Despite being a busy mom who may not have as much time to take care of herself, we all want to feel beautiful. We may not wear as much makeup as we used to, but there’s something about spending time to freshen up our faces to make us feel good. And while we all wish we could put on a full face of Laura Mercier, most of us can’t afford it. But good news because drugstore makeup isn’t the cheap and tacky stuff it once was. While there are TONS of options for all kinds of makeup, we’ve rounded up some of our editors fave products that we believe are worth a try.
A good face of makeup starts with a good primer, and if you don’t use a primer now, it’s time to start with these inexpensive options!
Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser is a great entry-level primer. It smooths out skin (and “erases” pores) by reducing oils and gives your foundation a nice surface to adhere to. It’s super cheap, but is also fragrance free and non-comedogenic. Even for a person with sensitive skin like me, it’s a great option that doesn’t cause breakouts.
If you need a primer that is more of a heavy hitter and reduces redness due to acne or other issues, then Maybelline’s Master Prime is a great option. Still coming in at under $10, this product smooths fine lines, is water-based and non-oily.
Ain’t no bags like a mama’s under eye bags! Cover that ish up with a 2 in 1 concealer like Rimmel’s Match Perfection Concealer & Highlighter. This is a great every day concealer that also doubles as a highlighter, just make sure you get a shade lighter than your regular foundation for the best results.
Cover Girl Smoothers Moisturizing Concealer is for those “I didn’t sleep at all last night mornings” where your bags are taking center stage. Made with chamomile, ginseng and Vitamin E, this formula soothes AND smoothes as you apply. It’s easy to apply with it’s lipstick style shape and perfect for keeping in your purse for those reeeallly tough days.
Add some life to your face with a great brow product. As someone who didn’t discover that I could have eyebrows like everyone else, instead of the peasly ones I’ve always had, I’ve found that the Rimmel Brow This Way Powder Kit saves the day. It comes with a wax shaper to give color and hold brows in place, and then a powder to fill in and give more depth. The kit is under $5 and comes with a spoolie and double-edged wedge brush.
The creamy pencil in the L’Oreal Paris Brow Stylist Kabuki Blender Brow Crayon makes this product an easy solution to your brow problems. With a crayon on one end and a kabuki-style brush on the other, shaping and smoothing brows is super easy and a quick way to feel just a little more beautiful.