The Affordable Beauty Buys Celebrity Makeup Artists Always Keep In Their Kit

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A few days ago I wrote about my lack of portion control, and today I’m admitting to another unhealthy habit. I’m guilty of thinking I need to spend more $$$ to get results from my beauty purchases. But this isn’t necessarily true.

Despite celebrity makeup artists having access to the newest, greatest luxury products on the market, many of them swear by wallet-friendly products and have proven that price point has nothing to do with the final result.

So with that in mind, we’ve rounded up the steals that get their seal of approval. Nothing is over $20—so go ahead and add it all to cart.

1L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara

Makeup artists Mario DedivanovicAriel Tejada, and Mary Phillips are all obsessed with L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara, and we get the appeal. It delivers incredible volume and length to lashes—without looking clumpy or crunchy—and it happens to be very affordable.

2Glossier Cloud Paint

Molly R. Stern, who counts Reese Witherspoon, Lily Collins, and Bella Heathcote as some of her closest clients, recently revealed her new favourites and kit staples on her Instagram feed. Glossier’s buildable, gel-cream blush, Cloud Paint made the cut.

3Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

Celebrity makeup artist, Kira Nasrat told Byrdie that Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm is a wallet-friendly must-have in her kit. Why? It provides just a hint of colour and keeps lips moisturised.

4Sephora Collection Eyeshadow

Gigi Hadid, Joan Smalls, Chrissy Teigen, Shay Mitchell and Olivia Munn are just a few of the celebs who have Patrick Ta on speed dial. So, were thrilled to discover that one of his go-to products, Sephora Collection Eyeshadow, costs less than $20.

5Zoeva Cat Eye Liner Pen

Monika Blunder does red carpet makeup for Amanda Seyfried and Jessica Alba on the regular, but what does the makeup artist actually use herself? In a recent YouTube tutorial, she used Zoeva Cat Eye Liner Pen to create her go-to evening makeup look. At just $13, it’s an absolute steal!

6NYX Photogenic Concealer Wand

British make-up artist, Lisa Eldrige lists NYX’s Photogenic Concealer Wand as one of her favourite drugstore concealers. She says it’s lightweight, long-lasting and has a brightening and illuminating effect. We like the sound of that!

7Physicians Formula Contour Trio BB Stick

Contour like a pro with this Physicians Formula BB stickDebra Ferullo, Kate Hudon’s go-to makeup artist, swears by the 100% vegan range. So, if it’s good enough for her…

8Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturising Gel-Cream

Makeup artist Carola Gonzalez used Neutrogena Moisturising Gel-Cream to prep Kerry Washington’s complexion for the Golden Globes. It’s safe to say the result as flawless.