15 of the top drug store makeup items you need to try

15 Drugstore Products You Need When You Can Only Afford Makeup Under $10

Professional makeup brands rock, but when you are balling on a budget the name brands just won't work.


When shopping for makeup I can never bring myself to spend more than $10 on an item, which means I only use drugstore makeup. Any professional makeup I own has all been gifts or on sale for a crazy low price. These 15 finds have become an important part of my makeup routine and are always my go to when getting ready.

1. Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara: $5.67 on Amazon

I am completely obsessed with this mascara! It makes my lashes so big and never clumps. I always have at least two in my makeup bag, because I wouldn't know what to do if I ran out and had to use any other mascara.

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2. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Foundation: $4.24 on Amazon

Casey Holmes is my favorite beauty blogger, so I always trust her word. After seeing her wear test of this foundation I had to go out and buy it. I have a very uneven skin tone and with this foundation my skin always looks flawless. Out of every foundation I have ever worn this one is my favorite and the cheapest.

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3. Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette: $6.39 on Amazon

My makeup look is always very natural and I tend to only really use browns and golds, so this palette has everything I'm looking for! If you don't feel like investing in an Urban Decay Naked palette I highly recommend this palette for everyday looks. Maybelline also has a few other nude/essential color palettes that are great for day to day makeup.

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4. Rimmel Lasting Finish Breathable Primer: $5.97 on Amazon

I used to use E.L.F mineral infused primer, but I found that it felt really greasy and made my makeup look a little slippery. This primer is the first cheap drug store primer that I really like. It is a nice creamy texture and keeps my makeup exactly where it should be.

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5. NYX Matte Bronzer: $7.75 on Amazon

I am obsessed with bronzer! It is the most important product to me. I even use it as a crease shadow when I'm feeling lazy. This NYX bronzer is everything to me. It has beautiful pigmentation and looks so natural. I just hit pan on my bronzer and will be going out and getting a new one as soon as possible.

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6. Ardell Glamour Lashes: $10.44 on Amazon

I love fake lashes and while I don't wear them everyday I stand by my opinion that you should always have these lashes in your makeup bag. Until I have enough money to get lash extensions, these babies are the next best thing.

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7. e.l.f Eyebrow Kit : $2.99 on Amazon

This eyebrow kit is amazing! I have tried a lot of different brow pomades, but this is the only one I've ever liked. It is so smooth, natural, and cheap. The only thing I don't like is the application brush they provide in the kit, but you can get an angled eyebrow brush from Morphe for $2.00, which means you can have great eyebrows without spending over $5.00 on an expensive pomade.

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8. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream: $3.89 on Amazon

I love this liquid lipstick! It is long lasting and doesn't dry out your lips at all! I have a bunch of different colors, but my favorite shade is London.

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9. Ponds Dry Skin Cream: $4.97 on Amazon

Sometimes if I want a more dewy makeup look, I use this as a primer. But every night after I take off my makeup I like to put this on to hydrate my face. It is the only facial moisturize that hasn't made my skin breakout from being too oily. It also helps calm your skin down when you have sunburn. It is very important to have a good moisturizer!

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10. Nutragena Makeup Wipes: $4.99 on Amazon

I love how easily my makeup comes off when I use these wipes. They smell good and get the job done, which is all you can really ask of a makeup wipe.

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11. Pixi Glow Tonic: $27.89 on Amazon

This is the most expensive item on my list, but it is a must have! It makes your skin clear and brighter! It can dry you out a little bit but with a little moisturizer you'll be good as new. It really does leave you with a glow!

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12. NYX Matte Setting Spray: $4.39 on Amazon

This is the best drug store setting spray. I always use it before going out and it has helped my makeup stay in place through sweat and tears. If you don't feel like splurging on Urban Decay's All Nighter spray I recommend picking this NYX spray up.

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13. NYX Full Coverage Concealer: $5.67 on Amazon

If you have deep, dark circles this concealer is for you. I love the way this looks on my skin and it really does give me the coverage I need. It is also perfect for shaping up your eyebrows!

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14. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Concealer: $7.19 on Amazon

If super creamy concealer, like the NYX concealer above, isn't for you Wet N Wild Photo Focus is another go to of mine. It is incredibly easy to apply and goes great with the Photo Focus foundation. It isn't as full coverage as the NYX concealer, but it gets the job done.

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15. Maybelline 24 hr Color Tattoo Eyeshadow: $2.88 on Amazon

This eye shadow is so beautiful! I'm obsessed with the shade Barely Branded and use it on almost all of my eye looks. These shadows are perfect if you want to add a little bit of shimmer to your lid!

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Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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Most Popular Beauty Gurus On YouTube That Will Inspire You

"May your day be as flawless as your makeup."

On YouTube, there are so many different channels, but favorite are the beauty ones. Here's a list of the 20 most popular beauty gurus on YouTube that will inspire you:

1. Jaclyn Hill

Jaclyn Hill, 26 years old, is a professional makeup artist, beauty and fashion blogger, and YouTube phenomenon who publishes videos to her channel Jaclyn Hill.

2. Nikki Tutorials

Nikki De Jager, 22 years old, is a professional hair and makeup artist whose publishes her videos NikkieTutorials YouTube channel.

3. Nicole Guerriero

Nicole Guerriero, 30 years old, is a makeup and beauty guru with an enormous social media presence. She runs a blog called Naturally Nicole where she posts tutorials, DIYs, reviews, and fashion blogs and beauty videos on her Youtube channel.

4. Carli Bybel

Carli Bybel, 26 years old,YouTube superstar and makeup, beauty, fashion and fitness guru who publishes videos to her channel. In addition, she also runs a highly successful blog called The Fashion Bybel.

5. Bethany Mota

Bethany Mota, 21 years old, YouTube star known for giving beauty tips to youngsters on the web. Her channel has earned over 10 million subscribers. She became the first YouTuber to ever be a cast member on Dancing With The Stars in 2014, and that same year she also won a Teen Choice Award for Most Popular Female Web Star as well as a Streamy Award for Best Fashion Show. In addition, she also collaborated with Aeropostale clothing line.

6. Lauren Curtis

Lauren Curtis, 24 years old, top Australian YouTube fashion and beauty guru known for her channel, where she posts makeup and hair tutorials, product reviews and all things beauty-related.

7. Laura Lee

Laura Lee, 28 years old, YouTube beauty vlogger who posts hauls, makeup tutorials and look-books to her channel.

8. Casey Holmes

Casey Holmes, 25 years old, hair and makeup obsessed YouTuber who publishes videos on her channel.

9. Teni Panosian

Teni Panosian, 32 years old, beauty, makeup, skincare, hair and style video blogger and vlogger also known as Miss Maven.

10. Tess Christine

Tess Christine, 25 years old, beauty and fashion guru who started her YouTube channel in April of 2011.

11. Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren Elizabeth, 22 years old, actress, fashion and beauty YouTube personally known for her channel who also opens up to her subscribers about serious issues in her life in hopes of inspiring girls everywhere.

12. Manny Mua

Manny Mua, 25 years old, popular YouTube personality who runs a beauty and makeup channel where he posts reviews, tutorials and more to his channel Manny Mua.

13. Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star, 31 years old, is gender-bending singer, fashion designer, DJ, performer, makeup artist and fashion and beauty blogger who publishes videos to Youtube.

14. Kathleen Lights

Kathleen Fuentes, 25 years old, Style Haul partner and beauty guru known for her YouTube channel as KathleenLights.

15. Aspyn Ovard

Aspyn Ovard, 20 years old, video content creator who is a beauty and fashion guru known for her self-titled YouTube channel. She also runs a secondary channel called Aspyn + Parker with her husband Parker Ferris. In addition, Aspyn and Parker own an clothing store online called Luca + Grae.

16. Desi Perkins

Desi Perkins, 29 years old, lifestyle and beauty vlogging sensation on YouTube who is also incredibly popular on Instagram.

17. Caitlin Bea

Caitlin Bea, 23 years old, YouTuber who is a beauty, fashion, and lifestyle guru. She became a partner with StyleHaul and Maybelline New York.

18. Patrick Starr

Patrick Starr, 27 years old, Filipino-American YouTube beauty expert, better known online as Patrick Starrr, who works as a professional freelance makeup artist.

19. Huda Kattan

Huda Kattan, 33 years old, social media phenomenon who created the blog Huda Beauty which became the #1 blog in the Middle East and a top 20 beauty blog worldwide. She posts her video content to her self-titled YouTube channel as Huda Beauty. She is a Hollywood trained makeup artist and beauty consultant who started her own makeup cosmetic line.

20. Tati Westbrook

Tati Westbrook, 35 years old, best known on YouTube by her channel name GlamLifeGuru, she is a Hollywood makeup artist and stylist who posts beauty hauls, tips, tutorials and reviews to her channel.

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Ladies, You Don't Need To Wear Makeup Every Day

We know you didn't "wake up like this."


For as long as I can remember, the first thing I'd do in the morning is brush my teeth and sit down to begin the long process of doing my daily makeup. I looked forward to creating a new look every day and I thought of it as a form of art in some way. I thought makeup was creative, but also somewhat beneficial towards my appearance. Somewhere along the lines, I stopped looking forward to this long, never-ending process. Wake up, do makeup, remove makeup, sleep, repeat. It was getting tiresome, and I noticed I had begun to despise looking at myself without makeup. I wouldn't even go out in public without my foundation, my mascara and my eyebrows filled in.

Maybe I can thank my eight a.m.'s for this realization, or maybe I just knew I was better than that. Either way, I suddenly stopped applying foundation to my face the second the sun rose every morning. My skin immediately was clearer than ever before, no odd texture or acne scars. My face needed a breather and this was obvious after the remarkable results I had, not even a week after stopping.

I was concerned that people had noticed a change in my appearance, did they think I looked stupid? But no one ever noticed a thing, it was all in my head. Putting on makeup may have enhanced my look to some extent, but clearly, life would still be the same if I didn't wear it. Surprisingly, most people admire a natural look every once in a while.

My dad was the only one who ever criticized my decision to wear makeup every day. He would say things like, "You don't need all that makeup, you're pretty without it." And I never believed him because the only face I knew was the one I had gotten so used to.

Today, I woke up, filled my brows in a little and put on some mascara, and that's it. I rarely ever put foundation on anymore, unless I'm going out and want to look super glam. It's not worth the extra hour of my morning to put on something that I'm just going to take off at the end of the day. Not to mention, makeup is pricey, therefore, I'd rather save it for special occasions. I'm fully comfortable in my own skin now. I've become used to my natural appearance in the mirror and I love it.

Girls, you DON'T need to wear makeup every day. Start loving what you look like without it, and it'll be all-the-more exciting to put it on for parties, weddings, and other special occasions. Save an extra buck or two, as well, since going through a pack of Falsies every week isn't cheap at all. Ah, the good old days.

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