Questions to ask yourself:
1. What is the product's shelf life before it will begin to breed bacteria/fungus? If short, then save money
2. How important is the product in terms of enhancing your beauty? If important, then splurge.
Since mascara has a short shelf life, try to find a drugstore brand that you are more likely to throw out within the recommended 6 weeks to avoid bacterial/fungal infection. If you absolutely love the expensive mascara simply because of its applicator wand, you can always either use that wand (sanitized) or buy disposable wands that match that applicator shape and then use the disposable wands with the drugstore brand. finally, if you have to have that expensive mascara, use it as the final layer over the less expensive brand to get the most out of that expensive mascara.
Your face is your canvas. If you find a product that works well and you have to splurge, go for it. With the more expensive proucts, you will get better results with less.
Set powder: SAVE
If your foundation is color correct, all you need is one translucent set powder and they are all similar!
Try to find a product that multi-tasks-lip stain/cheek stain-then you can splurge or save, if you find something you love, at least it's doing two jobs.
On highly pigmented powders for eye shadow, stick with mostly neutrals that you will always need. Try the drugstore if you want to experiment with a crazy color. If you like the color, then splurge on a more pigmented powder
Eye liner pencils/lip pencils: SAVE
Many inexpensive ones are equally as good as the more expensive pencils.
You can even just use Vaseline or rosebud salve either alone or over your favorite lip color and get a great result and you won't need expensive gloss.
It has a short shelf life, but you have to love it, it's your choice to splurge or save. Either way, it has a short shelf life, so it you are flexible with brands, go to the drugstore.
BOLD COLOR EYE SHADOW
- Maybelline Color Tattoo
Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream
NEUTRAL MATTE EYESHADOWS
- VISEART PRO PALETTE-12 SHADES
URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE
50.00 (TOO MANY SHIMMERS AND TOO SIMILAR)
MAKE UP FOR EVER HD
FACE ATELIER SPLURGE! 32.00 (SMALLER BOTTLE)
- Rosebud Salve
Make Up For Ever
- Ardell SAVE!
MAKEUP REMOVER ? OIL FREE AND SOOTHING
- EMBRYOLISSE SOOTHING & CLEANSING M/UP REMOVER
32.00 FOR 8 OZ. (3.76 PER OZ) SPLURGE!
3.00 FOR 1.69 OZ (1.78 PER OZ)
- Covergirl Lash Blast Fusion
Dior Waterproof Mascara
- Maybelline Lipstick SAVE!
MAC Matte Lipstick
MULTI-PURPOSE PRODUCTS ? SPLURGE!
- TARTE CHEEK STAIN (LIPS AND CHEEKS)
NARS-THE MULTIPLE (EYES, LIPS AND CHEEKS)
- Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Pencil SAVE!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes
- Maybelline Colorsensational SAVE!
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