Full Face of Drugstore Makeup Tutorial

Do you ever feel like your wallet is crying after browsing what’s new in makeup on Sephora’s website for the fourth time in a week?! I seriously cannot be the only one; but  don’t worry y’all, the drugstore is full of amazing items for prices that certainly will not break the bank. Head on over to your local drugstore and start picking out a few goodies, I promise some of the things you find will be just as good as from Sephora.

To begin the look, I am as always starting with a fresh, moisturized face. I am then priming my face with the Nivea Men’s Shave Balm Primer ($6.49) to ensure that my face makeup stays in place all day.

I am then buffing the Garnier BB Cream ($9.49) in the shade ‘light medium’ into my skin with a damp beauty blender. This BB Cream acts as a tinted moisturizer and provides a light-medium coverage throughout the day. To then provide a bit more coverage, I am taking the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer ($6.99) to conceal my under-eyes and any blemishes. To keep my face from getting oily throughout the day I am setting it with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder ($4.99).

I am then taking the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster ($7.89) and defining my cheekbones, nose, and temples. After, I am taking the peach shade from the Elf Blush Quad ($5.99) and applying this to the apples of my cheeks. To highlight the bridge of my nose, cupid’s bow, brow bone, and tips of my cheekbones I am using a champagne single shadow called ‘French Vanilla’ from Covergirl ($2.97).

To prep my lids for eyeshadow I am taking the Maybelline Color Tattoo ($6.99) in the shade ‘Barely Branded’ and applying it all over my lids with my fingers. For the eyeshadow look I am using the Wet N Wild ‘Comfort Zone’ palette ($5.00) . It is by far my favorite eyeshadow palette from the drugstore and is full of super pigmented shadows. I am first taking the warm champagne shade on the left and packing this onto my lids using a flat shader brush.

I decided to go for a green look today, as I have never tried a look like this and I ended up loving it. So for the crease shade, I am taking the light green shadow on the right and applying this directly into my crease.

For my outer v I am taking the darker green shadow on the right side of the palette. This color perfectly defined my eyes and made them pop big time.

To fill and shape my brows I am using the NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder ($5.99) on an angled brush. I am then going in with the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil ($4.49) in the shade ‘Milk’ to perfectly carve out my brows and define my brow bone.

I am then curling my lashes and applying several coats of the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara ($5.99)to my upper and lower lashes to lengthen and volumize my lashes. For the lips I am applying the NYX Lingerie Lipstick ($6.99) in the shade ‘Corset’.

Well that is it for this drugstore makeup tutorial. What do you all think of the pop of color added to this look?! I personally loved it and felt that it made my eyes pop big time! Let me know what you think of the look in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the happiest Friday! With love, McKenz.

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Makeup Of The Week- Drugstore Edition

Happy Saturday, y’all! I am back with another Makeup Of The Week and this week I challenged myself to use ONLY drugstore products. Let me tell you… it was not as easy as I intended it to be. This week I tried to get over my fear of blush (success!), learned that I hardly own any drugstore eyeshadows, and that the drugstore does not have the widest range of eyebrow products! Despite this, I was able to make it through the week creating mostly super natural, fresh-faced looks with products from the drugstore.

Also if you are looking for a good drugstore option as far as eyeshadow goes, I highly recommend the Wet N Wild ‘Comfort Zone’ eyeshadow palette. It is about $6 from the drugstore and swatches/wears beautifully. I do not wear much drugstore eyeshadow, but when I do it’s almost always Wet N Wild.


Nivea Men’s Shave Balm Primer
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Lumene Bronzer
Elf Blush Quad- ‘Peach’
Covergirl Single Shadow- color not available
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Victorias Secret Lipgloss- ‘Candy Baby’


Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Loreal Infallible Pro Mette Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
NYX HD Concealer
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Palette- ‘Comfort Zone’
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- ‘Milk’
NYX Lingerie Lipstick- ‘Push Up’


Nivea Men’s Shave Balm Primer
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline Prow Precise
Ulta Eyeshadow Palette (free birthday gift)- crease shade
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
Lumene Bronzer
Elf Blush Quad- ‘Mauve’
Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette- highlight
Essence Lipstick- ‘Natural Beauty’


Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Loreal Pro Matte Infallible Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Elf Blush Quad- ‘Mauve Sparkle’
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Maybelline Color Whisper- ‘Tough as Taupe’

Well, which look was your favorite?! Like I said I have been loving more natural makeup lately while sticking to nearly all drugstore makeup so I am going to have to go with Thursday. It was such a fresh-faced look and I still felt beautiful in my own skin! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all the best. With love, McKenz

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Top 10 Drugstore Makeup Products of 2016

Good morning and happy Monday, loves! One of the first posts I ever made on styledbymckenz was a 2015 Makeup Favorites; today I’m doing an updated version with a twist! I’ll be sharing ten of my favorite drugstore products from this past year. I have discovered quite a few new products this year and am so excited to share them with you all! Plus they are all super affordable so they are sure to not break your bank!

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetNivea Men’s Shave Balm- $7 This product was hyped up all over YouTube for months. It is a Men’s Shave Balm but due to the ingredients it works as a perfect primer. It leaves my face feeling hydrated, smells great, and has not broken me out over the six months I’ve used it.

Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation-$8 This has been my holy grail foundation for a the last couple of years. It has amazing coverage and leaves a matte finish. It’s perfect for my dry-normal skin and has a wide range of colors.

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NYX HD Concealer- $7 This concealer is very similar to the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer. It’s creamy and provides a medium-high amount of coverage which is perfect for covering blemishes and dark circles.

Maybelline Color Tattoo – $7 By far the most amazing product from the drugstore. I’ve been using these babies for four years now because they’re just that good. They are the creamiest product that can be worn as a regular shadow or a base under more shadows. It also takes about a year of everyday use to finish one pot!

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder-$5 Everyone seems to have tried this powder before. It’s mattefying, long wearing, and cheap!

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetL’Oréal Pro Matte Foundation-$11 This is on the pricier side for a drugstore foundation but is well worth the few extra dollars. This foundation leaves your skin looking so good it almost looks airbrushed. It’s very dry and lasts forever. I’ve had 18 hour makeup days with this foundation and was still pleased with how it looked by the end of the day.

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara -$6 I adore Maybelline mascara. Their classic, Great Lash mascara in black is so good. It’s separating, volumizing, and doesn’t clump. Everything one could want in a mascara!

Wet N Wild Matte Lipstick-$2 These are my absolute favorite lipsticks from the drugstore. They are two dollars a pop and are the most longwearing lipsticks ever. They have a matte finish and so many shades. I would however suggest swatching them before buying; the actual shade of the lipstick almost never matches the color on the sticker.

NYX Lingerie Lipstick-$8 I love NYX products, especially their lip products. Their liquid lipsticks are so good as well. They layer nicely and have great color pay off. Not to mention they literally last forever.

Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette- $6 The only drugstore shadows I ever use are from Wet N Wild. This palette has eight colors that all swatch beautifully and wear so well on the lid. My high-end shadows are just as good as the ones from this palette.

If you all have any drugstore recommendations, please leave them below; I am always looking for new products to try. If you want to check out last years recommendations click here. Thank you all so much for reading. If you have any questions, comments, or requests feel free to leave them below. Have a fabulous day. With love, McKenz.


Drugstore VS High-end Eye Makeup

If I’ve learned one thing about makeup over the years, it’s that you can get the high-end look for a drugstore price. It all just depends on what products you’re reaching for. I know I use a lot of high-end eyeshadow in my tutorials but I wanted to show you all that you can just as easily get the same look without breaking your bank. Today I did one eye using all high-end products and the other all drugstore. They turned out fairly similar as you will soon be able to tell.

Here is me with no makeup on, and then me with only eye makeup on.

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from left to right- drugstore, high-end

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After doing my makeup I asked four people which eye they thought was done with drugstore products and which with high-end. 4/4 said they thought the right eye (my left) was drugstore. They were all wrong; the left eye (my right) was using all drugstore products and my right eye (my left) was using high-end products. That goes to show that cheaper products can easily get the job done just as well as some of my most expensive products.

Drugstore products used on the left eye (my right): Maybelline Color Tattoo, Ulta Complete Eye Palette, Wet N Wild Comfort Zones Palette, Nyx Eyebrow Cake Powder, NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Total Price: $38.00

High-end products used on the right eye (my left): Urban Decay Primer Potion, Too Faced Chocolate Bar, Urban Decay Naked Basics, Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Total Price: $138.00

Well that’s it for today’s blog post. I hope you all enjoyed. I really wanted my readers to understand that just because the price tag is lower, does not mean that the quality is lower as well. Please leave any questions, comments, or requests below, I am always happy to chat. I hope you all have a wonderful day. With love, McKenz.