Everybody and their moms have done their 2016 makeup favourites. You all must be absolutely sick of them. Ah, sounds like the perfect time to do mine. Yes friends, I am stylishly late to the party, but I have arrived nonetheless. I’ve warn more makeup this year than ever before in my life, what with this working at Sephora business, so I wanted to make sure I got my two cents in. Let’s do this thing as sexily as we can manage, and by that I mean categorically… because organization is always sexy.
Single Eyeshadows: Colourpop Super Shock Eye Shadows (I Heart This, Mittens, Wattles)
There’s certainly some cross over from last years picks and these babies are no exception. The formula still rocks my socks. They’re intensely pigmented and they stay on like crazy. Truly, they’re something to behold.
Eyeshadow Palette: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette
I’ve come into possession of a fair few palettes this year – some Urban Decay, Modern Renaissance, Tartelette in Bloom, etc – but I still come back to this. It’s got a beautiful selection of warn neutrals and the shadows are so easy to blend and build nicely in pigmentation.
Pencil Liner: Marc Jacobs High Liner
There are a lot of fantastic high end and drugstore pencils out there that I love working with. It was hard to pick one. However, when I thought about it, it had to be Marc Jacobs, simply because I’ve never come across a pencil liner that is so damn long lasting, particularly in the waterline.
Liquid Liner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
I tried going without one of these for a few months and my liner game was all out of whack. Coming back to it made my life so much easier. Oh baby, I won’t ever leave you again. The pigmentation, the flexible tip, the fine point – it’s all excellent.
Glitter: Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy
While I fell hard for Lit Glitter this year, I fell even harder for Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy. Both formulas are stunning, but Urban Decay’s option is that much more user friendly. You don’t have to mix it with a base and you get it all in one simple package. I also think the colour of Midnight Cowboy is perfect. It’s gold, but without any harsh brassiness.
Mascara: Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash
This mascara looks like nothing at first glance, but I was tickled with the results. It gives loads of length and separation (not a huge amount of volume if that’s what you’re looking for) and best of all it doesn’t smudge. And I mean that because I am the smudgiest beast alive.
Brow Product: Tony Moly Eyebrow Pen
Yes I still love the Anastasia Brow Wiz to bits, but I’ve also been enjoying the micro-blading technique quite a bit this year, and this brow pen is perfect for the job. It’s got a super fine tip that lets you draw in hair strokes and the colour (dark brown) is much ashier than a lot of the brow pens I’ve seen on the market.
Highlight: Sleek Solstice Palette
I know, boring, everyone has talked about it. It’s a super intense highlighter for a great price. That’s pretty much what it boils down to. Note that pretty well every colour is lighter on the skin than it looks in the pan.
Foundation: NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
I’ve tried so many foundations this year and I really wanted to pick something different than last year, but I just couldn’t. Nothing compares to the NARS Tinted Moisturizer. It doesn’t break up on my skin and it stays looking natural and radiant throughout the day. It provides more coverage than your average tinted moisturizer or BB, but it still feels very lightweight.
Concealer: YSL Touche Eclat
For blemishes I either use the Laura Mercier Secret Camo or the NARS Creamy Concealer, but that’s nothing new. What has been new this year is the Touch Eclat Concealer. While I’m not blown away by it, I oddly still find myself constantly coming back to it. It does a nice job of brightening things up and it doesn’t crease under my eyes. I’ve sort of confusedly and reluctantly picked it as a favourite. Oh, and yes, I do own the Tarte Shape Tape and I didn’t pick it as my favourite. Sacrilege.
Bronzer: Perricone MD No Bronzer Bronzer
Easy pick! This liquid bronzer blends seamlessly into the skin and has a beautiful undertone. It’s hard to go back to powder bronzer after using this.
Nude Lip: Kiko Kiss Balm in Cherry
I wore this the other day at work, with a very bright, glowy complexion and my friends kept staring at my face, telling me how much they loved my makeup. Ladies, ladies, simmer down, there’s enough to go around. But I really think this lip is part of it. It’s such an easy to wear fresh colour. Sheer, cool toned pinks are the name of the game.
Bold Lip: Bite Amuse Bouche in Beetroot
If you haven’t seen this bad boy, head straight into Sephora and swatch it. It’s the most incredible rich, delicious colour you’ll ever see. The pigmentation is off the charts and the formula is a very comfortable cream finish.
Gloss: Marc Jacobs Lip Gloss in Moonglow
The Marc Jacobs glosses are really lovely all around. They’re high shine and not overly sticky. The pigmentation level is neither too strong or too weak and they smell lovely and fresh, of peppermint. I especially like the shade moonglow for a soft nude effect on the lips.
Perfume: Atelier Cologne Bergamote Soleil
I’m not about musk or sweetness, so if that’s your jam when it comes to frangrance, then I’ll be no good to you. Instead, I love a good fresh perfume. I still cherish my Jo Malone Blackberry and Bay, but this year I couldn’t stop reaching for the Bergamote Soliel. It’s vibrant, tangy and smells of joy.