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every time I have a new $30 blush or $27 waterline highlighter in my clutch at Sephora. That extra coin could be better contributed to a bottle of Sunday Riley Good Genes or a nice face oil. All the money in the world spent on makeup is gonna be wasted if it's sitting on a neglected canvas.
Most drugstore dupes I've found by accident, when I'm out of something and too far from a Sephora and needed to pick up paper towels and laundry detergent anyway. Or I've found them through carefully browsed Into The Gloss comments sections or Twitter threads. Anyway, I'm here to spread the drugstore gospel...
...SO here are my favorite dupes
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz vs. L'Oréal Brow Stylist Definer
Micro pencils coming to the drugstore is a true blessing from above. Although no one can compete with the shade range of Anastasia, these $7.99 L'Oréal guys are almost identical in formula. At $21 the ABH one (which is so slim I've lost it before, not realizing it fell out of my purse, sad!) is a lil steep for a daily use product that's frequently replaced.
Benefit High Brow vs Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Highlighter
I don't use this for my brows; I actually use for my lower waterline and an inner corner highlight, to look more awake and get rid of redness. Benefit HB used to be a holy grail product. I thought the pale, creamy pink would never make it to the drugstore, but boy was I wrong. These are the exact same product (sorry, Benefit, still love you; can't live without Hoola!). But $22 vs. $2.99 is a no-brainer.
Make Up For Ever HD Pressed Setting Powder vs Nyx HD Pressed Finishing Powder
Make Up For Ever is definitely the OG and the authority on HD setting powders, loose and pressed, but NYX is a very close second. I've used both and can't tell the difference; both pass the flashback test, and one is $37 one is $9.99.
J O R D A N
AN ODE TO JACKIE AINA
She's called out people in the beauty community for being trash beings (looking at you, Jeffree Star), she’s tackled the plight of finding the perfect shade of foundation when you're darker than most cosmetics lines would like you to be, and she doesn't understand why someone would pay so much for one product that makes them look ashy. As someone who finally figured out how to properly use concealer last week, I appreciate her frankness, her love of Jackie O, and her wig collection.
She also blessed me with this:
I'm about a year into the world of YouTube beauty gurus, and she kept it so real that I was taken aback. Weren't these girls supposed to say nice shit in the name of free shit?
I appreciate her.
I love her.
I want her to be my friend.
A Q&A WITH AUDREY
THE THICC: What's your go-to "everyday" makeup look?
AUDREY: Oh man, it depends on what mood I'm in, but generally it goes something like this: concealer, brows, mascara, cream blush, highlighter drops, winged eyeliner, and a pinky-nude gloss. For every day, I've been skipping foundation because I'm trying to focus more on skincare.
TT: And your "going out" look?
A: Haha, this also depends on the mood I'm in, but I definitely use foundation and a heavier concealer. It's sort of very similar to every day, but just more. More mascara, more contouring, definitely more highlighter. If I'm really feeling myself I'll pick up a shadow palette and work a little magic, but a sharp, winged eyeliner is usually enough. Oh, and I skip gloss and do a lipstick.
TT: If you had to take two products with you on a desert island, what would they be?
A: I feel like it would be responsible to say SPF, but I really would want a hydrating serum and coconut oil.
TT: How big of a role does beauty/makeup play in your overall look?
A: Before I could afford to buy the clothes I really liked, I was buying makeup. The way my budget was set up, it was just easier for me, so I put more emphasis on beauty for most of my teens and early twenties. As I've gotten older I've relied more on clothes for my lewk, but beauty is always my first love. I'm fine with a light makeup day, but when I go all out, it's game over.
TT: When did you first start experimenting with makeup? What are your first memories?
A: Oh, girl, the minute I saw my mom getting ready with her Mary Kay and Avon kits, I knew that this was the life for me. I must've been 7 or 8. After she left for wherever it was she was getting dolled up to go, I would sneak and take them out and try to re-create what she did. I remember a lot of blue and purple
shadow. And glossy red lips!
TT: Who are some people/things/IG accounts that you look to for beauty inspiration?
A: Okay, this is really hard! My friends for sure. They're all these amazing, talented, creative, colorful women, and every time I see them, it's like they're pushing me to try something different just by existing. As far as Instagram accounts, I follow a lot of drag queens. Their sheer existence is beauty
inspiration, not because I want to wear that much makeup, but because it reminds me that I can do anything with makeup if I choose to. I love Miss Fame's (@missfamenyc) looks.
TT: Is getting ready/doing a full beat fun for you or does it feel like a chore?
Most of the time, it's a party. When I actually have time to do a full beat, I'm playing music, drinking wine, getting ready to go out with my girls, so yeah. Always a party!