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The Best Beauty Buys

The one-stop beauty shopping guide for products tested—and loved—by readers and Real Simple editors alike.

Beauty on a Budget

6 Best Drugstore Makeup Buys
A splurge every now and then is nice, but you can also get good, effective beauty products for $15 or less.

The Best Shampoo Brands From the Drugstore
Get smooth, silky hair with these inexpensive finds, available at your local drugstore.

Trendy Nail Polish Colors for Spring 2014
From pretty pastels to mesmerizing metallics, spring’s latest lacquers will pretty up your digits.


Makeup Colors That Flatter Everyone

Real Simple applied hundreds of lip, cheek, and eye colors to virtually every skin tone and found 15 that truly flatter.
Photo: Kenji Aoki

Find the Best Beauty Deals

Get the most for your bucks with this insiders’ guide.
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20 Great Beauty Products for $10 or Less

These beauty helpers are as smart as they are inexpensive.
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6 Great Nail-Care Products

Give your nails a little polish with smart products that make for better manicures and pedicures.
Photo: Plamen Petkov
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Duality Cosmetics Nail Pak

Skin Smart

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Regeneration Cream Cleanser

The Best Skin-Care Products Under $30
With such high-performing, affordably priced products, there’s no need to break the bank to have flawless skin.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Season-to-Season Bronzer

Top Skin-Care Products to Try
Especially in winter, when it can get dry and irritated, give skin a boost with these smart products.

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Jouer Cosmetics Makeup

Makeup Essentials Checklist

These basics should be the foundation of your beauty arsenal. Consider this the ultimate everyday makeup kit.

  • Concealer. Choose a creamy formula that can hide under-eye circles and cover blemishes.
  • Foundation. You don’t need to slather it all over your face—just in places where you see uneven skin tone or discoloration. If you don’t need as much coverage as foundation provides, consider a tinted moisturizer instead.
  • Blush. Look for a warm tone to add a pop of color to the apples of your cheeks.

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