Mid-year beauty report: top 8 makeup products of 2019

July 10, 2019

LUMA highlighter

I have always been obsessed with collecting makeup. I am a sucker for unique packaging, eye-catching shimmers and vibrant pigments. I’m extremely lucky to try many amazing products and now would like to share my favorites of 2019! Similarly to my recent skincare report, see my best makeup products of 2019:


My go-to makeup brushes have always been Sigma (I even have a discount for you all – chicontherun for 10% off ;)). As mentioned previously in my ‘Must have Sigma brushes’ post, they are the original, professional makeup brushes. Personally, I have been using them for around 10 years, right at the start of my love affair with makeup. When it comes to foundation, I can’t go past the 3DHD Max Kabuki and 4DHD Kabuki for harder to reach areas like around my eyes. However, recently I discovered Makeup Weapons brushes. The tapered powder brush 1.2 is the perfect multi-functional brush for bronzer, highlighter or blush. I love how soft and fluffy it is, perfect for my highlighter application.  My other favourite is the 1.6 pointed Blender Brush. Perfect for applying and blending out eyeshadows! Makeup Weapons are also Aussie made and I am all for supporting small, local businesses. Get amongst it.


L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Fresh Wear is one of the best affordable foundations on the market. It is blendable and provides a high coverage with a matte finish. Wear it on its own or along with the Magic Essence Drops and Magic Loose Powder (part of the new Infallible range) for the perfect matte finish! Great for occasions where you know you’ll be breaking out a sweat or you need lasting wear.


Recently, I became obsessed with sprays and mists. While I can’t say my makeup stays on longer, I love the hydrating and smoothing properties. With a spray, I always feel like my makeup is done. And, this year I have been particularly loving the MAC Prep+Prime FIX+ Goldlite. This spray can be used before, during or after makeup application and not only smooths skin, it also makes it glow! Give your makeup a quick spritz and shower yourself with shimmery gold pigments for a dewy look.


While it’s hard to get your hands on now, the Charlotte Tilbury Stars In Your Eyes Palette brings the most perfect luxurious glow to your eyes. Truthfully, I can never go past it when doing my makeup for something really special. The colours and shimmers make my eyes pop while the application itself is super satisfying and perfectly blendable. Charlotte Tilbury has now released a few mini eyeshadow palettes like ‘Golden Goddess’, ‘Dreamgasm’ and ‘Pillow Talk’ that resemble the original palette, so grab them quick before they are gone!

Next, for a botanically enthused palette I often reach for the Arbonne It’s All In The Eyes Volume 1. I’ve gone into great detail about this palette previously but it gives the perfect day time look. Additionally, the shadows are vegan, cruelty free and filled with botanicals that heal your skin whilst also making your eyes pop.


Do you want a primer with results beyond simply extending the wear of your makeup? The LUMA Liquid Light Illuminating Primer is a great multitasking product which also provides a beautiful, natural glow. In fact, it’s more than just a great primer as it’s also beautiful to wear on its own. Providing a beautiful dewy glow, the skin looks healthy and luminous with a pretty, subtle shimmer. The must-have tool for a natural makeup look!


LUMA Illuminating Highlighter Golden Glow. I’ve never been a huge fan of cream highlighters until now. The LUMA highlighter gives out the most natural, yet eye-catching glow. With an almost wet-look finish, the highlighter makes your skin appear fresh, radiant and natural. The LUMA highlighter is a must-have in your makeup collection if you’re after a natural, dewy look or to add a radiant and striking glow for a glamorous look.


When I need eyebrows on point I reach for my Poni Cosmetics Brow Magic Brow Pencil. It’s incredible precision and perfect colour is hard to beat! The retractable pencil creates fine strokes to replicate tiny brow hairs for a natural look. Finally, the magic is in its incredible one-colour-fits-all shade. It is the most perfect colour for my complexion but, according to trustworthy sources, the dark-haired beauties love it too! Canberrans can also purchase and test out the PONI products at Natural Body Image beauty salon.

Finally, to finish off my brow look, I reach for the Full Brow Brow Fibre Mascara in Blonde. It thickens up my brows with fine fibers which stay put all day long. The colour range is awesome and the blonde shade matches perfectly to hair.


This is the makeup product that got me absolutely shook in 2019: MAC False Lash Maximizer Base Mascara. This white ‘base coat’ mascara primes, lengthens and thickens your lashes. After applying, wait for it to dry and then apply the MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara. I seriously can’t get over the results, my lashes look luscious, long and thick. The base works with other black mascaras and helps to intensify the finished look. For example, top it up with a volumising mascara for thick and dramatic lashes, lengthening mascara for unbelievable length or a natural finish mascara for ‘yours but better’ lashes with an oompth! Hands down, my best makeup find of 2019!

So, what did you all think about my best makeup products of 2019? Do you agree?

Let me know in the comments below!

Natalia x