Drugstore Makeup Buys To Add To Your Back-To-School Shopping List

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

It's impossible to overdo it with these tinted lip oils. The shine feels dressier than simple balm, with none of the annoying stickiness of a gloss.

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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