Consumer Affairs A lot of companies have samples of skin care, even lipsticks, and fragrance: Before committing to an expensive purchase, ask for a sample size and take it home.

Make a point to inspect the counter salespeople before approaching a counter. Approach a man or woman whose look you like a person who seems friendly, kind, and helpful.

If you have a reaction to a product (especially a cream containing AHAs) or if the packaging is damaged in any way, take the product back to the counter where you bought it. Don’t be embarrassed most large cosmetic companies will accept returns if you are dissatisfied. If you meet with resistance, ask to speak to the manager of the store. Also, look on the back of the carton. Oftentimes there is an 800 number to call or addresses to write if you are not completely happy with the product. Buying Tips/How Not to Waste Money on Makeup

Keep cosmetics in a central area, so that you don’t purchase things you already own. Edit your cache regularly.

Women often buy lipstick (on impulse as a lift) only to arrive home to realize that they have the same basic shade from a variety of companies. If you indeed need a lipstick lift, make sure you break new ground with a darker, paler, or redder shade.

Purchase the items you have the most difficulty with (i.e., finding foundation that really matches your skin tone) in an atmosphere where you can get the most help, like a department store or makeup shop.

If you want a lot of attention, don’t shop during high-traffic times, i.e., lunchtime (12-2 p.m.) or on Saturdays.

Avoid gift-with-purchase colors or foundations. Chances are, they are not the perfect shades for you.

Don’t test foundation or concealer color on your hand. Match it to the skin on your face where it will be worn. (See chapter 11.)

Carry along a small mirror in your bag so that you can check how makeup looks. It is a good idea to step outside into natural light to judge whether a foundation matches.


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