The best new makeup launches that are convincing us to wear makeup under our face masks


By Wei Yeen Loh

The best new makeup launches that are convincing us to wear makeup under our face masks

Just ’cause we’re staying home (and staying safe) doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun with makeup—or splurge on new launches, for that matter. Skincare sets and hair necessities aside, this holiday season isn’t complete without a handful of new beauty products that are creeping its way to our wishlists.

Ahead, six makeup products that we’ve been experimenting with as of late—and convincing us that makeup shouldn’t be worn to be seen, but to make us feel good (and for that added boost of confidence).

For a diffused glow that gleams (not blinds):

Burberry The Essentials Glow Palette

Burberry The Essentials Glow Palette

You can’t go wrong with a palette that has everything you need to define your complexion to a tee. Case in point: Burberry The Essentials Glow Palette, a new three-in-one winner that has powder and cream formulations to sculpt, define and highlight your visage.

A healthy glow is always the way to go and the palette makes it easy to ace it, especially if you’re not a fan of high-impact finishes. Tip: Pat on Burberry’s Fresh Glow Luminous Base Fluid before using the Essentials Glow Palette if you’re gunning for a luminous effect.

RM340, available here

For lipstick lovers with a (green) conscience:

Lush Christmas 2020 Lipsticks

Lush Christmas 2020 lipstick

Lush is celebrating Christmas 2020 with the best kind of gift—vintage-inspired, eco-friendly lipsticks that come in the most festive of shades. The new Refillable Lipstick Case is made of aluminium and brass (40 percent of which is recycled material), and all you have to do is get your hands on their range of Lush Naked Lipstick Refills in vibrant purple, metallic red and gold glitter to fit ’em right in. Once you’re done, simply refill them!

From RM65, available at Lush stores. For more info, click here.

An everything-in-one makeup kit that anyone will find handy:

Nudestix Nude Blooms Pony Park Kit

Nudestix Nudebloom Pony Park

Nudestix has done it again and we’re all for its latest collaboration with our girl crush Pony Park, South Korean celebrity makeup artist and influencer. The Nude Blooms Kit doesn’t just come with four makeup essentials—each product can be used in more ways than one. And if there’s anything we love more than a day-to-night kit, it’s most definitely multifunctional must-haves.

The multi-use makeup in this kit include the Nudies Bloom in Cherry Blossom Babe for a pink-rose dewy look; the Nudies Glow in Illumi-naughty that can be used on the cheeks, eyelids and lips; and the Magnetic Luminous Eye in Praia that doubles up as an eyeshadow, eyelid primer, and highlighter. Finish of your holiday look with Lip Glace in Nude 04, a hydrating gel lip gloss that leaves a pretty-in-pink hue.

RM305, available here

If you’re looking for a pigment-rich lip colour that doesn’t dry your lips out:

Decorte AQ Lipstick

Decorte AQ Lipstick

We know what you’re thinking: What’s the use of lipstick if your face mask is going to conceal half your face anyway? But hear us out—or rather, what Decorté has to offer this holiday season. The new AQ Lipstick isn’t just another lipstick that offers great colour payoff; the skincare ingredients (white mucuna extract, white birch water, vegetable squalene and more) in this lipstick formulation moisturise the lips while leaving it comfortable and non-sticky.

Got fine lines that don’t look the best with a bold lip colour? Try this lipstick that’s more like a lip care. It comes in 10 shades, from a neutral poppy pink to various reds for a festive-ready look.

RM228, available at Decorté Isetan KLCC and The Gardens Mall

If traditional highlighters bore you:

Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Rosé Rave

Fenty eauty Diamond Bomb Rose Rave

What glides on like butter, leaves your skin glitzy (not gritty), and feels like jelly on the skin? If you guessed Fenty Beauty’s bestselling Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil highlighter for the face and body, you’re not wrong. But what we’re stoked for this season is that it now comes in two new limited-edition shades that aren’t your conventional hues.

Rosé Rave is our favourite for its pink-gold glimmer—swipe this on to complement your pink eye makeup for a dash of monochromatic magic; while the champagne gold Royal Icing will leave you gilded and glam for a night out—or Zoom party-ready.

RM187, available here

For that understated K-beauty lewk:

Dasique Sugar Brownie Eyeshadow

Dasique Sugar Brownie Eyeshadow Ksister

You can never have enough neutral-toned eyeshadow palettes, especially those that come with a couple of glitter-laden, shimmery shades to up the ante. Dasique’s cult favourite Sugar Brownie Eyeshadow palette is a sellout in South Korea and Japan—and for good reason. Nine earthy tones make this palm-sized must-have, and is perfect for minimalist makeup enthusiasts and those who are on the hunt for versatile palettes that offer super blendable shadows (Dasique’s product is easily blended with your fingers if you aren’t huge on makeup brushes or BeautyBlenders!).

RM130, available here

For more holiday gift guides, click here.

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