Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Where to go cheap and where to spend

Whether you are a lady who never leaves the house without a fresh face of carefully-applied
make-up--or you're just a lip gloss only kind of gal--there are ways to save on make-up. Here are the things you can go cheap on and what you should definitely splurge for:

Be frugal with:

-Powder bronzer and blush. There are plenty of excellent shades in available at drugstore prices. Cheek stain that will stay on all day without reapplication could be a possible exception.

-Skin cleansers and moisturizers. If you don't have particularly troublesome skin, you don't need to spend hundreds on anything with extra seaweed or collagen in it.

-Lipsticks, lip liners and glosses. You can usually find something that suits your fancy, the season, and your pocketbook. However, there's something to be said for having a signature lip shade and taking the time with a make-up artist in a department store to find the right color.

-Some eye shadows and pencils. This will depend on your eye sensitivity and allergies though. (Word to the wise: Don't buy the stuff at the dollar store.)

-Mascara. You're supposed to replace it every three months anyway so unless you've found something you just can't live without...

-Anything trendy. Blue eye liner, black nail polish, yellow eye shadow--all fine to go cheap-o on.

-Shampoos. See this Everyday Cheapskate article on why it's okay to buy inexpensive shampoo, but better to splurge on conditioner.

Dole out the dough on:

-Foundation and powder that is right for your skin type and tone. If you need to wear foundation (and some of you may not need to!), more expensive brands have better pigment, making a little bit go a long way. It may even end up saving you money to go this route, especially if you go to a department store to get the right stuff instead of testing and tossing several of the wrong cheaper foundations

-Shadow primer. I am in love with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion. All day eye shadow with no creases! Brilliant!

-Hair conditioners (see above article).

Disagree, agree, or add to the lists in the comments section.