I love trying new products and I’m constantly on the hunt to find a product which is even better than my current favourite. I also enjoy trying to find new products to make my routine better, easier and more foolproof. Further to this, makeup is a hobby which I find therapeutic and calming, and the enjoyment I get from it has meant I’ve developed quite an extensive collection of products for somebody who isn’t a makeup artist and I really want to share which items are my favourites and that I think will be loved by others too. A lot of makeup isn’t actually that good, and so there’s a huge potential for people to waste their money from buying into a brand name or hype/trend. Over the past month I’ve been trying some new products, and luckily I’ve really liked all that I’ve tried, and today I want to share with you three which have particularly stood out, which might help you decide what to buy for yourself or what direction you should be looking in to find the best product to suit your preferences!
CHARLOTTE TILBURY ‘SPOTLIGHT’ BEAUTY LIGHT WAND
My skin’s exceptionally sensitive to liquid and cream products, such as moisturisers and foundation (concealer seems to be an exception), so I’ve always been wary of trying liquid highlighters and for years I’ve religiously stuck to powders. In saying that though, my skin had been relatively settled for a long time, so I decided to bite the bullet and buy the Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light Wand liquid highlighter in the shade Spotlight. I’m a huge lover of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, and I’m also a huge fan of her Filmstar Bronze & Glow sculpting and highlighter palette as the bronzing shade is suitable even for my fair complexion, and I’d never heard a bad review about her liquid highlighter. When I first applied it in natural light, I was really pleased and I remember thinking “aw, that’s really pretty and subtle!”. Oh, how wrong was I.
In my bathroom lights, this highlighter is intense! Amazing and lovely, but definitely intense. It might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I love it, and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t light intense, in your face, highlighters. It was exceptionally easy to apply and didn’t disturb my foundation underneath. The best way I’ve found to apply this to make the application look beautifully blended is with the 195 Sculpting Bronzer brush by Fenty Beauty – while this is named as a bronzing brush, it’s perfect for lightly buffing in liquid highlighter to give it a seamless blend on the skin. I’m so glad I found this product and it’s a great alternative to standard powder highlighters to achieve a high shine glow.
NARS ‘SWING’ VELVET LIP GLIDE
I have a habit of not wearing lipstick day-to-day because there is nothing that bothers me more when it comes to makeup than when it looks “obvious”. Clearly, you’re going to be able to see whether somebody has got makeup on or not, but there’s a way of applying it in a way where it doesn’t look sloppily placed or unflattering. Lots of lipsticks have an ability to look paste-like or emphasises lines and dryness that you can’t see at all when the lips are bare, and so I’ve built my own collection of favourites which all have beautiful formulas. The NARS Velvet Lip Glide has quickly become one of my go-to lip products. The non-sticky gloss-like formula is foolproof and I can quickly apply it with no worries – it hydrates my lips, gives instant pigmentation and doesn’t emphasise any lines or texture. Even though this product isn’t longwearing, it is by far one of my favourites, and I’ll recommend this to anybody who loves a glossy lip! The shade Swing is a nude-rose that is a ‘your lips but better’ kind of shade, but the shade-range on the Nars website is amazing! I really want to try the shades Stripped (a light nude), Xenon (a dusty mauve) and Bound (a rosy pink).
LAURA MERCIER FLAWLESS FUSION ULTRA-LONGWEAR CONCEALER
As I mentioned before, I have very sensitive skin, and on top of that I have a lot of grainy texture as well, and so my base routine is really important to get right. For over a year I’ve used the Nars Radiant Creamy concealer day in day out (in the shade Chantilly), and even though it’s really good and it’ll continue to be one of my favourites, it does run out very quickly considering the price and it isn’t quite as smooth on the skin as I’d like.
From listening to countless makeup related videos, I heard Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic (famously known as Makeup by Mario) talk about how much he loves the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear concealer. I already had the concealer in the shade 1C, which is a perfect peachy shade for under my eyes – however, it wasn’t suitable for covering unwanted pinkness or spots on the rest of my face, and the other shades I believed Laura Mercier had were way too dark for me. A few weeks ago, I decided to see if the shade range had expanded, and to my delight it had been, both for lighter complexions and darker ones too! So I decided to pick up the shade 0.5N from Cult Beauty, and I don’t feel as though I’m going to be able to express how amazing this concealer is. Not only does it not emphasise my skin’s texture, but it gives my skin an amazing satin finish, which hardly requires any powder to set it in place. I was, and still am, astounded at how good this concealer is. What’s more – even though the it’s slightly more expensive than the NARS concealer, the product lasts for a lot longer and it’s really easy to scrap the sides of the tube to get the last little bit out.