Make-up can be very expensive, but it also ranges from the stuff you get at the dollar store to the stuff you get in high end shops that costs you $35 or more for one eye shadow. So, how can you know what make-up to buy if you can’t afford the really good expensive stuff? In other words, which of the cheaper make-ups are the better option? The following is a look at how to choose make-up when you can’t afford expensive brands like MAC, Estee Lauder, etc.
- Consider what you are buying. Some products are going to be better from the department store than they are from the drug store. For example, a department store foundation will probably stay on better and look nicer than a drug store foundation, and it is likely better for your skin. However, mascara is going to be about the same either way, so save the $20 and buy the $7 tube from Wal-Mart. You are only supposed to keep a tube of mascara for 3 months, so why spend a fortune on it? In other words, for your everyday, foundational make-up products, go for the quality high-end products, but for shadows, lip sticks, and glosses, and the things that you change frequently, the drug store stuff is going to work fine.
- Consider the brand. Even at the drugstore there is going to be a quality difference among brands. Choose brands like L’Oreal, Maybelline, and Covergirl as they use higher quality ingredients that are less likely to irritate your skin or cause breakouts. If you want something for fun for one night out, or for an eighties party or something, going with the cheaper stuff is going to be best, but if you plan to use it frequently, spending a little more to get something that stays on and lasts, is going to be worth it. These name brands are name brand for a reason, and they have a good reputation, so pay attention to it.
- Choose one must have to splurge on. If you are a lipstick person, then go ahead and buy the expensive tube of long lasting all over cover lipstick, and go cheap on your shadows and other stuff. If you love eye shadow, buy the color you wear most from MAC, and enjoy using it.
It is best to have a few quality products that cost you more than to have tons of makeup that you will not wear or that irritates your skin. So, if you can’t afford the high end make-up, save up for a few items, and supplement with the best brands of the lower end make-ups. Just remember, your skin is important, so do not put stuff on it that will make it unhealthy. Check ingredients, and try for as all natural as you can get.