Save money with drugstore doubles and get the lowdown on winter trends
PHOENIX -- As a co-author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," makeup artist and product researcher Bryan Barron knows of what he speaks.
Barron has worked with Paula Begoun, aka The Cosmetics Cop and the main author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me," since 2000. He has researched and reviewed thousand of products over the years. He knows where you should splurge and where you can save.
From switching to drugstore brands to tips and trends for winter makeup, Barron shared a wealth of knowledge with 3TV's Yetta Gibson Tuesday.
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Instead of paying big for Lancome's Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover ($28 for 4.2 ounces), try L'Oreal Clean Artists Waterproof & Long-Wearing Eye Makeup Remover ($6.99 for 4 ounces)
Instead of buying Benefit The Porefessional ($30 for 0.75 ounce) go for NYX Cosmetics' Pore Filler ($7 for 0.67 ounce)
Instead of Shiseido Translucent Pressed Powder ($32), go for Neutrogena Shine Control Powder ($11.99)
Love Touche Eclat Radiant Touch by Yves Saint Laurent ($40)? Save big by switching to Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer $7.99)
Instead of Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow ($24), try Revlon Illuminance Crème Eyeshadow ($6.50) for all types of sultry, smoky looks
Winter trends in beauty: What to toss, what to keep, and what to buy to look great for the holidays
Toss the mascara you've had since fall began; try one of our new favorites such as Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara ($23) or L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess ($8.99)
Switch from summer-sheer glosses to creamy-smooth lipstick with a semi-matte finish such as CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($5.99) or Sephora Rouge Cream Lipstick ($12)
Complexion-wise, the trend this winter is "finished skin." The goal is to look "done" and polished, as if you are wearing makeup, but makeup that's artfully applied and well blended rather than the super-natural look. An exact match to your skin tone is critical. Some of our current favorites foundations include: Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($45), Clinique Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup ($23), and M.A.C. Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation ($33).
Consider primer, they're getting better than ever by including multi-functional ingredients that rival anti-aging or anti-acne products. Two new ones we love: Clinique Superprimer Universal Face Primer ($27) and Smashbox Photo Finish More Than Primer Blemish Control Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment ($42).
Toss the brushes that come with your blush and eyeshadow and invest in a good set of brushes! Top brands include Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Trish McEvoy, and Sephora.
What's holiday makeup without a touch of shimmer? Get your gleam on with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45) or go for liquid radiance with Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter ($9.79).
Get more tips and reviews of hundreds of products at www.CosmeticsCop.com.