Full Face Drugstore Makeup Recommendations

As per the request of one of my best clients, here is my full list of drugstore beauty recommendations! Feel free to add YOUR favorite drugstore items in the comments section, as you never know which product you’re missing out on! And, if you’re in Miami, why not call me up and hire a makeup artist for your next event?

Moisturizer – (Non SPF) Simple Moisturizer

Available in formulations for drier and oilier skins (“Light” formula) this skin-friendly moisturizer is a great drugstore buy. Loaded with vitamins and free of irritating perfumes and dyes, this is a nice, no-frills moisturizer that will get the job done.

 Neutrogena for Men SPF 30 Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin

As someone with oily skin I tend to gravitate towards products designed for men, which aren’t usually as heavy. But this moisturizer is great for all skin types. Why? It isn’t heavy or greasy and it works just fine under makeup.

Primer – Iman Oil-Control

Another makeup artist mentioned this product to me. Iman cosmetics are only available at Target in my area, so I tried it out with great results. Relatively good oil control and no break outs.

Eye Primer – Maybelline Color Tattoo Cream Shadows

Dear Maybelline, please expand this line to include nude, matte shadows! These are the closest thing you will find to MAC’s popular Paint Pots in the drugstore. I always use cream shadow as a base for powder shadow for extended wear, but I’m sure some of you could use this on its own.

Eye Shadow – Wet N’ Wild or Milani

Wet N’ Wild eyeshadows have come a long way, and thanks to their popularity on YouTube, drugstores are stocking up their displays. I especially like their single shadows, which are great for brow highlight shades. Milani’s popularity started to soar when they released shadows similar to MAC’s. I’m not sure if they have since been reformulated, but they had great pigmentation for being a drugstore shadow.

Eye Liner – Liquid, Palladio

To be honest, I haven’t found a liquid liner I really like at the drugstore. But the Palladio “ink well” style liner is decent.

Eye Liner – Cream/Gel, e.l.f.

They’re cheap, and they work quite well for the first few weeks. My only complaint about these liners is that they dry out quicker than some of the higher-end brands. These little guys are a great way to try out gel liner without spending too much money.

Eye Liner – Pencil, Prestige

Prestige Waterproof eyeliners are smooth, pigmented and long-lasting. They even sell a white pencil which you could use to brighten the inner rim of your eyes.

Mascara – Maybelline Volum’ Express, Prestige My Longest Lashes

I know everyone loves (or hates) Great Lash, but Volum’ Express (the original) needs some love. It’s usually lower on the mascara display, but it is worth checking out–the waterproof version wears like iron! Perfect for weddings. If you prefer a formula that focuses more on lengthening, Prestige’s My Longest Lashes is a great pick. Thanks to A Model Recommends for reviewing this gem!