Where to Scrimp and Where to Splurge in Your Makeup Case
Part One- The Eyes
Eyebrows: Don't underestimate the ability of well arched brows to highlight your face. Get your brows shaped by a professional every now and then. A professional waxing can last for months if you maintain between appointments using brow gel, a brow brush and tweezers. Pluck sparingly, removing only the obvious strays. When you start to lose your shape, it's time to head to the salon again.
Eye shadow: If you like to change your eye shadow shades with the season, this is not the place to splurge. Cheap versions are available for as little as a dollar or two at pharmacies and discount stores. At such prices, it is possible to change your hue to reflect the season, the latest trends, or even to match a certain outfit. This is a great way to experiment with bolder colors, since the investment is small. If you're worried about the creasing that sometimes happens with less expensive brands, invest in a good primer.
Eyeliner: Eyeliner is relatively cheap, so even a premium brand won't cost you an arm and a leg. This is a great place to splurge on a brand you might not otherwise try. But be sure to buy a classic shade like black or brown and steer clear of trendy, gimmicky colors. To save time and frustration, try an automatic eyeliner that never needs sharpening.
Mascara: For the health of your eyes it's important to change your mascara frequently, about every three months. For this reason, it makes sense not to spend too much on this product. But inexpensive brands can leave you wanting more. The solution? Splurge on quality grooming tools! An eyelash curler and an eyelash brush are musts if you want thick, sweeping lashes.