24 December 2017

The Best Make-up Products of 2017 | Lippy In The City

It’s got to be said, 2017 was a good makeup year for me. I found products that worked really well for me and my skin type, as well as products that I could apply in record quick time that would last me all day.  Put your last minute present wrapping to one side, grab a cuppa (or mulled wine) and settle in as this is gonna be a long one, here’s my round up of the best makeup products of 2017…

Let’s start with the basics, we all love a good primer and I admit, I do find that my foundation lasts longer when I use one. The primer that I’ve reached for the most this last year has been the Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer. I honestly love this stuff and it applies like a dream! It’s reasonably priced too at around £7.99 for a tube and it has become a makeup bag staple for me over the last 12 months.

Foundation is a must for me, I will even forgo concealer and primer if I need to when I’m in a rush, but foundation I can’t skip. Revlon Color Stay Foundation in the Combi/Oily formula has been a firm favourite of mine for years, but I fell back in love with it this winter when I was going through a particularly bad period with my skin. This foundation blends out so beautifully, albeit you have to work with it quickly as it dries down fast, but it easily lasts me my whole working day without breaking down or looking patchy. I wear shade 110 Ivory (because I’m as pale as a milk bottle) but it matches my skin gorgeously. I’m seriously tempted to use this as my foundation for my wedding next year.

Like I said, I can take or leave concealer on days when I’m in a rush. When I do use it though I love the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer (not pictured). I’ve just run out of my last tube and I’m using the Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Fair 10 in the meantime which is also great if you're looking for a drugstore alternative. The Naked Skin Concealer is brilliant under the eyes as I find it doesn’t crease and it works really well as an eyeshadow primer too if your looking for dual purpose products.

I have to admit, I’m not a ‘baking’ kind of girl, either in the kitchen, or on my face, it just doesn’t work for me or my skin. I like a quick dusting of powder to just set down my foundation and concealer. The past year I've been loving this Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder. Don't be put off by the bright white shade, I promise it doesn't transfer on to the skin that colour, instead it has a gorgeous matt, translucent finish. My makeup never looks cakey when I'm wearing this, and a little goes a long way.

Blush and Bronzer
I lovvvveee my blush and bronzer, like I really love it! This was such a hard category for me pick out one specific product as I switch my blush and bronzer up all the time, but if I had to choose just one of each I’d go for the Yves Saint Laurent Sahariennes Bronzing Stones in shade 01, and the ELF Baked Blush in Passion Pink. These two products are at opposite ends of the price spectrum but I love them equally. If you haven’t tried either of these two, I highly recommend that you do!

Now 2017 was definitely the year of the highlighter. I’ve never seen so much glow on my Instagram feed! I love highlighter as much as the next girl, but I like to keep mine on the subtler side. My highlighter of choice is by Makeup Revolution and is in the shade Peach Lights. This is super affordable and gorgeously pretty. It’s perfect for the party season.

Mascara and Eyeliner
Now I’m not going to include an eyeshadow category in my rundown as eyeshadows are complete user preference. I love anything from Urban Decay or MAC as you just can’t beat the quality. Mascaras on the other hand, I’m hands down a drugstore girl through and through. I have been obsessed with Bourjous 1 Second Mascara this year and I have repurchased it many times. It just gives my lashes so much volume and length in record quick time. My favourite eyeliner of all time is the L'Oréal Paris Super Liner Eyeliner (not pictured). I have bought countless bottles of this too and it remains a firm favourite of mine. It’s super easy to apply, even if liquid eyeliner isn’t your thing and it won’t smudge or budge all day.

Eyebrows (on fleek)
The eyebrow fixation has lasted through into 2017 and I have to admit, I feel so much more put together when my eyebrows are looking good (sad, I know). Two products that I reach for on a daily basis to keep my brows in check are Lancome Sourcils Gel (Brow Pomade) in shade 03 Taupe and Natural Collection Clear Mascara. I apply the Lancome Sourcils Gel with an angled brush, then finish by running the Natural Collection Clear Mascara through them to set them in place. My brows take me about 5 mins max to do and I feel like it really pulls my makeup look together.

Last but by no means least is my favourite category, lips! I love my lipsticks and lip glosses and I was ashamed to admit I found no less than 12 (yes 12!) different lip products in my handbag when I last sorted it out. I like to apply my lips product of choice at home before I leave in the morning, then pop it in my bag so I can top it up as the day goes on. Needless to say no one needs 12 lip products in their bag but a few of my favourites include the Maybelline Liquid Ink in shade 15 Lover, this is the most gorgeous ‘your lips but better’ shade and believe me when I say this does not budge for hours! I also really love the NYX Butter Glosses as they are so moisturising and luxurious feeling on the lips, I especially love the shade Crème Brulee.

So there you have it, my round up of the best makeup products of 2017. I really hope you enjoyed it. I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these and if any of them made their way into your favourites this year?

I hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas and Santa brings you everything you wished for, speak soon - A xoxo

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