Trying to put your best face forward without breaking the bank? According to experts, many cheap makeup products can work just as well as, if not better than, their more expensive department store counterparts. What follows is a quick guide to getting what you need to look good for less.
Must-Have Cheap Makeup. Good Housekeeping hit the drugstore aisles with a celebrity makeup artist, as well as a hair stylist and a dermatologist, who pointed out a basketful of recommended beauty products. Large brands such as Revlon, Cover Girl, Maybelline, and L'Oreal are the reigning queens of high-quality, cheap makeup, thanks in part to the large budgets they devote to product development.
How much makeup you choose to buy is a personal thing. Some women like to wear a fully made-up face every day, while others like to go with the bare minimum. Even if you fall into the former camp, don't be tempted to fill your cosmetics bag to bursting just because many makeup products cost only a few dollars. Real Simple points out that all those individual items can amount to a lot. If you're on a tight budget, stick to the essentials.
Real Simple also consulted experts to find out which types of cheap cosmetics can do the job just as well as pricey ones. They say it's safe to skimp on items including cheap mascara, which is formulated much the same as an expensive tube. Cheap lipstick works for a special occasion, if not for all-day-every-day wear, and cheap moisturizer wins the approval of dermatologists -- so long as it includes SPF.
Where to Buy.Are you in the habit of picking up your makeup wherever you happen to be shopping, whether it's the grocery store, the drugstore, or the mall? Well, break that habit. As with any other purchase, getting the best deals requires comparison shopping.
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