There are two schools of thought when it comes to makeup. The first is that since makeup is put on and wiped off at the end of the day, you shouldn't spend too much on it, and even pharmacy brands will do. The other school argues that paying for premium products will ensure better longevity, colour payoff and quality — and ultimately a more beautiful visage. After trying a variety of products out there, here's the one we would highly recommend. Ladies, start pinching those pennies, save them and then splash out on these beauty-makers.
1. Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer, $110
The gold standard of concealers, this creamy stick cover-up has an unparallelled texture and perfect blendability, and is a favourite with celebrities including Amanda Seyfried.
2. Tom Ford Beauty Lip Color, $75
Once you've tried a Tom Ford Beauty lipstick, you're likely to fall in love with both the plush and moisturising formula as well as the luscious, fashion-foward colours. Our personal favourite is Cherry Lush — a rich, vibrant red that wears extraordinarily well for a red lippie.
3. Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup SPF15, $100
This revolutionary formula feels like nothing on the skin thanks to its serum texture, but has buildable coverage without any cake-iness. With a wide array of shades, it also suits most complexions and imbues skin with a truly luminous glow.
4. Artis Brush Elite Smoke 10 Brush Set, US$439
If you're starting from scratch, this comprehensive set made with CosmeFibre heads (no animals were harmed), will set you on the right foot. With precise brushes for everything from spot applying concealer to filling in brows, your makeup will have a smooth, seamless finish.
5. Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Lighting Edit, US$122
With super fine textures, skin-flattering shades and luxurious packaging, this ticks all the right boxes. Delivering multi-dimensional luminosity, think of this as the natural, refined version of harsher contouring palettes.
6. Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe in K.I.S.S.I.N.G, US$384
Fastest fingers first, when it comes to clicking and buying this stunning collection of 10 lush lippies. Boasting a cashmere-soft application and a stunning colour selection — Coachella Coral or Night Crimson, anyone? — this is the lipstick set to end all lipstick sets.
7. By Terry Sun Designer Palette in Light and Tan Vibes
These six luminous shades with both matte and satin finishes act as blushers, bronzers and face sculptors in one palette. We adore all the high-quality products from this niche makeup brand, and this limited edition summer palette is no exception.
8. Chantecaille Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara, US$90
One of the brand's best-selling products, this one has a lash peptide in the formula that helps treat your lashes while lengthening them. While it might seem pretty steep for a mascara, the proof is in the pudding, as it's sold out on Net-A-Porter.com — though more stock is coming soon.