Everyone has an opinion of how much you should be spending on makeup. On one end, you have your super-rational mate expressing his disbelief that you would spend $40 on one eyeshadow. On the other end, you have the gorgeous sales associate at Sephora convincing you that you only get one face, so you better give it the best of the best.
The fact of the matter is, you do only get one face. However, that doesn't mean you have to dip into your kids' college savings and borrow from your 401K in order to buy that mineral scrub made from the scales of some obscure fish found only in the Red Sea.
There are certain beauty products you can save on, and others that are totally worth the splurge.
When it's okay to save
Beauty products can give us an instant pick-me-up, and who doesn't love cheap thrills? Thank God some cosmetics are all created pretty much equally, meaning you probably won't notice much difference between the kind you buy at the drugstore and the kind that costs an arm and a leg.
Lipstick, mascara, shampoo, eye makeup remover and eyeliner are all products that are equal enough across the price point. SPF is another – because sun-blocking ingredients are regulated, SPF 15 will provide the same protection no matter what else the sunscreen contains.
When it's better to splurge
When you are buying skin care products that are treating a specific condition – whether it's dry skin, rosacea or simply aging – think of it like medicine. In a way, it is like medicine, and it is being used on your skin, which is, after all, an organ. The more expensive varieties of skin care products usually contain higher quality ingredients or higher concentrations of the aspects that make the product work.
Anti-aging night cream, moisturizer, foundation, powder and conditioner are usually worth every dime you spend, because the expensive varieties are formulated with super-nourishing ingredients.
There are ways to save on the best of the best, though. For face creams, look for a high-quality variety you can wear night and day, so you only have to buy one.