Best Foundation: It Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination SPF 50+
I don’t usually believe brands when they claim products contain both skincare AND makeup, but this foundation proved me wrong. It creates full coverage without looking cakey, and my skin hasn’t broken out since I first tried it in July. I use the illuminating version (#dryskinprobs), but the CC+ Cream is available in a satin finish as well. SPF is a huge plus as well!
Best Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
It’s blendable, affordable, and smells like coconuts – what more could you want in a bronzer?! I love that this bronzer doesn’t look orange on my fair skin and can be built up from a soft wash of color to a va-va-voom tan.
Best Blush: Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush
“Flush” looks scary and dark in the tube, but dab a little on your cheeks for a soft, natural flush that will last all day! It’s super low maintenance. Quick tip: since this is a liquid/gel product, apply it before you apply powder!
Best Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex
Am I feeling a little awkward as I type that? Yep. This Too Faced mascara is my “holy grail” – I won’t buy anything else. It’s lengthening, thickening, and lasts all day. Buy the travel size Sephora to test it out for less!
Best Lipstick: Ciate Pretty Stix Murumuru Butter Lipstick
Surprise – my favorite lipstick of 2016 isn’t red or matte! I have no idea why these Ciate lipsticks aren’t more popular, because they’re sooo comfortable and pretty. They’re super moisturizing – more like a balm than a lipstick – and give a gorgeous, glossy wash of color that wears down to a stain. If you’re going to try one product from this post, make it the Pretty Stix! Try BFF for a soft nude, or Vintage Blush for the perfect everyday pink.
Best Dry Shampoo: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
Y’all, this product is legit. I am cringing as I recommend it because I am a true addict – I’ve repurchased this 4 times! It feels weightless in the hair and doesn’t leave any white residue. Perfect if you’re super busy or just want to give your hair a break from shampooing!
Best Affordable Skincare: Pixi Glow Tonic Exfoliating Toner
I throw a little on a cotton pad and rub it gently on my face every night – after make-up removal, before moisturizer. It lightly exfoliates my face without drying me out or irritating my sensitive skin. For $15, Glow Tonic is an easy way to treat yourself and your skin!
Best Luxury Skincare: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream
I live in the desert now, and my skin is so. incredibly. dry! The only thing that can save me is this cream. I know, I know – $30 for a moisturizer?! – but it comes with an insane amount of product (6 oz. – your average foundation is typically less than 1 oz!). Use it before bed to wake up to soft, hydrated skin – even in January!