People always ask me what the best makeup products are and what do I repurchase. I thought I’d put together a list of my top 10 favorite makeup products that I simply can’t live without. Despite everything I purchase and experiment with, this the makeup that I use on a regular basis and always have on my vanity. And when I’m traveling? These are things that always go with me!
The 10 Best Makeup Products
The Magic Foundation from Charlotte Tilbury is my favorite foundation but no matter what foundation I’m wearing, I always mix it with Flawless Filter before applying it to my skin. I love the radiant finish it gives without going over the top, making me look too dewy, or unnatural. Flawless Filter is perfection and truly gives skin a flawless finish.
TIP: One VERY important thing to note is on many people, Flawless Filter will oxidize a bit. Choose a shade that is lighter than what you would normally use. I wear the Magic Foundation in Shade 6 and have Flawless Filter in shades 1 and 3.
This product is new to my makeup collection but I fell in love with it instantly! Now, I want all the Instant Look in A Palette combinations. This one has been hit or miss for a lot of reviewers but I’m in love it for several reasons. First, these are ideal for travel and the blush shades are beautiful! Second, all the shades coordinate and can be used to create a beautiful eye look (including the blush and highlight). I also love the highlighter in this palette. This is the Smokey Palette but there are several others that I imagine are equally as beautiful.
I don’t use makeup primers often but this year I discovered Tatcha Silk Canvas. I can’t put this down! When I’m wearing this under foundation, my skin is flawless. It hides pores and other imperfections and makeup goes on more evenly with this as a base. A big benefit of this product is the protective barrier it creates between makeup and your skin. It helps to prevent clogged pores that can lead to breakouts. Tatcha has also incorporated anti-aging ingredients including green tea, and algae to help restore skin and radiance.
I’ve probably tried every concealer on the market because I’m obsessed with the skin under my eyes. This is the best concealer I’ve ever used. There are a few others that I really like but nothing has beat the results I get from this concealer. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer doesn’t just perfect the under eye area, it offers long-term benefits to improve skin resilience and increase hydration. The formula contains vitamin E, magnolia bark extract, and grapeseed oil. The beneficial ingredients also help to reduce the appearance of redness. I can’t live without this concealer!
I’ve never been disappointed by a Tom Ford product, especially the lipsticks! The luminosity and finish of the Tom Ford Lipsticks are amazing! It’s hard to find a nude lipstick that isn’t too peach or pink. Leave it to Tom Ford to create the perfect one! Spanish Pink is the ideal pink nude shade. Regardless of your skin tone, this shade finishes off any look with the most beautiful glow! Don’t bother trying the dupes because none of them have the same luminosity, saturated color, or exotic ingredients used in Tom Ford Lipsticks. These are long wearing and truly one of a kind! Worth every cent! I am obsessed with this shade and when I’m not sure what to wear, I just reach for this one and I love it every single time!
Another must-have is the Tom Ford Eye Quad in Cocoa Mirage. I could survive with this palette alone. The only thing I need anything else for is a pop of color. This palette has three neutral matte shades and one brown satin. Each shade blends out perfectly and I feel like the formula is different with the eyeshadows in this palette. I will use this palette with every eyeshadow look I create. The colors literally blend themselves. You don’t even need a great brush (although that makes the experience even better). The colors are pigmented, long-wearing, perfect neutral shades, and blend effortlessly. Not every Tom Ford eyeshadow applies like these but whatever they did with Cocoa Mirage is positively magical.
Givenchy has various shades of this powder and I own every one for light and medium skin! I use this as a finishing powder and it transforms my makeup. I am not a huge fan of translucent powder to set my foundation, I find a light dusting of MAC Studio Fix or Mineralized Powder works best for me. Once all my makeup is on, I use a super soft blue squirrel brush to dust this all over my face and the finish is absolutely flawless.
If I had to pick a favorite shade, it would be Taffetas Beige. The color combinations in all the Givenchy Prisme Libre powders even out the appearance of skin tone, enhance radiance and provide a matte finish. The formula and the pigments are treated with an exclusive process that creates a perfectly uniform and natural-looking result.
One of the things I loved about the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner was the brush applicator. However, I discussed why the Kat Von D product is a huge fail in a previous article. What a piece of crap that liner truly is! I was so happy to discover a great liquid eyeliner. The Tom Ford Liquid Liner trumps all others. It has a brush tip applicator on one end that continuously works (unlike the Kat Von D one which WILL crap out on you) and the other end is a fine felt tip. The liner is jet black and it lasts all day with no fade. What I love the most is the precision line you can create with either tip of this pen. It’s just unbeatable. Once I got my hands on this liner, I threw away all the others I had. While it’s more expensive, I only have to buy one now. I used to buy several because I was continuously disappointed or looking for something a little better than what I had. This one is simply the best!
Setting under eye makeup was always a problem for me until I discovered Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder. Many translucent setting powders or high definition powders will introduce flashback (you’ve probably seen the makeup malfunction photos on the red carpet with this problem). This powder doesn’t create any flashback. It sets the undereye makeup without ever creasing, looking cakey, or chalky. Also, if you compare it to other powders you use to set your undereye products, you’ll be able to see how this offers a subtle brightening effect. A little goes a long way. I’ve found the jar will last me about two years!
I struggled for a long time to conceal dark circles under my eyes until I discovered the Lancome Color Corrector. I use the peach (orange-red) but they also make a red shade for darker skin. Other shades are available to conceal redness, brighten, and highlight. These Lancome products are highly pigmented and this lends to their effectiveness. Plus, a tiny amount goes a long way. This corrector is thick but it doesn’t sit on top of the skin, it blends out well. I’ve found it to the best at hiding the blue tinge from dark under eye circles.
I hope this list helps you discover new makeup products that will work for you! Always keep in mind (at least in the United States), most stores like Nordstrom, Sephora, Ulta, and other large retailers will let you return a product even if you opened it and tested it.
What are some of your absolute holy grail makeup products? If you have some amazing to share, please leave it in the comments below. I’m sure others will love to hear your thoughts!
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