This year I fell back in love with makeup. I didn’t wear much in 2017 - which was liberating. But 2018 offered so many wonderful new products and people to be inspired by.
Here are my top Eye, Cheek & Lip favourites of the year!
Left to Right:
& Other Stories Eyebrow Powder in Fawn - I grabbed this from the clearance section of & other stories while in L.A. because it’s my favourite shade of eyeSHADOW. It’s too warn and light for me as a brow product, but for my lids it’s my FAVOURITE tone. I’ll use this alone all over the lid and add dimension. It blends out beautifully and is well pigmented. A perfect warm brown :)
Glossier Cloud Paints in Dusk & Dawn - Cloud paints were a discovery from 2017, but they launched 2 new colours this year. One of them being Dawn: “A sunny coral”. It’s so pigmented that the tiniest amount is needed on fair skin.
This combination in particular is one of my favourites: I take 2 parts Dusk (a brownish nude) & 1 Part Dawn, mix them together to create a beautiful terracotta colour for my cheeks, eyes and lips.
Ilia Beauty Multi stick in At Last - The Ilia Multi sticks are some of my favourite blushes all year round for all skin types. At Last is a muted dusty rose. I usually gravitate towards warm cheek tones but this is a universally flattering colour. It’s creamy but dries down to a satin finish. Super easy to blend in with your fingers and can be used on cheeks and eyes as well.
Nars Ignited Eyeshadow Palette - Okay, I had a $25 off voucher at Sephora recently and decided to use it on this palette as I wouldn’t normally spend $75 on 12 eyeshadows. I didn’t want to miss out on this palette either - and I’m glad I didn’t! Hooooooly crap, Nars is killing it. These shadows are so easy to use. You only need the tiniest amount on your brush. I love the matte shades selection on they’re own or with a touch of the sparkle toppers. Any combination you decide to use from this palette is going to look beautiful. In my opinion, that makes a great palette - when you don’t have to overthink your look.
MAC Eye Khol in Costa Riche - After many years, I’m having a love affair with MAC again. This eye khol has impressed me so much, I even wore it on my wedding day. I usually have a huge problem with mascara and liner smearing on me. This pencil doesn’t. It’s a beautiful warm, rich chocolate brown. It’s creamy enough to soften lines, but sets so well!
Glossier Boy Brow - Another discovery from last year, but I swear i’ve used this every day in 2018 - making it a favourite. Either used on its own or overtop of brow pencil to set. Personally, I love it on its own. I can create my desired shape, while filling in sparse spots at the same time. The best brow product for full, fluffy brows.
Flesh Beauty Eye & Cheek Gloss in Fleshpot - Snagged this from Ulta while in L.A. because it looked so beautiful and figured I couldn’t go wrong. It creates such a beautiful glossy eyelid, either worn on its own or overtop of your favourite shadow; On top of the cheekbones for a little extra cheek shine looks insanely beautiful as well. However, the real reason it’s my favourite is because it feels and looks so incredible on the lips. Add the tiniest bit of a shimmer, while looking natural. It’s very soothing too! There’s just something about it.
Gucci Eye Precision Liner - Sometimes you can get lucky at Winners. In this case, I did. Again, I have a hard time finding liners and mascaras that don’t smudge on me. This Gucci liner is legit. And it’s the blackest black too! So easy to create a perfect graphic black line that won’t smudge. A+
Cover FX Shimmer Veil in Amethyst - People need to give Cover FX more credit. They’re Vegan, Cruelty free, No mineral oil, no parabens and gluten free. This is important to many people. They’re mainly a complexion brand but this year branched out into eyes. Shimmer Veils are made specifically for wear on the eyes because they’re safe, and don’t crease! Once they set, it’s set. That’s why they are perfect for bridal looks.
This shade is in Amethyst and is a cool pinkish-purple. Sort of a modern 80’s vibe. You can wear it alone or on top of shadows. It’s great!