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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Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara, $3.84

“This mascara is still my favorite. It’s never thick and doesn’t clump. With this mascara you can apply a little or layer for a more dramatic effect. It also washes off easily with water, so no creams or removers near your eyes.” — Markey

Cover Girl LashBlast Volume Blasting Mascara, $9

“I have been using this mascara lately and let me tell you it’s amazing! It defines, separates, and gives volume to lashes.” — Ulloa

“I love CoverGirl LashBlast. A lot of mascara bleeds on the eyelid after long wear, but this stays put all day. Plus, it’s easy to remove with washing. — Dunaway

L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, $7.50

Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini Brush Washable Mascara, $7.50

“Carbon black is MY ALL TIME FAVORITE mascara for thick intense lashes that bat all night long. The more you layer, the more amazing the flutter. For soft subtle lash definition, use Maybelline Lash Discovery. The mini brush is genius at grabbing each bottom lash and giving a soft-coated definition without the clump. You are sure to see lashes you never knew you had down there.” — Meredith Baraf, a New York-based makeup artist