Beauty Shopping Guide for Moms
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.
Makeup Expert: Tiki Barber
Barber is a makeup artist in Richmond, Virginia, and a mother of two.
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
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
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
Look For Shadow trios that offer a shade to define your lids, one to color your crease, and one to highlight your brow bone.
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
For an even application, Barber recommends the MAC 242 Shader Brush, $25; maccosmetics.com
The Hair Aisle
An easy way to narrow down the hair-care playing field: Choose styling products whose names describe exactly what they do.
Hair Expert: Leanne Citrone
Citrone is the co-owner of the Andy Lecompte Salon, in Los Angeles, and a mother of two.
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
Look For An oil-based conditioning treatment to tame frizz before blow-drying.
Try Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Serum, $6; walgreens.com
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
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
Hot rollers are a no-fail fix for bad-hair days. We like the Conair Compact Hairsetter, $23; conair.com
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.
Skin-Care Expert: Ellen Marmur, M.D.
Marmur is a dermatologist in New York City and a mother of four.
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
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
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
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
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