(Original story published on Wednesday December 24th, 2014 on Slice.ca.)
Ready to upgrade your beauty game? To help you put your best face forward in the new year, we’re highlighting the best of the best beauty products of 2014.
From lipstick and eyeshadow, to mud masks and hair texturizer, we’ve gathered 20 products editors, celebs, and models can’t live without.
Guerlain’s KissKiss Chaping Cream Lip Colour in 325 Rouge Kiss ($42) is that classic red lipstick that deserves a spot in every woman’s beauty arsenal. Not only is it ultra-moisturizing, but it’s enriched with plumping ingredients, offering a full, luscious pout.
2. Lip Gloss
Our problem with lip gloss? It comes off too easily and reveals our blah bare lips. But, that’s certainly not the case with Yves Saint Laurent’s Rouge Pur Couture Vernis à Lèvres Glossy Stain ($38). This lip tint-meets-gloss offers long-lasting colour and shine as it melts into lips for an intense finish.
Coming in over fifteen shades, Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush ($31) does just as its name says: it’s infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and is guaranteed to stay put for up to twelve hours. No re-application midday? We’re in!
Chanel’s Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Color SPF 15 ($70) enhances, brightens and bronzes your complexion to combat dull skin from environmental stressors. In other words, it’s an absolute must for any city girl.
From pale, shimmery pink to deep black matte, Urban Decay’s Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette ($64) is comprised of twelve perfect shades, fit for any subtle or dramatic eye you could ever want to create.
Looking for a no-fuss liner? Make Up For Ever’s Artist Liner ($23) is the way to go. With a super-slim tip, it glides on effortlessly and offers intense, long-lasting definition for captivating eyes.
7. Liquid Liner
Our cat eye idol, Alexa Chung, swears by Eyeko’s Skinny Liquid Eyeliner ($16). She says “The nib is the perfect shape and size to give you control. It gives you the precision to draw on the perfect cat eye. It’s pitch black and waterproof so it doesn’t move even on the waterline. I love that it enhances my lashes each time I use it.” Need we say more?
We know, we know. Tons of mascara brands swear their version will give you long, voluminous lashes but always seem to disappoint. But, Marc Jacobs’ O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara ($33) will definitely surprise you. This amazing formula will separate your lashes and make them longer, darker and give you a full-eyed fluttering effect. It’s a must-try.
9. Brow Filler
Want Cara Delevingne-perfect brows? All you need is Benefit’s Brow Zings Palette ($30). This little package contains pigmented wax to shape your brows, a natural-shaded setting powder,tweezers, a hard angle brush, a blending brush, mirror, and a step-by-step guide to show you exactly how to achieve the brows you’ve always wanted.
Laura Mercier’s Undercover Pot ($41) is our favourite concealer for so many reasons. Not only does it provide smooth, full coverage that does’t dry out your skin, but it includes two different shades so you can always create the perfect colour no matter which tanned or pale area you need to conceal. Plus, it has a built-in compartment for setting powder, making it the perfect travel pack!
Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation (US $62) is everything you could hope for in a foundation. It’s lightweight, provides full coverage, adds a luminous finish to skin and comes in over 20 different shades so you’re bound to find your perfect match.
12. Setting Powder
Every beauty pro knows the importance of a great finishing powder to set your makeup, and Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder($39) is an award-winning favourite. It sets foundation while mattifying the skin to soften the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, and pores, all while completely evening out the complexion.
13. Texturizing Spray
Add some serious oomph to your locks with Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($42). Perfect for a slightly oily or freshly washed mane, this spray is like a professional blow-dry in a bottle. It’ll provide you with all the volume and texture you can imagine, even for those of us with feathery thin locks.
14. Nail Polish
Long-wearing, highly pigmented and seriously shiny, Dior’s Vernis Gel Shine and Long Wear Nail Lacquer ($26) is the perfect polish. Plus, it boasts a flat brush to allow for better precision for application.
13. Top Coat
The secret to getting your polish to last? Nails Inc’s 45 Second Top Coat with Kensington Caviar ($17). It will keep those nails of yours shiny and protected for days at a time, plus, it only takes 45 seconds for it to dry, making it an essential for the girl on the go (read: all of us).
16. Lip Balm
Why is Eos’s Smooth Sphere Lip Balm ($4) so popular? It’s 100 per cent natural, free of parabens and petrolatums, and packed with antioxidant-rich vitamin E, soothing shea butter and jojoba oil, to keeps your lips kissably smooth.
17. Repairing Face Cream
We look to La Roche Posay for safe and effective dermatologist-recommended products we can trust, and their moisturizing skin corrector, Redermic R Professional-Grade Retinol ($45) is our new favourite. It clinically corrects intense wrinkles, dark spots and other complexion irregularities to provide flawless, youthful skin.
18. Body Cream
Most of us have been relying on Dove soap for years, for a gentle way to clean our skin. It’s only about time the brand came our with a body cream. Introducing DermaSeries Intense Repairing Body Cream ($18). It’s a rich dry skin moisturizer that hydrates skin but without the heavy residue of most creams. It’s a must-have to heal your dull, flaky skin in these dry winter months.
Clean out those pores with GlamGlow’s Super-Mud Clearing Treatment ($76). It’s an easy mud mask that extracts and encapsulate excess oils, bacteria and toxins to reveal a fresh, clear and glowing complexion. We know what you’re thinking, and yes, it’s completely pain-free!
Still using a wash cloth to clean your face? Time to update that skincare routine of yours. Clarisonic’s Aria Facial Sonic Cleansing Brush ($230) gently removes impurities while cleansing six times better than your hands alone. It only takes sixty seconds for the Clarisonic to wash and polish your skin, resulting in time in a reduction of dry patches, oily ares and blemishes to reveal a natural, glowing complexion.