Many of us have more beauty products and makeup than we need. But can you blame us? With all the amazing skincare formulas and endless makeup choices out there? However, there are some products that will always be worth adding to your skincare or makeup stash (if you haven’t already). We promise, you won’t regret them.
There’s a reason so many makeup enthusiasts swear by nude eyeshadow palettes, and also why Urban Decay’s Naked palettes are such a hit the brand has spun off so many variations of it – Naked, Naked 1 to 3, Naked Heat, Naked Smoky and so on. Not only do nude eyeshadow palettes have the most universally flattering shades to enhance your peepers without being too in-your-face, most also come in a variety of different shimmer and matte finishes for a multi-dimensional look that can take you from day to night. There are so many different brands to choose from so have fun trying, swatching and shopping.
A great nude lippie is the one that’s just slightly pinker and a shade deeper than your natural lip colour, and when you swipe it on it makes you look more polished instantly. Plus, finding that perfect nude shade of lipstick can also brighten your face oh-so subtly.
As cliche as it sounds, your eyes really are the windows to your soul, or practically speaking, they are the first things people look at when they see you. Therefore, a good eye cream is definitely worth investing in.
The fragile, thin skin around your eyes require more TLC than other parts of your face, which have thicker, more resilient skin, so pick an eye cream that nourishes, prevents fine lines, has brightening properties to keep dark circles at bay and hydrates skin. Explore the lighter gel-cream or even serum textures if you have oilier skin.
It seems like everytime we look, a new cushion foundation is launched. The Korean beauty brands may have started the trend, but almost every other cosmetic brand has jumped on the bandwagon, and for good reason too. Cushion foundations are handy to carry around and give skin natural, glowy coverage thanks to the liquid formula within, and the patting application motion with the puff. Moreover, these days, there’s much more variety than just the super dewy finish that can sometimes look too greasy on some oilier skin types. We love the soft matte finishes of Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation and Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Compact.
The importance of using sunscreen annot be emphasised any further. And to help you incorporate it well into your daily routine, the texture of your sunscreen is super important. If you like the texture and enjoy using it, chances are, you won’t forget to slather it on. Pass on those thick, goopy, sticky formulas, there are plenty of lightweight, invisible alternatives around these days. Hunting for the right sunscren? We like Supergoop‘s impressive range of textures – everything from oils to souffle-like mousse. Or head for the testers at drugstores or skincare counters to try out different formulas until you find something you love. Don’t settle.
Beauty experts and the general population of folks with enviable skin swear by a moisturising serum. These potent potions usually contain the highest concentration of active ingredients that help to nourish, hydrate and protect your skin. Trust us, your skin will become healthier and look more supple and radiant with regular use of a serum.
Many women cannot be bothered with this extra makeup step. But once you try it, you won’t go without it again because, seriously, a few extra dabs or swipes and swishes of a brush is all it takes to give you a more defined looking face. Hello, cheekbones. Another reason why a good highlighter and contouring palette is great for busy people: Both shades can easily double up as eyeshadow! Whether in powder format or cream or stick like Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix, highlighting and contouring makeup will make your skin glow and your face more camera-ready.
Scent transports you. It announces you before you arrive and lingers after you’ve left. These days, it’s hard to be loyal to a single fragrance and call it your signature scent, but spritzing on a classic, feminine fragrance always completes your outfit. Favourites include Yves Saint Laurent Beaute’s Opium, Chloe by Chloe, and anything from Hermes or Chanel.
If you haven’t already tried this makeup applicator tool, it’s worth knowing that some fans love it so much they use separate ones to apply their skincare and sunscreens. It basically gets any creams or lotions onto skin super evenly and is a godsend for liquid foundation users. Just use it to dot the product all over your face then with a combination of patting and swiping with the Beauty Blender, it gets the job of blending done leaving you with flawless finish in a jiffy.