by Pagepink’s Stylemaker Janice Mok
It’s a new year! And a new year means it’s time to give your makeup stash a cleanout and shape up! As a makeup artist, there have been countless incidents when clients asked me about my favourite makeup products. Some of my go-to holy grail products have not waivered in years, but occasionally, there are some new kids on the block that really change the game. Here is my list of 8 items; some of them old, some of them new, but all that I love.
Lancome Effacernes Longue Tenue (Long-Lasting Softening Concealer)
Light and perfect for covering up undereye dark circles (source)
This little gem is perfect for undereye dark circles. Pigmented enough to cover up, yet light enough not to sit within the crevices of fine lines. It has great lasting power, and a little goes a long way. The packaging in a tube is much more sanitary than concealers in a stick or tub. When using it as undereye concealer, I recommend to go one shade lighter than your foundation. If using as a spot concealer, choose the shade closest to your skintone.
Dior Addict Lip Glow
Tints lips a natural, translucent pink for all skin tones (source)
Hands down, the top seller in Dior for years, is the infamous Lip Glow. Use it as a nourishing lip balm to prep your lips for lipstick, or even wear it on its own. It gives the softest, most natural translucent pink shade for every skin tone. A must have for your purse while you’re on the go.
NYX Butt Naked Palette
15 shades, 4 blush, 3 illuminating powders – what more can a girl ask for (source)
NYX Cosmetics has been gaining credibility not just with professional makeup artists, but also with the regular Jane. Their affordability is balanced with quality and variety, which makes it quite irresistible. Particularly, their go-to products include their wide range of eyeshadow colours.
The Butt Naked Palette is great with all the neutral shades that every girl needs. 15 shades from light to dark, matte and satin, ensure you can create a day to night look easily. Paired with four blush, and 3 illuminating powders, it’s really power packed for a medium sized palette.
A classic favourite – blendable, lasting and soft (source)
When you think of blush, none compares to NARS. This classic favourite is blendable, soft and lasts. The infamous shade “Orgasmâ€ is owned by thousands across the globe, lending its glowing flush to many. Here are some guiding principles on how to select the best shade for you. If you are fair skinned, go for a sweet pink such as Angelika to bring out the fairness. Medium to tan skinned ladies should try peachy, coral tones such as the classic Orgasm; otherwise you risk looking ashy with pink shades. Dark skinned ladies can try deep mauves such as Dolce Vita.
Multipurpose, light and radiant (source)
These pearls of light have been around since the 80s, and are still one of the best powders I know of. They are so finely milled that they form a truly invisible veil that is light and radiant. They come in four shades, and is multipurpose. It acts as a setting powder over foundation or concealer if usedÂ a shade close to your skin tone, giving a glow rather than a dull matte finish. As an illuminating powder for highlighting, use a lighter shade, or apply the darkest shade as a blush or contour colour.
Impeccably finished in 24K gold plated casing, and absolutely soft (source)
If you value craftsmanship and pure luxury, you will love Hakuhodo. I still remember the pure awe I feltÂ the first time one of these brushes glided across my cheek; the softness just blew my mind! Try their blue squirrel bristles in the Vermillion Brush Range, which are impeccably finished in 24K gold plated casing. It is worth every penny! Check their website occasionally to find out when they will next be in Singapore for their pop-up store.
Makeup Forever Aqua Brow Kit
Gone are the days ofÂ eyebrows with blurred linesÂ (source)
Eyebrow makeup is making yet another revolutionary turn. Gone are the days that you use pencils and powders for your brows. Pigmented gels and pomades are the way to go now. Eyebrows with blurred lines are now a thing of the past as you achieve precision with the MUFE Aqua Brow Kit. It does need a little getting used to, but the result is worth it. As a rule of thumb, select a colour 1 to 2 shades lighter than your hair colour so you don’t end up looking like Bert from Sesame Street.
Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof (Long-Lasting Eyeliner)
Glides along the skin smoothly, and dries to a smudge proof finish (source)
Eyeliners are a must have in every makeup kit. It can define, correct, and transform your eyes to create a variety of looks. Use this Chanel eyeliner to achieve a thin line of definition, or even smudge it after application to get a soft smoky look. It’s perfect for lining the waterline as it glides along your skin without pulling it, and dries to a smudge proof finish.
JaniceÂ is a freelance professional makeup and hairstylist,Â who is also theÂ founder of Haute Makeup. Her interest in beauty stems from the belief that a little makeup never fails to give a boost of confidence to any lady. Occasionally, you might see her styling tresses at Chanel, or even emceeing makeup shows for Dior.Â