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Drugstore Makeup Guide

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at BC chapter.

Being a beauty fanatic, I have tried almost every fan-loved product you can think of. From Sephora brands to random Target impulse buys, I have consistently found that some of my drugstore products out-perform their higher priced alternative. If you’re looking to revamp your makeup collection or pick up a few new finds on your next Walgreen run, here is a list of some of the best drugstore makeup:

Mascara: Essence “Volume Stylist Curl”. For someone with light thin lashes, this mascara gets 5 stars for being able to hold a curl throughout the day without looking clumpy.

Blush: Milani Baked Blush (particularly in the shade Luminoso). A light peachy pink blush is a must in anyone’s collection, and this one is easy to blend with a light shimmer to brighten up the face.

Bronzer: NYC Smooth Skin Bronzer. If you are fair and afraid of looking orange, the shade “Sunny” is universally flattering, and buildable. If you are looking for a great beginner’s product, this one is a top pick.

Concealer: Maybelline Fit Me. Concealer is one of those products I can’t leave my room without. With a multitude of shades and a creamy formula, this concealer will cover dark circles and blend practically on its own.

Brows: NYX Micro Brow Pencil. If you are looking for a dupe to the overpriced Anastasia brow pencil, try out this one from NYX. It has a similar application and much lower price range to make it less painful when you need to repurchase a backup.

Eye shadow: Wet n Wild. Any of their palettes have super buttery shadows with high pigment and are easy to blend. The best tip for applying any color on your lid is to apply with your finger, it packs on color and limits fall out! This palate is under $5 with a total of 10 shades, C’MON PEOPLE!

Highlight powders: Wet n Wild MegaGlo: If blinding everyone with your cheek highlight is a top priority, then you need to snag these highlights. In a wide variety of shades from a subtle champagne to a vibrant purple, any highlight fanatic can get their fix within this range.

Happy shopping!










Hi! I'm Shannon Brink and I'm currently a freshman at BC. I'm from a small town in New Jersey, and I love being outdoors and traveling with friends and family. I'm the youngest of three, and living in a male dominated house where football typically takes over the dinner conversation, it's refreshing to have an outlet to talk about things that genuinely interest me and are relevant to my life as a clueless freshman trying to learn the ropes of college.