In 4,000 BCE, women of a certain high-status would use a combination of copper and lead to add color to their face. In 3,000 BCE Chinese people began using a mixture of egg, gum arabic, gelatin, and beeswax to color their nails and Grecian women would use crushed berries as blush and oxen hair to enhance their eyebrows. Flash forward to 2016 and there's a product for every possible thing you could think of, and you don't have to crush berries or use toxic chemical elements to use them! From color correctors to lip plumping glosses and mascaras that dramatically lengthen your eyelashes by adding tiny fibers to the ends, makeup has come a long, long way!
If you wear makeup, you probably have your go-to items that you know you can count on when all else fails. These are the products you go-to first because you know they are the perfect match for your particular skin tone and behavior, and they've proved to be the best time and time again. Sometimes we get so used to these products that we don't end up trying the new and improved formulas and versions of these products. Cosmetic companies work tirelessly to improve on even the smallest details that could improve the wear and quality of their products. With the hundreds of thousands of products to choose from, it can be overwhelming to imagine trying more of them or straying from our favorites. Here are 15 products that are worth stepping out of your makeup comfort zone!
15 Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation Stick
You know those blurring filters that give you a perfectly smooth, airbrushed effect? Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick gives you the same look - but truly with #NoFilter. The stick is designed to perform well on camera, and it's the first of its kind to use 4K technology to look invisible and natural on camera while still giving you full coverage. This is the kind of foundation that will have everyone asking what you're wearing on your face! This kind of perfection doesn't come at drugstore prices, but it is worth every penny! It retails for $43 USD, or $52 CAD.
14 Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin was a celebrity makeup artist known for his incredible work on many Vogue covers while he was still in his 20s. He went on to author several makeup books and even created his own namesake cosmetic line in 2001. Although he tragically passed away in 2002 at the age of 40, his cosmetics line lives on and is sold at several exclusive retailers including Sephora and Barney's. While all of his products are applause-worthy, one of the greatest standouts is the sculpting powder. It comes in three shades: light, medium, and deep, and it is perfect for parts that require finer contouring, like the nose. It does not leave a muddy or dirty look like some sculpting or contouring powders, and for that reason, it has become a favorite among makeup artists and makeup fans around the world!
13 Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop
If you've ever delved into the world of beauty vloggers on YouTube, you will know the name Jaclyn Hill. With over 3 million subscribers, she is one of the most trusted and favorite beauty vloggers around. When she announced she was collaborating with Becca Cosmetics, her fans went wild! When the first product was released under the collaboration (Becca x Jaclyn Hill), their enthusiasm only grew! Known as Shimmering Skin Perfect Pressed in Champagne Pop (more commonly referred to just as Champagne Pop), this product took over the beauty world and highlighting was taken to the next level! It is a solid choice for all kinds of skin types, and it is credited with having one of the best highlighter formulas there is!
12 NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
Unless you are a super human or the genetic gods smiled down on you big time, you probably experience dark under eye circles from time to time, if not all the time. Lucky for you, NARS created their Radiant Creamy Concealer, and it is perfect for under eyes (or anywhere else on the face!). Known for its flawless and creaseless finish, it's a favorite in the makeup world! It is a medium to full coverage concealer, and it uses light-diffusing technology to reduce the appearance of dark circles, lines, and other signs of fatigue or age. It is also fragrance-free which makes it a great option for people with sensitive skin around their eyes.
11 Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick
It's hard to find a lipstick that doesn't dry out your lips, crack, come off easily, or that doesn't have a strange smell - but look no further than Bite Beauty's Amuse Bouche line of 40 lipsticks! All of their lipsticks are made in small batches with low heat, and they're packed with nourishing oils and vitamins that will have your lips feeling just as good as they look! All of the ingredients in Bite Beauty's product are edible and gluten-free, along with being paraben, sulfate, and phthalate free. What more could you want from a lipstick?
10 Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Whether you spend two minutes or two hours doing your makeup, it's completely frustrating when it settles into fine lines, cracks, slides, or loses its nice finish when you are going about your day - it's especially hard to keep makeup in place in the summer months! Those who use Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder, however, have solved this problem! It is one of Laura Mercier's best-sellers, and it is widely known for being one of, if not the best setting powders there are! It never settles into fine lines, and it offers the perfect matte (yet still glowing!), smooth finish you could ever want from a setting powder.
9 Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna
Along with being known for their concealer, NARS makes a bronzer that is the perfect mix of glowing and bronzing. Their bronzing powder in Laguna gives you the kind of radiant finish you would only get from the sun if it didn't exist! It receives raving reviews time and time again, and once you try it, you'll know why. The powder version has been so successful, NARS recently released a liquid version that can be used on its own or mixed in with foundation or lotion to provide a subtle, all-over glow. If you enjoy scented products, you'll be pleased to know NARS also introduced Laguna Tiara Bronzer, which is lightly scented with the "radiant aura of Monoi."
Until the BeautyBlender came along, most people used a foundation brush or their good ole fashioned fingers to apply foundation. When makeup artist Rea Ann created the BeautyBlender prototype in 2003, little did she know it would take the cosmetics world by storm as it has! Since it launched in 2008, it has become increasingly popular, and judging by its sales, just as common as foundation brushes. The egg-shaped, edge-less design is perfect for not leaving harsh lines or creases when applying the foundation, and its sponge-y texture makes over-applying a thing of the past! It picks up excess product while leaving behind just the right amount of foundation (or whichever other product you use it for!) to give you a flawless finish.
7 Philosophy Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion
Finding a body lotion that doesn't smell strongly of perfume or have a sticky texture can be tough. Philosophy solved that problem, and more, with their iconic Amazing Grace Firming Body Emulsion. Part of the Amazing Grace collection, the lotion has the same notes of Bergamot, muguet blossoms, and musk the line is known for, and it gets major bonus points for also firming the skin! It will have your skin feeling deeply hydrated but leaves you still feeling clean and not sticky. The lotion even contains antioxidants to protect you from harmful environmental elements.
6 Urban Decay Perversion Mascara
When it comes to lashes, we want massive volume, but not if that means clumpy, spider-leg looking lashes! Some people resort to two different mascaras, one for volume, and one for length, because finding one that does both so well can be hard work. Urban Decay came out with their Perversion mascara, and it quickly solved that problem for a lot of people! It's the perfect mix of being wet enough to glide on smoothly, but dry enough it doesn't transfer all over your lids. It also contains Hairdensyl to stimulate eyelash growth, along with sea idrolized elastane to stimulate the lash follicle, and protective marine collagen. Its super-thick brush gives you a voluminous and lengthy lash look without the clumps, and it's no wonder it's a favorite of so many!
5 Naked Palettes
Urban Decay really hit their mark with their cult-favorite Naked eye shadow palettes. The first palette of the Naked collection, known simply as Naked, is credited with revolutionizing neutrals because of the perfect range of neutral colors it comes with. The 12 eye shadows range from a very pale shimmer to an intense gunmetal. The first palette was so successful the company introduced Naked2, Naked3, Naked Smoky, Naked Basics, and Naked 2 Basics, all of which were incredibly successful. These Naked palettes will run you $66, but considering the palettes have 12 shadows in them and they offer such a broad range of shades you won't have to buy anything else!
4 Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette
Kat Von D was first known for being an incredible tattoo artist, but she introduced a makeup line sold at Sephora, and she has been proven to be just as talented at creating makeup! Her line is known for its staying power, and many of the items are credited with being strong enough to cover up tattoos. When she released the Shade and Light Contour Palette, it was quickly swept up by eager shoppers. It comes with six powder shades, three contouring and three highlighting, and it has everything you need to sculpt your face exactly how you want it. The powders are silky and super-blendable so you won't have to worry about them looking cakey or dirty on your face. The highlighting powders have no shimmer, so they're perfect for setting under the eye or using all over the face to set your makeup.
3 Benefit Cosmetics Cheekathon Blush & Bronzer Palette
Benefit is an iconic cosmetic company and their blushes and bronzers are some of the most popular items not only in their line, but out of any brands carried in the same stores. Their blushes and bronzers come in small boxes with the perfect-shaped brush for applying them and a mirror in the middle. Benefit recently released their Cheekathon palette that has four of their best-selling blushes and their best-selling bronzer in it, and each product is full-sized! Buying one of these on their own will run you about $36, but the entire Cheekathon palette is only $78! That means you get $188 of product for far less, and these amazing blushes and bronzer are worth every penny. It's perfect for traveling because of the different shades, and it's flatter and easier to store than the individual products are. If this sounds right up your alley, jump on it fast because this palette is limited edition!
2 Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer
There are a lot of great things about a tropical vacation, and Physician's Formula has combined a few of them into their amazing Butter Bronzer. Not only does this bronzer give you the softest, most natural-looking "just back from vacation" glow, it has a pleasant coconut scent as well. If scented products make you nervous, this one shouldn't! The scent isn't overpowering and it quickly takes you back to laying on a beach under the sun. This is a drugstore product so it won't break the bank the way some higher-end bronzers will! The powder is so silky and smooth, and the gentle bronzing shade won't ever look too heavy or "dirty" on your skin. It's the perfect bronzer for obtaining a natural, not orange-looking glow.
1 Milani Rose Powder Blushes
They have the look of super high-end products, but Milani Rose Powder blushes will only run you $8.99! Not only is the packaging stunning, the product itself is equally gorgeous. The eight blushes range from matte to shimmering shades, all designed to imitate the gorgeous color of flower petals, and they leave a natural finish on the cheek. These blushes are highly sought-after and since they don't break the bank, many people stock up on all of the colors because they love them so much. If you love the look of a soft color on the cheek that doesn't look sharp or too heavy, these blushes are the perfect way to achieve that! Milani recently released three limited edition pearl-finish rose powder blushes that are flying off the shelves as well.