Beauty Shopping with a Pro
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Beauty Shopping with a Pro

We hit Sephora with beauty expert Shalini Vadhera. Here, her top 4 picks -- for less than 50 bucks each.

Like a candy store, a beauty emporium can be delightfully overwhelming (our eyes are always bigger than our wallets). But by making wise buys of products that are multipurpose and goof-proof, you'll get the most for your money without sacrificing results. We took Shalini Vadhera, makeup artist and author of Passport to Beauty: Secrets and Tips from Around the World for Becoming a Global Goddess (Griffin Original, 2006), to Sephora and asked her to spot the essentials for making a daily routine super easy. Here, her picks.

Sue Devitt Starbrights Dual Lip Gloss and Cheek Gel in Rana, $35

"These easy-to-blend peachy hues add a sheen to lips and cheeks that will brighten up your entire face, whether it's first thing in the a.m. or for an evening date."

Lancome Aqua Fusion Continuous Infusing Moisturizer, $37

"This lightweight cream gives just the right amount of moisture to balance oily and dry areas. When your skin's hydrated, your complexion will look radiant, even without makeup."

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream, $19.50

"I use this styling cream and conditioning treatment in one to give piecey layers some texture and smooth flyaway strands. It instantly imparts a silky high shine."

Global Goddess Complexion Perfection Duo, $40

"This compact is my all-in-one secret weapon for faking perfect skin. The matching foundation and concealer takes the guesswork out of picking the right shades."

Total: $131.50

Originally published in Fitness magazine, May 2006.