Save Or Splurge Beauty: Products That Are Worth Spending Money On (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Posted: 05/10/2012 11:05 am Updated: 05/10/2012 11:05 am

We've all heard of cheap thrills when buying beauty products, because, let's face it, makeup can get pricey.

In order to figure out which products are actually worth those extra bucks, we talked to professional makeup artist Allana Mirza in Toronto. For Mirza, taking care of your skin is where you should spend the most bucks..

"When it comes to skin care or foundation, the quality matters," she says. She also says if you're worried about not using or disliking an expensive product over time, start by testing a cheaper product.

"Read a product's review online first and feel free to experiment with colours. If you've never tried green before, buy [a cheaper eyeshadow] and, later, move on to a high-end brand that's more pigmented," she says.

Here are 10 beauty items to save and splurge on.

Loading Slideshow...
  • Lipstick: SAVE

    <strong>Price Range:</strong> $5 to $10 <br> If you're looking for the perfect summer lip, drugstore makeup brands offer a variety of shades at inexpensive prices. <br> <em><a href="http://www.covergirl.ca/en_ca/beauty_products/lipcolor/lip_perfection_lipstick/" target="_hplink">COVERGIRL Lip Perfection in Sultry</a>, Available at retailers across Canada, $7. </em>

  • Foundation: SPLURGE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$25 to $40 <br> Creating an even complexion can depend on your makeup brand.<br><em><a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-foundation-P217905?skuId=1096908" target="_hplink">Make Up For Ever HD Foundation</a>, Available at Sephora, $42. </em></em>

  • Mascara: SPLURGE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$10 to $15 <br>Mascara is another tricky one. If you're looking for extra volume or fuller lashes, makeup artist Allana Mirza recommends splurging on this product. <br><em><a href="http://www.sephora.com/high-impact-mascara-P122912?skuId=711267" target="_hplink">Clinique High Impact Mascara</a>, Available at Sephora, $15. </em>

  • Blush: SAVE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$5 to $10 <br>Save those pennies. Blushes can be switched every few months to match colour trends of the season.<br><em><a href="http://www.maybelline.ca/products/123/face/blush/dream-bouncy-blush/fresh-pink/05?shadeId=644" target="_hplink">Maybelline Dream Bounce Blush</a>, Available at retailers across Canada, $7-9. </em>

  • Pencil Eyeliner: SPLURGE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$10 to $15 <br>If you want your pencil eyeliner to last all day, it's going to require a few extra bucks. <br><em><a href="http://www.sephora.com/day-to-night-wear-eyeliner-P307546?skuId=1388172" target="_hplink">Sephora Day To Night Eyeliner</a>, Available at Sephora, $12. </em>

  • Moisturizer: SPLURGE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$50 to $100 <br>Our best beauty asset is our skin. To ensure a soft and smooth epidermis, Mirza recommends splurging on an everyday moisturizer.<em><br><a href="http://www.sephora.com/diorsnow-white-reveal-fresh-creme-P308805?skuId=1420850" target="_hplink"> DiorSnow White Reveal Fresh Crème</a></a>, Available at Sephora, $90.</em>

  • Eye Cream: SPLURGE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$50 to $100 <br>Just like moisturizers, eye creams are worth spending money on -- they protect sensitive and important parts of your face (like under your eyes).<br><em><a href="http://www.sephora.com/resurgence-renewing-eye-cream-P107306?skuId=769836" target="_hplink">Murad Resurgence Renewing Eye Cream</a>, Available at Sephora, $73. </em>

  • Cleansers: SAVE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$10 to $20 <br>Unless you're dealing with an acne-formulated cleanser, these liquid soaps shouldn't cost you a lot. <br><em><a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-soap-clarity-3-in-1-daily-detox-vitamin-c-facial-wash-P294737?skuId=1368778" target="_hplink">Soap And Glory 3-In-1 Daily-Detox Vitamin C Facial Wash</a>, Available at Sephora, $16. </em>

  • Tweezers: SAVE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$5 to $10 <br>You can get away with saving cash on a pair of tweezers. Just make sure you figure out exactly what shape you're looking for (some people prefer tweezers with a round tip; others a pointed one).<br><em><a href="http://www.sallyhansen.com/products/beauty-tools/eye-care/bushy-brows-be-gone" target="_hplink">Bushy Brows Be Gone By Sally Hansen</a>, Available at retailers across Canada, $6. </em>

  • Sunscreen: SPLURGE

    <strong>Price Range: </strong>$20 to $50 <br>If the health of your skin is in your best interest, Mirza suggests sticking to a pricey sunscreen or getting a prescription from your dermatologist. <em><br><a href="http://www.sephora.com/here-comes-the-sun-age-defense-water-resistant-spf-40-uva-uvb-broad-spectrum-sunscreen-for-face-P306944" target="_hplink">Philosophy Here Comes The Sun</a>, Available at Sephora, $30. </em></em>

Also on HuffPost:

FOLLOW CANADA STYLE