Beauty Shopping Guide for Moms

Our hair, skin, and makeup experts take you through the store aisles to help you find the right products in less time and for less cash.

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The Makeup Aisle

Ericka McConnell

The Makeup Aisle

With so many shades and textures to choose from, makeup shopping can be daunting. But you can't go wrong with these essential products.

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Makeup Expert: Tiki Barber

Makeup Expert: Tiki Barber

Barber is a makeup artist in Richmond, Virginia, and a mother of two.

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Lipstick

Peter Ardito

Lipstick

Look For A neutral brown shade of lipstick. "It's perfect on every skin tone," Barber says.

Try Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipcolor in Tinted Taupe, $8; kmart.com

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Cheek Color

Peter Ardito

Cheek Color

Look For A creamy color you can apply with your fingers, in a shade that works for eyes and lips too.

Try Nars The Multiple (shown here in Riviera), $39; narscosmetics.com

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Moisturizer

Peter Ardito

Moisturizer

Look For A tinted moisturizer that looks like a second skin, so you appear polished but not overdone.

Try Sonia Kashuk Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, $13, target.com

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Eye Shadow

Peter Ardito

Eye Shadow

Look For Shadow trios that offer a shade to define your lids, one to color your crease, and one to highlight your brow bone.

Try L'Oréal Paris Studio Secrets Professional the One Sweep Eye Shadow, $10.

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Concealer

Peter Ardito

Concealer

Look For An under-eye concealer that has a light, creamy consistency so it doesn't cake.

Try Clinique Line Smoothing Concealer, $15, clinique.com

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Shader Brush

Peter Ardito

Shader Brush

For an even application, Barber recommends the MAC 242 Shader Brush, $25; maccosmetics.com

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The Hair Aisle

Ericka McConnell

The Hair Aisle

An easy way to narrow down the hair-care playing field: Choose styling products whose names describe exactly what they do.

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Hair Expert: Leanne Citrone

Hair Expert: Leanne Citrone

Citrone is the co-owner of the Andy Lecompte Salon, in Los Angeles, and a mother of two.

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Hair Color

Peter Ardito

Hair Color

Look For An at-home haircoloring kit that makes dyeing even easier. The new dyes rub in like mousse.

Try John Frieda Precision Foam Colour, $12; target.com

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Conditioning Treatment

Peter Ardito

Conditioning Treatment

Look For An oil-based conditioning treatment to tame frizz before blow-drying.

Try Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Serum, $6; walgreens.com

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Chemical-Free Hair Care

Peter Ardito

Chemical-Free Hair Care

Look For Shampoos and conditioners that are free of parabens and sulfates, so you know they're gentle enough for the whole family.

Try Burt's Bees Super Shiny Grapefruit & Sugar Beet Shampoo, $8; burtsbees.com

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Root Cover-Up Products

Peter Ardito

Root Cover-Up Products

Look For A product that keeps your roots looking like new and stretches out your color sessions.

Try Avon Advance Techniques Color Protection Grey Root Touch-Up, $8; avon.com

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Hot Rollers

Hot Rollers

Hot rollers are a no-fail fix for bad-hair days. We like the Conair Compact Hairsetter, $23; conair.com

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The Skin-Care Aisle

Ericka McConnell

The Skin-Care Aisle

The key tip for shopping for skin care? Ignore the aesthetics of the packaging and make sure the product has what you really need -- the right ingredients.

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Skin-Care Expert: Ellen Marmur, M.D.

Skin-Care Expert: Ellen Marmur, M.D.

Marmur is a dermatologist in New York City and a mother of four.

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Body Moisturizer

Peter Ardito

Body Moisturizer

Look For A body moisturizer that lists glycerin as a main ingredient. It gets skin soft without leaving that heavy, greasy feel.

Try Nivea Express Hydration Freshening Gel, $8; niveausa.com

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Body Wash

Peter Ardito

Body Wash

Look For A body cleanser that's packed with ultra-nourishing moisturizers such as almond oil.

Try Olay Silk Whimsy Cleansing Body Wash; $12 for a pack of two; amazon.com

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Eye Cream

Peter Ardito

Eye Cream

Look For An eye cream that sends bags packing with the help of a roller-ball applicator to stimulate drainage.

Try Sephora Collection Instant Depuffing Roll-On Gel, $15; sephora.com

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Face Lotion

Peter Ardito

Face Lotion

Look For Face lotion with SPF 30 and illuminating ingredients such as soy extract.

Try Aveeno Active Naturals Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 30, $17; drugstore.com

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Skin Cleansing System

Peter Ardito

Skin Cleansing System

The Clarisonic Mia Sonic Skin Cleansing System, $149; clarisonic.com, simultaneously massages, exfoliates, and cleanses your skin. Olay makes a brush-head product for $30; the essentials.com

Originally published in the May 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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