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The Makeup Class of 2016: Face

9 January 2017

Makeup is something I tend to be fickle with, so it's sometimes hard to narrow down my absolute favourites. Even when I do find a product I love, I can't help but think about all the other fish in the sea. Despite my fickleness, the products shown here are ones that I've found myself always going back to. They're old faithfuls—trusty and reliable. Maybe I'd even be OK if these things were all I owned for my base and cheeks. Maybe.  


Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
I have a wardrobe of primers but the one I used the most this year was (surprisingly!) an oldie. I find the Hourglass Veil to be a great all-rounder that smooths and mattifies the skin without being thick or having an overly silicone feel. To be honest, I've never been able to tell if a primer (including this one) extends the wear of my makeup, but in terms of something that prepares my skin for foundation, I like how this Hourglass one works.


The Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation
So I don't do light coverage bases, but apparently I do this one from The Body Shop. I love how this looks on the skin. It has a natural luminous/satin finish and is one of the few foundations I've come across that doesn't cling to my dry patches. I have lots of foundations with higher coverage than this but none have a finish as beautiful as this one. If I had fewer imperfections, this guy would be all I'd need. 

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops
Not exactly a foundation, but a foundation game-changer. I used this so much throughout the year to add coverage to existing foundations or to darken up ones that were too light for my skin tone. Unlike a lot of shade-adjusting drops, this one doesn't seem to affect the consistency or formula of the foundation it's being mixed with. A genius launch in 2016.


Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener
I do love a natural look under my eyes and I find that this peachy brightening corrector does the trick. It doesn't really settle into all my fine lines (a pet peeve of mine), and while it doesn't have the best coverage, it brightens just enough that you look more awake for using it.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I've had this concealer for yonks, but 2016 was the first year that I started using it consistently. Everyone talks about how good this is for an affordable concealer and I can finally see why! It's creamy but thin, which means it spreads and blends easily. It has the right amount of luminosity to it, too. It makes you look healthy, not greasy. I'll be repurchasing for sure. 

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Ah, the ever-so-raved-about NARS concealer. I used to love this stuff, so much so that I bought a second tube after finishing the first. I realised how cakey and dry it looked, though, so I never used up the second tube. When I dug this out of my collection a few months ago, I was expecting to feel the same as when I had last used it, but interestingly, I've come full circle with it! It's creamy and has great coverage and does have a radiance to it, like the name says. I don't know why I've had such mixed feelings on it but I'm now back on the NARS train: a one way ticket, perhaps.


IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder
This was my translucent powder of choice in 2016. I don't notice a massive pore-minimising effect but I do like that it mattifies without looking heavy on the skin. It also lasts a decent amount of time and doesn't come off easily when I sweat (which is often, unfortunately). Since I ran out of my Hourglass primer, I've been using this powder as a primer of sorts. After I've applied sunscreen, I lightly dust this over the face to take down the shine, and then do another light dusting to set my foundation. I've yet to try the oh-so-famous Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Powder so I don't know how it compares to that, but I've been really happy with my IT Cosmetics one.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder
Charlotte Tilbury gets a lot of hype but I think a lot of it is for good reason. This powder is amazing. Seriously, seriously amazing. If, like the name of the powder, you're interested in looking airbrushed AND flawless, you have to try this. My only gripe about this is that unlike the IT Cosmetics powder, this one doesn't last through humid weather. You (AKA, I) just end up looking like a hot mess. I've retired it for now because we're in the midst of summer at the moment in Australia, but you can bet that I'll be cracking this powder back out when the weather cools down. Still one of my favourite purchases of the year, and worth every dollar.


Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder Modern Mercury Highlighter
Last year, I realised that I have a soft spot for rosy highlighters. Forget the typical champagne, golden shades that are often touted as flattering for my skin tone; rosy's where it's at. I love the formula of this gelee-type powder. It applies smoothly on the skin and doesn't accentuate my texture too much. It has an amazing iridescence to it and can be built up to look wet on the skin, or kept fairly subtle. I was a bit taken aback by the price at first, but it's become my favourite highlighter in my collection.

ColourPop Most Necessary SuperShock Highlighter
I used this highlighter constantly during the first half of the year. On my skin tone, it's more of a blush topper, but it makes a beautiful one at that. It's a peachy/rosy/orangey tone that looks super summery and fresh on tanned skin. The ColourPop SuperShock formula is a bit tricky to get your head around at first, but I found that gently swirling my ring finger in the product and lightly dabbing on the apples of my cheeks worked a treat.


Milani Luminoso Baked Blush
A similar colour to ColourPop Most Necessary, if you like warm, peachy/rosy/orangey cheeks, you need this cult favourite in your life. It's not just the colour I love, though. The formula is wonderful in its own right. It gives you the most amazing sheen without being glittery or obvious or overdone. If I could only keep one blush, it might be this one. I just look so alive when I wear this. I'm considering buying more Milani Baked Blushes but none of them call my name like Luminoso does. This will forever be one of my favourites.

Marc Jacobs Flesh & Fantasy Air Blush
For a slightly more subtle option, the Marc Jacobs Air Blushes are worth checking out. Flesh & Fantasy is an awesome mauvey nude tone that still shows up on my medium/tanned skin. These blushes are powdery (in that they have kick-up) but they don't look powdery on the cheeks. The formula is incredibly smooth and forgiving on the skin, and perfect if you like something a bit more refined. The configuring of the blush colour and the highlight makes it so that you can dip your brush into more of either depending on what look you're going for that way. It's goof proof.

Stay tuned for the second part of my 2016 favourites which will look at eye and lip products!
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