Our beauty writer shares her pick of the most durable products on the market right now
It’s been a long pandemic for those of us who like to wear a full face of make-up. First there were the months inside our homes when, even if you were compelled to lash on some lipstick and liner, it didn’t see the light of day. Then we were allowed to go out, but were putting on and taking off masks as often as the cast of Grey’s Anatomy, which wreaks havoc with the make-up. Finally, we had a fairly hot summer, with temperatures in the high teens.
Now things are returning to normal, but we need to get back in make-up shape. I don’t know about you, but my skills are feeling a little rusty, especially when it comes to putting together a look that will stand the test of a sweaty dance floor. With that in mind, I thought we’d focus on make-up that lasts this week.
I love a glowy base, but they don’t tend to be the best when it comes to durability. Matte products generally last longer, which is why Estée Lauder Double Wear (€41 at mccauley.ie) is a foundation which will probably always have fans. It’s a matte, full-coverage foundation which lasts and lasts, making it especially good on oily skin. If that sounds a little heavy, MAC foundations are often formulated with lasting power in mind.
The brand’s Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation (€36.50 at brownthomas.com) was originally designed to be a concealer but, when used as a foundation, offers medium-to-full buildable coverage with a satin finish (a little less severe than fully matte). I also love MAC Studio Radiance Face and Body Foundation (€34 at arnotts.ie) which is even more sheer but waterproof — so it’s not going anywhere.
Eyebrows are literally sweat-catchers, so a waterproof product is essential if you know things are going to be pumpin’. The Make Up For Ever Aqua Brow (€20 at makeupforever.ie) is a waterproof gel which can be used to fill in patchy brows or to draw on individual hairs. This was a favourite of mine when I lost my brows during chemo as it withstood the hot flushes I was experiencing. It never let me down.
Liquid blush is your only man in these scenarios, as it won’t melt like creams, and won’t look as cakey as powders can when combined with sweat/rain/whatever you’re having yourself. The Nars Liquid Blush (€33 at arnotts.ie) is beautiful and, of course, comes in the universally adored shade ‘Orgasm’ (a peachy pink with golden shimmer).
Danessa Myrick’s Vision Flush (€20.99 at makeupbyclaire.ie) also lasts brilliantly and can be used on the lips and eyes as well as the cheeks. It’s waterproof, and a little goes a long way, so a tube will last you ages. I like ‘Bread and Butter’, a dusky pink, on the cheeks.
On the eyes, I find cream or gel shadows that set quickly are great for durability. The secret is to blend quickly. Charlotte Tilbury’s Colour Chameleon pencils (€25 at brownthomas.com) are brilliant. Designed to enhance specific eye colours, lash your chosen shade on your eyelid up the socket and under your lower lashes, then use a clean blending brush to create a quick smokey eye that won’t budge. Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24hr Cream Eyeshadow (€7.49 at boots.ie) can be used in a similar way, or as a primer for other colours.
When it comes to lips, nothing will fully withstand food/masks/drinks, but I’ve been leaning heavily on liquid lipstick of late. Finally, Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray (€32 at brownthomas.com) is excellent. Spritz it on when your look is finished, and have a ball reclaiming your life.
Spotlight Oral Care is known by many as the dental company founded by sisters Dr Lisa Creaven and Dr Vanessa Creaven. It’s latest product is a kit designed to tackle fine lines around the mouth via microneedling, a peptide-enriched serum and a hydro-boosting lip mask. Microneedling is a process which allows active ingredients to permeate the skin more effectively. The three-step Smile Rejuvenation System is designed to be used once a week for four weeks, and is available at spotlightoralcare.com for €150.
Ruby Woo (€20 at brownthomas.com) is perhaps the world’s most famous red lipstick and has been a massive seller for MAC for 22 years. It’s a true blue red which manages to somehow be deep and bright at the same time and therefore seemingly flatters every skin tone. Its Retro Matte texture means it lasts, and delivers bold pigment in the style of a 1950s Hollywood starlet. What’s not to love?
Well, as it turns out, there were people who found something not to love about the Retro Matte formula Ruby Woo traditionally comes in, as MAC has expanded the range. The famed shade now comes in four formulas and textures: the original Retro Matte, Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour (a velvety matte liquid lipstick), Powder Kiss Lipstick (a weightless matte formula) and Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour (a lighter liquid formula). The new formulas are €22 each, available at brownthomas.com.