TREAT YOURSELF: 13 makeup must-haves for the New Year

Highlighting powders, matte lipsticks, makeup bases, and everything else you need for the party season.

Put your best face forward
Put your best face forward
20 Dec 2018

Put your best face forward

Paint the town red in party-perfect makeup. We test out the latest eyeshadow colours, lipsticks, bases and more, to get you prepared for the countdown parties!

Zoeva Eclectic Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, $39, from Sephora
Zoeva Eclectic Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, $39, from Sephora
20 Dec 2018

Zoeva Eclectic Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, $39, from Sephora

If you’re a seasoned eyeshadow user, then expand your colour repertoire with this party palette filled with 10 high-powered shades like midnight blue to sexy plum and glittery teal. Colours are super pigmented so you only need a little to create sultry smoky looks that last the night.

Barry M Glam to Go Kit, $29.90, from Guardian
Barry M Glam to Go Kit, $29.90, from Guardian
20 Dec 2018

Barry M Glam to Go Kit, $29.90, from Guardian

All of Barry M’s popular eye products can be found in this super affordable kit which includes a six-colour eyeshadow and primer palette, brow kit, mascara and kohl pencil. It’s a great starter kit for beauty novices who want basic nude colours that are buildable to create day and night looks with ease.

Urban Decay Shimmer Powder Elements Space Powder, $25, from Sephora
Urban Decay Shimmer Powder Elements Space Powder, $25, from Sephora
20 Dec 2018

Urban Decay Shimmer Powder Elements Space Powder, $25, from Sephora

Love the visible golden sheen we got when we applied this shimmer powder to the arms, décolletage, cheekbones and forehead. Feels as comfortable as loose powder and lasts for as long as you don’t sweat.

Sén Natural Sénsation Lipstick in RedLight, $35, from www.sen-natural.com
Sén Natural Sénsation Lipstick in RedLight, $35, from www.sen-natural.com
20 Dec 2018

Sén Natural Sénsation Lipstick in RedLight, $35, from www.sen-natural.com

If there’s one brand you need to check out, it’s this homegrown label that carries skin-loving organic cosmetics. Enriched with natural oils and beeswax, this lipstick delivers bold and lasting colour with a velvety finish. After three hard blots, the lippie still looks intensely red and ravishing!

Clarins 4-Colour All-in-One Pen, $48
Clarins 4-Colour All-in-One Pen, $48
20 Dec 2018

Clarins 4-Colour All-in-One Pen, $48

Everyone needs one of this: A retractable 4-in-1 pen containing all the colours you need to define the eyes, browns and lips. Just don’t mistake it for a pen! Each pen contains three eye colours and one lip liner shade; available in two colour harmonies. Enriched with sunflower, jojoba and black acacia, the liner tips apply easily and look very intense.

Cover FX Glam & Glow Liquid Lights Set, $62, from Sephora
Cover FX Glam & Glow Liquid Lights Set, $62, from Sephora
20 Dec 2018

Cover FX Glam & Glow Liquid Lights Set, $62, from Sephora

Don’t hit the dancefloor without this set featuring two liquid glitters and two illuminating highlighter drops. These fast-drying products can be worn in any number of ways: The illuminators accentuate the cheekbones and other bony parts with a sexy metallic sheen. For a super-sparkly show of glitter, apply the glitter over your makeup or any part of your body.

Essence Darkening Make-Up Drops / Lightening Make-Up Drops, $6 each, from Guardian
Essence Darkening Make-Up Drops / Lightening Make-Up Drops, $6 each, from Guardian
20 Dec 2018

Essence Darkening Make-Up Drops / Lightening Make-Up Drops, $6 each, from Guardian

Don’t junk your old foundation just because you now have a sun-kissed tan; just darken it with Essence's Darkening Make-up Drops. And if you bought a foundation that’s too dark; just lighten it with the Aussie brand’s Lightening Make-up Drops. So easy! Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner??

Max Factor Lipfinity Palette, $29.90, from Watsons
Max Factor Lipfinity Palette, $29.90, from Watsons
20 Dec 2018

Max Factor Lipfinity Palette, $29.90, from Watsons

For the girl who loves to change up her look, give her this lipstick palette (available in two colour harmonies) featuring five wearable shades with creamy textures and satiny finishes. Comes with a fast-drying and non-sticky lip primer, as well as metallic, matte and glossy top coat options. Tip: Colours are buildable which means you’ll need a few extra brushes to achieve full coverage.

Hera X Blindness Glow Contour Duo, $62, from Ion Orchard and Takashimaya D.S.
Hera X Blindness Glow Contour Duo, $62, from Ion Orchard and Takashimaya D.S.
20 Dec 2018

Hera X Blindness Glow Contour Duo, $62, from Ion Orchard and Takashimaya D.S.

Hera collaborates with Korean fashion brand, Blindness, to launch a holiday collection featuring its best-selling products in limited edition packaging like this 2-in-1 bronzer-highlighter that complements just about any skin tone. Gives you a lovely all-over shimmer that looks great on photos!

Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Dual Cushion, $43, from selected Guardian outlets
Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Dual Cushion, $43, from selected Guardian outlets
20 Dec 2018

Aprilskin Perfect Magic Cover Dual Cushion, $43, from selected Guardian outlets

Pack light with this foundation cushion and anti-shine matte pressed powder in one compact. Ideal for oily to combination skin, the mochi cushion (SPF 50 PA+++) provides medium coverage with aqua ceramide and hyaluronic acid to keep skin moist, while tea tree in the anti-shine powder keeps sebum at bay. We didn’t have to touch up the entire day!

Catrice Prime And Fine Poreless Blur Primer, $9.90, from Guardian
Catrice Prime And Fine Poreless Blur Primer, $9.90, from Guardian
20 Dec 2018

Catrice Prime And Fine Poreless Blur Primer, $9.90, from Guardian

Possibly the cheapest pore-filler in the market, this is a good entry level product for those who are experimenting with makeup. The product has a thick mousse-like texture which blends nicely into clean, dry skin. The silicon powders create a nice blurring effect and fills the pores well, yet skin still breathes.

Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, $27.90, from Watsons
Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, $27.90, from Watsons
20 Dec 2018

Sunplay Skin Aqua Tone Up UV Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, $27.90, from Watsons

This colour-correcting sunscreen has a lavender tone to reduce redness and iridescent particles to conceal minor imperfections to give you that cherubic soft-focus effect. Some even say it works as a great makeup base to help makeup stay on longer. We love that it’s also a skin-caring sunscreen that contains hyaluronic acid, vitamin C and a Pure Nuance Complex to brighten, soothe, and heal while it conceals. No wonder it’s sold out in Japan!

Too Faced Christmas Dreams Essential Pink Swan Brush Set, $72, from Sephora
Too Faced Christmas Dreams Essential Pink Swan Brush Set, $72, from Sephora
20 Dec 2018

Too Faced Christmas Dreams Essential Pink Swan Brush Set, $72, from Sephora

What’s a party face without the necessary tools to create it? We love Too Faced brushes for their soft-as-air Teddy Bear bristles that make application a breeze. The set contains two face and three eye brushes in pretty pink packaging with matching pouch.

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