From the people who beautify celebrities for Time and Rolling Stone to Amy Poehler and Kerry Washington's personal cosmetic gurus, we canvassed some of the best makeup artists on their favorite drugstore buys. Look below to read their picks, and then work out what you're going to buy with all that money you saved!
"L'Oreal True Match foundation is lightweight while still providing a flawless, glowy coverage—and with 33 different shades, it really stands true to its name of being a "true match" for any skin tone."
— Megan Lanoux
The Moisturizing Matte
"I love Milani Cosmetics' Amore Matte Lip Crème because they are super-matte without being dehydrating and come in an array of amazing colors for every occasion, from nude to bright fuchsia. You'll have long-lasting lip color that won't smudge or feather."
— Ashunta Sheriff
The Bright Butters
"My favorite product is the NYX Butter Lipstick. While you look fabulous, your lips are treated with smooth and creamy color! They are six dollars and I was so impressed with the quality that I went back and bought all of the shades to test. Then I went back again to get more for my kits!"
— Sonia Lee
The Magic Pad
"My favorite drugstore product is Almay's Oil-Free Makeup Remover Pads. They take off stubborn mascara with no oily residue."
— Anthea King
The Real Deal
"I love the Falsies mascara from Maybelline. It's the best waterproof mascara I have ever used and it always holds the curl."
— Karan Mitchell
The On-the-Go Staple
"I love the highly pigmented, creamy, matte La Lacque lip colors by L'Oreal. They are inexpensive and I can give them to my clients for evening touch-ups." — Autumn Moultrie
The Acne Fighter
"Trader Joe's tea tree oil is about four dollars and it's the best natural way to keep acne away, since it's antibacterial. I spray a diluted mixture on my clients before we start a full day of press."
— Joanna Pensinger
The Natural Cleanser
"My favorite drugstore product is Burt's Bees Cucumber and Sage Facial Cleansing Towelettes. They take makeup completely off without leaving residue on the face. They have a fresh, pleasant scent that is refreshing and they retail for about six dollars."
— Thea Istenes
"I love the L'Oreal Infallible matte foundation. Why? It lasts for 12 hours, has nice coverage, and feels lightweight on the skin."— Elan Bongiorno
"My favorite mascara happens to come from the drugstore. I absolutely love CoverGirl Lash Blast! It's never flaky, washes off easily, and gives my lashes amazing volume and length. People ask if I have lash extensions, and the answer is nope—just a great mascara."— Kerrie Urban
The Head-To-Toe Multitasker
"Nivea Original Daily Moisture Body Lotion is one of those magic products that you can use for men's hairstyles, curl definition in long and wavy hairstyles, and obviously as a body lotion."
— Melissa Dezarate