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I'm a makeup junkie and a beauty editor
I'm a makeup junkie and a beauty editor (aka I inundated with launches to review daily—no, I'm not complaining) it just definitely adds another level to the struggle of finding products that legit work. To make the process a little less painful for us all, though, I decided to really sit down and swatch, swipe, and test everything in the name of finding the best makeup products that are actually worth spending cash on. Ahead are the best 20 I could find—these include all of my favorites from 2019 (so far), ranging from a long-lasting lip stain to a can't-live-without bronzer. Keep reading to discover the new beauty staples you need to add to your makeup bag ASAP. Don't worry, you can thank me later.
Just when you thought this cult-favorite tinted moisturizer couldn't get any better...it effing did. With a brand new formula that launched this year (with super moisturizing ingredients, like macadamia oil), and an expanded shade range (bless!), you need to put this on your face RIGHT NOW. It gives you that perfect, sheer no-makeup makeup look with a little bit of added glow.
You know how sometimes you'll swipe on a shadow and it barely even shows up? Yea, you won't have to worry about that with this eyeshadow palette. Beauty influencer, Jackie Aina, collabed with Anastasia Beverly Hills to create a palette with insane color payoff that's also easy to build on. There's also 14 shadows, from matte finishes to metallic, that you can use to create any look you dream up.
I don't know about you but my foundation slides off my face by lunchtime and I look legit scary. So, because I don't want to carry a massive bottle of liquid foundation to touch up during the day, I throw this foundation stick in my bag. The formula is really blendable and it leaves behind a matte finish that won't dry your skin out or settle into your fine lines.
This brow pencil changed my life—seriously, wtf was I doing before this existed?? It's a two-in-one eyebrow pencil and powder that shapes and fills your brows. I use mine to create a more natural look, but if you're into bold brows this pencil will get the job done. Oh, and it lasts for hours—like until you wash your makeup off at night.
Ask anyone who knows me, but I loooove a good lip gloss. I'll wear it alone or throw it on over a lipstick to add some sheen. And this lip gloss from Tarte is one of the best I've tried all year. It doesn't even feel like you're wearing lip gloss—I know, seems impossible, right? It's lightweight, hydrating (thanks, vitamin E), and because of the vanilla in the formula, it smells good enough to eat (pls don't do that, though).
I was already obsessed with Fenty Beauty's matte foundation, so I couldn't wait to try out this new hydrating foundation—and it didn't disappoint. It gives you full coverage with a natural finish that doesn't cake. It's also packed with grape seed oil, with leaves you with a dewy, but not oily, glow.
This cruelty-free and vegan mascara is legit a dream. The thin formula locks your hairs in place without weighing them down, and the short bristles are able to grab and coat even your smallest of lashes.
So, technically, this can be used on your cheeks and your lips, making it a two-in-one (aka a win-win). If you're going for the bb angel sent from above glow, this needs to be your go-to blush stick. It's super easy to use—just swipe it onto your cheeks (or lips) and use your fingers to blend it in. You're going to be obsessed with the sheer color tint left behind.
The tip of this liquid eyeliner is so sharp it could honestly prick your finger. Kidding, but, seriously—it's precise and glides on like a charm, so you won't have to stress about tugging or pulling. Plus, the color payoff is a 10/10 and the waterproof formula lasts for hours.
Afraid of using a liquid highlighter? Don't be, it's super easy. Apply a couple of drops of this one on the high points of your face (cheekbones, temples, and the bridge of the nose) and blend. The result? A weightless, pigmented glow that'll have people stopping in their tracks.
I have this lip balm in my bag, on my nightstand, and on my desk at work—it's that good. It smooths out and softens my flaky lips—shout out to the hydrating shea and mango butters—without feeling too heavy on.
The name of this mascara reveals that it truly does the most in the best way possible. The fibers of the wand lock onto each lash giving them volume, length, and curl that won't clump. And the hourglass shape of the wand means you can customize your lash look from natural to over the top—the shorter bristles deposit less pigment, while the longer one kick out the lashes at your outer corners.
Pat McGrath is the 'Mother of Makeup,' and this lipstick is her golden child. Because of the Brazil nut oil in the formula, it not only swipes on super easily, but it also hydrates your lips while leaving them with an Insta-worthy glitter finish.
All you need is one drop of this liquid blush on both cheeks to get a lit from within glow. Want a more pigmented look? Feel free to add a couple more drops—the formula is very buildable and blendable, so it won't leave you looking like you have rosy clown cheeks, like some other blushes.
The other members of Cosmo's beauty team has been raving about this cream foundation, so I had to try it. And, guys, it lived up to every word. It gives you a full coverage, matte finish that makes you look FaceTuned IRL. And, it filled with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E, two MVP ingredients that work to hydrate and condition your skin.
Smooth, easy to blend, and lightweight—all of these words describe this liquid eyeshadow. And just because it's a matte suede shadow doesn't mean that it's going to fall flat on your eyes. The shadow gives your look depth and dimension without going overboard. Wear it alone, or pair it with another shadow.
Don't get it twisted—yes, this is a lip stain, but the color is still intensely bold and vibrant. There's also passionflower and coconut oil swimming around in the formula, keeping you moisturized all day long. Another bonus? The color actually stays on your lips, no matter what you had for lunch.
This powder blush is a dream to apply. The texture is really smooth, and it glides right on, giving you a shimmery finish that's just right. Sweep the blush on your temples and around the edges of your forehead for an allover flush.
I find that a lot of stick concealers end up looking streaky on my face, but that's not the case with this one. It's creamy, smooth, and it won't leave streaks on top of your foundation. The blendable formula also gives you medium coverage, but you can easily build it up to full coverage if you need to fake a full night's sleep.
My friends will let you know that I am absolutely obsessed with this bronzer (like, I can't stop talking about it). There's a shade for everyone (yes, even you), and it blends in easily without leaving behind any harsh lines. It'll make you look like you just got off a yacht in Ibiza, even if you actually spent all day sitting under fluorescent lights at work.