Worth the Splurge: Makeup Essentials



When it comes to the nitty gritty details of cosmetics, a sky-high price tag doesn't always make for an amazing -- or even better -- product. "I've seen lots of expensive products that are little more than water and wax and, on the other hand, plenty of inexpensive products that are formulated with state-of-the-art ingredients," says Paula Begoun, founder of Paula's Choice and author of "Don't Go To The Cosmetics Counter Without Me." With that said, some cosmetics are certainly worth the extra money and can make all the difference in primping your visage.

Faux Eyelashes

Low-quality, fake eyelashes are difficult to apply, don't last as long and can look glossier than what's natural. Whether you're buying fake lashes for a big event or for daily life, the extra amount you spend is worth it in the end. Begoun even suggests eyelash extensions. "It's pricey and high maintenance, but it makes a dramatically beautiful impact," she says.


Blending Brushes

The difference between the work of an inexpensive blending brush and one that's of higher quality is the difference between a natural, glowing finish and a bad makeup job. Higher quality brushes are more expensive because they use real animal hair (versus synthetic materials) and create a more seamless blend.



When you're trying to cover up blemishes and dark spots, you want to make sure your efforts are worth it. You'll find that many low-end concealers are watery compared to their pricier counterparts, leaving you exposed and frustrated. If paying a little extra means the product does a better job of camouflaging, that's money well spent.



Investing in a quality perfume makes sense for you, your wallet and those you spend a lot of time with. Inexpensive perfumes often contain chemical fillers, which can cause headaches. They also smell cheaper and don't linger as long as a more concentrated/expensive perfume.


Facial Moisturizer

Every man and woman should own a facial moisturizer. It keeps the skin hydrated, creating a healthy, dewy look. While Begoun explains that you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a facial cream or serum, super cheap products will likely wreak havoc on your skin.


Lip Moisturizer

You'll find that many lip moisturizers are inexpensive, but don't be afraid to spend a little extra on this product. The skin on your lips is delicate, so choose a high-quality product that contains vitamins and an SPF. These quality lip balms often last longer, as well.


Liquid Eyeliner

A premium liquid eyeliner is easier to apply and manipulate compared to cheaper, pencil eyeliners. Inexpensive eyeliner pencils often stick and smear, so pay a little extra for the liquid variety and rest easy without worrying about the dreaded raccoon eye making an appearance three hours later.



Even women who don't wear makeup on a regular basis apply a little mascara every once in a while. It's a must-have product and lasts for a while, so don't be afraid to invest in this one. High-quality mascaras are less likely to clump, shed, smear or run throughout the day.