Blame insuﬃcient sleep, ageing and those ridiculous deadlines; even before half the year is over, your complexion is looking worn-out. Make over your makeup stash with these dull-facade fighters.
1. SAVE YOUR FACE
Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette, $88.
One sweep of a shimmery highlighter literally lights up your mien. With a palette of five gorgeous cream ones to mix and match, you’ll be well covered for the remaining half of this year, we promise. Aurora and Reflect do more than create that dewy sheen; they can also be used as a blusher and bronzer respectively with some conscientious building. But with only 20 palettes available at Sephora Ion, get ready to scramble.
Top: Estee Lauder Pure Color Love; Bot: Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick.
2. PUCKER UP
Estee Lauder Pure Color Love, $36.
Of the 25 gorgeous shades, Nova Noir (a rich purple; pictured) and Pocket Venus (a sensuous oxblood) have garnered most word-of-mouth with their visually arresting metallic finishes. With such an eye-catching lip, no one will know you’re so beat.
Urban Decay Vice Liquid Lipstick, $30.
A liquid lipstick must prove itself worthy of the hype on several counts. First, it has to glide smoothly onto lips and spread easily. It must also dry down to a transfer-proof but comforting finish (no cracks, please). Finally, it should have staying power, because what’s the point if you can’t even eat in peace? This one checks all the boxes. Choose from 30 hues, of which 11 are metallic.
From left to right: Lunasol Colorful Sky Eyes; Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood Eyes; Elizabeth Arden Eyes Wide Open Eye Shadow Trios, $33 each, and Little Black Compact, $8.
3. ENLIVEN YOUR EYES
Lunasol Colorful Sky Eyes, $77.
On skin, these glittery, vibrant hues become sheer and luminous, which basically flatters any skin tone. Heck, we’d buy all four palettes for the pretty combination of colours.
Shiseido Maquillage Dramatic Mood Eyes, $48.
Don’t be daunted by all that sparkle; this eyeshadow-cum-eyeliner palette is very wearable. Follow the illustrated instructions or get creative with its two dual-ended applicators and four shades. In two palette variants.
Elizabeth Arden Eyes Wide Open Eye Shadow Trios, $33 each, and Little Black Compact, $8.
When it comes to eyeshadow, all you need are three shades: a base, one for contouring and a middle hue for blending to create a gradient effect on your lids. Choose two from 10 eyeshadow trios to fit into the compact for on-the-go use.