Style

High-Low Beauty: Should I Splurge On My Foundation?

October 11, 2012 by Lauren Caruso
shefinds | Style

Here at SHEfinds, we’re all about snagging a good deal, and while it feels a-mazaing to get 50% off a new pair of cap-toe flats, sometimes it’s clear to tell when you skimp on your beauty routine. Foundation, my cosmetic savior, was made to hide small imperfections, even skin tone, and keep your skin moisturized all day long, and with all the choices out there, it’s hard to tell if you should splurge on a luxe formula or save on a drugstore brand. The best way to tell? Survey your biggest skin problems.

1. Is your skin prone to breakouts?

2. Do you have uneven skin tone as a result of acne or sun spots?

3. Do you have oily, dry or combination skin?

If none of these describe your skin, you can probably get away with a drugstore brand, though you may need to buy two products (which means double the money) and blend to get the right formula. And because it’s impossible to try on foundations at the drug store—for the love of all things good, do not use any testers unless they’re disposable!—it’s hard to find a perfect match until you get home. Asking drugstore workers always proves futile, too, so for questions about individual brands, check out online reviews from places like MakeupAlley.

If you answered yes to any of those questions, read on.

There’s almost nothing worse than wearing foundation that’s two shades too-orange or—even worse—super drying, so it’s definitely worth heading to a makeup counter to talk to someone skilled at keeping your skin in tip top shape. If you’re a victim of too-dry, too-oily or combination skin (lucky you!), talk to a professional about brands that will cater to your specific concerns—especially breakouts or acne scars. When I was searching for a new foundation after I realized drugstore brand weren’t doing the job, a Dermablend representative pushed me to try on their formula, even though it felt too heavy when I tested it on my wrists. Once she applied it to my skin, I fell in love, but my skin tone fell between two of their shades, so she mixed me a custom formula and charged me half the price. I also got a free lesson in foundation application (up and out, ladies!).

Still, whether you’re at a department store makeup counter or a beauty haven like Sephora, be sure to ask about return policies just in case you’re not in love with the product after a couple day’s use. For example, Sephora lets you return most products as long as their at least half-full, which gives you enough time to see how a formula looks in all different kinds of light. Each department store brand may have an individualized policy.

THE VERDICT: If you have any warrantable skin concerns, it’s best to head to invest in a foundation from a makeup counter. Make the most of your time and ask a professional how you can get the most for your money.

For more beauty tips and tricks, check out our review of St. Ives Apricot Scrub, take a peek at the best beauty trends from Paris Fashion Week, or find out how to keep your at-home manicure from smudging.

 

 

Tags:

beauty, tips

Author:

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

From Our Partners

Learn more about RevenueStripe...

Fashion

This Is The Comfy, Flattering Skirt *Every* Woman Should Own For Fall

I never thought I needed a skirt made from what ...

Fashion

Score This Seriously Soft Topshop Sweater While It's On Sale For 50% Off

Celebrate the arrival of sweater weather by making your way ...

Fashion

We Found The Best Faux Leather Leggings Just In Time For Fall And Winter

I don't know about you, but faux leather leggings ...

Fashion

The Perfect Black Dress Just Went On Sale For $35 At Nordstrom

Drop what you're doing and get over to ...

Fashion

Every Woman Should Own This Super Flattering $13 Tee

I can never pass up a sale. If something is ...

Fashion

Filosofia's Cozy (Sustainable!) Sweaters Are The Only Thing I Want To Wear This Fall

If you read SheFinds with any regularity, then you know ...

Fashion

Vincero's Beautiful Watches Aren't Just Insta-Worthy--They're All Under $150, Too!

When most people think of a watch beautiful enough to ...

Fashion

These Are The 10 Best Plus-Size Pieces For Fall

One of the many reasons why I love ...

Fashion

It's *Finally* Sweater Weather And These Are The 8 We're Going To Wear On Repeat

Now that what seemed like a never-ending summer is ...

Fashion

The 5 Closet-Essentials You *Need* For Fat Days

Are you a pear, hourglass, rectangle, apple or full figure ...

Fashion

Psst! The Perfect Satin Camisole Is On Sale For Just $20 Right Now

If you don't have a black satin camisole in ...

Fashion

This Just Might Be The Most Flattering T-Shirt... Ever!

Even though I already own a lot of really great ...

LOAD MORE
+
LOAD MORE POSTS