Nothing compares to the confidence boost you get from a good makeup day. From the go-to lipstick you dab on before a meeting to the complexion product that magically makes your skin look bomb, makeup has proven to be any lady’s secret for instant confidence. But it’s quite a journey finding your perfect match. But we say you need not look further: Here are the best makeup picks nominated at Clozette Beauty Awards 2020 that will boost your self-esteem.
Before applying any foundation, concealer or BB cream, we need to prep the skin with a good pore-minimising primer. If you prefer a soft and silky canvas, Benefit Cosmetics’ The POREfessional Face Primer has a lightweight and translucent formula that minimises pores and fine lines. We also have the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer that diffuses pores and helps your foundation last longer.
If you don’t like the heavy feeling of complexion products, then a weightless primer like the Hourglass Cosmetics Veil™ Mineral Primer is ideal. It has broad-spectrum SPF15 too. While we’re speaking of skincare benefits, the affordable Milani Cosmetics Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer is a vitamin-enriched, oil-free primer that also has hydrating perks for dry skin. For gals who like a completely matte base, you can consider Laura Mercier’s Pure Canvas Primer Blurring that gives the skin a soft-focus and mattifying effect.
Now that our skin’s all prepped and primed, it’s on to the base makeup. A flawless complexion can certainly boost your confidence. If you want an IG-worthy makeup look that lasts all day, look to the Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup that offers medium to full coverage. Looking for a more full-coverage base? Giorgio Armani’s Beauty Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation is a good option.
However, there are some ladies who prefer to spot conceal rather than wear foundation. We have nominees for that too. First up, the customisable Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer with its two highly pigmented cream shades. We also have the crease-proof Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer for those who like a buildable medium-to-high luminous coverage. Finally, the heavy-duty Tarte™ Shape Tape Concealer has a full-coverage matte texture that you can use as a contour and concealer.
In any makeup look, we can’t forget about the brows. Look to the Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW® Pomade for a crisp, bold brow. If you prefer drawing precise, hair-like strokes, then you’d like the thin tip of the Benefit Cosmetics Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil. Brow hairs need a little taming? The Glossier Boy Brow is one to try.
If you find yourself switching between pencil and powder for your eyebrows, you can get both from the K-Palette Real Lasting 3-Way Eyebrow Pencil. As for a long-lasting natural brow look, go for the Shu Uemura Hard Formula that can be sharpened to preference.
As a finishing touch to your look, here are five fun picks. For a matte lipstick with hydrating ingredients, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick is a crowd-pleaser. As for a plump, glossy pout, turn to the Dior Addict Lip Maximizer. The matte-balm hybrid formula of MAC Cosmetics’ Powder Kiss Lipstick adds a plush, soft-focus matte tinge to the lips. During days when you'd prefer a weightlessly lush lip, the Revlon Kiss™ Cushion Lip Tint delivers a moisturising swash of colour. Finally, pick up the water-enriched YSL Beauty Rouge Pur Couture Vernis À Lèvres Water Stain for a comfortable, non-sticky, high-shine finish.
Which of these are your faves? Don't forget to vote for them at the Clozette Beauty Awards 2020.
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