We'll preach it 24/7 if we have to, but we strongly believe it doesn't have to cost you a fortune to curate a good makeup routine. For every luxury item, there's a cheaper substitute. "How many lipsticks do you have floating around in your handbag? Lipstick is an accessory through and through. It's fun to switch up shades and finishes day by day," says celebrity makeup artist Katelin Gan. "You can easily find super-luxurious-feeling lipsticks without the high ticket price."
"Makeup should be fun and playful. People are more open to trying new shades and formulas in the drugstore because they can afford to," says celebrity makeup artist Lisa Aharon. So if you want to test out a new trend without shelling out the big bucks, there's definitely a way for you to do it. See below to see the drugstore lipsticks celebrity makeup artists love to use.
"There are tons of beauty products that are of quality at drugstores. I always look for products that have great color payoff but also look and feel good on the skin. I love Honest Beauty Peony Kiss lip crayon. It's a soft pink with great color payoff and it keeps lips hydrated, which I love. I like to dab a little on the cheeks too." — Kira Nasrat, celebrity makeup artist
"This is one of my favorite go-to pinky nude lipsticks because it is a beautiful unique color that looks great on all skin tones and ages, and you can wear it day to night! The formula feels very moisturizing, creamy and the color payoff is great—everything that you would find in a high-end product." — Andréa Tiller, celebrity makeup artist
Celebrity makeup artist Jessica Hoffan mentions that she loves this liquid lipstick from Revlon. "It's by far one of the easiest, smoothest, prettiest matte lipsticks I've ever tried. I especially love Seduction—it's the ultimate I-woke-up-like-this color—for light to medium skin tones and Forever for darker skin tones," she says.
"This is my go to lipstick! I love everything about it, from texture to color, and the fact that it is 100% natural takes the cake. (I mean how much lipstick do we eat over the course of our lives?) Its super smooth texture feels luxurious and expensive, and it keeps lips hydrated for hours. I love this shade because it is one of those 'your lips only better' shades. You know the ones you can apply without even looking in the mirror and you instantly feel better about yourself." — Katelin Gan, celebrity makeup artist
Celebrity makeup artist Matin once told us that he loves this tinted lip balm from Chapstick. "My universal must-have is a coral blush tint from ChapStick. It's 100% natural and can be used with other lipsticks to keep your lips moist without disintegrating other lipsticks. I always send my clients with one of the shades and have them use it to keep their lipstick fresh. It's just a sheer hint of color, so it looks good on everyone," he says.
"The formula is moisturizing without being too shiny and that shade looks good on everyone—it’s the perfect rosy lip. It's also very convenient and easy to apply; there's just enough pigment for you to play with it as a stain or build it up to a solid color, and it lasts as well as any other high-end lipstick."— Lisa Aharon, celebrity makeup artist
Celebrity makeup artist Ermahn Ospina says that he loves the Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate Nude Collection Lipstick in #42. "This beautiful pinky beige looks great on every skin tone. I've used it on so many different clients. It is amazing to complement a smokey eye or a more natural makeup look. Plus, its fashionable package and great price make it a great drugstore find," he says.