Complete Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit for $100

Complete Drugstore Makeup Starter Kit

This is a complete guide to a drugstore makeup starter kit. For a little over $100, beginners can get good quality makeup and start their collection. When I first started my makeup collection, the drugstore was the first place that I hit up. I wanted to see if I really liked doing this whole makeup thing without spending a ton of money. Of course, I’ve realized now that you can find some real gems in the drugstore that have become staples in my collection. I wanted to create this complete drugstore makeup starter kit for people who want to start with the basics or build on their collection!


A primer can be a multi-purpose product, the Rimmel Stay Matte Primer is hydrating and makes a good base for foundation and concealer. Whenever I do an eyeshadow look I always set my eyes as well, the Milani Eyeshadow Primer is comparable to more expensive versions and gets the job done.

Foundation & Concealer

It’s always a good idea to start out with the base. To be honest, I started by only wearing concealer and one that I really recommend is the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. It’s creamy, easy to blend, and good at covering blemishes and dark circles. When you do go the foundation route, I really enjoy the L’Oreal Infallible ProGlow. This foundation has a great color match for my pale skin and makes the skin look natural and glowy.

Setting Powder & Spray

If you want to make your base last all day, you need to set it. The easy option is translucent powder, I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder. All it does is set the base and make it less sticky, and matte. To get a little more coverage I recommend Maybelline BetterSkin Powder*, this has a little color as a setting powder or can be used as a powder foundation as well. I love using a setting spray to make everything look cohesive and last longer, I think there are many great options for setting spray, but that one that I have is the Maybelline MasterFix Setting Spray.

Bronzer, Blush, & Highlighter

The Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer is my favorite bronzer at the drugstore. This bronzer has a great color, long-lasting, and smells like a tropical vacation. Although not drugstore, I really recommend ColourPop’s products. For blush, I like Between the Sheets and for highlighter, Smoke N Whistles. Both are cream like powder formulas, so they are long-lasting and natural.

Eyes & Brows

The only drugstore brow product I have tried is the L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer. It’s a very fine tip pencil and the formula is very easy to use as a beginner. There are many eyeshadow products, but sometimes it feels like finding a diamond in the rough with drugstore products. The Maybelline Color Tattoos are great bases and washes of color. For palettes, the CoverGirl TruNaked palettes are dupes for the Naked Palettes, so they have great colors and also great pigmentation and quality. I think everyone needs a good black eyeliner to complete their look. the Maybelline Waterproof Gel Liner is a great pick because it is very black and lasts a long time. Mascara is probably the most important item in a makeup collection, I like L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara.


The Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain in Honey is one of my favorites. It’s basically a tinted lip balm and looks really pretty. Another one I like for more of a wash of color is the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive. This one is a matte rose color that is very pigmented.

Alright, this is my complete guide for starting a makeup kit at the drugstore. Each product is great quality so that you’ll be able to start out with great products in the beginning!

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