I am back with my second part of my series reflecting on my favourite products in 2020. Check out the first part of my series – Best of Skincare 2020. In this post I am sharing my favourite and most used makeup products. My makeup changed in 2020. For the second half of the year I have only been applying makeup to my face from the eyes up. With wearing a mask so much this year, and breaking out a lot, I didn’t wear makeup on the parts of my face the mask covered to protect my skin. With that in mind my makeup favourites won’t include a lot of products you generally apply to the lower parts of your face because I really wasn’t wearing it. Here is a list of my most used and loved makeup products of 2020.
La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive Tinted Cream – This hands down was my most used base product for 2020. This year I stepped away from more full coverage products and really fell in love with tinted moisturizers and light weight products. This product combines the gentle hydrating care of Toleriane Sensitive with correction and coverage of makeup. It is a light coverage product that doesn’t feel like anything on the skin. If you are someone with dry skin, or don’t like the feeling of makeup on the skin I think you would really enjoy this product. I like it because it provides the gentle skincare benefits La Roche Posay is known for with a beautiful tint for natural coverage.
Dermablend Cover Care Full Coverage Concealer – The coverage on this concealer is incredible – a little goes a long way. In addition to the incredible coverage, it also doesn’t crease or transfer. This is the first concealer I have ever had that I don’t have to set with a powder. It doesn’t feel heavy on the skin and the creamy formula really melts into the skin. I find it blends best with your fingers in a patting motion as it builds the most coverage. The applicator is also a larger sized doe foot applicator, which is great for quick and easy application. While wearing a mask all day I have been skipping foundation and just using this concealer under the eyes and on my forehead. If I do choose to wear makeup under my mask, I feel really good about using this concealer because it is non-comedogenic and I don’t have to worry about it breaking me out. Plus it doesn’t transfer or spread to my mask. If you are looking for something super full coverage, that doesn’t crease or budge, and is long wearing check this concealer out.
Dermablend Illuminating Banana Loose Setting Powder – The Dermablend loose setting powders are my favourite powders on the market. I love both the translucent and banana version, but the banana shade is definitely my most used. The powders and so fine and they blend into the skin flawlessly without looking heavy or powdery. The banana shade is my favourite because of the brightening and illuminating properties it has. It really brightens under the eyes and sets your foundation and concealer in place so it lasts all day.
Covergirl Clean Fresh Healthy Look Translucent Powder – This is an amazing affordable powder from the drugstore. It is great for setting your makeup and really blurring and smoothing the skin. It does a great job at blurring texture on the skin and it really helps my makeup last longer. It also doesn’t look too heavy or matte on the skin. I like using the translucent as I don’t need more coverage, I am just looking to set my makeup in place. A great option if you are looking for an affordable powder that is available at the drugstore.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer – This is a classic that everyone has probably tried. This is also the bronzer that never dies. I have had this for what feels like forever and it still feels full. I like both the Hoola Lite and the original version. I am pretty fair and sometimes the original Hoola can be a little bit too dark for me in the winter, so I opt for the Lite. I also really like the Lite shade for contouring my nose as it is softer and a little bit of a cooler shade. Both versions are a beautiful matte bronzer. It is really easy to blend and they are really flattering shades.
Marcelle Velvety Blush – I didn’t wear a lot of blush during this past year thanks to masks, but when I did this was my go to. I think it was literally the only blush I wore in 2020. Marcelle is such an underrated drugstore brand. Their blushes are one of my favourite formulas. They are a super soft texture and really easy to blend. They offer buildable coverage, so you can get a soft wash of colour or a bold flush. The shade I have been loving is Dust. It is just a really nice soft pink that is really neutral and goes well with any look.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Setting Spray – Setting spray has been something I have always loved. I feel like it completes a look and really blends all your products together to give it a more natural and skin like finish. Not all setting sprays are made equal and this one from Urban Decay is one of the best. It has a really fine mist that doesn’t dispense too heavily or disrupt your makeup. It is also great for making your makeup last all day. In 2020, wearing a mask all day really caused me to rely on setting spray to lock in my makeup. Although I didn’t wear makeup under my mask often, this setting spray really helped to keep my makeup from transferring onto my mask, or from rubbing off. If you have trouble keeping your makeup on all day I recommend checking out a setting spray.
Dermablend Power-Setter Makeup Setting Spray – This setting spray was a new discovery for me in 2020 and it is also amazing. It is super comparable to the Urban Decay setting spray, but a tiny bit lower in price. It is great for refreshing throughout the day and increasing the look and longevity of your makeup. It keeps your makeup from transferring, or wearing off. I find the mist on this setting spray not to be as fine as the Urban Decay, but it does not disrupt your makeup or change the application or final results. Dermablend is also amazing for anyone with sensitive skin. All of their products are tested on many skin types and sensitivities. It is a great option for anyone who is super sensitive and reactive. If you are looking for something a little bit cheaper then the Urban Decay spray this one is a great option.
Lise Watier Dramatique Gel Liner – This is the world’s best eyeliner – yes I said it. I don’t know why everyone is sleeping on Lise Watier Eyeliners because they are fantastic. The Dramatique Gel Liners are my favourite because they are so creamy and glide on the eye very easily due to their gel formula, but once they set they do not budge. They are transfer proof, waterproof as well as heat and humidity resistant. They have really intense colour pay off and are retractable. My go to colour is the shade Cappuccino – I wear it daily. Navy is also another favourite for a little pop of colour. These are just simply the best eye liners and I think everyone needs to try them.
Vasanti Kajal Waterline Eye Pencil – This product has been a favourite for many years, but I think this is it’s first appearance on the blog. It is an eyeliner pencil designed to go in the waterline of your eye. It is really hard to find a pencil that is long wearing and lasts within the wet rim of your eyes. This pencil lasts all day, it glides on super easily and doesn’t transfer between the top and bottom rim. I like just wearing it along my upper tightline, but don’t put it along the bottom as I find it makes my eyes look smaller when applied to both. This is the first pencil I have found that does not transfer from the top to the bottom. It does a really great job at making the lashes look fuller and defining the eye. On days when I am not wearing a lot of makeup I still apply this pencil to my tightline as it really helps to make the lashes look bigger, fuller and just slightly enhances the eyes. Vasanti is a Canadian and cruelty free brand.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – This mascara has been around forever and has been a favourite of mine for years. I love it so much I rarely try other mascaras. The brush is a small curved plastic wand. It does a great job at hooking and lifting all your lashes. I like it because it really helps to lift and keep my lashes curled throughout the day. The small brush allows me to get in between the lashes and separate them. If you are someone who likes a really lifted and separated lash look, or has trouble keeping your lashes curled throughout the day I definitely recommend testing out this mascara.
Buxom Lash Volumizing Mascara – I am a little bit extra when it comes to mascara and I like to layer more then one mascara together. After using Roller Lash to get good separation and curl I go in with this mascara to get even more separation and build length. This brush is so good for that. It has a lot of really short bristles, so it doesn’t hold a lot of product. This prevents it from adding too much volume at once and gives you more control in building volume. It is the perfect companion for Roller Lash as combined they give me so much lift, separation and length.
Those were some of my favourite and most used makeup products of 2020. Let me know some of your favourites in a comment below!
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