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Laura Kennedy's Best Makeup Buys of 2021, So Far

"Yes – there’s even a lipstick in my list"

Beauty editor Laura Kennedy shares her list of this year's most impressive makeup. 

This year has been a strange one for beauty. Without the usual bustle of day-to-day life and social interaction, the products we use most have changed, and some of the best launches of this odd year have fallen under the radar a bit.

To give them the attention they deserve, here are my top makeup launches of 2021 so far. Though there is still a lot of the year to go, beauty launches in the first four months of 2021 have been uncommonly good. Yes – there’s even a lipstick in my list, but it’s one you’ll actually be able to wear, I promise.

1. Brow Freeze, €30, Anastasia Beverly Hills at Arnotts – SHOP 

A clear gelatinous wax with unbelievable grip and hold, this will keep even
wayward brow hairs exactly where you put them. This is the product to use if you
love the brushed-up brow trend but can’t get yours to cooperate.

2. Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation, €44, YSL – SHOP

Available in thirty shades, this newly revamped base features medium buildable
coverage paired with the supreme glowiness of YSL’s famed Touche Éclat highlighter pen. It lasts comfortably all day and gives skin plumpness and radiance.

3. Hyaluronic Happikiss Lipstick, €32, Charlotte Tilbury – SHOP

This is the only lipstick I’ve consistently worn this year. Somewhere between a
balm, a lipstick and a non-sticky gloss, it’s completely fuss-free and wears away
subtly throughout the day without ceremony or residue. The shade Crystal Happikiss – the Platonic form of a sheer pink nude – is perfection.

4. Sunset Blush, €26, Vieve – SHOP
Every shade in this range is a winner. The powder is milled to a buttery
smoothness and packs some very intense pigment, so very little goes a long way.
There are no shrinking violet shades here, but all of them make skin sing.

5. Eye Chalks, €16, Milk Makeup – SHOP
This isn’t just the eyeshadow that Billie Eilish wore at this year’s Grammys – she
wore champagne shade Hopscotch – it’s also the easiest ever route to a perfect eye.
Draw the powdery crayon over your lid, blend with a brush, and you’re done. The
finish is sheeny and beautiful.

6. Second Skin Dewy Finish Foundation, €27, Sculpted By Aimee – SHOP 

This Irish foundation may not have launched this year, but it did recently expand
its shade range to include more skin tones, making it available to more people.
Anyone who has tried it should notice its glowing finish, excellent coverage and
substantial staying power, plus it is more affordable than competing luxury bases.


7. Air Volume Mega Mascara, €15, L’Oreal Paris – SHOP
While many raved about the launch of Maybelline Sky High Mascara in February,
I preferred this affordable mascara. I find the large, bristled brush is easier to get
along with than the sparser rubber-bristled type often associated with some new
mascaras. The finish is ultra-black, fluffy and flattering to the lashes.

This excerpt was taken from the April issue of Irish Tatler, free with the Business Post. 

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