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 What are the best drugstore makeup products for beginners?

Answer: If you have limited experience with makeup, there’s no need to panic! There are a few basic drugstore priced products that you can experiment with while you’re getting comfortable.


If you have pigmentation, light scarring, or dark under-eye circles, then opt for a great concealer. It’s not as high maintenance as foundation, and it can be easily blended using just your fingers.

Concealers come in sticks, pots, and tubes; find your shade first, and then consider your packaging preferences. A great starter brand is Maybelline. They have several concealer lines, each with about five shades.

Face powder

Face powder is a great product to have in your arsenal. It can be used to set your concealer, and for quick touch-ups when you start getting oily. Just make sure you blot away the oil first! ELF’s Shine Eraser Sheets are a cheap option for oil blotting.

Face powders are generally either loose or pressed. Either format can be applied with a fluffy powder brush, although pressed is the least messy of the two.

Neutral eyeshadow

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the hundreds (maybe even thousands?) of eyeshadow palettes on the market, start simple. Having a few basic shades will allow you to get the experience you need. Physician’s Formula has a few fantastic neutral trios that won’t break your bank.

If you aren’t ready to delve into eyeliner (if you do, choose gel!), a dark brown shadows is a great substitute. Smudge it on your upper lash line with a brush or Q-tip.


Mascara is one of the most difficult products to offer council on. A major factor is going to be the size and shape of the brush, which is generally hidden from view when you’re purchasing it—and, of course, your comfort level.

Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara has a great wand, and the formulation isn’t excessively wet or dry, making it perfect for beginners.

Lip color

Lipstick can be a big color commitment—and lip gloss? A sticky mess. Revlon’s Lip Butters offer the best of both worlds. They have gentle color payoff, but they also won’t weigh down your lips! The best part: they have 20 shades to choose from!

Good luck on your new makeup adventure! If you’re ready to explore brushes, check out this guide!