Best Drugstore Makeup by Glamour Beauty Editors
In times of uncertainty, there’s an undeniable comfort in the daily rituals that bring us joy. After months of testing, Glamour today revealed the 249 winning products of its 15th annual Beauty Awards. New for 2020, we’ve introduced a sustainability category. Whatever beauty may look like for consumers right now, from prepping for camera zoom meetings to needed self-care beauty routines, Glamour has all the products covered from sunscreens to masks to lipsticks, and more.
The winners were selected by 47 judges at the top of the beauty industry including licensed esthetician and Then I Met You skincare founder Charlotte Cho, celebrity makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, whose clients include Kerry Washington and Mindy Kaling, and New York Times columnist, Ellis Brooklyn.
We wanted to focus on the best drugstore makeup out of the Glamour Beauty Awards for 2020.
We’re living in a golden age of drugstore makeup. Where we once had to sacrifice efficacy for affordability, that isn’t the case with the best drugstore makeup now. Quality is on the up-and-up, you can find products in any and every color, and it’s easy to stock up when the need for a serious smoky eye strikes. And there’s no reason not to when good value is right down the street. No splurge, no buyer’s remorse, no problem.
The Best Foundation
Foremost, I love that this product is free of oils, parabens, phthalates, synthetic dyes, and harsh fragrances, because I have sensitive skin. It has great medium coverage that stays on all day and doesn’t require touchups. Another major key is the anti-blue-light ingredients, because I’m either on my phone or sitting in front of my laptop most of the time. —Ellen V Lora, beauty, fashion, and lifestyle blogger
The Best Concealer
I can’t help but clap it up for this multifunctional concealer. The cushiony yet lightweight texture seamlessly mimics real skin and works beautifully on your entire face. The full-coverage formula—available in 30 shades—erases dark circles, brightens dull skin, and sculpts the best cheekbones of your life. —Felicia Walker Benson, beauty expert
The Best Primer
This water-based primer serum is great for anyone who has more oily skin and needs their makeup to last all day. Apply it right after your moisturizer, and let it set for two minutes before applying your foundation. —Daniel Martin, celebrity makeup artist
The Best Face Powder
The geniuses at Physicians Formula have not only created a lightweight SPF 20 powder, but went the extra mile and added blue-light and pollution defense—with a side of a blurring effect. Sometimes a red carpet is out in the sun, and adding SPF before a makeup application can cause a white flashback. So this powder is quite the hero to make sure you’re covered. Literally. —Joseph Carrillo, celebrity makeup artist
The Best Blush
I love creamy blushes—they give a healthy, fresh glow. This one is sheer but buildable. I like that it gives a very natural, almost invisible blush. —Yana Sheptovetskaya, founder of Gelcream
The Best Highlighter
I use this gorgeous, very pigmented highlighter all over my face. It stays for a long time and gives a pretty glow. —Y.S.
The Best Bronzer
I’m a big fan of cream-to-powder finishes, and this bronzer takes the cake. I love how buildable it is, and how it’s very complimentary to my skin tone. —Charlotte Cho, K-beauty expert
The Best Brow Product
This is basically budge-proof brows in a tiny bottle. Once applied (preferably with an angled brush for precision) your brows are on lockdown for up to 48 hours. No smudges. No sweating off your brows while working out. You’re good! —F.W.B.
The Best Eyeliner
I’m the queen of the cat eye, and this gem is not only super affordable, it’s also lasted me through all seasons—humid to frigid temps! —C.C.
The Best Eye Shadow
I love tapping this in the center and inner corners of the eyes after I’ve laid down a matte eye shadow on the lid. By doing this, it creates a gorgeous dimension on the eye that looks effortless and foolproof. —D.M.
The Best Mascara
This is hands down the best mascara I’ve found—trust me when I say it’s everything. It coats each and every lash, making them so thick, full, and gorgeous. I literally use it for every red carpet and for TV as well. Thank you, Maybelline, for making me a believer! —J.C.
The Best Lip Color
These are amazing for when you want to add a natural flush or just-bitten vibe to your look. You can really control the finish by either dabbing the product on with your fingers or directly applying the stick. It’s also versatile—I use the tint for my lips, but also as blush. —E.V.L.
The Best Lip Treatment
I’m a huge fan of lip tints, and this product is perfect for no- and low-makeup days. It’s a lip balm that keeps your lips hydrated as well as adding a hint of color. There’s a fantastic range of colors to choose from, which makes it perfect for all skin tones. —Heather Woolery-Lloyd, M.D., dermatologist
The Best Nail Polish
If you love a glossy mani but despise the time it takes for your polish to dry, this is your answer. The quick dry, high-shine formula lets you cheat on your gel mani and not skip a beat. And with 40 shades ranging from low-key neutrals to bold brights, polish fatigue is not an option. —F.W.B.
The Best Tweezers
How cute are these tweezers?! They’re easy to use and get the tiniest hairs, and did I mention they’re so cute? —Lindsay Schallon, senior beauty editor