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Celebrity Makeup Artists Share The Best Drugstore Makeup Under $20

Get red-carpet ready makeup on any budget with these drugstore picks from the pros
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As much as we fantasize about the glitz of a life in the spotlight, there are parts of celebrity life we'd rather skip, given the choice. Between the award shows, red carpet appearances and daily paparazzi, the stars of Hollywood are constantly scrutinized for their makeup, hair and attire. In that sense, the camera is always rolling and the pressure is always on. It's the job of a celebrity's makeup artist to ensure they're looking fabulous 24/7. And while celebrities have plenty of dough for luxurious skin-care and makeup products, you'd be surprised by how many celebrity makeup artists rely on drugstore makeup products -- yes, the stuff you see lining the shelves under fluorescent lining at your corner store -- to get celebrity clients red-carpet ready.

There are plenty of hidden gems at your local Walgreens and Target that celebrities use on the regular. Curious to see which drugstore picks makeup artists bet their careers on? Here, the best drugstore makeup celebrity makeup artists (and their clients!) swear by.

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L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, $7.25, in Carbon Black
Expert: Joey Maalouf

With celebrity clients like Jessica Alba, Molly Sims, Rachel Zoe and Diane Von Furstenberg, celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of Ish Beauty, Joey Maalouf, told he chooses this drugstore mascara over luxury brands.

"Two coats on the top and bottom lashes are perfect for adding volume and thickness to your lashes, without clumps, smudging or flaking," Maalouf said. No need to drop over $20 on quality mascara. You can pick up some of the best drugstore makeup for less than $8.

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Expert: Daniel Chinchilla

As for removing makeup? This drugstore makeup steal is at the top of the list for many, including professional makeup artists. Ariana Grande's go-to makeup artist, Daniel Chinchilla, told InStyle that he relies on this "supermoisturizing" drugstore pick to remove all traces of makeup.

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Expert: Brittany Spyksma

With celebrity clients like Olivia Culpo and Cara Santana, celebrity makeup artist Brittany Spyksma told Byrdie that she relies on this drugstore makeup for all her makeup-setting and mattifying needs. According to Spyksma, a little goes a long way, and it will keep makeup in place all day long.

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Revlon ColorStay Concealer, $10.99
Expert: Nina Park

We're always on the lookout for a quality drugstore concealer, which is why we turned to celebrity makeup artist Nina Park for suggestions. With a roster that includes the likes of Bella Hadid, Hailey Baldwin and Bella Thorne, we trust her picks. Her drugstore concealer of choice? The Revlon ColorStay Concealer. Park told Harper's Bazaar she loves this drugstore makeup for the wand application and ability to use it as a highlighter -- just be sure to select a color two shades lighter than your skin tone, said Park.

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