Experts’ Top Drugstore Makeup

You don't need to spend a ton of money to get great makeup. Hit up your drugstore with these makeup artists' recommendations

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CoverGirl Line Exact Liquid Liner Pen in Very Black, $6.24

“One of my top liquid liners! The felt tip applicator makes it so easy to draw a perfect line. This is a must-have in your makeup bag. It’s the perfect liquid liner for the sexy cat-eye.” — Elizabeth Ulloa, a New York- and Los Angeles-based makeup artist

Milani Color Brilliance Eye Pencil in Green, $3

“I’m secretly obsessed with Milani! I love how colorful and blingy their line is. It’s also priced right. These metallic pencils are great paired with a tan or bronzed face. Metallics are great in the summer because they catch light and feel young and fresh, add zingy colors like these and the effect feels so modern. My tip is to use colored eye pencils with neutral shadows. Apply the pencil very close to lash line and soften/blend with your finger or a cotton swab. Line the entire eye, around the tear duct and on the inner shelf. I’ve used this shade on Katerina Graham to liven up her already gorgeous eyes.” — Freedman

CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner, $7.49

“I love the smooth application. You can also blend with the smudge tip on the other end. And with its vivid colors, it can mimic the look of liquid eyeliner and create a stunning cat-eye.” — Nemes

Maybelline Ultra Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $7

“This is perfect for creating a dramatic looking cat-eye!” — Achelle Dunaway, Lead Makeup Artist for E.L.F. Cosmetics