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Get the downtown look without breaking the budget

KELSEY MIXSpecial to the Southern News

Have you ever walked into a Walgreens or CVS in search for a mascara or foundation but find you have too many options?
If you’re a beginner in the makeup field, could it be a little overwhelming?
You’re not alone! If you struggle with finding the beauty products suited for you, here’s some quick tips to help you out.
Foundations are probably, by far, the trickiest beauty item to shop for in a drugstore because you can never find one that matches your skin.
Number one tip, go into the drugstore knowing if you have oily, combination or dry skin; it will be so much easier on your part to know whether you should get a tinted moisturizer, oil-free foundation, or a simple powder.
After that, see if it’s possible to test the product out on the back of your hand; this is crucial if you’re looking to prevent that obvious foundation line.
Another difficult product to decide on is mascara; there are so many to choose from within one brand. In the end, it depends on what you want out of a mascara.
If you have very sparse lashes and want a voluminous mascara, go towards Maybelline or CoverGirl, but if you want one that just defines your lashes, go for Almay or Physician’s Formula. Also, pay attention to the brush size and if it’s waterproof or not; these are big deciding factors so you aren’t disappointed when you get home and try it out.
A question I always get asked is whether a certain eyeshadow is decent or not for the price it’s being sold for. If you look at different brands and compare the payoff with the price, some are worth the money and some aren’t; especially when dealing with drugstore products.
ELF Cosmetics, being a very cheap brand, don’t have very good eyeshadows, but if you go a little more expensive and purchase a Maybelline cream eyeshadow, it will last you all day long.
One last item that causes a ton of controversy is eyeliner. Out of all products in a drugstore, you probably have the most choices of eyeliners than any other; seeing as you have pencil, gel and liquid.
It generally comes down to your makeup abilities and what will be the easiest to apply. If you’re more advanced, liquid would be the way to go, but if you have no idea what you’re doing, a pencil or gel would be your safest bet.
Now that you have a better understanding of drugstore makeup, go out there and start testing out some products. Don’t get nervous when you step into that aisle, just remember these quick tips and you’ll be good to go!

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