Buy Makeup Online

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Makeup

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.

Buy Makeup Online

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.

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  • 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.

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Types of Makeup

Some people have a makeup regime set in place and no interest in varying it. But if you like to mix things up a bit, or have minimal makeup experience, you might want a bit of advice on what product to try next. For assistance, look to the guides and product reviews listed below.

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  • If you're concerned about the ingredients in cosmetics, consult the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, which lists compliant cosmetic companies who exclude certain ingredients from their products.
  • While certain brands cater specifically to ethnic skin, most reputable brands on the market, whether drugstore labels or high-end products found in department stores, are available for every skin type and tone. A good indicator of the breadth of products available is usually the imagery on the company's Web site. Often the companies showcase their products on models (e.g., Aveda's "Get the Look" section).

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Makeup Tools

Although most basic makeup sites carry makeup tools like brushes, containers and accessories, the sites below specialize in them. Learn about what makeup tools to buy, and where to buy them.

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  • Makeup brushes are an industry unto themselves. The most expensive brushes are made of animal fur (such as raccoon or squirrel), although ethically conscious companies are releasing top-of-the-line synthetic versions that are comparable to those made of fur and can be easier to clean. If you're not familiar with the different varieties, visit one of the sites below that can help you choose a product.
  • For tips on cleaning makeup brushes, read a helpful article from Essential Beauty Supplies, which explains how often various brushes need to be cleaned and how best to do it, regardless of their material.

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Applying Makeup

Depending on the type of information you're looking for, the Web gives you plenty of options for advice on makeup application and techniques. Makeup artists' Web sites are a great place to start. Or check out the independent bloggers and makeup enthusiasts whose experience on the Web yields some useful resources on makeup techniques, trends and application.

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  • In addition to the bloggers listed below, you might also consult some of the bloggers in our "Product Reviews" subsection (see above) for practical advice on shopping, testing, and application.
  • Note that makeup artists, in addition to providing helpful tips, also tend to promote themselves and the products they use and create on their site. Sift through and find the information that's relevant to you.
  • For those who really want to understand the artistry behind makeup application, Kevyn Aucoin's book, Making Faces, is a must-read.

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Homemade Makeup

The surge in popularity of natural and organic products has made many people curious about  making and selling their own beauty products. The following sites show you where to get the ingredients and recipes you'll need to create your own makeup.

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  • Many beauty blogs cater specifically-or often-to natural and organic makeup. Pretty By Nature, mentioned above, often has recipes for making cosmetics and other beauty products using natural ingredients.
  • The government and government-affiliated sites in this guide's "Cosmetics and Health" section have useful information about common ingredients (including natural ingredients) used in makeup. If you're looking to sell your products, this site is especially important to consult.

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Cosmetics and Health

Natural makeup is one solution to the problem of cosmetic allergies, but in this section you'll also find resources to learn about some of the typical components in makeup and how you can avoid allergic reactions to the beauty products you buy.

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  • Government-regulated sites like the FDA are a good place to start your research and stay informed about potential dangers or risks associated with cosmetic products. The FDA provides an official rundown of the current litigation information available for products on the U.S. market.
  • Nonprofit organizations concerned with natural products, fair trade, and organic produce are also valuable Web sites to check out (see below). However, you should always supplement the information you find on one of these sites with a second source, as each one has a distinct agenda and is not government-affiliated.

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