Best Face Forward for Less

Style > Best Bargains Package

Do makeup artists have any cheap cosmetics in their bag of tricks? We asked four professionals to share their secrets.

Bargain cleansers: Kiss My Face olive soaps ($3.49 for eight ounces at Whole Foods). “If you want something gentle, this is great,” says Leah McKay. For dry skin, she likes Burt’s Bees Orange Essence Facial Cleanser ($7.99 for 4.34 ounces at Whole Foods).

Bargain makeup remover: Boots No. 7 Quick Thinking 4-in-1 Wipes. A pack of 30 is $6.99 at CVS. Carola Myers says these wipes cleanse, tone, and moisturize skin and remove eye makeup.

Bargain men’s product line: Every Man Jack. Gustavo Mottola says the face lotion ($5 for 3.2 ounces at Target) “was silky and didn’t have much fragrance.”

Bargain aftershave: Mottola stays away from pricey aftershaves. In a drugstore, he says, “just walk over to the women’s cosmetics and grab a bottle of toner.” He recommends Neutrogena and L’Oréal.

Bargain foundation: L’Oréal True Match ($10.49 at CVS). Myers says it’s comparable to Chanel’s $55 Vitalumière Satin Smoothing Crème Compact. As a cream, not powder, it’s especially good for older skin.

Bargain eye makeup: Revlon eyeliner ($9.99 at CVS). It doesn’t contain wax, as other pencils do, so it won’t run, says McKay.

Bargain nail implements and other basics: Sally Beauty Supply, where a bag of 100 makeup sponges is $5. “Someone told me they went to Georgetown and paid $10 for one sponge,” Kim Giammaria says.

Another one-stop shop for beauty buys: Trader Joe’s, where Giammaria stocks up on Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint liquid soap ($8.99 for 32 ounces), Comodynes makeup remover ($3.99 for 20 towelettes), and tea-tree oil ($5.99 for one ounce), which can clear up blemishes. Myers likes Trader Joe’s Virtuoso mint lip balm (three tubes for $2.49); she says men appreciate the lack of sheen.

More>> Shop Around Blog | Style | Find a Spa 

Keep Up on DC’s Latest Fashions with Our Shopping Newsletter

Fashion finds and deals, and the latest trends for you and your home.

Or, see all of our newsletters. By signing up, you agree to our terms.