Drugstore Beauty Awards: Best in Face

Our top 7 cheap thrills of the BB Cream and foundation variety.

As much as there's nothing we love more than a late night drugstore score, when it comes to our choice of foundations, concealers, and everything else that falls under the category of stuff we slather on our skin to look less exhausted, more human, and, well, better; we tend to go high. Three little words: Giorgio Armani foundation.

Even so, we're never ones to diss the drugstore—there are always gems to be found: perfectly lightweight BB creams, surprisingly high-coverage concealers, and even cult-classic highlighters. Here are some of the picks we've added to our shopping lists over the years.

For the best of drugstore skincare, click here. 

Concealers


 

“I love L’Oréal Paris True Match Concealer. I bought one on the way to Coachella. I was working on a client who needed some light grooming done last minute, so I had to drugstore shop. I absolutely loved it and started using the product on myself.” - Katie Jane Hughes, Make-up Artist

 

“I’m obsessed with drugstore products! L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer covers absolutely everything, and I also use it when I contour.” - Milly Almodovar, Beauty Editor, Cosmo for Latinas

 

Foundation


 

“I love Revlon PhotoReady Airbrush Foundation—it looks like a second skin, especially when I pat it on with my wet beauty blender.” - Milly Almodovar, Beauty Editors, Cosmo for Latinas

 

“When I’m not working I try not to wear too much makeup, but in my purse I’ll have a good concealer or the Maybelline BB cream, which is pretty light.” - Candice Swanepoel, Model

 

Powders


 

Extras


 

"I really, really enjoy Revlon's Skinlights. It's a liquid highlighter with a super fine particle shimmer that comes in a few shade options. It's actually a cult classic of sorts that just recently made a comeback to much beauty addict fanfare. I love it because it's multipurpose: mix a drop in with foundation, tap it onto the high planes of your face for added luminosity, apply the bronze shade in lieu of eyeshadow for a dewy eye look, etc... Or, you can use it to give totally new life to any of your favorite powders or cream products. Just spoon out your favorite, say, matte eyeshadow onto the back of your hand, then add a drop of Skinlights. You've got instant liquid eyeshadow! You can also do that with blush, which is especially clutch on days when your skin is dry and powder will make you look cakey."Phillip Picardi, Digital Editorial Director, Teen Vogue

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