Those who have been using skincare and makeup products for years now will know all the tricks and tips on how to shop for beauty products. But for those who have just stepped into the world of beauty, the multiple products, ingredients and options can be a bit overwhelming.

What’s worse, beauty advisors at stores often try to sell you every product they possibly can. That’s why you need to be a smart shopper and buy only skincare and makeup products that are actually right for you. We put together a quick guide to help you do just that.

 

Ask the salesperson questions

Ask the salesperson questions

Wait... didn’t you just ask me not to trust the salesperson? Well, yes, but they also know the product inside out; so ask any questions on your mind and then some more. This will give you an idea about whether the product has everything you were looking for. If it doesn’t match your expectation or it’s too expensive, go to a different brand and you will definitely find your perfect match.

 

Try before you buy

Try before you buy

Most women find out about new products and shades through reviews; you should do that too. However, the shades and texture might differ in reality. So, go to the shop and check how the product actually looks and do a patch test to see if it suits your skin tone/type. Never buy the product immediately. Lastly, check if you are getting a better deal online, and then purchase accordingly.

 

Understand the ingredient labels

Understand the ingredient labels

You can’t decipher every ingredient on that label, nor are we asking you to. But based on your skin type and concerns you should learn which ingredients you need to avoid and which you should use. For example, if you have oily or acne-prone skin, avoid skincare and makeup products that do not mention ‘non-comedogenic’ on the label. Comedogenic products will block your pores and lead to breakouts.

 

Request for samples

Request for samples

Makeup and skincare products are an investment. They can be expensive and spending a huge amount only to find you can’t use them later does not make sense. Instead ask for sample products either at the shop or from the company’s website. Most of them will be happy to send them.

 

Go without makeup

Go without makeup

If you’re going makeup shopping, it is wise to go without any makeup on your face. This way you will know whether the concealer is actually concealing your problem areas. While trying different products make sure you are using different applicators to avoid the spread of bacteria and germs.