As a makeup artist and beauty junky, I’m constantly asked what my favorite makeup products are. The beauty and the beast (pun intended, March 17th – I can’t wait!) of the beauty world, is that trends are constantly changing! Brands and makeup collections are one season ahead of you and once you start LOVING your new Becca Champagne Pop, you quickly discover Glossier Haloscope is now all the rage. Figuring out if you should spend the money on the “latest and greatest” products that come out can be challenging. We’ve all been there, I know, but it’s time to figure out where you want to save and splurge on when it comes to makeup. For me personally, I have a few key drugstore favorites, but I’m also a VIB Rouge (#guilty) and love brands like Hourglass and NARS.
A few tips and tricks I’ve learned from working in the industry:
- Wait for beauty events – Nordstrom Trend Shows, various brands have dedicated events throughout the year, or simply make friends with your favorite makeup girl at your local Nordstrom and have them let you know when events/gifts with purchase are coming up!
- Try it before you buy it – Sephora employees are some of the best customer service oriented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. They are constantly offering to make samples if you are looking to try something before you buy it.
- Join a beauty loyalty program – Sephora’s Beauty Insider program is one of the best! I’ve discovered so many brands from the free gifts they occasionally offer and not to mention, the deluxe samples I’ve received through earning rewards are always the perfect way to find new products for your makeup bag.
Now back to the exciting part! I’ve rounded up my favorite “save” and “splurge” beauty buys, so regardless of what your wallet situation is, there’s a product (or two) for you.
Yes to Cucumbers ($6)
What are your favorite beauty buys? Make sure to leave them in the comments!