11 Makeup Products to Shop Before 2020 (Finally) EndsDecember 01, 2020
Lindsey, Content Director
I got a mani-pedi for the first time since February, and picking a color has never felt more sacred. I went with this pretty lavender and gold iridescent polish from Essie’s winter 2020 collection that perfectly bridges the gap between fall and winter. Plus, the name gives me all the holiday Nutcracker feels.
I love a yummy-tasting lip balm, and the sound of this one made my mouth water. Thanksgiving may be over, but I’m wearing this fall-feeling balm well into 2021. It’s less sweet (think more spiced clove and cinnamon than pumpkin) than I envisioned, which makes it even better IMHO, but it’s every bit as nourishing.
Sarah, Senior Editor
My brows naturally slope downwards, so I’m always brushing them up to achieve a more lifted appearance. The thing is, the hairs don’t like to stay that way. I’ve been thinking about getting a brow lamination treatment for a while now, but because of COVID-19, I haven’t visited my brow studio in months. The Brow Glue is the perfect at-home product to get a brushed-up look that won’t budge. After applying the transparent, non-sticky formula, I just use a pencil to fill in any sparse areas.
As a pre-teen, I was obsessed with Juicy Tubes when they first came out in 2000 and subsequently devastated when they were discontinued. Now that they’re back, I never want to run out again. This limited-edition vault, housed in a cute red package (it’s modeled after a CD case to give you even more early 2000s nostalgia), will have my stash stocked for a long time. I’m just hoping Santa is reading this.
Alanna, Asst. Managing Editor
The Voluminous Original mascara will always be one of my ride-or-die faves — so when I heard L’Oréal Paris was dropping a deep violet version of the formula, I knew I had to get it. This gorgeous purple-red pigment bumps up my eye makeup when I’m bored with my typical black liner and lash. Lately, I’ve been wearing the deep violet shade with a hot pink-red eyeshadow for a warm, bold look.
To add a cozy touch to my vanity, I’ve been loving the Boys Smell Ritual Collection bundle that comes with three meditative scents: Broken Rosary, De Nîmes and Hinoki Fantôme. It instantly transforms my beauty space into a spa-worthy experience.
Genesis, Assistant Editor
My lipstick collection is dominated by an alarming amount of neutral colors that look pretty much the same. But honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way, which is why I feel like the Maybelline New York Spiced Collection was made for me. I was already obsessed with the Super Stay Ink Crayon for its long-lasting formula and easy and precise application. But when I heard that the brand was launching a collection filled with everyday neutral shades and wearable reds, I was over the moon. While I can totally see myself wearing any color from the range, my favorite is Reach High, a cozy warm brown with pink undertones.
I really can’t express how much I live for a glowy, dewy, radiant (enter: every other synonym here) complexion. So when Live Tinted launched the Hue Glow, I knew I had to try it, and let me tell you, it was everything I’ve ever wanted and more. It’s a serum-meets-moisturizer-meets-highlighter that’s so creamy and luxurious I would bathe in it if I could. And on top of the moisturizing feel that I desperately need during the winter, it also offers the most beautiful, natural-looking glow that makes your skin look like it was kissed by the sun. It comes in two gorgeous shades, Dawn, a rose gold, and Dusk, a bronze shade. As someone with a medium complexion, I feel like Dawn is perfect for the winter when I’m a little bit lighter, and Dusk will definitely be my summer go-to.
Samantha, Assistant Editor
My eyelashes are blonde at the tips and stick straight out, so mascara (and a heavy-duty eyelash curler) is a must for me. Recently I’ve been toying with the idea of getting lash extensions, but after testing this new Lancôme mascara I don’t need to — my lashes have never looked better. The curved wand works to both lengthen and volumize at once, while the lightweight formula keeps all my lashes separated and clump-free. I’ve been using just one layer to get a natural-looking finish, but for a more high-impact look you could definitely add a few more swipes.
To know me, is to know I live for a good glitter eyeshadow. Bodyography is my go-to for a one-swipe-and-done shimmery lid. I have my fair share of favorite shades (read: Stellar and Off the Hook), but recently I can’t put down one of the new holiday colors, Spirit Quartz. It’s a sparkly pearl hue that provides a subtle glimmer without being too over-the-top. I wear it solo or layer it with other glitter pigments or matte shadows for an extra pop. Its neutral tone also makes it a great highlighter, too!
Jillian, Senior Social Media Editor
I can’t lie, I have major Resting Tired Face, so I’m always looking for products that brighten me up and make me look more awake than I actually am (morning meetings are hard, okay?). Maybelline’s new Sky High Mascara is the perfect solution. It gives me incredible length that seriously gives off the vibe I have lash extensions. But the best part is that I don’t have to curl my eyelashes with this mascara’ my eyes instantly look wider, brighter and more alert –– with none of the effort. It truly does all the work for me and gives me an instant lift.