4 Celeb Makeup Artists Dish on Their Favorite Drugstore Beauty Buys
Zoe Saldana's and Jessica Chastain's beauty peeps share their best-kept (affordable) secrets when hitting up the local drugstore.
What's not to love about the holidays? Family, fireside singalongs and, well, sleeping in your childhood twin bed while visiting the folks. It’s just one of the perks of hanging with your parents for a solid stretch of time; that and a lack of entertainment, save for the local Cineplex.
But when you’ve already crossed off Hunger Games, Exodus and Annie from your list of movies to see, we recommend taking this time to linger through the aisles of your hometown drugstore, guided and glammed up, of course, by a few Hollywood beauty angels.
Aviva Perea, hair stylist
Clients: Zoe Saldana, Anna Gunn and Ellen Page.
Tony & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray; Target, $11.
"There are so many texturizing sprays on the market these days, and they can often be quite expensive. This product does double duty, acting as a texturizer on the ends and a volume booster at the roots. When hair is wet, I spray a little at the roots and rough-dry using just my fingers. When fully dried, I'll add another misting, concentrating on the ends for the perfect messy tousled beach hair."
Dove Invigorating Dry Shampoo; Drugstore.com, $5.
"I have tried EVERY dry shampoo and this is hands-down my favorite. Dove has created a triple threat. This product acts as a dry shampoo soaking up excess oil and dirt as well as a texturizer and volume booster. Another bonus: It leaves hair smelling freshly washed."
CHI Infra Texture Dual Action Hair Spray; Ulta.com; $15.
"This spray is great. It keeps your style in place without leaving it sticky or gunky. It's also perfect for a little extra texture boost!"
TIGI Bed Head Hard Head Hairspray; Target.com, $18.
"When I'm doing updos or any style that requires extra hold I won't reach for any other product but this. When I send clients out on the red carpet, I never know what is going to happen between the time they leave their house to the time they step foot in front of the photographers. With this product I never have to worry that any hair will fall out of place. Plus, it gives hair a beautiful shine and brushes out easily at the end of the night!"
Psssst Clarify & Shine Scalp Treatment; Drugstore.com, $7.
"This pre-shampoo treatment is my new obsession. Using the concentrated nozzle, I spray roots and massage for a few minutes. The unique formula melts away product buildup, leaving hair shiny, bouncy and super soft. It's almost like you get brand-new hair for $6.99!"
Kirin Bhatty, makeup artist
Clients: Kiernan Shipka, Jessica Pare and Jenny Slate
L’Oréal Colour Riche Lip Balm; Drugstore.com, $7.
"I love this product. It glides on, has a comfortable formula as well as a range of great shades. I also love the packaging. You can wear it alone as a sheer wash of color or use it as a prep for lipstick, ensuring that your lips are supple and hydrated before lipstick application. It's similar to the Dior Addict Lip Glow."
Simple Makeup Removing Wipes; Ulta.com, $6.
"These wipes take everything off, without irritating the skin. It's a kit must-have for me. They are comparable to Shiseido's Pureness Refining Cleansing Sheet."
Sonia Kashuk Lipstick in Blushing; Target.com, $10.
"The color is superb, the packaging is sleek and it lasts. Since it's such a flattering shade you can also use it as a creamy cheek stain and really get more bang for your buck. It’s comparable to Bobbi Brown Lip and Cheek Pot in Blushed Rose."
Ardell Lashes; Ulta.com, $4.
"Love these! They come at a drugstore prices and they make so many styles. These are similar to the lashes from MAC but for a fraction of the cost."
Covergirl LashBlast; Target.com, $7.
"Love, love, love this mascara. It’s an inky black and there are a lot of formulas to choose from. It definitely brings your lashes to great heights. You can layer formulas to really customize your lash game and still pay less than you would for one tube of expensive mascara."
Ryan Trygstad, hair stylist
Clients: Jessica Chastain, Naomi Watts and Taylor Schilling
Motions Foaming Wrap Lotions; SallyBeauty.com, $4.
"Clients really can’t make mistakes with this product, because it has low alcohol levels and doesn't get sticky or crunchy when too much product is used. The lotion gives the hair a bit of hold without feeling heavy. (This can be found in the ethnic hair care section of most drug stores, but is great for all hair types.)"
John Frieda Frizz Ease; Drugstore.com, $6.
"There’s a reason this product has been around for years! A few mists give all-day shine to all hair types, but it’s especially great for frizzy and overprocessed hair."
TIGI Bed Head Queen for a Day Thickening Spray; Target.com, $19.
"I use this product on virtually every client — it’s my favorite thickening spray! It gives the nicest volume without making hair sticky or crunchy. The atomizer on the bottle is designed perfectly and sprays very evenly."
Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray; Drugstore.com , $13.
"This is perfect for bringing out natural waves or curls, and is also a great prep before drying hair when doing any beachy hairstyles. Plus, it’s lightweight and has a lovely fresh scent."
Neutrogena Clarifying Shampoo; Target.com, $6.
"I always recommend this shampoo to anyone who is worried about mineral buildup. It’s great for clients who expose their hair to chlorine during swimming."
Sascha Breuer, hair stylist
Clients: Anne Hathaway, Michelle Dockery and Kate Beckinsale
Braun Satin Hair 7 Iontec Hair Brush; Amazon.com, $220.
"This is the ultimate hairbrush. It's like a magic wand. It removes static and frizz, leaving the hair visibly shinier and smoother. It's an amazing tool that I couldn't be without."
Batiste Dry Shampoo; Ulta.com, $8.
"I have been using this product for years. It works so well and it's available in both blonde and brunette shades"
Goody Simple Styles Spin Pin; Target.com, $4.
"Nothing holds hair better than the spin pin."
Wella Pro Series Repair Shampoo; Amazon.com, $20.
"This shampoo repairs damaged hair, leaving it smooth and shiny. Its formula, with rich conditioning ingredients, keeps your hair strong and protected."
Wella Professional Ocean Spritz Beach Texture Spray; Ulta.com, $17.
"I use this as a start-up product for any blow-dry or style, as it give great hold and volume. And it doesn't leave hair sticky like many volumizing products. It's also perfect to refresh a blow-dry or style as you can use it on dry hair. It's easy, effective and fast."