Before kids, I was a huge Sephora junkie. I didn’t even glance in the makeup aisles at Target because I only wore high-end products. Two kids later and out of the workforce for a few years, I’ve had to adjust my budget, and a lot of the staples from my kid-free years have had to take a walk. Thankfully, I found that the world of drugstore makeup had plenty to offer at an excellent quality.
Here’s just a few of the most-used drugstore products in my makeup bag:
Voodoo. Magic. A pea-size amount covers your entire face, smoothing out lines and pores, leaving a satin feel and look to your skin. Once you’re done stroking your own face like a creep, your makeup will go on soft, evenly, and last longer.
Contour maps on Pinterest make the entire process of sculpting your face seem like an intimidating paint-by-numbers. It’s really not that complicated, and this pallet makes it simple with flattering shades of bronzer, blush, and highlighter. The colors are rich with pigment, so you don’t have to build and build the product, and you can go as basic or hardcore as you want.
There’s one question everyone who does their makeup without filling in their eyebrows eventually asks: “I can fill in my eyebrows?”
This kit makes it simple with a gel and powder, even its own little brush. Best of all, it’s dirt cheap. You can define your arch and fill in any sparse areas. Then maybe someone will say “on fleek,” as you walk by. Don’t worry about what that means; it’s good.
A dewy foundation that gives you light coverage and keeps you from looking like you took a paint roller to your face. I wear it when I want to look like I spend a sizable chunk of my day in a meadow.
This mascara doesn’t have flashy packaging or a trendy name, and it doesn’t need either. It’s been around forever because it adds volume and length without clumping, lasts all day, and goes on evenly. The only way I could improve on this is if it charged my phone and walked my dog.
Your days may be longer. Your nights may be shorter. Your wallet may be lighter. But even when things get a little tight, it’s still possible to treat yo self.