily)
*combo skin you can pick foundations based on your concern (dry or oily) / normal can pick anything really because your skin is neither dry or oily


  • Medium/Full Coverage
    • NYX Hi Definition Photo Concealer Wand
    • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
    • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
    • Almay Clear Complexion Concealer (spots only)
    • L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Crayon Concealer
    • Revlon ColorStay Concealer
  • Fullest Coverage
    • LA Girls Pro Conceal 
    • Black Opal Flawless Perfecting Concealer
    • Hard Candy Glamoflauge (spots only)
    • Maybelline FaceStudio Master Conceal
    • Revlon Photo Ready Concealer (spots only)
    • NYX Concealer Jar (spots only)
    • Iman Cover Cream


  • Salmon: for blue/purple discoloration 
    • NYX Dark Circle Concealer
    • Pixi Correction Concentrate - Brightening Peach
    • Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette (certain shades)
    • see primers (NYX Color Correcting Cream)
  • Yellow: for extreme purple discoloration 
    • Maybelline Corrector Concealer
    • NYX Wand Concealer in Yellow
    • NYX Concealer in a Jar in Yellow
    • LA Girl Pro Conceal in Yellow
  • Orange: for deeper skin tones / extreme blue discoloration 
    • NYX Concealer in a Jar in Orange 
    • LA Girl Pro Conceal in Orange
  • Green: for redness / spot concealing
    • Maybelline Corrector Concealer
    • NYX Concealer in a Jar in Green 
    • NYX Wand Concealer in Green
    • LA Girl Pro Conceal in Green
    • see primers
  • Purple: brightening / yellow discoloration
    • NYX Wand Concealer in Lavender
    • NYX Concealer in a Jar in Lavender 
    • see primers (NYX Color Correcting Cream)


  • Tinted
    • L’Oreal True Match (natural matte)
    • L'Oreal True Match Mineral Pressed Powder (matte)
    • Maybelline Fit Me (natural)
    • CoverGirl Queen Lasting Matte Pressed Powder (matte)
    • Black Radiance Pressed Powder (semi-matte)
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (matte)
    • L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Powder (matte)
      Neutrogena Mineral Sheers Powder Foundation (natural matte)
    • Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder (natural matte)
    • SheaMoisture Illuminating Powder (luminizing)
  • Translucent
    • Rimmel Stay Matte (matte)
    • Black Opal Deluxe Finishing Powder (matte)
    • NYX Studio Finishing Powder (matte)
    • Maybelline Fit Me (natural)
    • NYC Smooth Skin Loose / Pressed Face Powder (natural matte)
    • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless (matte)
    • NYX Radiant Finishing Powder (brightening)


  • Powder
    • Milani Baked Blush (luminous)
    • Milani Rose Powder Blush (matte)
    • Makeup Geek Blush (matte)
    • Maybelline Face Studio Master Hi-light Blush (luminous)
    • Sonia Kashuk Beautifying Blush (matte)
    • NYX HD Blush (array)
    • NYX Baked Blush (luminous)
    • NYX Powder Blush (array)
    • Black Radiance Artisan Color Baked Blush (luminous)
  • Cream (natural finish)
    • Maybelline Face Studio Master Glaze Glisten Blush Stick
    • ColourPop (cream to powder)
    • L'OrĂ©al Visible Lift Blur Blush
    • NYX Cream blush 
    • Revlon Photo Ready Cream Blush 


  • NYC Sunny Bronzer 
  • NYX Matte Bronzer
  • CoverGirl Queen Natural Hue Bronzer
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow
  • Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Airbrush
  • Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Bronzer, Blush & Eye Shadow
  • Rimmel Natural Bronzer
  • Sonia Kashuk Undetectable Creme Bronzer
  • Iman Sheer Finish Bronzing Powder
  • Maybelline Master Hi-Light Powdered Bronzer


  • Powder
    • Jane Multi-Colored Illuminizer 
    • Hard Candy Tiki 
    • Revlon Highlighting Palette
    • NYX Illuminator
    • Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer
    • Wet N Wild Reserve Your Cabana ColorIcon Bronzer
    • Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent Pearl & Light Bronze Pearl
    • Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection in Rose Champagne Glow, Rose Golden Goddess, and Carnaval in Rio
    • Elf Baked Blush Pinktastic
  • Liquid
    • ColourPop Highlighters (cream to powder)
    • Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator 
    • NYX Born To Glow Liquid illuminator 


  • Pencil
    • NYX Micro Brow Pencil
    • Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil
    • Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel
    • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil
    • Almay Brow Defining Pencil
    • Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Precise Shape
    • Boots No7 Beautiful Brows Pencil
    • L'Oreal Brow Stylist Designer
  • Powder: need a brush
    • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder (powder + translucent wax)
    • ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit (powder + tinted wax)
    • NYC Eye Brow Kit (powder + translucent wax)
  • Tinted Mascara
    • NYX Tinted Brow Mascara
    • L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper (also translucent shade)
    • Revlon Brow Fantasy Pencil & Gel
    • Sonia Kashuk Tinted Brow Gel
  • Gel/Wax: need a brush
    • ELF Studio Eyebrow Kit (powder + tinted wax)
    • Sonia Kashuk Brow Kit


  • Single
    • Makeup Geek: powder & pigments
    • NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eye Shadow (loose pigment)
    • L’Oreal Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow
    • ColourPop: cream to powder
    • Impulse Cosmetics Loose Eyeshadows
    • CoverGirl Single shadows
    • NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow
    • NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow (Original, Nude Matte, and Glam)
  • Palette
    • Maybelline Expert Wear Eyeshadow Quad (all I use to use when I only wore drugstore tbh)
    • Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Shimmer 3
    • Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral 02
    • Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Quads
    • Maybelline Color Plush Silk Eyeshadow Quad
    • NYX Love In Rio Eyeshadow Palette
    • Rimmel Glam Eye Shadow Quad 


  • Liquid
    • L’Oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner
    • L’Oreal Lineur Intense Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner
    • Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner 
    • NYC Liquid Eye Liner
    • Wet N Wild H2O
  • Gel/Cream: you’ll need to buy a brush
    • L’Oreal Infallible Gel Lacquer Liner 24 Hour
    • Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
  • Pencil
    • Rimmel Scandaleyes /Kohl Kajal Waterproof Eye Liner
    • Jane Water Resistant Eyeliner
    • J.Cat MOTD Eyeliner
    • Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner
    • L’Oreal Pencil Perfect Self-Advancing Eyeliner


In general I only like Maybelline, L’Oreal, and CoverGirl drugstore mascara. 
I also do not recommend waterproof because if you don’t remove it properly it can damage your lashes. 
  • Volume
    • Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Mascara
    • Maybelline Volum'Express The Rocket Mascara (personal fav)
    • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara (multiple collection)
    • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Mascara (horrible brush, love the formula)
    • Maybelline Volum’ Express The Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara
    • Maybelline Full & Soft Thick & Healthy Washable Mascara
    • L’Oreal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara
    • L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
    • CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara
    • CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara
  • Length
    • Maybelline Define-A-Lash Lengthening Mascara
    • L’Oreal Telescopics Mascara 2X
    • Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini Brush Mascara (great for lower lashes)
    • Maybelline Lash Stiletto Ultimate Length Mascara
    • Almay Get Up and Grow Mascara
    • CoverGirl LashBlast Length Mascara
    • Maybelline One by One Mascara (my favorite)
*Tip: You can use a brown mascara for a more natural look.


  • Maybelline Super Stay 14Hr Lipstick
  • Maybelline Color Sensational (all collections)
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (Matte version too)
  • L'Oreal Colour Riche Lipcolour
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish Lip Stick (Kate Moss Collection)
  • Colour Pop Lippie Sticks
  • L’Oreal Infallible Le Rouge Lipstick
  • Impulse Cosmetics Opaque Matte Lipsticks
  • NYX High Voltage Lipsticks
  • Milani Moisture Matte Lipstick
  • Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick


  • NYX Butter Gloss
  • NYX Intense Butter Gloss
  • Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss
  • NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss
  • Maybelline Color Elixir
  • Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer
  • Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soother
  • Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer
  • Almay Liquid Lip Balm

Other Lip products:

  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream
  • LA Girl Matte Glosses (lighter shades)
  • La Spalsh Lip Couture (liquid lipstick)
  • Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain (Matte & Lacquer)
  • Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
  • Revlon ColorStay Moisture Lip Stain
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter
  • NYX Simply Lip Cream (different collections)
  • Almay Smart Shade Lip Butter
  • Kardashian Joystick Lip Lacquer
  • Impulse Cosmetics Transforma-Chrome


  • LA Girl Endless Lip Liner
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner
  • Jordana Easyliner For Lips
  • ColourPop Lippie Pencils
  • Iman Pefect Lip Pencil
  • Revlon ColorStay Lip Liner
  • J.Cat MOTD Lip Liner

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