9 Sizzling New Makeup Products to Try Before Labor DayAugust 03, 2020
It’s a brand-new month, which means a new round of products is making its way onto store websites and into our makeup bags. These are the products Makeup.com’s editors can’t live without this August.
Lindsey, Content Director
Summertime and social distancing are recipe for no-makeup makeup, and this new Armani foundation provides the perfect glowy base. It givs sheer, slightly buildable coverage that feels more like a tinted moisturizer than a heavy-duty foundation, but it still evens out my rosacea-prone complexion. I like to apply it with my fingers for ultimate ease and follow with a cream blush, tinted lip balm and mascara for a three-minute makeup routine.
If you know me at all, you know that I love few things in life more than lipstick and coffee, so the Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink Coffee Collection was basically made for me. It contains six java-inspired shades (think: caramels, mochas and cocoas), and each one has a subtle coffee scent — heaven! I’m partial to the brownish-pink Hazel Hypnotizer, but I want them all, TBH. The formula itself is the same transfer-proof, longwear liquid lipstick found in the rest of the Matte Ink range, and those claims are no joke. This baby has yet to come off on my mask or anything else.
Sarah, Senior Editor
I haven’t been wearing much foundation this summer because I’m all about lightweight, low-maintenance everything when it comes to makeup. When I do need a complexion boost, though, I’ll reach for this product. The breathable formula offers light-medium coverage that’s buildable and feels good on skin. It’s available in 40 shades, so I was able to find the perfect match.
Alanna, Associate Editor
An easy to swipe on lip and cheek product is a staple in my summer makeup bag, and this new stick from Urban Decay is no exception. It contains fermented kombucha and marula oil that leaves behind a vibrant, dewy glow of 1993, the ultimate brown flush. I love using a touch of this on my cheekbones, lips and lids for a luminous end-of-summer makeup look.
Genesis, Assistant Editor
During the summertime, and especially now while working from home, I’ve relinquished my foundation and opted for this concealer on the areas where I truly need the coverage. It’s a lightweight option that still magically covers dark circles and blemishes with ease while offering benefits for your skin. It’s formulated with hydrating hyaluronic acid, is non-comedogenic and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive. It’s one of my favorite makeup-meets-skin-care products right now.
Sam, Assistant Editor
I’m pretty picky when it comes to setting powder. I like my complexion to look bright and illuminated and find that some powder can look cakey and dull. But as soon as I tried out the Maybelline New York Lasting Fix Banana Powder, I was hooked. A few swipes under my eyes and across my T-zone leaves my makeup looking flawless, matte and radiant. It gives a soft diffused finish to my look and makes sure my makeup stays put even during the sweatiest, most humid days.
I typically find eyebrow pencils intimidating. Will I draw my brows too thick? Will I go overboard? But I’m happy to report that this option from Velour may have officially converted me to the pencil side. The product comes with a spoolie (to feather and blend), a pencil (to create hair-like strokes and fill in gaps) and a brow balm (to thicken and fluff). I’ll typically start by brushing my brows up, add a little more color with the pencil and finish off using the balm. The trio gives me the ultimate fluffy, boy-brow look. Plus, the taupe shade is the perfect beginner color. It’s neutral and fills in any sparse areas without making my light brown brows look too intense.
Jillian, Senior Social Media Editor
If you’re looking for volume, the new Urban Decay Lash Freak is the mascara for you. It has been a long time since I’ve worn a mascara that caused me to do a double take on myself, but I must admit this one made my draw drop a little bit. I’ve never seen a mascara wand that was structured this way: The tip is perfect for ensuring coverage on your inner and outer lashes, and the body of the wand gives you a healthy dose of volume as well as length — it definitely packs a punch. Pro tip: the wand holds a *lot* of product, so make sure you scrape some back into the tube before applying.
I’m a firm believer that everyone needs at least one red shade in their nail polish collection, and I’ve been on the hunt to find my new go-to as I refresh my polish collection. Because I tend to go for darker shade, even in summer, the new Nail Inc. Plant Power Nail Polish in Swear By Salutation is the perfect shade for me. It’s still that classic red that I want, but with a darker, vampy twist that I can totally see myself wearing year-round. And to top it off, it’s 73% plant-based, which is great because I’m trying to be more eco-conscious of the products I’m buying.