Sunday 1 January 2017

My Iconic Makeup Picks for 2016

Inspired by Sali Hughes’ wonderful  book, Pretty Iconic, I decided to round up my ‘iconic’ makeup items of 2016. Some of my choices are featured in the book, but some are little know and I believe they deserve a cult status in the beauty world.


My skin has dramatically changed over the course of 2016, thanks to Roaccutane it’s switched from extremely oily to very dry. My foundation picks are opposite ends of the spectrum.
Starting with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Foundation, I have to say this is my favourite foundation launch of 2016. It trumped Estee Lauder’s classic Double Wear Foundation; you can see my comparison here. It’s the ultimate heavy coverage foundation in my eyes.

A quick mention to L’Oreal’s Infallible 24 Hour Matte Foundation, everyone adored this foundation when it launched, but the hype seems to have died down. It’s an affordable drugstore foundation that does what it says on the tin!

A late entry into the list is Laura Mercier’s Silk Crème Moisturising Photo Edition Foundation. Anyone on Roaccutane, I urge you to buy this foundation, well anyone with dry skin for that matter. It gives a brilliant luminosity to the skin and doesn’t cake around dry patches.

Now to the products at aid the foundation routine. Now that I have dry skin my face loves the Too Faced Hangover Primer. I will forever repurchase because it leaves my skin feeling nourished.
The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops need to be in everyone’s collection. Being fair in skin tone I used to struggle with base products being too orange, but this adjusts the colour without changing the formula.

A big shout out to Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer – affordable and covers the darkest of eye circles, what more would you need?


Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze and Glow has been a firm favourite all year, only to compete with Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer (which I can’t believe I only tried towards the end of this year). The highlight makes you look so radiant and doesn’t make you resemble the Tin Man.

A rediscovery comes in the form of NARS Orgasm Blush; this shade goes with every makeup look and makes the face look youthful.


My mascaras of choice have to be the much raved about Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara and the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. Fluttery but thick lashes are achieved with the Too Faced one and the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara is the only product that doesn’t flake or smudge on my bottom lashes.
Another well-loved product to be featured is the Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil Eyeliner, I cannot find anything as black and long wearing as this.

For brows I have used the same product without fail all year, it’s the Soap and Glory Archery Pencil. There are different versions of this, but I love the thin nib and spoolie on this one, it’s very similar to the ABH option.

My eye makeup has been less smoky and more natural over the course of 2016. My top pick for eyeshadow has to be Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyes to Mesmerise in Jean. A wash of this shimmery champagne colour makes your eyes look so much more awake.


2016 was the year that Kat von D came to the UK and everyone rejoiced. I adore the Liquid Lipstick in Bow and Arrow, it’s the perfect nude shade and lasts all day without flaking.

A much raved about lip liner also became my favourite, Charlotte Tilbury’s Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk gives you a fuller pout in seconds. Your lips never look dreadfully over drawn with this shade either.
I couldn’t not feature MAC’s Velvet Teddy Lipstick in this round up. Every blogger and their mum has this shade after Kylie Jenner named it her fave. I adore the 90s grunge lip look it creates.

A lesser known favourite of mine is the L’Oreal Mega Gloss in I Got The Power. It’s described as a cream formula, it glides on and isn’t sticky, it’s the only gloss I’ll wear.

I’d love to know your favourite makeup picks from 2017. Leave them in a comment below.

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