Bargain Beauty: Shopping Tips From a Makeup Pro

Give great face—and save cash—with these inexpensive product recommendations by celeb makeup artist Sandy Linter.

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Sandy Linter

You don’t always have to spend a lot of moolah on mascara, or break out the big bucks for blush. Sandy Linter, Lancome makeup artist and co-author of "Beauty at Every Age," offers some of her favorite drugstore steals and deals.

Tread Lightly

Linter likes drugstore brand L’Oreal for mascaras, lipsticks and glosses.
“Remember, no thick, frosted glosses for women over 40,” she says. “Also don't buy anything heavy—no heavy foundation, mascara or gloss. Sheer is more appropriate at this point in our lives.”

Shown: L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara, $8, at

Soften Your Skin

“Cetaphil is a great option for drugstore skincare. It’s very gentle and works on most skin types.”


Shown: Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion, $10, at

Stock Up on Swabs

“Fran Wilson pointed Q-tips are the best. They are always in my kit.”

Shown: Fran Wilson Eye Tees, $3 for 80 swabs, at

Clean-Up Crew

“You can find great tools at the drugstore, you just need time to look and explore,” Linter tells

One of her faves: Maybelline makeup-removing wipes.

Shown: Maybelline Expert Eyes Makeup Remover Towelettes, $9, at

Read Labels

Linter offers the following tips for drusgtore foundation shopping (where testing isn't usually an option):


"When it comes to foundation, don't choose by color alone. Read the label to see if the product is made for aging skin, or for dry skin—or for whatever your skin type is. And avoid a heavy, 'full-coverage' foundation or concealer if you're over 40; they can appear mask-like."


Shown: Revlon Age-Defying Cream Makeup, $12, Target.

First Published May 20, 2011

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