The latest beauty products worth your time, and tips on how to use them.
In the current makeup landscape, there are so many new products that even a beauty hound can become boggled.
Sift through them, though, and there are creative new options well worth your attention. Here’s a primer on some of the newest products, and tips on how to use them.
The new lip stains
Lip stains deliver a believable finish but are often faulted for drying out lips or settling into fine lines. Not so with the new hyaluronic-acid-infused versions like the Dior Addict Lacquer Plump ($37 at dior.com).
With a consistency akin to a super-pigmented jelly, the formula gives you a surprisingly shiny, ink-like stain with a subtle plumping effect courtesy of the hyaluronic acid.
Dior makeup artist Ricky Wilson likes this method to achieve an everyday look: “Apply a generous amount to the bottom lip, and instead of rubbing the lips together, simply press them to create a transfer to the top lip and then use your finger to move the product to the lip edge,” he says.
Glitter is back in a big way — but what’s out are the messy loose pigments that require pro dedication to apply.
The new Tom Ford Shadow Extreme line ($36 at tomford.com) has a formula of gel polymers and oils that creates a barely there, flexible film. Glitter, pearl and micronized pigments stay on better, so much so that the shadow can appear 3-D or nearly wet.
“The formula is best applied dry with fingertips or with a brush,” says makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench, who worked with Ford on the collection.
The new powders
The new Armani Beauty Neo Nude Compact Powder Foundation ($58 at giorgioarmanibeauty-usa.com) has the appearance of a powder, but is essentially a dehydrated liquid foundation that “reactivates” when it comes into contact with your skin’s own moisture.
Linda Cantello, the international makeup artist for Armani Beauty, lauds its radiant, natural-looking finish. (Anyone who wants full coverage will need to layer it with foundation.)
Cantello advises using a “large, natural-hair brush to apply directly over skin.”
The powder works best on skin that is somewhat oily or very moisturized; otherwise, it can take up to 20 to 30 minutes to settle. Once it settles, though, the finish is essentially seamless.
Lip powders have become the nouveau finish of choice. That’s partly because of their versatility, says Chanel makeup artist Cyndle K, referring to the company’s Poudre à Lèvres Lip Balm and Powder Duos ($37 at chanel.com).
“Applied on top of a lipstick, the powder gives unbelievable staying power and helps prevent feathering,” she says. “Or you can create a beautiful bitten-lip look by applying the balm and then using your finger to dab on the color.”
The new jelly illuminators feel young and playful. Jiggly and bouncy, they’re also fun to capture on camera, as demonstrated by Farsáli’s Jelly Beam Illuminator ($40 at farsali.com), a rose-gold highlighter that has been a hit on Instagram.
Unlike highlighting powders and liquids, which can wander, the jelly consistency largely stays put. It also offers a pretty, slightly dewy finish without the heaviness of a cream formula.
Use as you would any highlighting product: Dab on tops of cheekbones, brow bones and the cupid’s bow with your ring finger.