We’ve all heard of fashion investments to make, like the perfect LBD (little black dress) that works for almost any event or the classic belt that makes any outfit look sleek and professional. But did you know that there are also beauty investments you can make?
Like any investment, the devotion of time, effort, and energy are required. So taking the time and effort to research beauty products that work specifically for you, your skin type and your wallet is crucial. And like any great investment portfolio, a base or core is required, your low-cost S&P 500, if you will.
So instead of purchasing every product that promises to solve every one of your biggest beauty woes, it’s best to start with the basics and focus your attention there. After you have established and created your base, that’s when you can afford to play around and take more significant beauty risks.
With that, myWorth put together some beauty investment tips that should act as the base of every woman’s beauty portfolio.
Here are our core beauty investments:
To have an effective skin care regimen, you need to start with the basics which include a really great moisturizer.
A great moisturizer can soothe dry skin, make wrinkles less noticeable and prevent/reduce the appearance of blemishes while also simply restoring life back into your skin.
Tip: If you have oily skin, consider a lotion with an exfoliant ingredient instead of a cream. If you have dry skin, you’ll want to use a cream as creams tend to have higher oil content.
Check out the 27 best face moisturizers of all time, according to Allure editors here.
Did you know that the use of daily sunscreen can help acne scars fade quicker, avoid sun spots and prolong wrinkles? Daily sunscreen is something we feel is worth the investment but requires some research. Don’t be afraid to try out different formulas and different price points until you find a sunscreen that you feel comfortable wearing every day.
Tip: A high level of protection with a non-comedogenic and non-greasy formula is key.
Like the rest of your skin, your lips also need protection. A good lip balm will contain petroleum, beeswax or other oil, which provide a barrier to prevent moisture loss, so opting for brands like Vaseline of Badger are always excellent lip balm investments.
Badger Classic Lip Balm Unscented – Best Basic Balm
Smith’s Rosebud Salve – Best for Sensitive Skin
Vaseline Lip Therapy Original – Runner-Up for Sensitive Skin
Norwegian Formula Lip Moisturizer with Sunscreen SPF 15 – Best with SPF
Concealer and Foundation
While concealer and foundation act as the base for your makeup, they are the two products that are the easiest to mess up when it comes to picking the right color. So, if you can, get matched by a beauty expert at the beauty store of your choice. This way, you’re less likely to waste away money on the wrong shades.
Tip: Be mindful that as the season’s change and as you spend more time indoors or outdoors. You’ll want to adjust your concealer and foundation type (powder or liquid) and shade to fit your skin tone as well as skin type.
For example, in the summer, your skin is most likely to get darker and dewier. With that, you’ll want to opt for a darker foundation that is more absorbent, a powder in this case.
Check out the best 14 concealers here and the best foundations for all skin types here.
This may sound obvious and should probably go without saying but there’s more to it than just getting a hair brush.
Take a look at your hair. No, really take a look at your hair. And then think about all the products you may or not be using on your hair.
If your hair is overly frizzy and you’re going through bottles and bottles of anti-frizz serums, creams and/or oils, consider toning it down on all the hair products and revisit the type of hair brush you’re using. In this case, it might be best to opt for a boar bristle hair brush.
If your hair is very curly, make sure you’re using a brush with bristles that are gentle towards your beautiful locks. For more information on the best brushes for curly hair, click here.
Using the right hair brush for your hair type is important, so make sure you invest in a quality brush that is gentle and will last you a bit of time.
Check out the 24 greatest hair brushes of all time here.
Time is money so it’s always wise to invest in a blow dryer that not only has the tech to dry your hair fast but also won’t damage it.
You may even want to consider a blowdryer that is more compact and lighter in weight for easy traveling.
Like all investments, investments require time, effort, and energy so you can expect that a beauty investment would call for the same. Take your time and research what beauty products are the right products for you, your skin type and of course your wallet. After you have created a quality base, then take the opportunity to play around and take bigger beauty risks.
Meredith is a Philadelphia native with a bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Duquesne University and has worked in digital marketing for over seven years. She’s passionate about writing to women to help them feel more confident in their financial lives.