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Best of Beauty – Episode 5

A concealer that contours and a highlighter that you can mix into your favourite sunscreen? Welcome to the future of makeup, my friend.

So many beauty products, so little time and skin surface to test them all. Every month, we suss out the best products in the beauty business, whether its makeup, skincare, fragrances or hair care, so that you can build up your own arsenal of beauty must-haves in no time. Some of it are brand new releases, others are cult classics. Finding the best products that work for you is all about trial and error, and we’re here to quicken the process and lessen the pain. And if you have any doubts, cast your worries aside – all of the recommendations have been tried and tested by yours truly. Onward to Episode 5 of our “Best of Beauty” series! (We’d love to hear about YOUR all-time favourite beauty products too – just leave in the comments below.)


1. Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
When one is not blessed with flawless skin, a good concealer is crucial. We’re not kidding when we say that this not-so-little charmer from Tarte is one of the best on the shelves. Providing excellent coverage without weighing down skin, Shape Tape blends like a dream and stays on for hours on end, concealing everything from dark circles and redness to fine lines. It is also designed to be used for contouring – three cheers for double-duty products! – though you will have to buy more colours if you’re going all Kardashian on this joint. For a smooth finish, we recommend going easy on the amount of product and ditching the applicator in favour of a blending sponge. (If you’re looking for some of the best melt-proof foundations we’ve ever come across, head on over here.)


2. Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow Palette
When it comes to eyeshadows, Urban Decay can honestly do no wrong. You can always trust that it will be highly pigmented and just a lot of fun to play with. While Moondust isn’t part of our everyday look, it is nice to know that we have it to back us up on nights that call for a little bit of drama. As it is packed with glitter, there will be some measure of fall out. Just go easy on it, prepare your loose powder and dusting brush, and you’ll be fine. Moondust also doesn’t come with a brush, which is a little unfortunate because Urban Decay makes such good brushes.


3. Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner
If you’re a cat-eye girl, you know how important it is to have a good liquid eyeliner. The eyeliner needs to be waterproof, flake-proof, smudge-proof, easy to handle and yet not a bitch to remove. Is that too much to ask? Lucky for purveyors of the cat-eye, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Eyeliner has officially been inducted into the “Eyeliner Hall of Fame”. That means more to choose from should you tire from your favourite.


4. Kylie Cosmetics Kyshadow’s The Burgundy Palette
How could we not get this, right? Especially when it happened to still be available when we were at the Kylie Cosmetics website? (FYI, it’s presently sold out. Sorry.) Comprising nine fall-ready colours, the palette gives us room to play around without stepping too far out of our comfort zone. Also, the two burgundy shades are everything. Perfect for crafting those red-accented eyes we’ve been seeing on the red carpet and runways. (Ah hem, if you’re thinking of getting one of those Kylie Lip Kits, you may want to check out our list of liquid lipsticks that come reeeeally close to them.)


5. Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops
Welcome to the future of makeup, where you can customise your products literally at the swipe of your finger. Well, several swipes and a stir. Why aren’t there more products like this around? On its own, it is a lovely highlighter that is incredibly easy to use. Mix it into your favourite moisturiser, foundation or sunscreen and viola – it becomes a booster, giving you that extra glow instantly. It is a little pricey for its size, but a tiny drop really goes a long way. And get this – a concealer version of this exist and it comes in 25 shades. TWENTY FIVE, PEOPLE. Customised tinted moisturisers and sunscreen, here we come.


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