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    Ask This When Choosing Cosmetics

    Cosmetics are a multi-billion dollar industry with numerous products and brands for people all over the world. Cosmetics designed for a variety of purposes and tailored to various skin types have allowed this industry to thrive. With so many options out there, choosing the right cosmetics for you is something of a challenge, especially with so many brands making dozens of promises about the effectiveness of their products. Fortunately, the top brands like Olay, L'Oréal and Estée Lauder consistently offer terrific products that exceed the competition, making choosing the best cosmetics a little easier. If you are looking for the right cosmetics for you, here are some questions you should ask when choosing products.

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    What kind of products do I need?
    You'll need to first decide what you are looking for in the way of cosmetics. If you are looking to make your eyes pop, you'll want good eyeliner that won't smudge or swear too easily. You may want to cover up imperfections of the skin, or the right blush to give you some natural color. You might also want some lipstick to make your lips pop, like a bold red or something more natural. Additionally, cosmetics can reduce wrinkles and other signs of aging.
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    Does spending more mean I'm getting a superior product?
    Spending more sometimes means you'll be getting a superior product, but not always. Sometimes you'll just be paying for the name on the label. Shop within your budget and try cosmetics that will give you enough result for your money. There's no need to spend a ton on make-up.
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    Where can I find great cosmetic tips?
    There are a number of great tips you can find all over the internet and in magazines. A few well-known publications are Cosmopolitan, Vogue and Self. One excellent tip is that bronzer is best applied to the face, neck and chest to even out your skin tone and makes everything appear more natural. For more sheer coverage foundation should be applied with finger, while fuller coverage should be applied with a brush. When applying mascara don't pump the brush. This will avoid clumpy application of your mascara.
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    Is this cosmetic product organic or made with natural ingredients?
    If you are trying to avoid harmful synthetic chemicals in your cosmetics, which are often bad for your skin, be aware of the difference between products that are USDA-certified organic and products that are only made with natural or organic ingredients. "Made with" claims simply mean there are organic components along with synthetic chemicals, but there are no guarantees of 95 percent or more organic ingredients.
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    Do these cosmetics contain alcohol?
    Sometimes cosmetics will contain alcohol in order to promote faster drying. While this may seem appealing when you are trying to get ready very quickly, you'll also want to consider the consequences. Applying alcohol to the face is a great way to dry out the face. If you want a healthy, moisturized look, it's best to avoid make-up products that contain alcohol.
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    Does this product have sun protection?
    Products like creams and foundations with sun protection will not only make your skin look young and healthy, but will protect your skin from further damage caused by UV rays.
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    What are the best-selling cosmetic products?
    Neutrogena's make-up remover pads, CoverGirl Last Blast mascara and Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick were among the best-selling products of 2014. Neutrogena made 129 million dollars in sales from make-up remover, while CoverGirl made 57 million and Revlon made 55 million dollars.
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    What are the top brands on the market?
    Olay, L'Oréal and Estée Lauder are top 3 brands that provide products of fairly consistent quality again and again. They are also among the top selling brands due to their quality and affordable price range.
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    What are the top cosmetic products every woman should have?
    In terms of quality, you'll have to do a little research to find the best products. Olay's Regenerist 30-second wrinkle Filler can reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles in nearly half a minute. This is perfect for individuals looking to reduce the signs of aging. Estée Lauder's "Re-Nutriv' Radiant UV Base SPF 50 provides not only an excellent base that radiates and nourishes your skin, but with SPF 50 it will also provide maximum protection from the sun. L'Oréal True Match Blend-able Make-up comes in a variety of color tones to perfectly match your skin tone. With essential vitamins and sunscreen, this blend-able make-up conceals, nourishes and protects.