Heavenly Prices: 12 Drugstore Products on the Met Gala 2018 Red Carpet

Affordable and effective—get your makeup bag ready!

By Alanah Joseph May 08, 2018 11:17 PMTags
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Believe it or not, not everything on the Met Gala red carpet was super fancy.

Like any makeup lover will tell you, the price of hair and makeup products aren't the best indicators for effectiveness. Finding the perfect beauty routine is such a personal journey, there are probably a few drugstore must-haves that will work better for you than their luxury counterparts. Plus, when you walk out of the house (or, in this case, up the Met Gala stairs), no one can tell whether your concealer is $4 or $400. All that matters is that it works.

Celebrities like Mindy Khaling and Blake Lively, along with their very talented glam squads, have figured out the drugstore products that work of them, trusting these super affordable beauty products in front of hundreds of flashing cameras. Yes, some of the celebs and beauty pros are sponsored by beauty companies, but you can be the judge of how well the product works by taking a closer look at last night's looks.

Best Beauty on the Met Gala 2018 Red Carpet

Check out the celebrities that wore drugstore products on the red carpet and get ready to make a run to your local drugstore (or fill your online cart)!

Issa Rae

Hairstylist Felicia Leatherwood calls this product "key" making sure the Insecure star's hair was moisturized and flexible to complete her Senegalese-inspired look.

Suave Professionals

Leave-in Conditioner Avocado + Olive Oil, $3

Kerry Washington

"Tonight is hands down a skin celebration night so you have to have the right skincare products in order to give that ultra beam gleam," beauty pro Carola Gonzalez said.

To achieve perfect skin on the Neutrogena ambassador, the pro used this concealer and the star's own cheek palette.


Hydro Boost Hydrating Concealer in Deep, $10

Ashley Graham

The star's heavenly complexion comes courtesy of this drugstore foundation and makeup artist Allan Avandano.


PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup, $9

Sasha Lane

Celebrity hairstylist Nai'vasha Johnson used this sculpting paste to delicately brush the actress' baby hairs, making her look like a "whimsical angel."


Lived In Sculpting Paste, $13

Alicia Vikander

Celebrity hairstylist Chris Naselli used this product TRESemmé Repair & Protect 7 Pre-Styling Spray to protect the actress' hair from any damage.


Biotin Repair & Protect Pre-Styling Spray, $5

Mindy Khaling

Right before the red carpet, "I resprayed Dove Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo at the top of her head to create one final blast of texture and placed the crown," hairstylist Marc Mena revealed. Between the dry shampoo and lots of bobby pins, this crown stayed put on the star's head.


Refresh+Care Volume & Fullness Dry Shampoo, $5

Tiffany Haddish

Makeup artist Dionne Wynn used this pressed powder to maintain the star's "virgin skin"-inspired look.


Invisible Oil Blocking Loose Powder, $9

Olivia Munn

To match her powerful lipstick, manicurist Tracylee used an Essie nail polish.

"Olivia's nails for tonight were inspired by the crusades and their infamous body armor," she said.


Gel Couture Nail Polish in Model Clicks, $9

Cardi B

To finish off the "Bodak Yellow" rapper looks, makeup artist Erika La'Pearl used a drugstore glue on the KISS Lash Couture Triple Push Up lash strips in Teddy.

Kiss Lashes

Ever EZ Lashes Strip Lash Adhesive Clear, $5

Blake Lively

For Blake's berry lip (the hero of her makeup), makeup artist Kristofer Buckle used this drugstore must-have.

L'Oreal Paris

Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Varnished Rosewood, $8

Janelle Monae

The singer used a classic drugstore product to moisturize her skin prior to the red carpet. "Since it's not greasy, it's prefect to make up her glow, without worry of messing up her outfit," makeup artist Jessica Smalls said. 


Cocoa Radiant Smoothing Body Butter, $6


To achieve "pieceyness" of the actress' hairstyle, Unilever hairstylist Ursula Stephen added this mousse, using the scrunching technique for shine and waves.


Curls Defining Mousse, $5

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