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Got a few extra bucks to blow on beauty? Use it on these products:Foundation and Concealer
If you want to look like you're not wearing any makeup, finding your perfect match is worth every cent. "Prestige brands have a larger shade range with varying undertones and tend to contain more natural-looking pigments," says Tina Turnbow, a celebrity makeup artist for drugstore.com.Eye Shadow
"All powders are not created equal," says celebrity makeup artist Scott Barnes. Quality formulas are finely milled so they feel ultra-soft going on and the hues stay vibrant without creasing.Lipstick
"High-end lipsticks often contain more pigment, so the color adheres to your lips longer," says makeup artist Tiffany Bartok. With pricier lipsticks, you may also get more product, so your favorite shade lasts longer.Brushes
Spend some cash on full-size, easy-to-handle brushes for the makeup you use most, like foundation, blush, eye shadow, and eyeliner. Invest in synthetic bristles, which won't hold on to bacteria like natural hair can.
Save on these products -- they're foolproof!Mascara
Ingredients vary only slightly between brands, so buy your favorite type of brush and formulation. If you want volume, choose a thickening formula with a large wand. For lengthening, try widely spaced bristles or a comb wand.Lip Gloss
Glosses are meant to go on sheer, so you don't have to worry about the pigment level. Plus, finding a shade to meet your every desire has never been easier -- the gloss market has exploded in recent years, with prices as low as $1.Lip Liner
"Since there are only a few wood-pencil manufacturers in the world, most brands come from the same factory," says Barnes. You may want to spend on the lipstick, but you can save on the liner.Nail Polish
Polishes have a limited shelf life because the chemicals separate and the liquid becomes goopy. Buy your favorite drugstore brand on the cheap and cover it with a pricier chip-proof top coat such as Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat, $10, amazon.com.
What the pros love, love, love.
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, November 2006.