We put Hollywood’s leading makeup artists and hairstylists to the test this year, trying dozens of drugstore products, from foundation to mascara to eyebrow pencils. Which ones products passed the test? Your ultimate drugstore shopping guide, above.
Expert: Makeup artist Monika Blunder
Clients: Amanda Seyfried, Karlie Kloss, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Blunder quickly fell for more than one tube of lipstick, even though she normally sticks to prestige brands. Her favorites include CoverGirl’s LipPerfection Lipcolor ($7) in Flame for its highly pigmented color; she deemed L’Oreal’s ColourRiche Colour Caresse ($10) in Sheer Linen the best nude; and said Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish By Kate Moss Lipstick ($5) reminded her of a Tom Ford formula. Read the whole story here.
Expert: Makeup artist Beau Nelson
Clients: Kristen Stewart, Nicole Richie, Kate Beckinsale
The clear winner in the drugstore foundation category is L’Oreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder Foundation ($13), which Nelson compared to Giorgio Armani’s cult-status Maestro ($62). Read the whole story here.
Expert: Makeup artist Vanessa Scali
Clients: Christina Hendricks, Ashley Greene, Anna Kendrick
Flower Beauty’s Win Some, Rouge Some Crème Blush ($8) wowed Scali immediately, with the shades Elegant Azalea, Peach Blossom, and Pure Petunia packing the most punch. Prefer powder? She also loved CoverGirl Cheekers Blush ($4). Read the whole story here.
Expert: Makeup artist Jake Bailey
Clients: Katy Perry, Naomi Watts, Angelina Jolie
Most drugstore eyebrow products haven’t changed much in the past 20 years, creating a challenge for Bailey. Luckily, Flower came through again, wowing Bailey with their Raise Some Brows Pencil ($6) in the shades Light Brown and Dark Brown, which he recommends for medium brunettes and raven-haired girls, respectively. Blonde? Bailey’s pick is Palladio’s Brow Powder ($6) in Taupe. Read the whole story here.
Expert: Makeup artist Kayleen McAdams
Clients: Jessica Biel, Sofia Vergara, and sister Rachel McAdams
McAdams calls CoverGirl’s LashBlast Volume Mascara ($8) in Very Black a personal favorite, but it was Revlon’s Lash Potion Mascara ($8) in Blackest Black that earned her highest regard for the highly-pigmented, glossy results. Read the whole story here.
Expert: Hairstylist Adir Abergel
Clients: Kristen Stewart, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
For our first drugstore hair article, Abergel picked Organix’s Weightless Moroccon Argan Oil ($8) as the best oil, Aussie’s Smoothing Serum ($6) got the highest praise in the serum category, and Garnier Fructis’ Sleek and Shine Anti-Humidity Smoothing Milk ($9) won for creams. Read the whole story here.