Recessionista's Guide to Buying Make Up
So here is a quick recap:
1.The best powder shadows (read: MAC) are expensive because they have higher quality / more intense pigments and finer consistency. That means they will be richer in color pay off (small quantity – more color) and easier to blend. They might even last you longer as you have to use so little.
2. As for cream shadows, don't spend a lot since it won't make much of a difference in the quality (try Jordana or Star Cosmetics for cream eyeshadows)
3. Spend the most on colors you wear often. They will make the most difference in your everyday look. If unsure invest in matt colors like taupe, slate, navy, or chocolate. These suit most eye colors. For trendier shades that aren't as easy to wear, a bright blue, green or yellow for example, spend as little as needed.(this is of course assuming that you work in an office like me and have to wear professional make up).
4. Try to buy eyeshadow in matt colors. You can always buy glitter (gold, silver) as an extra and turn your matt eyeshadow into shimmer by layering it on top for night wear. This is assuming that you don’t wear shimmer on a daily basis.
5. If you are unsure about whether you really like a particular color, buy the cheap one first to experiment. Once you decide if it suits you, buy it in a better brand.
Foundation & concealers:
1.Buying foundation is extremely personal as all of us have different concerns, skin tones & types. If a 100 buck bottle of Lakme soufflé foundation matches your skin and feels great on, then you're a very lucky person.
2. However, if it takes the Rs. 1500 bottle of Estee Launder foundation to blend in seamlessly and not cause you to break out, then you may have to just decide whether you can live without it or no and scrimp somewhere else. After all a clear canvas is the best way to highlight your features.
How much should you spend on blush? It all depends on how much you actually use it
1. Rarely -- Don't spend a lot on blush at all.If you prefer cream, double up a pink/mauve/peach lipstick as blush or a salmon colored eyeshadow as powder blush.
2. Occasionally -- You can probably get away with skimping on a cheaper brand. Any product costing less than Rs. 150 - 200 max will suffice for that random moment when you need some color.
3.Regularly -- Invest in a top brand. The best blushes cost the most because just like expensive eye shadow they will have more pigment, more intense color and a finer texture. What that means is that you can apply less product and get more color, fewer streaks and a smoother feel.
4. If you can't spend at all on a blush, consider using an inexpensive lipstick. They create rich color without streaking and they cost a fraction of the price.
1. Do not spend at all on a bronzer -- unless it's a staple item in your makeup bag. This may be the case if you have naturally brown undertones in the skin and opt out on blush. This is an optional product and can be replaced by creamy eyeshadow/lipstick.
1. Find a brand that you like regardless of the price range. Mascara, no matter which brand makes it, has the same ingredients. You don't have to spend a lot to get a quality product so just find a brand you like or want to try out.
1. Go for quality over price. Eyeliner lasts a long time, even if you use the same pencil day after day. When you consider the cost over the long run, just remember that it's often worth it to put out some extra cash to get something that will treat your eyes with care and has been formulated with the right preservatives.
Lipstick & Gloss:
1. Get to know your skin and how it works with certain colors through experimentation with cheap brands to start with (Try Tips & Toes). If you don't like the color you won't feel guilty for wasting money. Once you find your favorite shade, don't skimp on the essential hue. High quality lip sticks are well worth the money and since you will end up ingesting a lot of it buy good quality bees wax lipsticks.
1. Go with a brand you trust. Lip liner, unlike lipstick, is just about the same in quality across the board so you don't have to spend a lot on it. Simply find a brand that you can trust and that is in your price range.
1. Most brands and types of polish all use the same ingredients.
2. Your nails are dead to begin with, so protein, formaldehyde, and other growth ingredients are not really going to make any huge difference in your nails.
3. Also, all brands (Lakme, Maybelline) usually start to chip or crack after three or four days, except for the quick-dry formulas that might break down even faster.
4. What you do to try and maintain and protect your nails from wear following proper application will directly determine how long your manicure will last. The price you pay for a polish won't.
5. So invest in a good quality top coat & rubber gloves for doing the house work.
What are your favorite tips when buying make up? Do share them with me!!