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Where to Invest Your Makeup Dollars

With all the various brands, launches, and new innovations, a girl could really go crazy shopping for makeup. But in your quest to create your ideal makeup bag, there are certain items you should consider buying straight from the department store. To find out the breakdown on where you should invest your makeup dollars, read more.

Preparation: Smart Beauty Investments

  • Foundation: Your best bet is to head to the makeup counter. At the department store, an informed associate can find your perfect match, plus you'll be able to consider coverage, finish, and skin benefits and usually find a much more comprehensive range of shades.
  • Concealer: Just like foundation, you might find a wider selection at the department store. One-on-one service will offer you the chance to find the optimal shade and formula for your skin's needs.
  • Eye shadow: Pricier eye shadows often have greater colour pay-off with high-quality pigments that have much better staying power. These pigments are typically also finer and have a smoother application, making them wonderful for blending. The finely milled pigments also make these shadows work well wet or dry, which gives them much more versatility.
  • Blush and bronzer: Like eye shadow, the more expensive powders used for blush and bronzer are more finely milled, resulting in improved blendability, which is a key aspect of a natural-looking glow. The higher concentration of pigments also gives you longer-lasting results.
  • Lipstick: Shelling out the money on a great everyday lipstick from the department store is a good investment. The higher-quality formulations are often filled with skin-conditioning ingredients, so your lips will stay luxuriously nourished and healthy.
  • Brushes: Quality brushes are essential must haves for any makeup bag. Spend on the few brushes that you use every day, like a higher-end foundation, blush, eye shadow, and eyeliner brush. Remember to clean them regularly and store them correctly.
  • Limited-edition launches: When Carine Roitfeld does a collection with MAC and you have to have that perfect smoky palette, then it's worth splurging on your must-have items from those special collections.
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Alison-Rice Alison-Rice 4 years
There's lots of other things we think you can go budget with - like illuminator, primer, brow pencils and lip liners for example. Thanks for the feedback!
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