The Best Makeup of 2017
Every Southern woman has a makeup bag full of her beauty essentials that are tried-and-true for her busy life, but it’s always a good idea to rotate and retire some of these makeup staples because in the world of beauty, there’s always something new around the corner (but we do love our classics!). Here are the best makeup products this year that you need to try.
Best Bronzer/Contour Palette
Buy It: Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Highlight & Contour Palette, $14.95; walgreens.com
This palette covers all of your bases with glowing shimmer and matte finishes in three flattering shades each for the perfect highlighting and contouring tools. This palette will come in handy for any regular day or fancy occasion.
Best Lip Treatment
Buy It: Clarins Instant Light Lip Oil, $26; sephora.com
Give your lips some much-needed love with this lip treatment oil that will smooth and comfort lips with a lovely shine finish and hint of color. Choose from the seven pretty hues, and get hydrating!
Best Long-Lasting Eye Shadow
Buy It: Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Color Paint Shadow, $25; sephora.com
We mean it when we say “long-lasting.” This 24-hour, waterproof cream shadow is going to be your best friend when it comes to long workdays, weekend outings, and nights on the town. The creamy texture glides on so easily, and you can choose from 20 awesome shades and three finishes (shimmer, matte, and satin).
Best Product for Brows
Buy It: Almay Brow Pencil, $6.99; target.com
What makes this one-stop brow tool better than most is the two-sided application. One end is a pointed, flat-edge tip to fill in brows, and the opposite end is a built-in brush to blend and tame your brows.
Buy It: Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, $44; sephora.com
You’ll be blown away with the highlighting genius of this cream-gel that you can apply directly to skin or mix with foundation for all-over dewy glow. Coconut water hydrates your skin while you wear!
Best Specialty-Store Foundation
Buy It: It Cosmetics Confidence in a Compact with SPF 50+ with Luxe Brush, $43.50; qvc.com
This first-ever solid serum foundation delivers major skincare benefits with full coverage finish and added sun protection. Anti-aging ingredients are activated upon contact and restore moisture, reduce lines and wrinkles, and improves the look of firmness in the skin.
Best Drugstore Foundation
Buy It: CoverGirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir SPF 20, $12.99; walgreens.com
This buildable-coverage foundation is infused with vitamins for hydrated, healthy, and glowing skin. The antioxidant and vitamin-packed formula adds SPF 20 for all-day sun protection.
Buy It: Maybelline New York The Colossal Big Shot, $6.94; walmart.com
If you want some truly big Southern lashes, this mascara is the right choice. Your lashes can pick up a stiff wind after using this collagen formula with epic volume.
Best Lip Color
Buy It: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip, $7.12; amazon.com
This high-impact liquid lip color will solve your worries in a single stroke. This formula is highly saturated and easy to apply, making it tempting to get one in every color.