31 Drugstore Beauty Products The 1% Loves

Contrary to what you may have read at the nail salon or in the checkout line, celebrities are not just like us. Last time we checked, we didn’t have a private chef, driver, or trainer — although we’re totally open to all three — nor do we live in a gated community or vacation on yachts. (Again, we wouldn’t mind…) But one way celebrities — even the richest, the most famous, the most successful — actually do seem relatable? They love cheap beauty products.

Yes, sometimes even Kylie Jenner and Beyoncé have to make a pit stop at their local Walgreens for a re-up on their favorite makeup-removing wipes. Sure, they probably send their assistants, but shopping at the drugstore is shopping at the drugstore. That’s why we’re rounding up the products the rich and famous rave about and that we can actually afford. (Note: None of the products that follow are ones the celebrity is paid to endorse. This is legit, people.) So check ’em out in the slides ahead.

Hilary Duff

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Duff recently shared some of her pregnancy beauty hacks with Byrdie, but made sure to say — pregnant or not — she adores this under-$10 body oil: “It smells so good to me. I love, love, love smelling like that,” she says.

Neutrogena Body Oil Light Sesame Formula, $9.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

Madelaine Petsch

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This Riverdale star just so happens to be a low-key beauty blogger on the side — seriously, her YouTube channel is a goldmine. In fact, that’s where we found her favorite everyday brow gel, which is not only cruelty-free and vegan, but also under $15.

Pacifica Stunning Brows Eyebrow Enhancer, $13.99, available at Target.

Yara Shahidi

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According to Shahidi’s interview with E!, her first step in a solid skin-care regimen is using the right cleanser. She gravitates toward oil-based formulas, saying they’re better for her dry skin. Occasionally, she’ll even use pure cut Aloe Vera or vitamin E oil, she adds. Finally, we have some clue to how she achieves that perfect glow.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oil, $15.99, available at Target.

Shahidi once told Byrdie that she owes her enviable curls to this cult lightweight gel. “EcoStyler is a $3 gel that I swear by because it’s not always about the most expensive product, but the most efficient,” she says.

EcoStyler Professional Styling Gel with Olive Oil, $2.99, available at Target.

Ayesha Curry

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Even before she became one of the many new faces of CoverGirl, Curry was an under-the-radar beauty guru. Now, she’s laying down some wisdom for affordable edge control. “I wear a lot of hair extensions because I’m doing a lot of shoots and things like that,” she told The Cut. “But for me, a good edge control is really important, and then a headscarf at night. So I always keep some Cantu edge control around and I’ll use a toothbrush and smooth down my edges.”

Cantu Extra Hold Edge Stay Gel, $3.99, available at Target.

Zoe Saldana

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star once revealed that she swears by calendula to hydrate her lips. Saldana told Byrdie: “I buy this thing in Europe whenever I go, or whenever anyone I know goes to Europe.” Lucky for us, the ointment can be purchased in the U.S. — and for less than $6, too.

Boiron Calendula Homeopathic First Aid Ointment , $7.17, available at Walmart.

Chrissy Teigen

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Teigen told us that when she does take off her makeup (which isn’t very often), these $5 wipes are her go-to for the job.

Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, $4.69, available at Target.

Olivia Culpo

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Culpo’s signature bob doesn’t come without some prep. According to Byrdie, hairstylist Justine Marjan uses this drugstore staple to prep Culpo’s blunt cut, then some salt spray for a bit of grit before blow drying.

Tresemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre- Styling Spray, $4.98, available at Walmart.

Zosia Mamet

This drugstore staple has a lot of fans among the celebrity community, including Mamet. “I wash my face every morning and every night with Cetaphil,” she recently told us. “It’s my favorite — I’ve used it for years. I will never use a different cleanser.”

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $13.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

Young M.A

GNC Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream

Young M.A recently chatted with Glamour about her seriously simple beauty routine, and revealed she only uses two products. One of them? “I use aloe cream that I get from GNC. Aloe is supposed to be good for you. It’s a good dry cream that moisturizes your face, but doesn’t leave it oily,” the 26-year-old rapper told the publication. Yup, it’s a winner.

GNC Aloe Vera Moisturizing Cream, $1.99, available at GNC.

Colton Haynes

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When it comes to traveling, the actor-slash-model gets jet-lag just like the rest of us. In fact, Haynes told Teen Vogue he often feels like his face easily shows just how tired he is. His solution: concealer with a side of ChapStick — really. Turns out, he doesn’t use the balm for his chapped lips; he uses it to prime his undereyes before concealer to keep the sensitive skin hydrated and plump. Smart.

ChapStick Classic Original Lip Balm, $2.99, available at Target.

Khloé Kardashian

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The celeb’s makeup artist, Joyce Bonelli, shared on the Kardashian’s app the beauty secret we’ve always wondered: Khloé gets her glow with a drugstore highlighter. “Your highlighter should be a shade lighter than your natural skin tone, and bronzer a shade darker,” Bonelli says. For $6, that hardly feels like an extra step.

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters, $6, available at Ulta Beauty.


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Breakouts can be a nightmare, but instead of opting for a drying spot treatment, Zendaya keeps an emergency set of sheet masks to get the job done. She explained on her app and website, “If my skin is trippin’ and I have a few zits, I’ll use one that fights acne.” Her go-to? This gentle spot fighter from Yes To. (And you can’t beat that price tag.)

Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Acne Fighting Paper Mask, $2.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

A multi-purpose product is major for any low-maintenance person, but for a jet-setting celebrity, it’s especially important. Zendaya told Allure that her plush lips and smooth feet are thanks to this classic. “Before I go to bed, I rub some of the magic on my heels to keep them soft,” she said. “It moisturizes my lips at all times and looks like clear gloss.” She even swears the stuff works as highlighter primer. Who knew?

Aquaphor Advanced Therapy Healing Ointment, $10.69, available at Target.

Kylie Jenner

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We’re no strangers to Jenner’s extensive — and super glam — makeup routine, but we were kind of shocked to hear she had a drugstore must-have: Maybelline’s Fit Me Blush. She told Violet Grey that out this power pigment formula is one of her daily go-tos.

Maybelline Fit Me! Blush, $4.99, Target.

It’s hard to beat King Kylie when it comes to an Insta-worthy aesthetic, but luckily for us she spilled her secrets. When getting her makeup done professionally, she told The New York Times that fake lashes are a go-to — specifically Ardell’s Natural Wispies, which are believable, soft, and fluttery.

Ardell Demi Wispies Natural Multipack, $11.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

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Gigi Hadid

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In an interview with Allure, Hadid revealed the reason this drugstore scrub has remained a long-standing staple in her beauty routine. “It’s been around because it’s the best,” she said. We love the gentle exfoliator, too, especially because it uses natural powders from walnut shells, so it’s less irritating. But Hadid’s stamp of approval definitely serves as a reminder to use it more religiously.

St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, $3.59, available at Target.

Kendall Jenner

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Yesterday, if you had told us that shiny-haired Kendall Jenner’s favorite shampoo is under four dollars, we would have laughed. But it turns out the joke’s on us because she recently told Allure, “Kim likes Finesse shampoo, and now so do I. I’ve tried all the expensive things, too. It just works for my hair and makes it so silky.” BRB — running out to pick up this old-school classic now.

Finesse Moisturizing Shampoo, $3.69, available at Target.


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Back in 2011, when Beyoncé was rising to her Queen B status, she told Allure that this product is a must-have. “I wear it with my lipstick. I did this trick last summer, when I was on vacation: I used it to prime my lashes before curling. It was like a natural mascara. It made the lashes hold the curl and look shiny. I use it for everything!” In that case, point us in the nearest direction to buy this magic in a tin, stat.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve, $6, available at Sephora.

Selena Gomez

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Gomez saves a few bucks on beauty favorites from time to time, including this standout shaving cream. She told Into The Gloss that she uses this formula because “it isn’t too thick” — and we agree.

EOS Shave Cream in Lavender Jasmine, $3.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

Kim Kardashian

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Kim’s beauty routine comes with a hefty price tag; happily, we can all afford the facial wipes she stands by. She’s even Snapchatted her morning routine and these double-duty towelettes made an appearance. “But 1st I scrub with these wipes! #obsessed,” she captioned the snap.

Kiko Pure Clean Scrub & Peel, $9, available at Kiko.

Eva Mendes

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“Those are amazing drugstore buys!” Eva told us about the Queen Helene face masks. “You know, when I am shooting in the middle of nowhere you can always find a drugstore…and those are great to get.” With 11 types of masks in the range, these picks are seriously #key.

Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, $4.99, available at Walgreens.

Lupita Nyong’o

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The award-winning actress told InStyle that for her, nothing works better than avocado oil. “This is what I use to wash off my makeup,” she said. “It’s gentle and natural, and my skin tends to be pretty dry, so I need the extra oil.”

Now Solutions Avocado Oil, $7.99, available at GNC.

Anna Kendrick

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One of Anna’s top picks is a throwback some of us can appreciate — hello, annoying razor burn — especially if we want silky skin. “If you’re not using Intuition razors, you’re wasting everybody’s time,” she told The New York Times. “Whenever I hear someone is still using a separate shave gel, it’s like hearing they still use dial-up internet.” (For the record, the Intuition has a built-in shaving-cream cartridge.)

Schick Intuition Sensitive Care with Natural Aloe Women’s Razor, $9.97, available at Walmart.

Shay Mitchell

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This badass actress tends to keep her makeup light and fresh. She told Teen Vogue: “In the morning, I only use CoverGirl Lash Blast (I purchase 10 at a time in case they discontinue!). It just works really well.”

CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara, $8.99, available at Ulta Beauty.

Emma Watson

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“A makeup artist I met recently used a nude pencil around my lips to give them a perfect outline that’s not as obvious as a red liner,” Emma told Marie Claire a couple years back.

L’Oréal Colour Riche Lip Liner, $5.99, available at Target.

Olivia Wilde

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Olivia swears by this true-blue winner. “I’ve been using the same hippie shit my whole life,” she told Byrdie. “It’s the greatest! You can even use it in your hair when you go camping.”

Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap, $15.29, available at Target.

Lucy Hale

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“At the end of a long day, wiping my makeup off and feeling so clean, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Lucy told Into the Gloss. She praised the wipes’ ability to “take everything off without irritating [my skin].”

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes, $4.99, available at Target.

Laverne Cox

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It’s certainly not an easy task to find an SPF that works for you, but Laverne has it on lock. She told InStyle that she swears by this non-greasy face and body sunscreen.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Lotion SPF 55, $7.29, available at Target.

Easy to use, matte, and hydrating? Sign us up. As she told InStyle, Laverne credits her your-lips-but-better look to this chubby balm.

Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in Sultry, $8.49, available at Ulta Beauty.

Jessica Alba

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You’re not the only one who’s been strangely tantalized by As Seen On TV beauty scores. Jessica told Into the Gloss that she lives for the Turbie Twist. “It’s the greatest thing in the world,” she raved. “It’s like a towel that you pull your hair up in after the shower.”

The Original Turbie Twist Super-Absorbent Hair Towel, $12.49 available at Amazon.

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