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Best drugstore makeup used by pro makeup artists

Top makeup artists share their picks for the best drugstore makeup, beauty tools and skin care products on the market.
/ Source: TODAY

Makeup and skin care products don’t have to break the bank, which no one knows better than a professional makeup artist.

We reached out to a few celebrity favorites to find out which drugstore finds they hoard in numbers and, of course, why they love them so much.

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Sir John, celebrity clients include: Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Joan Smalls

1. Coconut oil, $6, Walmart

Spectrum Naturals Organic Coconut Oil

“I love to use coconut oil to prep dry skin. It is super moisturizing!”

2. Q-Tip Precision Tips, $3, Walmart

Q-Tips Precision Tips Cotton Swabs

“Pointed Q-Tips are the tool in every makeup artist’s kit; the pointed version is great for a winged liner look.”

3. Rose Oil, $11, Amazon

Now Rose Oil

“I love, love, love rose oil! It is a great product to help repair skin, but also helps plump the skin and smells amazing. I honestly use rose oil on every single one of my clients to prep their skin before makeup application.”

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Joanna Schlip, celebrity clients include: Ellen Pompeo, Zooey Deschanel, Alyssa Milano, Megan Fox

4. Ardell Duralash- Flare Medium Black, $3, Walgreens

Ardella DuraLash Naturals Flare

These are “easy to use and great to intensify the tips of lashes.”

Carole Colombani, celebrity clients include: Jourdan Dunn, Lea Seydoux

5. Avene Thermal Spring Water, $11, Walgreens

Avene Thermal Spring Water

"This product is great for setting makeup, or refreshing skin for a studio touch up. Spray on your brushes to turn powder eye shadow into a wet look.”

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Allison Brooke, celebrity clients include: Whitney Port, Cosmopolitan magazine, "New York Live"

6. Wet N Wild MegaEyes Cream Eyeliner, $4, Walgreens

Wet n Wild MegaEyes Creme Eyeliner

“This smooth and creamy eyeliner glides on easily and is extremely pigmented. Use it for a crisp wing or even as a base underneath eye shadow.”

7. Kiss Ever EZ Lash Trio, $6, Walgreens

Kiss Ever Ez Lashes Trio Lashes in Various Lengths Medium Combo

“Applying lashes can be time consuming and aggravating. These cluster lashes give the perfect amount of volume and length ... just pop a bundle or two in the center of your eye (to open eyes) or on the outer corner (to create a cat eye).”

8. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara, $4, Walmart

Maybeline Great Lash Mascara

“You will find this mascara in almost every pro makeup artist's kit because it's all-in-one. One quick swipe grabs and coats every lash thanks to the viscous formula and petite brush.”

9. Revlon Color Burst Balm, $6, Walmart

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Lip Balm

“These chubby sticks come in a variety of colors and finishes — ranging from glossy balms to matte stains. They cost a fraction of their competitors' versions, meaning you can stock up on as many colors as you want."

10. Maybelline Baby Lips Balm, $4, Walgreens

Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 20

"These moisturizing balms combine beauty and functionality in an adorable package. They are scented and available in a range of tints. Not to mention, there's SPF included!"

Justin Tyme, celebrity clients include: Lori Loughlin, Alexis Bledel, Lisa Edelstein, Kate Bosworth

11. Simple Skincare Cleansing Facial Wipes, $5, Target

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

“The first step in my routine is to hand a client a Micellar cleansing wipe and have them ‘take off their day.' It's very gentle on the skin, but also very effective for removing dirt and makeup. Having these wipes handy helps make sure that I start with the cleanest canvas possible.”

12. Burt’s Bees Lip Crayon, $8, Walmart

Burts Bees Lip Crayon

“I love lip crayons. For me, they're an easier alternative to lipstick when on a shoot or doing press.”

13. Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray, $18, Walgreens

Evian Spray Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray

“This product has more uses than one can even count! It's even great to have on hand in case the hairstylist needs to wet the hair or a brush.”

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Kristofer Buckle, celebrity clients: Jessica Chastain, Mariah Carey, Lucy Liu, Christina Aguilera

14. L’Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer SPF 20 Pens, $13, Walgreens

L'Oreal Paris Visible Lift Serum Absolute Concealer SPF 20

“These pens are great for touching up any dark shadows around the eyes nose and mouth.”

15. CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara, $9, Walgreens

CoverGirl Mascara

“A great waterproof mascara that doesn't mess around ... literally! As a makeup artist I replace mascara constantly and this one is inexpensive and gets the job done.”

16. Aquaphor Healing Skin Ointment, $5, Target

Aquaphor Healing Skin Ointment

“Aquaphor is a heavy, rich, fragrance-free and emollient balm that I use on the body, lips, legs and around eyes when you need a heavier moisturizer. I used it on Lucy Liu for her most recent appearance of Jimmy Fallon.”

17. Sally Hanson Airbrush Legs, $12, Target

Sally Hansen Airbrush Lotion Fairest

“It's a fast and easy way to add some color and natural-looking glow to your legs. I use it on Blake Lively all the time.”

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Jamie Greenberg, celebrity clients include: Kaley Cuoco, Rashida Jones, Anna Faris, Tracee Ellis Ross

18. Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette, $11.68, Walmart

Best drugstore makeup

“This kit is kind of my jam right now!”

19. Prestige Liquid Eyeliner, $10, Amazon

Best drugstore makeup

“I love this stuff. I use it on Tracee Ellis Ross constantly.”

20. L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Mascara, $6, Target

Best drugstore makeup

“This is as close to a department store mascara as you can get — it doesn’t pay to get anything else!”

21. NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss, $5, NYX

Best drugstore makeup

“This lip gloss has an amazing selection of colors! The gloss is so pretty and not sticky!”

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Julia Dalton-Brush, celebrity clients: Tennis star Jelena Jankovic, Monica Potter, volleyball star Gabby Reece

22. Maybelline Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, $5, Target

Best drugstore mascara

“My go-to mascara on set. It produces big, beautiful, bold and voluminous lashes. The brush really grabs each lash beautifully and creates a long, full look. I used this on the FILA Tennis Athlete shoot with Jelena Jankovic for their latest campaign and it really made her already beautiful lashes pop even more.”

23. Burt’s Bee’s Facial Cleansing Towelettes, $4, Target

Best drugstore makeup

"I don’t love using facial or makeup wipes, but when I do use them, they are always Burt’s Bees. These are so gentle on the skin that I can generally use them on clients who have sensitive skin. The different scents are calming and [the formula] doesn’t dry out the skin like most wipes.”

24. Maybelline Great Lash in Clear, $4, Target

Best eyebrow makeup

“This is a clear mascara, but I solely use it for brows. It sets unruly brows beautifully regardless if you are trying to give a really dramatic look or just a beautiful, natural brow.”

25. Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray, $14, Amazon

Setting sprays

"Whether my client needs a little added hydration or just wants a refreshing mist, this facial spray is a life saver. Everyone loves the way it feels and it is an extra fun perk when clients see you have it with you.”

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This article was originally published on Mar. 11, 2016 on