If you want to take your beauty routine to the next level this year, then you’re going to need the right tools for the job. So to help you up your game we’ve rounded up our top 20 picks that we think are well worth shelling out your hard-earned cash on.

1.Makeup Geek Foiled Shadows 

If you can’t resist a bit of sparkle then it’s time to invest in a couple of Makeup Geek’s Foiled Eyeshadows . These shadows have to be the absolute best shimmer shadows on the planet. Our faves are In The Spotlight, Starry Eyed and Grandstand.


2. Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart, Spf 50

The best thing you can do for your skin is protect it from the elements and this product not only blocks out the sun’s harmful rays but protects against pollution and other environmental nasties. It’s easy to apply and gives your skin a gorgeous, dewy glow.


3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipsticks

Not all liquid lippies are created equal and if you’re after one of the very best then grab one these beauties from Anastasia Beverly Hills.

4. MAC Mariah Carey Extra Dimension Skin Finish 

If you want to add some va-va-voom to your beauty routine then it’s time to invest in a highlighter. This new Mariah Carey limited edition compact from MAC not only looks gorgeous but will add a pretty glam glow to any makeup look. But you’ll have to be quick with this one as it won’t be around for long. 


5. Nude By Nature Touch Of Glow highlight Stick

A stick highlighter is a quick and easy way to take your makeup from the office to a night out. A single swipe of this pretty cream-to-powder highlighter from Nude by Nature will give your makeup look a glam glow which is perfect for the evening. 


6. Revlon Insta-Blush

If you’re after goof-proof application then the new Revlon Insta-Blush stick (on sale 1 Feb 2017) is a must. There are four sheer, bendable shades to choose from and all are great for adding a pop of colour to your cheeks when you’re out and about. 


7. Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

I’ve tried a lot of CC Creams over the years and this one from Clinique is hands down one of my absolute faves. Not only does it colour correct to match your skin but it gives you a lovely dewy glow with the added benefit of an spf30 sunscreen.  


8. Smashbox Photofinish Lid Primer

If you want your eyeshadow to stay in place all day long you’ll need to invest in a good eyelid primer. This one from Smashbox is worth it’s weight in gold. 


9. Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Cream Gel Colour

It was hard to choose just one brow product because there are a few that are on our favourites list but we especially love Benefit’s Ka-Brow because it glides on effortlessly and comes complete with it’s only little applicator brush that sits neatly inside the cap.   


10. ByTerry Baume De Rose

If you’re after the creme da la creme of lip balms then ByTerry’s Baume De Rose is it. Okay it’s not cheap ($90) but it is one of the most loved lip protectors because it offers a radiant shine without being too sticky. AND it lasts forever!

11. A’kin Dry Shampoo 

Once you discover the benefits of owning a good dry shampoo you’ll wonder how you survived without one. Again we have a few favourites including the Batiste range and Schwarzkopf’s Osis Dry Shampoo but this one from [A’Kin] is a new favourite that adds texture to your locks, smells great and gives you a few extra days between washes – bliss!


12. Nars Bronzer in Laguna

A matte bronzer is a great multi-purpose product as it doubles as a warm-toned eyeshadow and gives you a shine free natural glow. One of our all time favourites is Nars’ Bronzer in Laguna as it’s universally flattering and gives you a pretty sun-kissed glow.


13. Moisture Mist Beauty Cake

There’s a reason why the Beauty Cake has been Moisture Mist’s number one selling foundation for over 30 years – it works. It’s hands-down one of the best on-the-go foundations because it gives sheer to full coverage, is easy to use and keeps your skin looking great all day long. 


14. Benefit’s POREfessional

A quality primer is the quickest and easiest way to up your foundation game. Benefit’s POREfessional helps to smooth out any lumps and bumps and helps create a flawless finish to apply your foundation. 



15. MAC Brow Gel 

Good brow products are a must if you want your brows to look their very best. While tinted brow gels are a handy addition to any makeup kit a clear gel is easy to use and will keep your perfectly groomed brows in place all day long. The MAC brow gel is a firm favourite.


16. Beauty Blender

The reason beauty YouTubers swear by the original Beauty Blender is because nothing quite stacks up against it.  Not only will a beauty blender give your foundation a flawless finish every time it also works beautifully to apply primer, powders and cream blushes which means it’s a must-have multi-use tool.


17. Lashem Eyelash Serum

Even if you weren’t blessed with long beautiful lashes you can now have ’em with the help of a quality eyelash serum. While we also love Revitalash, Lashem is more affordable and does just as good a job. Just be prepared to wait weeks before you notice any change in your lashes. 


18. Tarte Tartelette Eyeshadow Palette

Adding a beautiful matte eyeshadow palette to your makeup collection will take your eyeshadow game from zero to hero in an instant. The Tarte Tartelette matte palette is famous for its Amazonian clay shadows that go on like a dream, blend seamlessly and don’t leave any pesky fallout on your face.

19. Clinique Quickliner for Lips

A quality nude lip pencil like this one from Clinique is a beauty must. The nude lip is taking centre stage right now and to create the look you’ll need to arm yourself with the perfect nude pencil and that’s why we love Clinque’s Intense Cafe


20. theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

When it comes to multi-tasking products theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer is one of the best. Not only is a beautiful highlighter but it also doubles as a shimmer eyeshadow and a skin luminizer – winning!