5 Expert Hacks That Instantly Help Drugstore Makeup Look Expensive

There’s nothing like a stroll through the drugstore makeup aisle to clear your head, brighten your spirits, and—in most cases, despite the savings—empty your wallet. It’s the place you get the most (beauty) bang for your buck, and we feel way less guilty spending $20 on three products rather than just one. Except, well, when those products just don’t go on as smoothly or stay on as long as their more luxurious counterparts. It's not always the case (we stockpile enough of our holy-grail Nyx Matte Lipsticks, $6, to counter that claim), but in the instances when it's true, a few simple hacks can make your drugstore products work better than ever before. With the help of celebrity makeup artist Rosie Johnston, we’re sharing five life-changing drugstore makeup hacks to give your Giorgio Armani Luminous Foundation ($62) a run for its money. Keep scrolling to see the cheap makeup hacks that will change the way you see drugstore makeup. 

This story was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.