From premium foundations and wonder creams powered by ingredients harvested from the deep sea to having top dermatologists and aestheticians on speed dial, we all love to know the beauty secrets of A-listers even though they’re probably not accessible by us civilians 99% of the time.
Sometimes, we even wonder if it’s genetics that grant them flawless-looking skin 24/7…
That said, we do occasionally get blessed with nuggets of super affordable beauty tips and hacks by celebrities and tastemakers that surprisingly don’t break the bank.
Keep scrolling to discover the 20 affordable beauty products that celebrities swear by. Just how affordable, you ask? Well, they all cost no more than S$25 each.
- 1. Ariana Grande: Food-grade coconut oil
- 2. Lily Collins: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
- 3. Jennifer Lopez: Food-grade olive oil
- 4. Blackpink: Heroine Make Kiss Me Super Waterproof Volume & Curl Mascara
- 5. Lana Condor: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
- 6. Anya Taylor-Joy: Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner
- 7. Jessica Jung: Revlon PhotoReady Eye Contour Kit in Metropolitan
- 8. Elle Fanning: L'Oréal Paris True Match Crayon Concealer
- 9. Gigi Hadid: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
- 10. Yara Shahidi: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15/PA++
- 11. Khloé Kardarshian: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
- 12. Chrissy Teigen: Bioré The Original Deep Cleansing Nose Strips
- 13. Gal Gadot: Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick
- 14. Mandy Moore: Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist With Rose Water
- 15. Kylie Jenner: Maybelline Fit Me Blush
- 16. Kendall Jenner: Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel
- 17. Meghan Markle: Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm
- 18. Hana Mae Lee: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
- 19. Kathryn Newton: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
- 20. Billie Eilish: Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Clear
1. Ariana Grande: Food-grade coconut oil
Divulging to Byrdie last December, the larger-than-life pop star credits coconut oil for her flawless complexion. She allegedly uses the food-grade ingredient on her face, hair as well as her body and says that it doesn’t break her out, despite common belief.
But the Thank You, Next crooner’s quick to add this, though: “No idea if this is gonna work for anyone else, but I hope it does! If you try this and then you break out, I apologise from the bottom of my heart. Disclaimer!”
If you’d like to give this a go, we recommend the California Gold Nutrition Cold-Pressed Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (S$10.92 for 473ml from iHerb).
2. Lily Collins: Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm
Sharing with Byrdie a handful of beauty must-haves back in December last year, the Emily In Paris actress discloses the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (S$10 from Sephora.sg) as one of her favourites.
She lets on that she frequently hydrates her lips in addition to her nails, and the original Burt’s Bees lip balm is her top favourite.
“Burt’s Bees has that really great hydration and it also makes [my lips] feel tingly because of the peppermint, which I love too. I’m constantly putting this on all day,” Collins shares.
The tube and tin versions are currently out of stock at the time of writing; you can submit your email address to have them notify you when it’s back in stock.
Alternatively, you can also grab the Burt’s Bees Beeswax Bounty Classic Gift Set, which is retailing only for S$35 for four tubes of the same lip balm on Sephora.sg – that comes up to about S$8.75 per tube.
3. Jennifer Lopez: Food-grade olive oil
While chatting with Byrdie earlier this year on the launch of her eponymous skincare line, the performer-entrepreneur (who doesn’t seem to age at all, or is it just us?) reveals that she grew up using olive oil as a cure-all beauty remedy.
“Whenever my hair, skin, or nails were dry, I’d go back to olive oil. It’s a natural ingredient that’s been a secret of mine and my mom’s for so long,” the Hustlers actress shares.
J.Lo’s definitely got something going there, because olive oil has indeed been used on skin since ancient times – even Cleopatra was said to be a fan. And because it’s full of fatty acids and antioxidants that are capable of anything from preventing water loss to protecting against free radicals, this kitchen staple is used everywhere from the hair to eyebrows.
DV’s recommendation? The La Tourangelle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is available on iHerb for just S$12.25 (500ml). It’s produced without the use of heat or chemical refining, and thus contains the highest concentration of olive oil’s beneficial compounds.
4. Blackpink: Heroine Make Kiss Me Super Waterproof Volume & Curl Mascara
We didn’t get this secret straight from the horses’ mouths, but we did glean it from the next best person which is Blackpink’s makeup artist, Myungsun Lee (also known as Maen).
In a video for Refinery29, she reveals that she relies on the drugstore cult-favourite Heroine Make Kiss Me Super Waterproof Volume & Curl Mascara (S$13.10 from iHerb) to achieve the girl group’s signature full-fringe eyes.
For the unfamiliar, the Japanese makeup brand has a steady stream of eye makeup offerings that have won over netizens and beauty insiders alike, and this volumising-and-curling mascara is no exception.
In fact, the formula contains a chock full of nourishing ingredients such as royal jelly and argan oil to care for your dainty lashes.
5. Lana Condor: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel
The American actress, who skyrocketed to fame with the Netflix film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, recently taped her #GRWM (that’s millennial-speak for ‘Get Ready With Me’) beauty routine with Vogue, and the aforementioned gel moisturiser was part of her sizeable list of skincare and makeup products.
Using it after a serum and before a cooling roller, Lana applied a good amount of the Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel to keep her skin moisturised and “feeling good”.
By the way, we hear actress-singer Kristen Bell is also a big fan of this best-selling facial moisturiser!
6. Anya Taylor-Joy: Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner
Unless you’ve been thoroughly disconnected from the world for some much-needed quiet time, chances are you would’ve heard of Netflix’s record-breaking series, The Queen’s Gambit – specifically Anya Taylor-Joy’s stellar performance as the lead character Beth Harmon.
Speaking to Byrdie, she lets slip one key skincare secret that she took away from the show: witch hazel-based toner. “I had a wonderful makeup artist, Daniel Parker, whom I adore. He’s a huge proponent of witch hazel,” she says.
“The first thing he did on my skin as I was playing Beth is that he would always prep my skin with witch hazel. I love that you can find that in any pharmacy – it’s so accessible and really does wonders for your skin. It really is such a good way to wake up skin without it being too aggressive.”
Over here in Singapore, you can currently get your hands on a bottle of Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner for S$17.90 (335ml) on Hush.sg. Aside from the Original version, it has five other variants to choose from, including Unscented.
7. Jessica Jung: Revlon PhotoReady Eye Contour Kit in Metropolitan
The ex-member of the sensational K-pop girl band Girls’ Generation, Jessica Jung now runs her own fashion empire and most recently added ‘author’ to her repertoire with a young adult novel.
The K-pop idol also posts regularly on her YouTube channel, titled Jessica Land, and in one of the videos posted, she discloses that she’s gone through not one, but four of Revlon’s PhotoReady Eye Contour Kit in Metropolitan (S$10.25 from Amazon).
After exclaiming that it’s one of her favourite eyeshadow palettes, she goes on to apply it all around the eyelids and dusts just below her eyes as well for a natural everyday look.
8. Elle Fanning: L’Oréal Paris True Match Crayon Concealer
In an interview with Byrdie, the American silver screen darling (and younger sister of actress Dakota Fanning) reveals a few things that she carries around in her makeup bag – one of them being the L’Oréal Paris True Match Crayon Concealer.
According to Fanning, she’s elated that the brand has the perfect colour for her – “the lightest one” – and quips about how the cream concealer matches her skin perfectly even though she’s very pale. As for application, she uses it on any blemishes or under the eyes.
Psst… We heard our favourite beauty content creator Winter Chee is a big fan of the cream concealer too!
You can get hold of the L’Oréal Paris True Match Crayon Concealer for S$13.49 on iHerb, but it’s currently on sale for only S$8.43!
9. Gigi Hadid: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer
It’s been said that the supermodel has attended a red carpet event a few years back wearing nothing but the drugstore concealer, as her makeup artist Erin Parsons confirmed.
It seems like the new mom is a true loyalist when it comes to beauty products, because she’s spotlighted the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer again earlier this month in Vogue’s Beauty Secrets series.
Revealing that she learned from fellow supermodel Joan Smalls who taught her to carry her own concealer to runway shows, she shares that she dabs the Maybelline formula over areas that need a little extra coverage before letting it sit for a bit.
As far as beauty gurus are concerned, the concealer has been touted to be one of the beauty industry’s best-kept secrets for brightening up the under-eye area.
The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer retails for S$13.58 on iHerb.
10. Yara Shahidi: Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15/PA++
Cetaphil is arguably the top skincare brand recommended by dermatologists, but Black-ish star Yara Shahidi adores it just as much too!
She tells Byrdie, “I’m a teenager who wears HD makeup, so my skin does have iffy moments,” adding that the moisturiser protects her skin but never irritates or causes breakouts.
P.S. Korean-American performer Jamie Chung is said to be a fan too!
You can snag a bottle of the Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF15/PA++ for S$24.90 at Watsons and Guardian, as well as online at Lazada and Shopee. Currently, Watsons, Guardian, and Lazada are offering discounts between 20% and 25%.
11. Khloé Kardarshian: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution
The reality star-slash-entrepreneur previously shared a shot of various skincare products that she loves on her Snapchat account. One of them: the Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-up Removing Micelle Solution (S$15.90 on Shopee).
The classic French drugstore crowd-favourite has been touted as one of the Kardashian’s must-haves for its ability to remove makeup and grime better than products twice the price.
12. Chrissy Teigen: Bioré The Original Deep Cleansing Nose Strips
In case you missed it, we recently shared the 411 on Chrissy Teigen’s blackhead-fighting hack which she revealed in an Instagram post.
For the hack, she looked to her trusted Bioré The Original Deep Cleansing Nose Strips (S$10.35 for eight pieces on iHerb), which she has shouted out before for helping to keep her nose and chin clear of stubborn blackheads.
P.S. Riverdale star Madelaine Petsch apparently loves the Bioré The Original Deep Cleansing Nose Strips too!
13. Gal Gadot: Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick
The Wonder Woman actress has been the face of Revlon since 2018, and you can hardly spot her without her signature bold red lip which she creates using the iconic Revlon Super Lustrous Creme Lipstick – just scroll through her Instagram profile and you’ll know what we mean.
Beauty enthusiasts have long raved about the lipstick formula for years, and chances are your mom or even grandma probably owned one in their beauty stash too!
14. Mandy Moore: Garnier SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist With Rose Water
Sharing with Byrdie, the This Is Us actress has called Garnier’s SkinActive Soothing Facial Mist With Rose Water (S$13.84 on iHerb) the perfect thing in her no-frills skincare routine.
“I use it as a toner. I put it on before makeup. I spray it on my Beautyblender while applying makeup. I spritz it on my face before I leave the house,” she quips, before adding on that she even chucks it in the fridge as it makes for a delightful skin refresh in the summer.
In other words, the Garnier facial mist is undoubtedly a huge part of Moore’s daily routine.
15. Kylie Jenner: Maybelline Fit Me Blush
The young and ultra-successful businesswoman is famous for her extensive – and super glam – makeup routine, which is why we’re kind of surprised to find out that she has a drugstore must-have like the Maybelline Fit Me Blush in her beauty favourites list.
Spilling the beans to Violet Grey, Jenner says that this power pigment formula is one of her daily go-tos.
You can shop the Maybelline Fit Me Blush for S$12.90 at Watsons, but it’s currently going for only S$10.32 at the time of writing.
16. Kendall Jenner: Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel
Pre-pandemic, Kendall Jenner is best known for being the globe-trotting supermodel of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, and she’s mentioned previously that she loves washing up with the Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel on days when she’s home and gets to enjoy a relaxing bath.
Honestly, if a supermodel who’s probably tried every body wash on the planet uses this spa-like shower gel on the daily, it’s got to be good, right?
You can get the Neutrogena Rainbath Refreshing Shower and Bath Gel for S$17.90 (473ml) at Guardian, but it’s currently on 20% off at the time of writing.
17. Meghan Markle: Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm
Disclosing to E! Online, the Duchess of Sussex’s make-up artist Daniel Martin says that the aforementioned body lotion is the surprisingly affordable secret behind her glowing skin.
During the interview, he shares that he applies the Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm like a highlighter “on the high points of the face” to make the duchess’ complexion look radiant in photographs, before layering a luxe highlighting palette over the top.
Oh, you’ll need to hear this too: even queen of pop Beyoncé reportedly uses this multi-purpose product before bedtime in order to maintain her flawless complexion.
The Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm retails for S$16.90 at Watsons, but is currently on sale for just S$11.83 at the time of writing.
18. Hana Mae Lee: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm
The Pitch Perfect actress sings praises to Byrdie about the tinted version of Burt’s Bees signature lip balm formula, saying that she uses it on a daily basis when she’s doing “something totally chill.”
FYI, Lee used to work as a professional makeup artist so we’re definitely putting extra trust in her product recommendations.
The Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm, which retails for S$18 on Sephora.sg, has 12 shades in total but is currently out of stock at the time of writing. You can submit your email address to have them notify you when it’s back in stock.
19. Kathryn Newton: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
The Big Little Lies starlet tells Byrdie that she’s a fan of the Maybelline Great Lash Mascara (S$10.44 on iHerb) ever since she discovered it on the Big Little Lies set.
“It’s easy to put on, it’s hypoallergenic, and it just thickens [your lashes] as you layer it on. My makeup artist actually showed me this on Big Little Lies. And now I love this mascara and use this formula almost every day,” she quips.
And get this: even TV personality and fashion designer Nicole Richie says the Maybelline formula has been her favourite mascara and marks the pink-green tube as her makeup staple.
20. Billie Eilish: Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Clear
When the reigning queen of dark pop casually divulges her favourite beauty product during an Instagram Live session, it’s hard not to include it into our round-up!
As seen in a recording of the live chat in the Instagram post above, you can see Eilish waving the tube of lip balm ever so casually in the air before swiping it a few times on her lips.
For the uninformed, the Kopari Coconut Glossy is a vegan, coconut oil-based lip balm-gloss hybrid that’s formulated with ultra-nourishing ingredients such as olive-based squalane, shea butter, and vitamin E.
And if Eilish’s approval isn’t enough for you, the lip balm has also garnered more than 300 rave reviews on the Sephora website, praising its non-sticky formula that leaves lips hydrated and silky-soft.
Based on the recording, it seems like the Bad Guy singer has the original Clear version, but the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy is also available in two other tint variants: Birthday Suit (a sheer nude-pink) and Pinkini (sheer bright pink).
The Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy retails for S$22 on Sephora.sg.