I am fully aware it’s nearly the end of January, BUT if anything can brighten up this dreadful weather, it’s makeup.
So, considering I haven’t posted about beauty in a while, I thought I’d pin down my absolute favourite products from 2017. Without meaning to be a bad influence, I kinda think you should buy all of it…
BEST PRIMER: Stila One Step Prime, £24
This primer is amazing for dry skin, doubling as a smooth base before foundation and an added layer of moisturiser. It’s so soft and lovely to apply, and I have noticed it extending the wear time of my foundation too. It’s nearly running out and I think I might cry!
BEST FOUNDATION: Bourjois Healthy Mix, £9.99
I have found loads of foundations I’ve loved this year; I became obsessed with the BareMinerals Bare Pro, The Ordinary Full Coverage and Too Faced Born This Way at various different points. But the one I’ve returned to throughout the whole year is this absolute bargain foundation. It’s the perfect formula for dry skin – dewy and hydrating yet still with a good amount of coverage – and it doesn’t oxidise and darken like other drugstore foundations often do.
BEST CONCEALER: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, £22
If you get me started talking about makeup, it won’t be long before I mention this absolute hero product. It’s so full coverage that I use it before my foundation, and after putting it under my eyes and covering any blemishes, I often don’t bother with foundation at all. It doesn’t crease up or look cakey on my dry skin, and the applicator is so large and easy to use. It’s a cult favourite for a reason and I’m on my fourth tube! #CantStopWontStop
BEST POWDER: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, £29
I got this for Christmas 2016, and I haven’t been able to put it down since. If you’re new to the powder game, loose powders are great for setting makeup when you have dry skin because they’re generally softer and more finely milled, so they won’t show up as much on your skin and settle on your dry patches. And this really is the best – it genuinely is translucent, makes my skin look smooth and keeps my makeup lasting all day long.
While Benefit’s Hoola will always have my heart as a contour powder, this one stole the show in 2017 due to its easy breezy glowing-from-within vibes. It is the perfect colour of bronze for me that looks like a natural tan when I’m at my palest, and the subtle hints of shimmer make me look super-sunkissed even when it’s December and I’ve not seen real sunlight for months.
BEST BLUSH: MAC Powder Blush in ‘Melba’, £19.50
I’ve had this for a while, but I’m not kidding when I say I used this blush 90% of the times I did my makeup in 2017. Instead of rummaging through my blushers for something that would work, I could guarantee this peachy matte pink would go with everything. I’ve used it so many times and it still doesn’t even have a dent in it, so it’s amazing value for money!
BEST HIGHLIGHTER: Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in ‘Sunlight’, £34
My all-time favourite highlighter is Becca’s Champagne Pop, but as I’ve had that for a few years I had to give a shout-out to these miracle drops. They are so metallic and, when blended on to the tops of the cheekbones with a beauty blender straight after foundation, make the skin look so radiant and dewy. I love applying powder highlights on top to give it that extra pop, and I always get compliments. It is just amazing.
BEST BROW PRODUCT: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer, £24
I flat-out refuse to use anything else on my brows. The angled pencil makes it so easy to fill in every part of the brow, it’s pigmented but not too much that you can’t build it up, and it has a super useful spoolie on the other end. I know lots of brands have made copies but you really can’t beat the original! I use the shade ‘chocolate’ and must be on my sixth one now.
BEST EYESHADOW: Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette, £37
I have tried out quite a few new eyeshadow palettes this year, but this one really can’t be beaten. For starters, the array of colours is simply perfection. You’ve got nudes, rich warm browns and reds, darker shades for the outer corners and a few pops of colour that you can realistically work into a look for a night out. I’ve used Morphe eyeshadows before, but these ones are even more blendable, pigmented and soft to apply. Say what you want about Jaclyn Hill, every time she collaborates on a product it ends up being incredible.
BEST EYELINER: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, £14.50
When it comes to makeup, I’m fairly confident in my abilities. Except, that is, when it comes to liquid eyeliner. I’m terrible at getting a straight line, or equal wings. But with this liner, I have come as close to perfect as I am ever going to get. The brush is so thin and pointed, but also quite soft, making eyeliner flicks a breeze. It really does stay all day and is totally waterproof, so you can cry in the club over a fuckboy and your eyeliner will still be on fleek.
BEST MASCARA: Diego Dalla Palma Mascara Tube, £17.50
2017 was the year I discovered tubing mascara. If you don’t already know, they’re mascaras that dry down into ‘tubes’ around your eyelashes, which you can wash off with water alone and they don’t run or dribble but come off in flakes. This means they’re perfect if you have watery or sensitive eyes (like me) and are fed up of having panda eyes within a few hours. This one is the best I’ve found – it gives just the amount of volume you’d want, and you can still build it up (which is often where tubing mascaras get a bad wrap because they can be hard to layer). I can’t see myself going back to normal mascaras anytime soon.
BEST NUDE LIPSTICK: MAC Viva Glam II, £16.50
I’m a nude lipstick hoarder, so it wasn’t easy choosing this one. I’ve loved so many over the past year – Charlotte Tilbury’s Kim K and Lipstick Queen’s Nothing But The Nudes collection were very close runner-ups. But I had to choose the lippie I grab if I have no idea what else to wear, if I want something that just looks a little bit more ‘done’ but goes with everything – and works brilliantly underneath lip glosses. MAC satin lipsticks are my absolute favourite and this colour is perfect.
BEST BOLD LIPSTICK: Clinique Pop Matte in ‘Ruby Pop’, £16.50
If you told me a year ago that my favourite bold lip colour would be an orange-toned red, I wouldn’t have believed you. I always thought these tones didn’t suit me, but I’ve recently realised this shade suits everyone. The colour is so vibrant and stays on so amazingly well, and the slight orange undertone makes it the perfect summer red, but it’s also gorgeous for a Christmas party. The only bold lip you’ll ever need.
Before last year, I absolutely HATED lip-gloss, misjudging them as sticky and too sparkly. That was until I discovered this one – the smoothest, creamiest, yet wettest-looking gloss you’ll ever find. I hate the kind of ‘plumping’ lip-glosses that tingle, but this one has a very mild minty taste which is both delicious and plumping at the same time. This shade is the perfect nude for an everyday look, but I also feel super-glamorous pairing it with some falsies and winged liner. You can wear it on its own, or on top of pretty much any lipstick. I’m obsessed.