Makeup has been a staple in a woman’s routine for centuries. Yes, it helps to cover certain aspects we’re not too fond of but it also allows us to accentuate the bits we do love. More so, it’s about personality. We use makeup to showcase our mood, be it playful, sultry, or effortless. The following products are beauty must haves that we’ve tried and tested over the past year; some relatively new, some that stand the test of time, but all winners in our eyes.
Until recently, I was using highlighter to reflect the darkness away from eyes instead of concealer to create a more natural and flawless look. I honestly thought it was better at hiding my dark circles. That was until I tried the Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer, which, quite frankly, is liquid magic. Instantly, you look like you’ve had 8 hours sleep; it somehow even draws down the puffiness caused by lack of sleep or general tiredness. My complexion brightened massively. Even better than that? You don’t need a lot and it really does last the day, keeping your eye makeup in place, and flawless the entire day.
Where would we be without highlighter! How we’ve only recently cottoned on to that dreamlike beauty trick is beyond me, but oh my do I love it’s full power now. For us, there is only one that reigns supreme though and that’s Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat. The pen applicator makes it so easy to apply in any area of your face; if you want to know where best to apply, our guide to highlighting is for you.
Enjoy the sun-kissed look all year round with the Bareminerals Invisible Bronze. The new baked bronzer is a must have for anyone looking for a little warmth to their skin, which comes in a variety of colours to help get the best colouring to suit you- it’s no more about one colour suits all. Follow the super handy guide it comes with too and you’ll look like you’ve just stepped off the plane. Get the naturally glowing skin regardless of time of year.
Our favourite foundation has to be Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Foundation. Available in 15 shades, you’ll find something to perfectly match your skin tone. It’s quite simply a luxurious, but not heavy, foundation that helps to even out, brighten and hydrate the skin giving you flawless looking skin. What’s more, the special formula helps to smooth fines, will last you all day long and has a broad spectrum SPF, giving your skin some essential protection from the sun. It’s everything you could want in a foundation and more!
When it comes to our makeup, we want quality over quantity. We simply don’t have the space for eyeshadow in every shade. But our favourite eyeshadow palette does not only give us quality, there’s plenty of variation to create a variety of looks and it’s purse friendly too- at just £4, our top eyeshadow palette has to be the Revolution Redemption Palette. For all your brightening, pretty, sultry, smoky styles, the palette number 3 has to be our favourite. It’s time to get playful with your eye makeup again.
When it comes to eyeliner, it’s all about control, staying power and ability to do flicks (let’s not mistake this with backflips!). Benefit’s They’re Real! liner is a star in our eyes. It’s easy to use, gives the illusion of bigger eyes and has extreme staying power. It’s a gel like formula but with absolute ease of a pencil; allowing you to get comfortably close to the lash line, with control in your hands when it comes to thickness and flick.
Our new favourite lip product has to be Mii Cosmetics power matte lip crème. Available in 4 shades from a nude to bold berry, it has ultimate staying power; categorised more as a lip stain than lipstick. The matte effect gives a bold contrast that’ll turn heads no matter where you go. Lips look fuller and remain hydrated with its special formula. Our only tip is to ensure you work with a relatively clean wand (allow yourself to build on it) and a lip liner to suit- you can see our editor wearing ‘supreme’ in our Instagram pics (used for #Smear4Smear).
Are you looking for more volume, fuller, longer looking lashes that are clump free? If this is your criteria but feels like only a genie with 3 wishes could grant, you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve found mascara that ticks all the boxes. Chanel’s Le Volume mascara really delivers. Need we say more?
We’re all about the brows- since we’ve discovered the difference a touch of makeup can do here, we’ve been obsessed. From day to night, for day to day, there is no better product than Benefit’s Brow Zings, it comes with everything you could possibly need to get the brows of your dreams. The wax helps to style your brows, create more volume and achieve more precision; apply the powder on top to set and/or create a more dramatic look. The powder is also perfect on its own day to day for a touch of colour. It also comes with a set of micro tweezers to keep everything neat and tidy. It’s no wonder it’s a winner in our books! If you’re brow obsessed too, our guide to brows is essential reading.