Beauty Products: Oldies But Goodies

You can't go wrong with make-up products that have stood the test of time. Beauty editor Tania Kwong highlights items that are universally flattering, have been best-sellers for years, and are made in classic shades with great formulations.


Smashbox Photo Finish Primer

  • The #1 seller in the Smashbox Cosmetics lineup, this primer launched in 2001 and was one of the first primers on the scene, really setting the bar high.
  • This product is great because it curbs shine, reduces fine lines and makes pores disppear. It works well under makeup or on its own.
  • Just a pea-size amount will cover your entire face. Less is more.

YSL Touche Eclat

  • This product is in every makeup artist's kit. A fan favourite, one of these pens is sold every 10 seconds.
  • Acts as a lightweight concealer to banish dark circles, blemishes and redness without leaving a cakey layer on the skin.
  • Just click some product and use the brush applicator to highlight above the cheekbones, under the eyes and any other areas you'd like to brighten and highlight.

Guerlain Terracotta bronzer

  • Created in 1984, this product is legendary.
  • The secret to its success? This bronzer has been finely milled, and the texture is moisturizing so it doesn't dry skin out. It's also universally flattering, and is great to add a sunkissed look to ANY skintone and type.

Stila All Day Waterproof Brow Colour

  • Eyebrows frame the face and give you an instant lift.
  • This product adds polish to any face and is a beauty editor's secret; its waterproof formulation makes it great for the gym and is so easy to use!

Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

  • At 41 years old, this product is mascara royalty. The green and pink packaging is iconic and was inspired by designer and fashion plate Lily Pulitzer.
  • You can spot it in your make-up bag!
  • A tube is sold every 1.5 seconds.
  • The formulation is great because it conditions and thickens at the same time. The brush is compact so it can really get close to the lash and the product won't clump.

Nars Orgasm Blush

  • A cult classic, Francois Nars came up with the name before the colour. This is the blush that looks fabulous on everybody. The perfect mix of peach and pink, it really adapts to different skin tones.

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Fire & Ice

  • You've heard of the LBD, this is the little black tube that every woman needs. First launched over 60 years ago, the shade is still in high demand. The formula is just as good.
  • This lipstick is a creamy, perfect red that suits nearly every skin tone - you could call it a neutral red that's perfect for both warm and cool tones. Everyone needs a red lipstick in their makeup bag!


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