It's 10pm on a Saturday. After a long week, you and your best friend are eating Chipotle and drinking Chateau Diana in a third friend's apartment while she's out with some dude she met at Simpsons Trivia Night. You're wearing college sweatpants and Christmas tree socks, and the only make-up you have on a trace of the Dr. Pepper lip smacker you found in the purse you've had since ninth grade. What I'm trying to say is, you're having the best night ever.
Suddenly, your bestie suggests you go dancing.
"Dancing? But we're so comfy!"
"Yeah, but I haven't gone out in forever and Lauren just texted me that everyone is going to Beauty Bar."
Then she pouts at you for a while, and when you finally relent she cheers and runs off to do her make-up. But you didn't bring any make-up! Guess you're just going to have to go out like this...
WRONG. You live in New York City, land of the 24-hour Duane Reade, the magical drugstore with an Ulta-sized make-up department. But with limited time and a limited budget, what key products should you make sure to snag? Click "View All Photos" to cut down on your time spent wandering the pharmacy aisles and maximize your time spent out with your friends!
Oh, and did I mention you won't spend more than $30?
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer
At just $7 a tube, Revlon's PhotoReady is hard to beat when it comes to wearability and cover. In a pinch, this miracle solution will pull double and triple duty as under-eye concealer and foundation, light enough to cover dark circles and matte enough to be worn without powder.
Revlon Brow Fantasy
It's a beauty emergency, so ignore what it says on the package- even though Revlon's Brow Fantasy ($7) is a two-part color-and-gel system (that I've found stays on even longer than Anastasia's coveted brow gels), tonight it's got your eyeliner covered as well. The pencil even works fairly well for tightlining.
Maybelline The Rocket - Waterproof
The best thing to happen to eyelashes since Diorshow for only $7? Yes please. The best part is, Maybelline's The Rocket is a waterproof mascara that goes on like it's washable and stays on like it's that "Hang In There" kitten. Go ahead, brush those lower lashes, no panda eyes for you tonight!
CoverGirl Lip Perfection
Another product that covers multiple bases, CoverGirl Lip Perfection will save you the hassle of buying both lipstick and blush. Try it in Ruby Twist- it makes a formidable stain for both lips and cheeks.
Mini Speed Stick
Here's the thing: men's deodorant is better. It won't come off on your clothes, it won't leave you smelling sickly sweet when you start sweating on the dance floor, and the mini size will run you all of about $3. You can't beat that.