Long before I created Modern Fifty TV, I was a very poor, very frugal beauty enthusiast who could only afford drugstore makeup. And that was perfectly fine. Because regardless of what anyone says, drugstore makeup is excellent, and I still use it on the daily (seriously—right now, I’m wearing almost exclusively drugstore products on my face). Still, I’m not going to pretend that all drugstore makeup is created equal, just like not all expensive, high-end makeup is automatically “good”—every formula is different, and good vs. bad can change drastically even within a single brand.

But because nobody has time (or money) to play a game of Risk, I went ahead and broke down my absolute favorite—really, truly — makeup products of all time, from the best drugstore liquid lipstick to the best high-end concealer, below.

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Must Haves Makeup for Mature Eyes

Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer – A perfect concealer for my dark circles with texture

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer

Bye Bye Pores Airbrush Loose Setting Powder

Elf Perfect Finish HD Powder

Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+ – foundation that works well for my mid-50s dry skin!

BLUSH

L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Blush

Milani Baked Powder Blush (Dolce Pink 01)

Maybelline Cheek Heat Sheer Gel-Cream Blush (20 Rose Flush)

EYES

Smashbox Cover Shoot Eye Shadow PalletA perfect travel palette that has everything you need for daytime subtle looks and nighttime smokey looks!

Essence Long-lasting eye pencil (18h+waterproof “Black Fever”)

LIPSTICK

  • L’Oréal Paris Lip Plumper Colour Riche Plump and Shine Lipstick, Coconut Plump, and Watermelon are two of my all-time favorites – one of the most perfect creamy & moisturizing lipstick formulas.
  • Essence Lipliner Pillow Talk + Going Steady
  • Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk – One of my favorite neutral lipstick formulas

BRUSHES

  • MORPHE – M433 – for transitional color
  • MORPHE – M441 – for transitional color
  • MORPHE – M431 – pencil brush
  • MORPHE – M506 – smaller tapered brush for the crease
  • QUO – eye smudger brush
  • QUO – lipstick brush
  • Elf Flawless Concealer Brush⠀

HAIR

Raquel Welch Wig “Summer” – RL19/23SS Shaded Biscuit⠀

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BODY

Vaseline Intensive Care hand and body lotion – This lotion WORKS!

FACE

A.M.

  1. Garnier Ombrelle Sunscreen Face Sun Protection UltraFluid Lotion SPF 60 – the sunscreen every sensitive, dry-skin gal needs!
  2. COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essencethis Essence has transformed my skin
  3. Olay Regenerist Night Recovery Cream – a fantastic daytime, hydrating cream lightweight and wears well under makeup.
  4. The Ordinary Lactic Acid 10% + HASuper Effective Exfoliator for sensitive skin.

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P.M.

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Must Haves Accessories

12.0mm Hoop Earrings in 14K White GoldOne of my most asked about pieces of jewellery. I adore it!

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