HAIR QUALITY

For gentle, color-safe hair care that won't break the bank, stylist Shin An from the Paul Labrecque Salon in New York City suggests going both high-tech and green.

"You're going to get more for your money at health-food stores. Their products have fewer chemicals and protect hair from damage." Meanwhile, state-of-the-art dryers and brushes that won't harm hair can now be found at great prices.


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HAIR QUALITY

Grand total: $99.57

$6.45 - Jason Volumizing Mousse: "I like this foam better than volumizing sprays as it doesn't make hair sticky or crunchy. It gives good body and texture — and fights frizz in humid weather."

$12 - Nexxus Phyto Organics Transfigure Molding Paste: "Everyone can benefit from a finishing cream, and this one is lighter than most and never feels greasy. Because it's water-based, it washes out easily."

$32 - Paul Labrecque Daily Condition: "I call this the silk route for hair. Use it every day as a conditioner or for 10 minutes as a mask."

$12.99 - Conair Eco-Friendly Boar and Nylon Round Brush: "Even coarse, curly hair gets really straight with this brush. The boar bristles smooth out the cuticles, and the short ones grip the tiniest hairs for maximum shine."

$29.99 - Belson Pro Ultra Lightweight Tourmaline Ionic Turbo Dryer: "Ionic dryers dry hair faster and smoother. Because this one's 1875 watts, you're going to get the heat you need without having to blast your hair for long. Belson also gives you the best of both: a nozzle if you want to go straight and a diffuser to bring out your waves."

$6.14 - Kiss My Face Whenever Shampoo: "The lavender and aloe in this are like a facial for your scalp, while the sage and nettle stimulate hair growth. Since it's sulfate-free, it won't strip color."

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SKINVESTMENTS
Hollywood facialist Kate Somerville puts her money where her moisturizer is: "It's a given that advanced ingredients and technologies are going to be expensive, but in a face cream, it's worth it. Unlike cleansers, you don't rinse your moisturizer down the drain." Somerville recommends rounding out your regimen with multitasking serums and drugstore staples to stay within the budget.


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SKINVESTMENTS

Grand total: $99.21

$5.87 - Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask: "Natural algae and kelp extracts smooth the skin; the kaolin clay draws out impurities without overdrying."

$4.25 - Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: "This cleanses and moisturizes at the same time. It's great for any skin type, including really sensitive."

$55 - Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cream: "The goat milk has nourishing proteins and amino acids to balance and hydrate the skin, while the lactose is a natural, gentle enzyme exfoliant."

$15 - Mustela Sun Lotion SPF 50: "I love this mineral sunscreen; it contains zinc, which calms and reduces inflammation."

$15 - Boots Eye and Lip Correction Serum: "The reason we develop so many lines around the eyes and lips is that we don't have oil glands in those places. It's essential to keep those areas moisturized."

$4.09 - Curél Original Formula Lotion: "I apply Curél immediately after I get out of the tub; it seems to lock in the moisture and leaves my skin smooth and hydrated."

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MAKEUP MUSTS
Mixing high- and low-price cosmetics is part of Tina Turnbow's job as in-house makeup artist for budget-friendly beauty.com and drugstore.com. Her motto: Invest in foundation and concealer. "Finding your ideal shade is priceless. Your skin is the canvas, so if it's flawless, the rest of your makeup has a head start." Turnbow is forever foraging at pharmacies for brands she's never heard of.


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MAKEUP MUSTS

Grand total: $99.97

$4.99 - Burt's Bees Lip Shimmer in Merlot: "If you want a stain that enhances your natural lip color, use this instead of lipstick."

$10.95 - L'Oréal Paris True Match Blush in Innocent Flush: "As with any drugstore brand, it's advisable to choose peachy neutrals, which flatter most complexions. This pigment is so light, it's virtually mistake-proof."

$2.99 - Maybelline Eyeshadow in Earthly Taupe: "Matte taupe is a great everyday neutral that's more versatile than a shimmer. Mix with other colors if you want to tone them down."

$22 - Cargo OneBase Concealer + Foundation: "Dab a few dots of this very creamy concealer on the T-zone and blend outward, then apply a little extra wherever you need more coverage. The applicator is exceptionally efficient."

$3.50 - Milani Crystal Gloss for Lips in Secret: "I like this milky shade for a shiny, nude lip. To create a pouty mouth, use a little in the center of your lower lip."

$9 - Alison Raffaele Oil-Blotting Tissues: "Adding more powder throughout the day or night makes your face masklike. This fine, pliable paper will remove excess oil but won't smear your makeup."

$3.75 - Prestige Lipliner in Shimmer: "This enhances your lip contour no matter what shade you're wearing. The key is to blend it properly so you never see the line."

$3.49 - Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Pencil in Sable Brown: "A brown pencil is dark enough to give you definition, but it won't make eyes look smaller the way black can. This one's soft enough to use on the inside rim of the eye."

$2.50 - Desert Essence Lip Rescue: "This is neither too shiny nor waxy — perfect when mixed with your lip pencil for a natural day look."

$22 - Sue Devitt Eye Intensifier Pencil in Victoria Falls: "This inky blue flatters all eye colors and brightens the whites. Use it as a pencil, or smudge it with the sponge tip for a dramatic look."

$4.31 - CoverGirl Remarkable Mascara in Very Black: "A deep, rich black — and the brush separates the lashes well. It's smudge-proof but easy to remove. I also use it on the bottom lashes for evenings."

$3.50 - Milani Crystal Gloss for Lips in Hush-Hush: "I like that this dark gloss has neither glitter nor shimmer."

$6.99 - Revlon ColorStay Eyeshadow in Sultry Smoke: "The perfect palette for a smoky eye: There's gray, navy, black, and a slightly lavender shimmer that's great for highlighting."

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