I love a good romp through Sephora as much as the next makeup addict, but let’s face it, a girl’s gotta make rent. And when it seems like there’s a new trend cropping up every moment, the last thing you wanna do is spend an arm and a leg on something that may not work on you the way you want it to. Or *gasp* isn’t as easy to use as those YouTube tutorials make it look.
When it comes to looking picture-perfect we trust the pros to give us their expert advice. Enter Las Vegas-based makeup artist Sheena Zargari, whose 10+ years of experience has been put to the test in multiple publications (like Las Vegas, Nakid, and Jute Magazines, respectively), and with celebrity clientele. Not to mention her gorgeous beauty, fashion, and editorial makeup work regularly makes us swoon when we scroll through our Instagram feed.
Soft. Clean. Beauty. The first of the five beauty looks we shot in a day with @sajorffej After I saw this image, I knew the rest of the day would be pure magic! 🌟💥🌟 Skin – Shiseido Benefiance Moisturizer + @itcosmetics CC+ cream + @narsissist Radiant Creamy Concealer Brows – @benefit Kabrow Lips – @meltcosmetics Nood + Nars Anna and Guyann gloss on top
While she typically uses the pricer department store brands like Nars and Smashbox, Sheena knows her way around the drug store beauty aisles too. After all, us regular lasses wanna look good and afford to eat! So when we asked Sheena to give Berry the lowdown on where you’ll get the most glam for your buck, you better bet she delivered the goods.
1. Best Foundation: Revlon Colorstay Foundation
“It stays on really well, and gives good coverage. It’s more for combo to oily skin types, so my dry skin girls [should] moisturize really well before putting it on. Pair with Revlon Primer for super long wearability.”
Available in 40 shades on Amazon starting at $6.89
2. Best Eye Shadow: NYX
“NYX shadows are my favorites for a drug store brand.” And for the sparkle fiends, “NYX loose glitter pigments are the shit! You can get all different colors to glam up any look and add your own personal flair!”
Get the NYX Cosmetics Dream Catcher “Dusk Til Dawn” Shadow Palette on Amazon for $17.61
3. Best Highlighter: Wet n Wild Mega Glo Illuminating Powder
“Wet n Wild mega glow highlighters give a high voltage highlight and insane glow!”
Get it in Catwalk Pink on Amazon for $7.13
4. Best Eyeliner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner
“You can achieve the perfect wing, or even a really precise thin line. I love to use these for detail work on an avant-garde make up look.”
Get it on Amazon for $5.99
5. Best Mascara: L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara
“L’Oréal owns companies like Lancôme, Armani Cosmetics, and YSL. All of those brands are known for their mascaras, so why not go straight to the source at a third of the cost?! Most makeup artists I know, have this in their kit or use it for personal use.”
[Editor’s Note: I recently shifted to this mascara after years of using Benefit’s BADgal Lash, and it’s incredibly comparable for less than 1/2 the price.]
Get it in 6 shades on Amazon starting at $5.84
6. Best Lipstick: Maybelline New York Sensational Creamy Matte Lip Color
“Maybelline creamy matte lipsticks are comfortable and creamy with the long wear of a matte! They are a great buy with a wide shade range to choose from! I also love their vivid matte liquid lipsticks.”
Get “Touch of Spice” on Amazon for $4.97
7. Best Makeup Remover: Garnier SkinActive Micellar All-in-1 Cleanser and Makeup Remover
“This is perfect for any skin type. It’s really gentle and it removes all of your make up without leaving a film that can sometimes be left behind from makeup-removing towelettes.”
Get it on Amazon for $6.96
8. One thing Sheena will spend $$ on is a good concealer: TARTE Double Duty Beauty Shape Tape Contour Concealer
“I don’t skip out on the concealer because that’s my one item I won’t leave the house without. So I invest in a good one! Right now I love the Tarte Shape Tape concealer. If I’m running out of the house in a pinch, I’ll even use it as my foundation.”
4 shades available on Amazon starting at $35.56
See more of Sheena’s amazing work on her Instagram!