The Drugstore Products Glam Squads Roll Out For The Red Carpet


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It’s no secret that when a celeb gets ready for a red carpet event, they’re armed with a team of highly skilled professionals to guarantee not a hair, wing, or brow is out of place. And for good reason – walking down the red carpet requires long-lasting, flawless makeup that’s flash-back proof, sweat-proof, and on that odd occasion it rains in Hollywood, waterproof. However, what we love finding out the most about these professional celeb beats, is which drugstore formulas the glam squads use. From the $10 liquid eyeliner Beyoncé wore to the Grammys to Camila Cabello’s go-to drugstore foundation, here are 10 drugstore formulas celeb MUAs and hair stylists love to roll out for the red carpet…

1. Rihanna at the NAACP Awards: Suave Professionals Natural Hair Define & Shine Gel Serum, $5

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Rihanna’s acceptance speech at the 2020 NAACP awards will go down as one of THE most powerful award show speeches in history. However, in true RiRi style, it wasn’t just her speech that garnered rave reviews, everyone was low-key obsessed with her beauty look.

To achieve her braided updo, celebrity hairstylist Yusef Williams used Suave’s Shea Butter and Coconut Oil Infused Gel, $5, combined with the Firm Control Finishing Hairspray, $3. In fact, Suave is one of Yusef’s fave haircare brands, thanks to their long-holding, hydrating formulas. Excuse us, while we run to the drugstore.

2. Winnie Harlow at the Golden Globes: Eylure Luxe Silk Lashes in ‘Emerald’, $12

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Winnie Harlow is a self-proclaimed cake face and makeup junkie, so we love hearing her product recommendations and backstage tips, especially when they involve drugstore products. For her Golden Globe look, she used the Eylure Luxe Silk Lashes in ‘Emerald’, $12. The long, feathered lashes are wispy, sexy, and will add a glam feel to any makeup look.

3. Scarlett Johansson at the Golden Globes: Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $8

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Any celeb MUA will tell you… Skincare prep is a non-negotiable step if you want to create a flawless makeup look. To prime Scarlett’s skin for the Golden Globes, her MUA used the Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, $8. The lightweight serum is in fact, one of our fave drugstore formulas that features 2% hyaluronic acid enriched with Matrixyl 3000™ – a peptide that supports natural collagen production. It’ll instantly hydrate and plump the skin!

4. Beyoncé at the Grammys: L’Oréal Voluminous Feline Liner Noir, $10

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Beyoncé is the queen of everything, including red carpet makeup looks! To create her iconic Grammys look, Sir John used the Voluminous Feline Liner Noir, $10, as the ultra-fine tip allows for sleek and easy application. He also loves the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara, $10, revealing “This is hands down my go-to mascara. It has become a major staple in my kit and gives you that super feathery lash look we all love.”

5. Gigi Hadid at the MTV VMAs: Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, $8

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When Gigi attended the MTV VMAs, her outfit may have cost some serious $$$ but the majority of her makeup look was, in fact, drugstore. To create a flawless complexion, MUA Carolina Gonzalez used the cult-fave, Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation, $8, paired with the Maybelline Master Chrome Jelly Highlighter Face Makeup, $8, for a dewy glow.

For her stunning, bronzed eyeshadow look, she used the Maybelline 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, $12, which features a range of golden and bronze matte and shimmer shades. To complete the look, Gigi used the Maybelline Color Sensational Shine Compulsion Lipstick, $8, in the shade Baddest Beige.

6. Lizzo at the Grammys: Kiss Lash Couture Luxtensions Collection Single Pack in Velvet, $6

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Kiss Lash Couture appears to be a fave among celeb MUAs, as both Regina King and Lizzo have been snapped wearing the lashes. Lizzo opted for the Kiss Lash Couture Luxtensions Collection Single Pack in Velvet, $6, at the Grammys, while Regina King wore the Kiss Lash Couture Naked Drama Tulle Lashes, $7. Lizzo’s go-to makeup artist, the hugely talented Alexx Mayo, said: “We wanted to go with the look of a classic Hollywood beauty so Lizzo would look like the best version of herself, channeling our forever inspirations, Diana Ross and Cher.” Old Hollywood glamour at drugstore prices? We’re in!

7. Helen Mirren at the Golden Globes: Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum in Perfect Burgundy, $11

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Helen Mirren is known for her chilled attitude, both on and off-screen, so it’s no surprise she loves a good drugstore formula. To achieve her cherry red lip for the 2020 Golden Globes, her MUA Jo Strettell used the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Anti-Feathering Lipliner in Rich Cranberry, $10, for a long-lasting base topped with a coat of the Age Perfect Luminous Hydrating Lipstick + Nourishing Serum in Perfect Burgundy, $11. The moisturizing, anti-aging lipstick is infused with vitamin b5 to soften and nourish the lip while preventing lipstick from feathering into fine lines.

8. Serena Williams at the Oscars: Dove Care Between Washes Restyler Re-Styling Milk, $1

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Serena is one of the highest-paid sports stars in history, so needless to say we were shook when we found out she used a $1 milk spray for the red carpet. Serena’s celebrity hairstylist Nai’vasha Johnson told Allure “I began by prepping Serena’s wet hair with Dove’s Care Between Washes Restyler Re-Styling Milk,$1, which I like using on both dry and wet hair, to redefine the natural texture before blowdrying it.”

9. Camila Cabello at the Grammys: L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear Foundation, $15

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According to Allan Avendaño, Camilla Cabello is low-key “obsessed” with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Fresh Wear Foundation, $15. We can totally vouch for Camilla on this one – the medium-full coverage foundation blends seamlessly onto the skin and wears well throughout the day. It also has a natural skin finish and is non-comedogenic, so it won’t block your pores. Plus, it’s available in 30 shades – Camilla is shade 450, FYI!

10. Adriana Lima at the VMAs: Maybelline City Mini Palette in Urban Jungle, $10

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Adriana Lima is a red-carpet chameleon – there’s literally no look she cannot slay. For the 2019 VMAs, to achieve her signature sultry eye she used the Maybelline The City Mini Eyeshadow Palettes, $10. In each palette, there are six shades allowing you to create an array of looks. Adriana opted for the Urban Jungle Palette, featuring a combination of rich green shades, a golden shimmer, and a single icy hue.

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