Do you need to update your makeup kit? I was actually browsing the Instyle Best beauty buys so bigyan natin ng jury yung mga natry ko. Bago nyo bilhin. Haha! So make this your guide at kilala nyo ako, no charot.. so sabihin ko talaga if bonggels or not. Haha!
MuradWinner ‘11Plenty of treatment cover-ups mean well, only to dry out your complexion. This salicylic acid–laced stick fights and masks acne without causing skin to flake, says L.A. pro Leah Rial. All three shades have yellowish tones that neutralize honking zits, unlike so many pink-based formulas that end up emphasizing redness.
Clé de Peau BeautéWinner ‘12, ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘06, ‘05Creamy and lightreflecting, this cover-up is “sly like a fox and strong like an ox,” says L.A. Matthew VanLeeuwen, who works with Salma Hayek and Minka Kelly. The balmlike texture diffuses both undereye circles and blemishes but won’t leave tacky traces of its hard work.
Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish PowderWinner ‘12, ‘11, ‘10, ‘09This loose powder is damn fine—literally. The translucent flecks are so delicately milled, they disappear into skin while also reflecting light for a “Photoshopped look,” says L.A. makeup pro Amy Chance.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting PowderThis pigment-free, silky powder delivers a matte finish that sets makeup without changing the color of your blush or foundation. “It takes away shine and doesn’t look too powdery,” says L.A. makeup artist Carola Gonzalez, who has dusted it onto the faces of women of all ages, from Vanessa Hudgens to Goldie Hawn.
MAC BlotWinner ‘06, ‘05“Honestly, it’s the only powder I ever use because it absorbs oil and shine without adding another layer of makeup,” says N.Y.C. makeup artist Carmindy of this ultralight, transparent formula.
Giorgio Armani Luminous SilkWinner ‘12, ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05It suits all ages, says L.A. makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell, who works with Kate Mara. “I can use this gossamer-thin fluid on teens as well as women in their 50s.” It feels smooth like your skin; it’s just more radiant, of course.
Urban Decay Naked Flushed PaletteWhen we’re running on fumes and need a boost stat, we reach for this compact with its sheer golden bronzer, champagne highlighter, and rosy coral blush. Used alone or blended together, the paraben-free formulas give skin of all tones the easy way out: a radiance that otherwise comes only from juice cleanses.
Nars in OrgasmWinner ‘12, ‘11, ‘06A non-streaky, just-off-the-slopes flush that’s impossible to overdo.
NarsWinner ‘12, ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06, ‘05Some versions are content to sit atop cheeks. How superficial! Meld this generously pigmented blush into skin for that coveted ethereal glow. The variety of matte and shimmery shades in warm and cool tones (Orgasm,a twinkly peach, is a best seller) means “there’s no gap in the color selection at all,” says Chance.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche ÈclatUnder the eyes, atop brown spots, or in the corners of the mouth, this noglitter brightener (in 12 shades) can lift and lighten when you “look draggy,” says N.Y.C. makeup pro Jeanine Lobell.
Giorgio Armani Fluid SheerWinner ‘12, ‘10, ‘09Dot it on the cheekbones and nose,then blend it with foundation, says N.Y.C. makeup artist Quinn Murphy. Or mix it with body moisturizer for a pretty sheen. It’s that versatile. Each hue (best seller No. 11 is a scintillating rose gold) lends a glowy, not glittery, finish. Huge difference, if you ask us.
Benefit High BeamThis pink-tinged shimmer lotion draws the light to your skin in all the right places. “It’s the best highlighter for all skin types, and the nail-polish-like applicator brush makes it easy to apply,” says Carmindy, who has used it on Molly Shannon. Some makeup artists mix it with foundation for a more subtle gleam.
Nars in CasinoWinner ‘11This chocolate bronzer sweetens cheekbones; the sheen is icing on the cake.
Guerlain Terracotta 4 SeasonsWinner ‘12, ‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07, ‘06This satiny powder won’t settle into fine lines like sparkly bronzers or muddy the skin like some matte versions, says L.A. makeup artist KC Fee. It’s available in brunet and blond palettes; No. 04 Moyen Blondes and No. 05 Moyen Brunettes have a big following. Swirl all four shades together come summer for a sun-kissed touch, or use the lighter hues in winter.