Drugstore Makeup Recommendations

Brushes (see here for specific brush recommendations):

  • EcoTools
  • Real Techniques
  • Sonia Kashuk (the brushes with black handles)
  • ELF Studio

Eyebrow products (see here for specific recommendations on eyebrow products for different hair colors):

  • Wet n Wild brow pencils
  • NYX eyebrow cake powder
  • NYX auto eyebrow pencils
  • ELF eyebrow kit


  • CoverGirl Clump Crusher
  • Jordana Best Lash
  • Maybelline Colossal Volume Express

Gel eyeliner:

  • Maybelline Lasting Drama
  • L’Oreal Infallible
  • Black Radiance Continuous Creme
  • Essence gel eyeliner

Pencil eyeliner:

  • Milani Liquid Eye
  • L’Oreal Infallible Silkissime
  • Prestige Total Intensity
  • Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pens

Liquid eyeliner:

  • Milani Ultrafine liquid liner
  • Physicians Formula eye booster (in silver tube)
  • Jordana FabuLiner


  • Wet n Wild (only their Color Icon shadows)
  • Maybelline Color Tattoos
  • L’Oreal Infallibles
  • Rimmel Scandal Eyes eyeshadow stick
  • Milani Shadow Eyez pencil
  • Jordana 12 Hour Made to Last eyeshadow pencil

Blush (see here for specific blush color recommendations):

  • Milani
  • Wet n Wild
  • Black Radiance
  • Sleek

Lipstick (see here for recommendations of natural-looking lip products for different skin tones):

  • Revlon Super Lustrous
  • Milani Color Statement
  • Maybelline Color Sensational


  • NYX Butter Gloss
  • NYC Liquid Lipshine

Lip balm:

  • Burt’s Bees beeswax lip balm
  • Lansinoh HPA Lanolin (for nursing mothers – but very good for severely chapped lips)

Other lip products:

  • Revlon Colorburst Balm Stains (Jordana and Wet n Wild have similar products)
  • Revlon lip butters

Lip liners:

  • Jordana Easyliner for Lips
  • Rimmel Exaggerate Lip Liner
  • Milani Color Statement Lip Liner
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil

Eye primers:

  • Black Radiance eyeshadow primer
  • NYX HD eyeshadow base (in a tube)

Face primers:

  • Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control primer (for oily skin)
  • Maybelline Baby Skin (for normal to dry skin)
  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Primer 002

Foundation for oily skin:

  • Revlon Colorstay for Oily/Combination Skin
  • CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1
  • CoverGirl Queen All Day Flawless
  • L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte
  • Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless

Foundation for dry skin:

  • Wet n Wild Coverall Cream Foundation
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum
  • L’Oreal Lumi Magique or True Match Lumi
  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin


  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer
  • L’Oreal True Match crayon concealer
  • Hard Candy Glamoflauge


  • Pixi Correction Concentrate (salmon/peachy)
  • NYX Full Coverage Concealer in Orange
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Neutralizer (yellow)
  • Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in Brightener (pink)
  • NYX HD Photogenic Concealer Wand in Green


  • ELF HD powder (finishing powder)
  • Essence All About Matt (setting powder)
  • Ben Nye Neutral Set or luxury powder (setting powder) * Available at theater/costume shops, or Camera Ready Cosmetics


  • Sleek contouring kits (for light, medium, or dark skin)

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