For the famous faces among us, spending too much money on beauty must-haves typically isn’t an issue. But for those who aren’t famous (and not-so-affluent), opting for skincare, makeup and hair products from drugstores and pharmacies is a no-brainer.
But lo and behold, some A-listers choose to use the more affordable variety, whether it be for convenience or effectiveness. Over the years, celebrities have raved and ranted about their favourite drugstore products, and now, it’s worth listening to what they have to say and trying their recommendations out for ourselves. After all, if it weren’t good, then why would they waste their limited time screaming its praises from the rooftops?
From Selena Gomez‘s favourite shaving cream to Olivia Rodrigo‘s must-have for hair health, we’ve rounded up the best (and most affordable) beauty products that celebrities swear by—and they’re all under $30.
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Aside from her own beauty brand, Rare Beauty, Gomez has previously praised eos Shaving Cream as her go-to in her beauty routine. In an interview with Into The Gloss, she explained that she loves to use eos Shaving Cream because the formula “isn’t too thick”, and honestly, if it has the Gomez tick of approval then we’re sold.
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In an interview with Allure, Hadid explained how this once cult-favourite skin scrub has remained a long-term staple in her beauty routine. “It’s been around because it’s the best,” she said.
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While, yes, the Emily in Paris star is the face Lancôme, but she also gets behind budget beauty buys, including a tube of Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. “Burt’s Bees has that really great hydration and it also makes [my lips] feel tingly because of the peppermint, which I love too, I’m constantly putting this on all day.” she told Byrdie at her cover shoot back in 2020.
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It’s not often that we get a sneak peek into Lively’s beauty routine, so when she broke down her routine on her Instagram Stories in 2019, we were definitely taking notes. The actress revealed that while she splurges on lipsticks, her real go-to is CeraVe’s SPF facial moisturiser as part of her daily skincare routine.
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In a 2011 interview with Allure, Queen B told the publication that Smith’s Rose Salve in a tin is her (and her lips’) saviour. “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,” she explained. “It was like a natural mascara. It made the lashes hold the curl and look shiny. I use it for everything!”
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Olivia Rodrigo may know a thing or two about breakups, but turns out, she’s also quite knowledgeable about hair health. How does she keep her mane glossy and healthy? By taking a Olly Vitamin gummy for hair health every day, she told Elite Daily.
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No one has lashes as fluttery as Lizzo, but she’d be the first to credit a perfect pair of false lashes for her most flirtatious looks. At the 2019 Grammy Awards, makeup artist Alexx Mayo revealed that he loves to pair a full face of Charlotte Tilbury products with a $16 pair of faux-mink falsies by KISS for the “Good As Hell” singer.
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There’s no denying that Yara Shahidi’s gorgeous curls are enviable. And it turns out, achieving her stunning coils can be done with a drugstore product. In an interview with Byrdie, she explains that this cult-favourite, lightweight gel is the answer to her hair’s prayers. “EcoStyler is a gel that I swear by because it’s not always about the most expensive product, but the most efficient,” she said.
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Anyone on Instagram will know that Shay Mitchell has some of the best lashes on the social platform. But how does she achieve them? In an interview with Teen Vogue, she praised CoverGirl’s Lash Blast mascara are her go-to. “In the morning, I only use CoverGirl Lash Blast (I purchase 10 at a time in case they discontinue!). It just works really well,” she told the publication.
Image via @shaymitchell
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In an interview with Byrdie, the How I Met Your Father star shared her favourite beauty products. So, when it came to her favourite body oil, she revealed that she opts for the drugstore variety, singing Neutrogena’s Body Oil Light Sesame Formula praises. “It smells so good to me; I love, love, love smelling like that,” she told the publication.
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When it comes to removing makeup, even celebrities opt for the most affordable offerings—and the Pretty Little Liars alum is no different. “At the end of a long day, wiping my makeup off and feeling so clean, it’s the best feeling in the world,” Hale told Into the Gloss. Hale also explained how she loved the wipes’ ability to “take everything off without irritating [my skin]”.
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It’s safe to say that achieving Jennifer Lopez’s famous glow is the goal of every beauty obsessive. And it turns out, her secret only costs $12. Lopez’s long-time makeup artist, Scott Barnes, revealed to YouTuber Tati Westbrook that his favourite drugstore product to nail her glow is Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Lightweight Sunscreen Spray for its instant glow to the body and sun protection.
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Even the most famous among us have a preference between high end and affordable makeup products. For Emma Watson, when it comes to lining her lips, she opts for L’Oréal Paris’ Colour Riche Lip Liner.
“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 U.S. in 2017.
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