Myth: A flawless face requires a ton of maintenance and lots of $$$. Although you can certainly shell out the big bucks for super expensive facials, products, derm appointments, and high-tech tools, there are a few other *less pricey* ways to ensure you look your best, without going broke. Heed the advice of these experts and models.

1. Wear sunscreen every day.聽鈥淚 generally recommend an SPF of at least 30 and ideally one with a mineral sunscreen ingredient like zinc oxide,鈥 recommends聽RealSelf contributor and dermatologist Sejal Shah. 鈥淲e know that harmful ultraviolet radiation can damage the skin and lead to not only premature aging (wrinkles, sagging skin, brown spots), but also skin cancers,聽so one of the best things you can do to protect yourself is use a daily sunscreen 鈥 even on a cloudy day. Most are fairly inexpensive, which is a plus.鈥

2. Always apply foundation with a beauty blender.聽鈥淚 like to put on a primer first, then apply Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation聽($8) with a beauty blender,鈥 model聽Junissa Urraca聽tells Brit + Co. 鈥淚 love how it鈥檚聽dewy and you don鈥檛 need to apply too much of it for full coverage. My favorite part is that it鈥檚 only $8, compared to buying a $40 foundation at more expensive retailers that don鈥檛 always get the job done. And聽the beauty blender makes your face so smooth.鈥

3. Never go to bed with your makeup on.聽Not only will this stain your sheets and pillow cases, but sleeping with a face full of product聽can cause breakouts and irritation, which is not cute.

4. Go for cocoa butter.聽Palmer鈥檚 Cocoa Butter ($4) is amazing right after a shower to lock in moisture all over the body, but this is especially true on the thighs and behind because of its natural toning and smoothing properties,鈥 says model聽Steph Malove.聽鈥淚t鈥檚 also great for dry skin in the winter, so I鈥檒l use it on my knees, elbows, and heels.聽I love it because it comes in all different sizes, which are great for traveling and聽it smells like chocolate 鈥 who doesn鈥檛 love smelling like dessert?鈥

5. Use products that stimulate cell turnover.聽鈥淩etinoids and glycolic acid stimulate cell turnover and collagen synthesis, as well as reduce hyperpigmentation,鈥 Dr. Shah tells Brit + Co. 鈥淢any range from $20-$30, which is a lot less than a collagen-inducing facial that can run you hundreds.鈥

6. Pick a face mask appropriate for your skin type.聽鈥淚t鈥檚 important to use a聽face mask as an adjunct to your skin care routine, but make sure it鈥檚 one that鈥檚 suited to your specific needs,鈥 says Dr. Shah. 鈥淔or example, if you have dry skin, try a hydrating mask that can deliver reparative and soothing ingredients, rather than a clay mask that will remove oils from the skin. I like the Dr. Jart+ line of sheet masks聽($6+) that are targeted to every聽skin type and start聽at $6.鈥

7. Contour like a celeb.聽鈥淚 use the NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo Stick ($12) whenever I鈥檓 running to a casting,鈥 says model聽Natalie Harrah. 鈥淚 use the highlighter under my eyes, over my concealer for an extra brightening effect, and the dark shade under my cheeks for extra definition. I cannot leave the house without it.鈥

8. Use a water or facial mist pre-moisturizer.聽鈥淏efore applying makeup, I spray my face with聽Evian聽Mineral Water Spray ($13), then apply聽Olay Regenerist Sculpting Face Cream聽($25) and let it dry before adding聽my makeup,鈥 advises model聽Laura Lee. 鈥淚 have rosacea, and when I spray on the water and add this moisturizer it eliminates 65-70 percent of my redness. A friend and MUA showed me this trick and I鈥檝e been doing聽it since! One word: AMAZING.鈥

9. Consider drinkable beauty.聽鈥淪o-called beauty beverages can be loaded with sugar, fillers, and calories, so聽instead of ingesting those I always opt to make my own elixirs at home,鈥 says celebrity beauty nutritionist, Paula Simpson. 鈥淥ne of my favorites is a natural, low-calorie option聽that promotes聽radiant skin聽while combating belly bloat聽by combining聽paprika, turmeric, and ginger, and it only takes five minutes to make!鈥

Paula鈥檚 Natural Skin-Tox Beauty Elixir



Combine the fresh turmeric, ginger, and lemons in a juicer. Pour fresh juice into the spring or coconut water and add the paprika and raw honey to taste. Stir well and transfer to an airtight glass container. Drink elixir in mini juice glasses 2-3 times per day, in between or right before meals. Store in the fridge for up to three days.

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