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Female's Picks: 20 Holy Grail Skincare And Makeup Products You'll Love

Fact: it was tough curating this list. Also fact: these holy grail skincare and makeup products have gotten our vote thanks to their amazing formulas and textures. Ahead, the 20 products that have truly impressed us.
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#1: Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX, $115
Formulated with the brand’s Jaum Balancing Complex, this lightweight serum helps to hydrate and balance skin for a healthier and more radiant complexion. It is also enriched with a slew of Korean medicinal herbs as well as membranous milk-vetch, which promotes natural skin circulation and dwarf lilyturf and liquorice to boost synergy among herbal extracts to restore skin’s natural radiance. #2: SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $210
This contains the brand’s signature ingredient Pitera, which is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and organic acids to restore skin’s natural functions. It reportedly treats spots, reduces the appearance of wrinkles, refines skin texture, improves firmness and boosts radiance. #3: Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour, $75
An Auto-Replenishing Technology instantly boosts skin’s hydration while helping skin activate its own internal water source to deliver non-stop skin-plumping hydration. It also strengthens skin’s moisture barrier and improves the look of fine lines, flakiness and tightness from dehydration. Bonus: it can even be used as an overnight sleeping mask and since it has a gel texture, it absorbs quickly and does not feel greasy. #4: For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Bio-Cellulose Mask, $63 for a box of three
With the aim of brightening and firming skin, this bio-cellulose sheet mask delivers a boost of vitamins and minerals to treat tired and dull skin. #5: Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask Seaweed Radiance Facial, $40
We are constantly strapped for time so this five-minute facial targeted at busy women who have tired, dull and stressed skin is the perfect treatment to pamper your skin with. Formulated with a blend of kombu seaweed, red algae and lotus seeds that help to gently buff and refine skin, this revitalising mask helps to comfort and reset the complexion. The result: smoother, more radiant skin. #6: Clarins Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, $36
Blue lotus wax leaves a nourishing film on the lips, leaving puckers supple, soft and smooth for hours. Cocoa extract then stimulates the production of hyaluronic acid and improves the overall hydration of lips. Protected from excessive evaporation of moisture by ceramides, lips always look – and feel – plumper and smoother post-application. The best part? It does not feel greasy, tacky or oily at all. #7: Kiehl’s Ultra Light Daily UV Defense Aqua Gel, $56
This is made with a Pollution-Protecting Technology that forms a protective barrier on the skin to prevent oxidative stress (which may lead to inflammation, unwanted breakouts and accelerated skin ageing) caused by environmental factors, prominent in any urban jungle. Vitamin E is also infused to neutralise skin-damaging free radicals, offer antioxidant protection and hydrate. #8: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $102, Sephora
When it comes to facial oils, we love one that is fast-absorbing and hydrating yet still lightweight. This checks all the boxes and even provides anti-ageing benefits and advanced protection against environmental stressors and free radicals. It hydrates, preserves and heals your skin while restoring its youthful glow thanks to its key ingredient, marula fruit. #9: Dior Forever Fluid Foundation, $85
If you have been keeping up with this space, then you would probably already know how much we love this foundation. It has an aqueous texture that blends like a dream and a pleasant fragrance that is not too pungent. It also gives awesome coverage and lasts the entire day thanks to two new structuring agents that help the product adhere to the skin while preventing it from becoming destabilised by heat or humidity. It also has absorbent beads to neutralise shine and create a velvet, natural-looking matte finish.  #10: Hera Black Cushion, $75
The innovative formula features the Bright Fit Cover Powder that contains an Ultra Fine Powder Dispersion technology, which reduces the size of particles by 30 per cent. The pigment is also coated with amino acid derivatives similar to the skin’s natural protein, which allows the powder to blend in with the skin better to enhance radiance and translucency. The Double Lasting Layer Technology then helps to prolong the staying power as it forms two flexible layers (hard and soft) that are able to coat our facial contours while increasing the tenacity of makeup without drying the skin out. To achieve a semi-matte finish, a Matte Finish Gel is infused to mimic the effect of powder being applied on top of foundation, leaving skin feeling smooth and comfortable. #11: Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer, $105
This creamy concealer has an ultra-smooth texture that ensures even, full-coverage with just a single swipe. It is great to cover blemishes and other imperfections while keeping the skin hydrated and smooth so it always looks plump and perfected. And since it comes in a portable stick packaging, it is perfect to carry it along for on-the-go touch-ups. #12: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Glow, $70
A revised version of its Translucent Loose Setting Powder, this aims to keep the dewiness and illumination from your foundation while ensuring shine is kept at bay for a reported 12 hours. It is made with a custom blend of pearl pigments to give the skin natural-looking luminosity and anti-flashback mica so you’ll always be photo ready. Additionally, it features a weightless formula that feels comfortable on the skin while blurring the look of fine lines and pores. #13: Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan, $69, Sephora
Besides its huge pan size, this matte bronzer is made with micro-fine, jet-milled powder that blends effortlessly for a flawless finish that does not look too harsh on all skin tones. PS: it is best paired with the brand’s The Bronze Brush. #14: Nars Brow Perfector, $38
Besides its uber slim and sleek packaging that makes it the perfect travel companion, its formula is one to note. It deposits just the right amount of pigments onto your eyebrows and does not look too unnatural or harsh. #15: Fenty Beauty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner, $30, Sephora
The smart triangle shape makes it easy to hold – and apply – for beginners and pros alike. It also has a water-resistant formula that dries fast so it will not fade off, smudge or transfer easily. #16: Dior Backstage Glow Face Palette, $77
The four shades in this palette are universal, with the top two functioning as highlighters, the pink to revive dull skin, and the bronze to lend warmth. We especially love the highlighters, what with its uber smooth textures and pigmented formulas to impart a luminous glow to the skin. #17: YSL Beaute Rouge Pur Couture The Slim, $54
The square-cut bullet aids with precise application and you really only need one swipe for full colour payoff. It also has a hydrating formula that does not dry out your puckers and feels comfortable and weightless on the lips. And of course, it is long-wearing too. #18: Hourglass Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, $46
This comes with a 4DAmplifier brush that is said to lengthen lashes up to four times more volume with just one coat. One side of the brush is made with denser bristles to generously coat lashes while the other side comes with shorter bristles, which are meant to be used on the lower lashes to prevent any smudging. Plus, it has a waterproof formula. #19: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $30
This is one of the most highly raved about beauty tool among makeup artists and celebs alike as it fits perfectly to the shape of your peepers thanks to its exclusive ergonomic frame design, which ensures precise control. It also has a unique silicone “mushroom” padding that provides a protective, stay-put edge for improved safety and optimum, long-lasting curl. #20: Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $48
This has a unique formula that helps to lower the skin’s temperature to prolong makeup wear and I like to spray it on twice — once before blending my foundation and after I’m done with my entire makeup look. Main image: Showbit.com