10 Genius Beauty Buys Under $20

Celebrity hair stylists, makeup artists and manicurists are used to making the world a more glamorous place via the Hollywood elite…but hey, they still love a great deal! Check out their picks for new as well as tried-and-true beauty products for under $20  (some under $10!). You’ll find most are available at your local drugstore. Then use their seasoned advice to shine like a star on a budget.

Marc Mena, Celebrity Hairstylist and Senior Stylist at Warren Tricomi, NYC


L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray

“This is a must-have in my collection of products. No matter the season, a great hairspray helps beat dry heat and static and tames frizz and flyways,” Mena says.

$15, CVS.com

Psssssst Instant Spray Shampoo

“Every girl should use a dry shampoo to preserve hair health, shine and color. Narrowing down the number of times you wash your hair in a week will result in less frizz!” says Mena.

$6, Ulta.com

 Jessie Powers, MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist and Educator


Japonesque Go Curl Pocket Curler

“It’s a great size for your purse and since it has a slightly flatter shape, you can really get to the base of the lashes,” says Powers.

$12, Ulta.com

MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Shadow #26E

Powers adores this peach gold waterproof eye shadow in the form of a chubby pencil because of the convenience and versatility of this all-purpose color. “I use it as an eye shadow, eye shadow base, cheek highlight or lip color,” she says.

$20, Sephora.com

100% Pure Argan Oil To-Go

“Great for when skin is super dehydrated especially during cold winters and weather,” says Powers. “I use this to boost moisturizer.”

$14, JosieMaranCosmetics.com

Sandra Bennett, Beauty Blogger and TV Host


Tarte Clean Slate 360 Creaseless 12-Hour Wear Eye Primer

“This primer really does make my eyeshadow last all day. I love that it is packed with ingredients that are good for your skin. It is the perfect hybrid of skincare and long-wear makeup!”

$16, QVC.com

Dick Page, Shiseido Artistic Director and Celebrity Makeup Artist


Spoolie Brush

“A spoolie brush is brilliant for combing color through eyebrows for added definition,” says Page.

$7, GloProfessional.com


Michelle Saunders, Celebrity Manicurist


Essie Sleek Sticks

“Many nail stickers are busy and colorful, but these are subtle enough to wear to the office. Plus they are easy to use,” says Saunders. “And who wouldn’t love a product that lasts for weeks?”

$11, Essie.com

Laura Geller, Makeup Artist and Founder of Laura Geller Cosmetics


Double-Dipped Lipstick

Sure this lipstick packs rich color, but moisturizing benefits too. “This luxurious, creamy formula has shea butter, avocado and jojoba oils and Vitamin E,” Geller says.

$18, LauraGeller.com

Robin Watson Hamilton, Celebrity Makeup Artist


Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Gel Cream Liners

“These gel liners are versatile when used with a fine point brush to get a cat eye look or with an angled brush to fill in spaces between eyelashes for a thickening affect,” says Watson Hamilton. “It’s also perfect for creating a smokey eye as it smudges beautifully when combined with a dark brown or gray eyeshadow.”

$11, PhysiciansFormula.com

Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin FakeOut Mascara

“This mascara is great because it doesn’t flake and if you want a more voluminous affect apply the product side to side and lengthening from root to tip,” says Watson Hamilton.

$10, PhysiciansFormula.com

Joanna Schlip, Celebrity Makeup Artist

Cotton Rounds

“I love to use these to blend as they provide an airbrushed finish without leaving behind any fibers,” Schlip says.

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