Our childhood selves didn't know how good they had it when it came time for back-to-school shopping. It's all gel pens and monogrammed lunch boxes when it's on mom's dime, but as we get older, the frills fall off, and the first day of school means a very depressing trip to Walmart to grab the cheapest spiral notebooks our summer babysitting money can buy.
Because it's only natural that your shopping budget and summertime high spirits both take a hit as first semester looms, we're making your BTS makeup haul easy and affordable. Whether you need a waterproof mascara to hold up through your end-of-summer tears or a dewy highlighter that'll turn heads when you step on campus, we've got the must-have basics covered — and everything's less than $11.
Check out the best back-to-school makeup from the drugstore, ahead. Because your upcoming shopping trip should be more fun than doom, gloom, and ugly three-ring binders.
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Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Deep
If you're looking to keep your summer glow going strong past summer, snag this creamy bronzer that melts into the skin and leaves a warm radiance.
Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer Deep , $7.99, available at Target
L'Oréal Infallible Flash Cat Eyeliner
This liquid liner is so precise, you won't need a cotton swab on standby to clean up mistakes, making it the perfect product to stash in your pencil case. Plus, it comes with a wing stencil so you can master your cat-eye.
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eyeliner, $9.99, available at Amazon
CoverGirl Matte Ambition All Day Foundation
Whether you're trying to hide a bad sunburn on your nose or you need to cover up some first-day stress pimples on your chin, a smooth, long-wear, mattifying foundation is a must.
COVERGIRL Matte Ambition- All Day Foundation Deep/Tan Shade, $8.99, available at Target
ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Tinted Lip Oil
ChapStick Total Hydration Vitamin Enriched Tinted Lip Oil, $6.99, available at walgreens.com
Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick
If you're looking for a high-impact pigment, Maybelline created a crayon — which comes in 12 shades — that has the same long-wear technology as the best-selling Matte Ink Lip Color. With its transfer-resistant formula, you won't have to worry about reapplying from class to class.
Maybelline SuperStay Ink Crayon Lipstick , $7.99, available at Target
Revlon Colorstay Endless Glow Liquid Highlighter
Use it as a shiny eyeshadow or dab a bit on your cheekbones. Either way, this glowy highlight will turn heads at roll-call.
Revlon Colorstay Endless Glow Liquid Highlighter, $10.99, available at Target
Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette
You can't go wrong with this neutral eyeshadow palette — that includes a mini brush and black liner — especially when it's under $10.
Milani Everyday Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, $8.97, available at Walmart
Soap & Glory Archery Brow Precision Pencil & Brush
If you want to make your brows look naturally full, here's your answer. Use this super-skinny pencil to draw tiny, hair-like strokes through your arches, then groom and sheer out the pigment with the spoolie side.
Soap & Glory Archery Brow Precision Pencil & Brush , $9.99, available at Target
Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara
This waterproof mascara will hold up through a sweaty uphill trek to your first set of classes, because black streaks running down your cheeks isn't quite the first impression you want to give your professor.
Wet n Wild Lash Renegade Mascara , $6.29, available at Target
CoverGirl TruBlend Undercover Concealer
We like this creamy concealer because it gives just the right amount of coverage to even out discoloration and cover up pimples, without ever going cake-y midday.
COVERGIRL TruBlend Undercover Concealer, $7.94, available at Walmart
E.L.F. Luminous Blush Radiant Peach
This sheer, multitasking blush is gorgeous as an everyday cheek color, and you can also use it as an eyeshadow in a pinch.
e.l.f. Luminous Blush Radiant Peach , $6, available at Target
Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite Blush Highlighter
Jelly highlighters are just what you need for a dewy glow year-round. Just dab the jelly formula onto your cheekbones with your fingers and you'll instantly get a glazed, lit-from-within look — no sweat or photo filter required.
Almay Make Them Jelly Hi-Lite Blush Highlighter , $8.69, available at Target
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Face Sponge
Because we don't all have $20 to spend on a BeautyBlender, this $6 makeup sponge seamlessly buffs foundation and concealer into the skin.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Face Sponge, $5.99, available at walgreens.com
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