With so many shades and textures to choose from, makeup shopping can be daunting. But you can't go wrong with these essential products.
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
An easy way to narrow down the hair-care playing field: Choose styling products whose names describe exactly what they do.
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
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
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 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.
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
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