Beauty Worth the Investment PDF Print E-mail
Written by Linda Palacios   
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 07:52

Beauty Worth the Investment
One person may see a ridiculous price tag while another sees a sound investment. Local makeup artist Nancy Dawson helps decipher what's worth your splurge for your beauty regimen.

"One of the biggest things about indulgences and splurges is it's different for everybody," FACEing Owner Nancy Dawson says. "What somebody thinks is really important may not be important to the next person."


So the first step to figuring out whether something is worth your money is deciding whether the desired result is a priority in your beauty desires. Dawson has some clients who "spend a fortune on skincare" so that they don't have to wear as much makeup while she has other clients who put their money toward a quality foundation, she says. "It's really about what you prioritize as what's important to you," Dawson says.


Once you know what tops your priority list, use the information below to help you decide how you can use your money to get what you want. Or use the info to help you figure out where you want to place your beauty emphasis.

Priority: Quality Skin


Investment: Tzone Skin Care glycolic peels


Splurge Scoop: "I think the biggest thing for just about any skincare concern is glycolic peels," Dawson says. "Glycolic peels will address sun damage, fine lines, acne — I mean just about every hot button that a woman would have."


Dawson recommends local company Tzone, as they offer a free monthly glycolic peel to clients who maintain a Tzone home care program of at least four essential products. "That's a really good deal because at most spas, you're going to be spending at least $100 for your monthly glycolic," Dawson says.



Priority: A Firm Foundation


Investment: High-end foundation, like Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Foundation


Splurge Scoop: Ditch the drug store and start your makeup routine off right with a high-pigmented, high-end foundation. A drug store foundation just will not provide the coverage you're looking for, and you'll be able to use less product to do more work when you buy a high-quality product, Dawson says. "I think just about any makeup artist is going to tell you to really splurge on foundation," she says.


Priority: Eye-Catching Eyes


Investment: High-end eye shadows, Smashbox JET SET Waterproof Eye Liner and Tarte EmphasEYES Aqua-Gel Eyeliner


Splurge Scoop: "Definitely when you're going for the higher pigmented products, you're gonna get a lot more for your money," Dawson says. "I mean there are things that I probably would just never buy low-end, like eye shadows." So if you're looking for color that works and stays, direct your attention to the makeup counters, not the drug store shelves.


For more pop, eyeliner's the way to go, and Dawson recommends gel liners. "I have never really found any pencil that has the staying power of a gel," she says. And in this summer weather, you don't want your eyeliner melting and smudging. Also, both the Smashbox and Tarte gel liners listed above are waterproof. "It just takes a little practice to get used to a gel if you're used to a pencil, but they just stay on. They wear like iron," Dawson says.

072610BEAUTY2.jpgPriority: Fresh, Clean Skin


Investment: Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System


Splurge Scoop: After growing up with acne and other dermatological disasters, Dawson bought this $195 skincare system, and it's one of her favorite personal indulgences. "I just feel like my skin's really clean every day," she says. "I don't know if it's really doing everything it's supposed to do, but I feel like it is."


 For more individualized tips on what products to buy and how to use them, check out Dawson's available services at From one-on-one to large-group lessons, Dawson can help you navigate the makeup products you already have so that you can maximize your splurge potential.

Photographer: Neysa Ruhl
Model: Nancy Dawson,
Laura Mercier's Oil-Free Foundation (second photo), Clarisonic Classic Sonic Skin Cleansing System (bottom photo)

Location: Lofts@4120

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