I test tons of beauty products every day (rough life, I know), and over the years I've found that there are a few simple tricks for spotting the winners. Here are the the best techniques for testing products that I've learned from makeup artists (and other Allure editors). The methodology may be less than scientific, but it's sure to help the next time you go shopping for makeup, skin care, and fragrance.
Figure out whether skin care products will pill
It's frustrating to buy an expensive moisturizer, only to have it pill when you apply foundation on top. The next time you're shopping for skin care at a department store, you can see if it will flake.
First, apply the moisturizer to the back of your hand.
After two-to-three minutes, grab a foundation sample (any old one will do) and rub it on top to see how well the moisturizer holds up.
Sniff out the best perfume
Instead of spraying five fragrances up and down your arm, spritz the scent into its cap first.
After you've found one or two that you love, try them on your wrist to see how they'll smell on your skin.
Personally, I generally don't like to sell or recommend any makeup without trying on the makeup first
(The same colors can look different on everyone, and your skin can react differently to different formulations), but if you don't have the time or the desire to try on the makeup, these are some great tips to test out makeup before buying it.