Swiping on a smooth, bright red lip can be a luxury in and of itself for some, but for others (like moi), it’s just the start of an indulgent and bougie routine. Putting on makeup can be an almost therapeutic and calming process, so it would make sense if you wanted products that helped you look like the royalty you know you are. If you’re ever in the mood to splurge on something nice, let it be one of these holy grail makeup products. #treatyoself
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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter – $38
I’ve bought this expensive-ass highlighter three separate times already—it’s that good. Granted, I’ve had to restock it so much because I’m clumsy and keep shattering the ultra-fine formula. These pressed highlighters are super soft and finely milled, meaning that one gentle swipe with your brush can leave you glowing for the gods or even built up for a subtle illumination without emphasizing rough texture.
Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick – $38
I won’t lie to you and say the shiny gold metal packaging didn’t draw me in. However, not only does this lipstick look absolutely beautiful on display, the product itself also glides smoothly onto lips, leaving behind a sheer, yet glossy and pigmented wash of color. This lipstick also combines six different oils to moisturize pouts and smells delightfully of mangoes.
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner – $22
It was a tough call between this pen or Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner, but I find the latter dries out too quickly and can skip. Stila’s user-friendly marker-like tip glides onto eyelids without tugging and paints on an ultra-black and smooth line. It’s my go-to to create my signature wings.
Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer – $31
I got this product as a sample before deciding to upgrade to the full size. What sold me? The tiny sample tube lasted me for months, providing full, yet natural coverage with just a small dot. This is the only product I need to cover up just the discolorations and blemish spots as needed, which just goes to show you don’t need a full, heavy face of foundation every morning.
Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette – $38
If you’re not a makeup hoarder like me, this 38-pan eyeshadow palette is pretty much the only palette you’ll ever need again. Even though the cardboard packaging is meh, I found myself reaching for this almost every day as it includes warm staples, cool intense shades, smooth shimmers and nice pops of color. The shadows also blend like a dream, which is a helpful plus for those just starting out with eye makeup.