We Asked, They Answered: Makeup Artists’ Favorite Splurges and Steals

When I’m browsing around on Pinterest, there are a few types of pins that will get my attention every single time, without fail.  Splurges and steals of any sort definitely fall into that category! Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re getting the most bang for their buck? I want the experts to tell me which products I should buy because they’ll be the most versatile, last the longest or I’ll use them the most often.  If there’s a great product at a low price, let me know so I can stock up!

Makeup is definitely not an exception to this. I’m always on the hunt for the best splurges and steals for makeup, skincare, and haircare.  Is there a foundation for under $10 that will give me flawless skin? What about a lipstick that makes me look awake even after I’m up all night with my newborn?

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I can't be the only one that wonders what the professionals are spending their money on, or aren't spending it on! What products do they think are so amazing and worth shelling out big bucks for? Which products do they stock up on at the drugstore? I asked, and here are the answers!
Snag Limited Editions 2 of 18

"I'm a sucker for eye and lip collections! Smashbox's Eyeshadow collaboration with Santigold in both Apocalypse Now & Earth As We Know It. MAC's new collaboration with Sharon and Kelly Osbourne Lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum and Riot House."
- Regina Ventimiglia

Smashbox Santigolden Age Eye Shadow Collage in Apocalypse Now and Earth As We Know It, $36 each
MAC Lipstick in Kelly Yum Yum and Riot House, $17.50 each

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Liz Fuller spends her money on palettes that can create an entire look or on a cult favorite, lightweight foundation.

Liz's Recommendations:
Tom Ford Eye and Cheek Compact in Unabashed, $95
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, $62

The Entire Line 4 of 18

Makeup artist Margina Dennis swears by the entire By Terry makeup line. Having tried their lipsticks, I can see why she loves their products! It is very creamy, well pigmented and the lid even has a magnet to keep it closed in your purse. Margina also loves La Mer's sunless tanner for a flawless glow.

By Terry Rouge Terrybly Lipstick in 101 Flirty Rose, $49.50
LaMer The Face and Body Gradual Tan, $90

Cult Favorite Blender 5 of 18

"The BeautyBlender is the best innovation in foundation application to come out in years! Use it wet or dry, dab a small amount of foundation and stipple onto your skin. You can wash and reuse the sponge; it lasts for about 3 months."
- Elise Brill

BeautyBlender Sponge, $19.95

Great Lippies 6 of 18

"I love splurging on good lipsticks and other lip products. There are great lip options to be found in lower price ranges as well, but there's nothing more luxurious than a high-end lip color. DHC's new Premium GE lipsticks are $19 and worth every single penny. They're smooth, luxe, and well-pigmented."
- Sheila, blogs at The Painted Ladies, and she is available as a makeup artist

DHC Premium GE Lipsticks, $19 each

Great Tools 7 of 18

"The tools to apply make up: brushes. Great brushes can be the difference between looking like you applied your make up professionally or you were using your fingers to put it on. You don't need 20 brushes but find several good quality brushes that help you with your everyday make up and spend a little more on those."
- Alejandro Falcon is the artistic director at Osmosis Skincare

Bobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection $190

Amazing Drugstore Finds 8 of 18

"Revlon's Color Stay Foundation, and Rimmel's Gel Eyeliner. E.L.F has some great finds as well, such as their illuminating stick!"
- Katie Dahlstrom

Revlon Colorstay for Combo/Oily Skin Makeup $11.04
Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Gel Eyeliner $5.99
e.l.f. Essential All Over Color Stick $1

Mistake Fixer 9 of 18

"I stock up on precision tip cotton swabs, they are great for erasing mistakes and smudging pencils."
- Gabriel DeSantino is the founder of Gabriel Cosmetics

Q-Tips Cotton Swabs, Precision Tip $3.30

Feeling Wild 10 of 18

"By far, Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeshadow trios and 8-pan palettes are my favorite steals. The pigmentation on these shadows is just as good as higher end options from MAC and other brands."
- Sheila, blogs at The Painted Ladies, and she is available as a makeup artist

Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eye Shadow Trio, $2.24 each

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"Drugstore Mascara!!! Milani Total Lash Cover Mascara has one of my all time favorite wands! And I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Rimmel London Lash Accelerator."
- Regina Ventimiglia

Milani Total Lash Cover Black Mascara $3.97
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara $8.79

Brush Steal 12 of 18

"Sonia Kashuk brushes, sold at Target, are reasonably priced and good quality. I'm a product junkie, I'll try it from anywhere, name brand or price does not matter to me. It is about the quality of the product. Sometimes the more expensive products are not always better."
- Sarah Salice

Sonia Kashuk Limited Edition "Star Studded" 7 pc Brush Set, $24.99

Long Lasting Lips and Eyes 13 of 18

Margina Dennis loves the long lasting cream Maybelline Color Tattoo Eye Shadows and Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stains. Both come in a wide array of shades and last for hours!

Revlon ColorBurst Balm Stain $7.64
Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Eyeshadow $4.99

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"Ardell lashes are amazing," declares Gabriel DeSantino. The wispies version of these drugstore lashes can be found in most professional makeup artists kits.

Ardell Fashion Lashes, Wispies Black $3.49

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"Everything I've ever tried from Hourglass has knocked my makeup-loving socks off! I think everyone needs to own the Ambient Lighting Palette, which is billed as your own personal lighting technician. You won't get a better glow!"
- Sheila, blogs at The Painted Ladies, and she is available as a makeup artist

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette $58

A Perfect Match 16 of 18

"Quality foundation is always worth it. Cheaper foundations tend to run orange or pink."
- Haley Kulow

Chanel Mat Lumière $58

The Perfect Nude Lip 17 of 18

"You can't go wrong with Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Glosses and nude lip pencils in Nude Touch and Most Natural."
- Sheila, blogs at The Painted Ladies, and she is available as a makeup artist

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Touch, $5.49
Milani Easyliner for Lips Retractable Pencil in Most Natural, $4.49

Store Brand Steal 18 of 18

"The Sephora line at Sephora has started to become a really good line! They boast a lot of shades across the board in all products and the formulas are great!"
- Julia Papworth

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation $28
Sephora MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio in Sweet, $21

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