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With access to the top brands in the world, celeb makeup artists have their pick of errrything when it comes to choosing which cosmetics, tools, brushes, and skincare products they want to work with. Yet most of the time, instead of reaching for the ones that cost major bucks, they’re turning to trusted drugstore brands – the best news for us beauty lovers on a budget. We spoke to everyone from RiRi’s and Jessica Alba’s go-to makeup artist to the man behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day makeup, to get the ultimate down low on the best drugstore products in town. From mascaras that do it all, Japanese eye drops that brighten, and the most flattering bronzers, here’s what you should be stocking up on without breaking the bank.

The ultimate shine control

He’s the guy behind Jessica Alba’s always radiant skin, and Meghan Markle’s stunning natural makeup look, which was without a doubt, the most discussed makeup look of the year; Honest Beauty Creative Color Consultant Daniel Martin, is the man to know! His go-to product? “Honest Beauty Everything Primer Matte, $22, has been my summer go-to because it’s oil-free and helps blur imperfections and control shine, without drying out your skin. This is a good product to have in your bag when you’re in a pinch — just apply it to the areas that look oily (typically the t-zone) to reduce any unwanted shine.” We’re buying ten!

Natural beauty essentials

Celeb makeup artist Mylah Morales is behind some of Nikki Minaj and Rihanna’s most iconic makeup looks, and she has a whole host of drugstore beauty cheats. “My drugstore faves right now are Neutrogena Body Oil,$10, because I love its clean scent and it’s very moisturizing, Burt’s Bees Lip Balms,$3, that give a tint to your lips, Crest 3D White Glamorous Whitestrips, $35, which are great for giving you pearly whites quickly, and Rhoto Eye Drops, $4, from Japan to keep your eyes bright and beautiful.”

Bomb bronzer & powerful mascara

Red carpet makeup connoisseur and celeb Makeup Artist Tasha Brown knows how to make an impact without breaking the bank: “L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara, $8, is hands down the best mascara. I like uber black and chunky mascara that can get the job done in two swipes and this always does the trick for me. I’m also a fan of CoverGirl Queen Collection Bronzer, $7, which adds a lovely believable summer glow to deeper skin tones when brushed on the forehead and cheekbones. Not too red or yellow-based, it also has the perfect amount of neutral to mimic shadow as a contour.”

The ultimate brow tool

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Girl after our own hearts and MUA to the stars, Artist Gita Bass is so on our wavelength: “For a brow-obsessed makeup artist, there is no tool more valuable than the Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, $23. They grip each hair with absolute precision and are the first step in creating any brow look.”

Natural beauty essentials

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Celebrity Makeup Artist Mary Irwin is all about enhancing your natural beauty: “I’m obsessed with the Maybelline TattooStudio Brow Tint Pen, $9! You draw in individual hair-like strokes for a super polished (but super natural) effect, and there are four colors to choose from that give you options from bold to barely-there brows. CoverGirl Vitalist Elixir Lip Oil ($5) is my fave for summer as well. When you want just a hint of sheer color, but tons of hydration and shine, this is my go-to.”

The versatile money-saving lashes

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We’re so obsessed with celeb MUA Maddie North‘s makeup skills, so we’re definitely going to try this tip:“Ardell Individual Lashes, $4, are fantastic, and they come in convenient starter kits. I love that you can add as many as you like for a daytime look, but for an evening look they come in different lengths, so depending on your own lash length you can play with different vibes.”

The glow potion

If anyone knows how to perfect the glow, it’s Glamsquad Artistic Director Kelli J. Bartlett, and her go-to potion is: “NYX Professional Makeup Honey Dew Me Up Primer, $16 — I’ve been using this as a glow-potion. Just tap on the eyes or cheekbones for a glossy radiance on top of makeup, or wear alone without makeup. It also gives the skin natural, anti-bacterial properties with honey.”

The kind and convenient wipes

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Painting the faces of beauties like Ashley Graham and Karlie Kloss, celebrity makeup artist Tobi Henney knows she has to be super delicate with their skin: “I love Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes, $4, and they have always been a staple in my makeup kit to remove makeup from the face or my hands after working with a client. They are also super gentle.”

Flawless protection

AmazingCosmetics Co-founder and Pro Makeup Artist Sue Katz knows the secret to good skin starts with protection: “SPF is key as the first defense for keeping the spots and wrinkles away and I’ve been using La Roche-Posay Anthelios 60 Clear Skin Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 60, $20. It’s not greasy, and the 60 is a must! Don’t rely on your makeup to give you enough protection. And if you do end up overdoing in the sun, calm your skin with pure Aloe Vera. I keep Fruit of the Earth Aloe Vera 100% Gel Crystal, $6, on hand every summer.”

The skin pick-me-up

Garnier celeb hairstylist and makeup artist Millie Morales knows all the hacks for a quick skin refresh: “I use the Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist with Rose Water, $9, daily to refresh my bare skin and makeup, because it leaves my face looking smooth and supple. I also spray it onto a Beautyblender and dab the product onto my face before I apply foundation — the smell of roses is irresistible. Put it in the fridge overnight to cool, and it’s the ultimate skin pick-me-up, especially during the summer.”

Let us know your ride or die drugstore products in the comments below. x