20 Drag Queens on the Drugstore Beauty Product They Swear By

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To riff off the wise words of Benjamin Franklin, there are only three certainties in this life: death, taxes, and the slay of a drag queen's hair and makeup. (Although anyone who's watched any season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" could have told you that.) With drag, the entire getting-ready process is an art form, a masterclass in transformation.

And that's before the stage lights, coordinated twirls, and strenuous lip-syncing routines (to Madonna or Beyoncé, probably) come into play. It's why you can always count on a drag queen's recommendations of the best hairsprays, eyelash glue, and makeup that can hold on for dear life through every cartwheel. Plus, because they are so well-versed in the world of beauty products, they know how to make it work on a budget, honey. As for their drugstore go-tos? Well, that's where we come in.

Fresh off the heels of RuPaul's DragCon, and the "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 15 finale, we asked a handful of drag artists for their favorite drugstore beauty buys. Jump ahead for the products your favorite queens (from Anetra, Luxx Noir London, and Mistress Isabelle Brooks, and more) say fit the bill — no Benjamin required — then keep scrolling to see the video reel in full below.

Nicky Doll's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Nicky Doll's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Duo Adhesive Quick Set Lash Adhesive ($6)

If you want your falsies to stay fluttery — without falling off — in the face of Beyoncé-level wind machines, you need some strong lash glue. Nicky Doll recommends this adhesive ("the transparent one") from Duo.

Mrs. Kasha Davis's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Mrs. Kasha Davis's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Neutrogena Intense Gel Eyeliner ($12)

Looking to swipe on cat eyes so sharp they could cut a b*tch? Mrs. Kasha Davis has a suggestion for that: this eyeliner from Neutrogena. "It's got a nice fine tip," she says. "You can just get those little wings that you need."

Willam Belli's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Willam Belli's Drugstore Beauty Pick

KimChi Chic Beauty Glazed 2 Go Eyeshadow Duo ($9)

Forget live, laugh, love — Willam Belli swears by color, glitter, and KimChi cosmetics.

Rock M. Sakura's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Rock M. Sakura's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Göt2b Glued Styling Spiking Hair Glue ($6)

Listen, through cartwheels and sashays, you need a wig that'll hold on for dear life, and that's where some damn good wig glue comes in. According to Rock M. Sakura, it doesn't get better than this pick from Göt2b.

Salina EsTitties's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Salina EsTitties's Drugstore Beauty Pick

R.E.M. Beauty Utmost Importance Plumping Lip Gloss ($17)

Ariana Grande's music? Great for drag performances. Ariana Grande's makeup brand, R.E.M. Beauty? Apparently, same. For Salina EsTitties, the affordable lip choice is clear: "Ariana got the good lip gloss, girl," she says. To which we say: Yes, thank you . . . next.

Pandora Boxx's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Pandora Boxx's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Nyx Professional Makeup Long-Lasting Slim Lip Pencil ($5)

Fun fact: a good lip liner can keep any lipstick no matter how much you sweat, sing, and high-kick. Pandora Boxx's pick: this slim lip pencil from Nyx.

Brooke Lynn Hytes's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Brooke Lynn Hytes's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Nyx Professional Makeup Honey Dew Me Up Primer ($17)

Brooke Lynn Hytes loves all of Nyx's products, especially its Honey Dew Me Up Primer and the Epic Wear Liner Stick ($10).

Manila Luzon's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Manila Luzon's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri 3.0 Nail Color ($5)

A good manicure is just the thing to pair with a (likely bedazzled) microphone. Manila Luzon prefers this quick-dry pick from Sally Hansen.

Aura Mayari's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Aura Mayari's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil ($25)

Aura Mayari sings high praise for this eyeliner pencil from Urban Decay: "It's one of those pens that are so defined; I always [use it] right in my inner eye," she says.

Anetra's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Anetra's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Coty Airspun Loose Powder ($7)

The concept of "baking" your makeup was plucked straight from the drag-queen playbook, so it's in everyone's best interest to take their setting-powder picks to heart. For "RuPaul" frontrunner Anetra, the choice is easy: the Coty Airspun Loose Powder. "That's such a drag-queen answer, but Coty Airspun is one of the best powders ever," she says. "It just has talc in it, so you have to hold your breath when you [apply] it."

Luxx Noir London's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Luxx Noir London's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Maybelline Lifter Lip Gloss ($10)

Another season 15 favorite, Luxx Noir London knows a thing or two about outshining the rest. Fittingly, her drugstore recommendation is this lustrous lip gloss from Maybelline. "It's so good — lasts all day, [has] gorgeous shine, so many different shades," London says. "It really is amazing."

Jax's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Jax's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Kiss So Wispy Full Volume Fake Eyelashes ($11)

There are falsies that get you noticed, and then there are drag-queen-approved falsies that get you dragged on stage during a performance. Jax's pick? Kiss lashes. "Drugstore lashes, they're getting draggier by the day," she says. "You get a five-pack of that, and you're set."

Michelle Visage's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Michelle Visage's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Wet n Wild Mega Length Waterproof Mascara ($4)

"Most of my mascaras are drugstore buys," Michelle Visage proclaims (to which we say: yas). "I don't care if it's high end or Wet n Wild." When it comes to the latter, this waterproof formula is one of the brand's bestsellers, thanks to its curved wand that lengthens and lifts the lashes. You better believe it also holds up to any performance.

Marcia Marcia Marcia's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Marcia Marcia Marcia's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Hairspray ($9)

If you can trust a drag queen with anything, it's that they have all the good recommendations for a high-hold hairspray. Marcia Marcia Marcia says her favorite is this formula from Got2b, which she uses for "a million different things."

Mistress Isabelle Brooks's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Mistress Isabelle Brooks's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes ($7)

With makeup — and especially drag makeup — what goes on must come off, so you need a good remover. Mistress Isabelle Brooks says these Neutrogena wipes "hands down" are the best on the market.

Robin Fierce's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Robin Fierce's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Nyx Professional Makeup Pore Filler Blurring Primer ($15)

Take it from Robin Fierce: "Nyx is a really good drugstore brand; pretty much all of their cream products are amazing." One tried-and-true essential is this makeup primer that's perfect for keeping a snatched contour in place.

Irene Dubois's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Irene Dubois's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Kiss Bare But Better Fake Nails ($9)

It's like what your mom says: it's what's on the inside that counts. No, but really when it comes to this Kiss press-on kit: drag queen Irene Dubois says the pale-pink packaging holds a holy-grail product. "You can buy individual nail glue, but the best nail glue is the little pink tube that comes in the Kiss nail packs," she says.

Willow Pill's Drugstore Beauty Pick
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Willow Pill's Drugstore Beauty Pick

Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder ($7)

It makes sense that the Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder is one of Willow Pill's favorites (and not just because "you can buy it at any drugstore," she says): the powder formula comes in four pearly shades that are equally pigmented and shimmery, for half the price of a Erewhon smoothie.