It's ok-you're not just being cheap. Companies know that people are stretching their dollars right now, so the demand to "try before you buy" is greater than ever. Just don't go cray-zay. Saleswomen tell us the best way to get samples is to avoid treating the cosmetics department like an all-you-can-eat buffet. Instead, tell them your skin type or your problems with certain ingredients, or your plain old love of red lipstick. With that in mind, they'll be able to hook you up with samples that you'll love-and stuff you're more likely to come back and buy. (Oh, and don't act like you're Katie Holmes on a Fred Segal shopping spree if you're not-be upfront about wanting to test something out. It saves everyone time.) Now that you know your sampling etiquette, check out what's going on at some beauty counters right this minute.
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