All those models may seem like they roll out of bed looking gorgeous, but we all know that kind of perfection takes hard work-and makeup. You can start your hard work by rolling out of bed and heading to your computer. Resources for buying and learning about makeup online are plentiful, and include online stores, blogs, and magazines discussing makeup techniques, homemade beauty products, organic makeup, and animal-test-free products, as well as supplies and beauty tools.
There is an array of different Web resources for finding makeup, including department store Web sites, online-only stores like Amazon, specialty makeup stores, and brands' own Web sites. These sites point you in the direction of many types of makeup, including brands you'd find in the drugstore, organic brands, high-end brands, and more.
- Visit the "Beauty Products Online" section of the Beauty Guide for even more makeup suppliers not listed below. These sites are also valuable for other beauty products besides makeup.
- One problem with buying makeup online is that you can't sample products as you can in a brick-and-mortar drugstore. The best way to get around this is to check the brands' own Web site to see what deals they are offering on samples, discounts, or free new products, or to only buy products you have purchased before.
- For coupons, explore the site RetailMeNot, which lists known coupons and discounts available online and in-store for a variety of cosmetics and other products. Users of the coupons add them to the site and rate those they have used.
For drugstore brand makeup ...
has the most extensive online selection of drugstore brand cosmetics and accessories like brushes, tweezers and nail supplies. Although it is not easy to navigate the site by brand, you can narrow your search to a specific area of the face (even leg makeup is available) and browse all brands' products in that category. The site ships nationwide and also has a good selection of other drugstore products similar to what you would find on sites like Drugstore.com.
For premium brand makeup ...
is a satellite division of Drugstore.com and features luxury makeup brands like LORAC, Kevyn Aucoin, Urban Decay, and others. This partnership allows you to do your makeup shopping along with your regular product shopping at Drugstore.com. You'll find an extensive selection of beauty supplies and tools here, along with regular cosmetic products featured by the partner site. Products are rated by customers and individual product pages feature ingredients, application instructions, company contact information, and often an FAQ section about the products offered.
is an online retailer selling hundreds of top makeup and beauty brands, including up-and-coming names, brands you'll find in specialty chains like Sephora, and international brands. The wide selection of products includes all-natural, organic, top-of-the-line, and mid-range. The average prices on the site are comparable to those at Sephora, but you'll benefit from additional features like trend updates and articles that can inform and supplement your shopping experience.
is a celebrity-endorsed brand that bridges the price point between high-end cosmetic lines and drugstore brands like CoverGirl or Neutrogena. While it used to be sold only through Avon representatives, you can now shop for Avon's products on their Web site (or alternatively, locate a rep through the site).
For all-natural and organic makeup ...
is a San Francisco-based, all-natural cosmetic company that sells its products through its own Web site as well as through retailers like Sephora. On this site you'll find makeup basics like foundations and powders, eye shadows, lipsticks, makeup tools, and the company's skincare line, md formulations. You can also order Bare Escentuals products over the phone. Finally, visit their "about bare escentuals
" section to learn what makes the products "natural."
is an American company selling organic cosmetics, beauty products and aromatherapy products. The company ships internationally to 30 destinations and features multiple makers of organic cosmetics including Dr. Hauschka, Jurlique, and Primavera. Many of the product pages include a "Kirstin's Comments" section, where an organic beauty expert gives her opinion on the product.
Pretty by Nature
is a blog that reviews organic and natural cosmetics and other beauty products, providing photos, detailed descriptions, and places to buy the products online. The author of the blog is a mother with years of experience writing about makeup and creating her own sites to do so. For recommendations on how to shop for natural cosmetics, this blog is unbiased and helpful.
For companies that don't test on animals ...
The Body Shop
is a longstanding, affordable retailer of cosmetic products made without testing on animals. If you can't make it to one of their many stores, you can shop on their Web site where you'll find an array of products in their makeup line. Visit the "About Us
" section to learn about the company's upstanding philosophy.
is a globally conscious supplier of makeup, hair and other beauty products. Like the Body Shop, Aveda is conscious about energy use, promoting sustainable environments in the countries that supply the ingredients, using organics whenever possible, and not testing on animals. Shop their Web site for makeup for all skin types, or use the site to locate a brick-and-mortar store (Aveda shops are often found in malls and department stores). Visit the "Our Mission
" page to learn more about the philosophy behind the company.
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