How Do I Choose the Best Cosmetics and Perfume? (with pictures)

Patti Kate
Patti Kate
A bottle of perfume.
A bottle of perfume.

When selecting cosmetics and perfume, you will have a wide array of products to choose from. Therefore, you should narrow your options by determining your requirements according to skin type. If you have sensitive skin, you should only use cosmetics that have been approved by a dermatologist and safety tested. If possible, purchase your make up and cologne separately. If purchased as a set, you might not get the proper make up for your skin type, even though you prefer the cologne that is offered in the set.

It's wise to sample various eye shadows to see what works best.
It's wise to sample various eye shadows to see what works best.

Where you purchase your cosmetics and perfume is equally as important as what you choose to buy. Although you can find great deals at discount department stores, this might not be the best place to purchase your cosmetics and perfume. It's better to shop at a specialty store that only sells fragrances, makeup and other beauty supplies. By doing so, you can ask for advice, often from a trained cosmetician.

There are a wide variety of cosmetics and perfume to choose from.
There are a wide variety of cosmetics and perfume to choose from.

As you shop for your cosmetics and perfume, try some out before you buy them. This is another reason why choosing to shop at a beauty supply store can be helpful. Choosing foundation does not have to be frustrating, if you ask an expert and sample a few varieties. Always choose foundation that is best for your skin tone. The same rule should apply to lipstick, which can be available in numerous colors.

Perfume testers allow shoppers to try perfume while in the store.
Perfume testers allow shoppers to try perfume while in the store.

If you have special skin issues, such as acne or red flaky patches, you might also need a product that can hide some of these flaws, while being gentle to your skin. Ask an expert for a recommendation, and apply a small amount of foundation to your face to see how it appears. In addition to the appearance, look for other crucial factors, such as how smooth it glides on, or if the makeup tends to be be cakey. Sample a few eye shadows as well, and decide whether you'd prefer a shadow in a pot or a powered variety, which is basically a matter of personal preference.

Some perfumes and colognes can cause skin allergies in certain individuals. If you have an allergy to a particular cologne or perfume, the most logical thing to do is to avoid using that brand. If you'd like to try other cosmetics and perfume, test a small sample on your wrist to determine if you show a negative reaction to it. To be certain there is no allergic reaction to the cosmetics and perfume you have tested, allow up to 48 hours before you decide.

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    • A bottle of perfume.
      A bottle of perfume.
    • It's wise to sample various eye shadows to see what works best.
      It's wise to sample various eye shadows to see what works best.
    • There are a wide variety of cosmetics and perfume to choose from.
      There are a wide variety of cosmetics and perfume to choose from.
    • Perfume testers allow shoppers to try perfume while in the store.
      Perfume testers allow shoppers to try perfume while in the store.