Diane's Makeup Artist Gives Her Favorite Cheap Beauty Buys

Diane Sawyer's makeup artist gives her favorite cheap beauty products.

July 27, 2009 — -- Great makeup products and deals can be as close as your local drugstore. Diane Sawyer's makeup artist, Maria Verel, says she gets most of the "Good Morning America" anchor's beauty products from the drug store because they are the same quality in many cases.

Verel says buying inexpensive makeup products from the drugstore also eliminates the intimidation factor and makes you more likely to be adventurous and try new things.

Verel says looking great doesn't have to cost a fortune, and she offers tips below. Get the beauty secrets that will make your face and wallet sing as Verel takes Allure magazine's challenge and shows you how to beef up your makeup arsenal with items priced less than $10 apiece.

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Products for the Face

Maybelline New York Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation

Price: $9.79

The oil-free foundation's lightweight feel makes it one of Verel favorites. She also likes the fact that it comes in an airtight bottle, which keeps out bacteria.

N.Y.C. New York Color Smooth Mineral Pressed Foundation Powder

Price: $6.99

Verel says this product is a powder that won't cake because it's so light. The powder also can be used to set foundation.

Max Factor Pan-Stik Ultra Creamy Makeup

Price: $7.75

Verel says she uses this product as a concealer under the eyes. She likes the way it "melts" into the skin.

Black Radiance Mosaic Bronzer

Price: $4.99

Verel says the ultrafine shimmer helps the powder blend. She also loves its versatility. The bronzer works for many complexions. And as a bonus it can be used as an eye shadow.

Revlon Powder Blush


While some drug store blushes don't give much color, Verel says, Revlon Powder Blush has a good amount.

The blush offers tons of shades to choose from and really packs a good color punch.

Products for the Eyes

Black Radiance Eye Shadow Quartet in Desert Clay

Price: $4.99

This product is made for dark skin, so the pigments are very rich. But Verel says the eye shadow works on everyone -- any skin color or tone.

Wet N Wild Kohl Brow-Eyeliner

Price: 99 cents

Verel says this soft and smudgeable eyeliner is a steal at just 99 cents.

Products for the Lips

Cover Girl Wetslicks Amazemint Lip Gloss In Slaphappy

Price: $5.99

This lip gloss' peachy-nude color is a great universal shade, according to Verel. The lip color also has great shine.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipcolour

Price: $8.95

Verel says this L'Oreal product has intense pigments that give outstanding color. She also likes its smooth formula.

Wet n Wild Perfect Pair Lip Wand

Price: $3.99

The pluses: it doesn't require sharpening and comes with a matching creamy lipstick. Verel loves that it's a pencil and lipstick in one. One product offers double duties.