It’s been widely reported that Jennifer Lopez practically bathes in Creme De La Mer, which costs $1,390 for a 16.5 ounce jar! Jessica Alba, Jen Garner and Tori Spelling love their drugstore makeup - all are fans of Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. It just goes to show there are beloved beauty products in every price range.
InStyle Beauty Director Amy Synnott-D’Annibale highlights some of the best makeup splurges and steals from the magazine’s 15th annual Best Beauty Buys as featured in the May issue.
$$$ Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge, $125; go to instyle.com for discount.
This silky foundation seamlessly perfects all skin tones, giving even the dullest complexions a dewy, luminous glow. The best part? It simultaneously delivers a potent dose of wrinkle-busting retinol deep into your skin.
$ L’Oreal True Match foundation, $11; lorealparis.com
Available in a whopping 24 shades, this sheer, highly blendable base absorbs instantly into any skin tone, flawlessly masking minor imperfections.
$$ NARS Powder blush, $26; narscosmetics.com
Hands down, the experts most popular pick, year after year. The secret? Finely milled powders that deliver a diffuse, utterly believable flush in a spectrum of gorgeous shades that work on the fairest to the darkest skin. We’ve seen Orgasm - the brand’s signature shimmery peach shade - used more times on photo shoots than any other color from any other brand.
$ Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder, $14; go to instyle.com for discount.
Mineral powder is great for your skin (it has a natural SPF and won’t irritate delicate complexions) but some can leave a dull cast. Not this sparkly gem; part highlighter, part blush, it gives an instant healthy boost to skin which lasts all day (up to 16 hours).
$$ Diorshow Mascara, $24; sephora.com
This formula - another staple in celebrity makeup bags - adds length, thickness and volume with absolutely no clumps or smudging. It makes lashes look huge, but not fake.
$ Maybelline Great Lash, $5; ulta.com
Pros love the miniature wand in this cult classic - it helps them get at every last lash, even the tiny corner ones. Another bonus? The formula really sticks (you don’t need to worry about it migrating to your upper eyelid).
$$ Dior Addict Ultra-Gloss, $27; sephora.com
The name says it all. This non-sticky, astonishingly shiny gloss feels as good as it looks. Pros also swear by the wide range of gorgeous shades.
$ L’Oreal Infallible Never Fail Lipcolour Compact, $12; at CVS
Salad, pizza, last night’s General Tao’s Chicken - throw even the greasiest lunch at this long-wear lip color and it will barely budge. And don’t worry: It doesn’t feel like paint drying on your lips. The formula is more sheer than most and comes with an ultra-glossy topcoat.
$$ NARS Schiap, $16; narscosmetics.com
A fresh new alternative to red, this hot pink shade is this Summer’s homage to the ‘80s. For those who prefer a more coy shade like Essie Mademoiselle on their fingers, try this pretty fuchsia shade on your toes - it pops beautifully against a (fake) tan.
$ OPI You Don’t Know Jacques, $9; at Ulta
A more wearable version of dark, this chic, mushroomy shade looks good on almost everyone. Wear it with white jeans and a coral top; it offers a nice counterpoint to other bold punches of color in your outfit.
The May Issue of InStyle is on sale now and you can go to www.instyle.com/bbb to search the new archive of more than 600 Best Beauty Buys winners from the past six years!