Top Makeup Loves Of 2016
On the whole, this was the year I discovered Burberry makeup for real. I’ve visited their Covent Garden store countless times and fallen in love with the colour offerings and formulations. In particular, major props go to the Fresh Glow Foundation which I appreciate firstly for giving me a decent shade match (warm nude no.34) and secondly because it gives all the dewy glow and amazing coverage.
To keep my highlighting game strong, the S/S16 Highlighter has been my go to. It’s so light and finely milled so with a big fluffy brush you get this beautiful sweep of glow over the cheekbones. It catches the light perfectly and builds nicely if you want to add some party shimmer on the eyes.
BARELY COSMETICS SPONGES
I recently wrote about enjoying using the Look Good Feel Better makeup brushes for full coverage. Whilst that’s still true, the majority of this year has seen me gravitate towards sponges. In particular, I love the Barely Cosmetics Soft Definer Sponge for applying foundation and blending concealer. When used damp, it creates an even layer of makeup on the skin and lays down a good dewy base for that fresh skin look.
The lip product that always seemed extra to me until I gave one a try. They’re just so easy and make it difficult to mess up. Perfect for rushed days. Having a neat lip line made my makeup look more polished overall and that got me into these liners to begin with. It continued because I discovered these pretty pinky/brown/nude shades that suit me well for everyday wear. That’s the Laura Gellar lip pencil in petal and Maybelline’s velvet beige. The latter was actually featured in last year’s best of edit. So, it’s a growing favourite for sure.
DIVERSITY IN BEAUTY
I don’t write about makeup much on this blog and that’s mostly to do with the fact that I love skincare too much and like to focus on writing about that. However, as a final favourite I wanted to share #MyMelaricheStory with you. This is a personal snippet/mini essay on my thoughts on diversity in the beauty industry. It mainly focuses on makeup as that’s where I have seen the most short falls and slowest growth. The second half of 2016 portrayed a shift in the industry. One that I hope will continue on in a positive way. Superdrug campaigned to stock larger shade ranges in colour cosmetics, L’Oreal added a variety more shades to the True Match range and the online retailer, Melariche, launched.
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