Budgeting for beauty products is a double-edged sword.

On the one hand, just stepping into Sephora sends you into a tailspin (must have the volcanic ash exfoliator made with wild goat’s milk). But on the flip side, drugstores pose a similar problem: too many “cheap” beauty products, and your bill isn’t so cheap after all.

So when it comes to mascara and lipstick, where should you be spending?

We did some research and got the lowdown on when to splurge (you guessed it: anti-aging products) and where you can save (baby wipes trump makeup remover).

Go to the slideshow to see all the tips. But remember, the first step is cleaning out those bathroom drawers.