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Female's Top 20 Makeup Products Of 2016

From multi-tasking makeup bases to advanced lip glosses that leave no trace of stickiness, makeup just gets better and better every year. While it’s not easy to choose just 20 products (launched between September 2015 to August 2016), we’ve curated a list of the ones that go above and beyond their intended purpose, and stand out for their texture and ease of use.

#1: The new matte makeup: Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30/PA +++, $70
A new approach to matte, this gives you glowing skin without the shine, but doesn’t leave the complexion looking flat or dry. The all-in-one tint – a first for the brand – has transparent blurring powders that manipulate and scatter light so skin looks radiant, almost as if you applied highlighting powders. Rose fruit extract acts as an astringent to minimise the appearance of pores, and supposedly inhibit the action of sebum-producing enzymes. #2: The 2-in-1 lippie: Clinique Pop Glaze Sheer Lip Colour + Primer, $35
This contains a hydrating polymer blend that acts as a built-in primer to smooth out lip texture. Colour pigments glide on evenly and effortlessly without the need to apply a balm or prep product beforehand. #3: The non-sticky gloss: Lancome Juicy Shaker, $36
Its unique biphase formula combines oil and pigments when you shake it up, turning it into a silky gloss with a subtle sheen and zero stickiness. Lips feel plumped and soft thanks to the antioxidant-rich blend of peach kernel, sweet almond and musk rose oils. We also love the retro martini shaker-case. #4: The treatment lipstick: Cosme Decorte AQMW Art des Fleurs Rouge, $88
Infused with hyaluronic acid, yeast extract and mucin, this is so  moisturising that it almost immediately plumps lips from within. Fine lines are smoothed, and lips are left softer and healthier. #5: The one-stroke mascara: Make Up For Ever Excessive Lash Mascara, $48
The magic of this is in the brush, which has a combination of two bristles of differing firmness. One coats the lashes, while the other combs out clumps to give fuller, longer, and more defined flutters in just one swipe. See: 9 lengthening mascaras we love #6: The ultra-fine powder: Cle de Peau Beaute Translucent Loose Powder, $180
Thanks to the dewy makeup trend, powders tend to have a bad rap for their matte finish. But this fine powder (when we say fine, we mean really fine) feels like silk on your skin, and leaves a radiant natural glow that minimises oil without making your complexion look flat. #7: The idiot-proof lipstick: Burberry Full Kisses, $41
This lip pen has a flat-top tip that allows you to line your lips with the pointy end, and easily fill in colour with the slightly curved flat side. Its ultra-creamy texture melts easily upon application, so you’ll never miss a spot. See: Hydrating matte lipsticks our beauty editor loves #8: The sculpting lipstick: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Gloss, $44
In the same way that a highlighting powder contours your face, this gloss “sculpts” your puckers, thanks to multidimensional optics that reflect light and create the illusion of a fuller pout. #9: The must-have for K-Pop dewiness: Laneige BB Cushion Whitening, $59
When it comes to dewy, whitening makeup, the Koreans have it down to a fine art. So it’s no wonder this reformulated cushion compact does both perfectly. The fluid has a pearl coating that instantly brightens skin, while micro-sized hydrating ingredients leave a moist, smooth finish. See: The irresistibly cute Laneige x Lucky Chouette makeup collection #10: The camera-ready makeup: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, $72
Digital cameras are more advanced than ever, and able to zoom in on every detail. Thanks to ultra-fine light-reflecting pigments, this reformulated foundation will look invisible even in close up shots. It also has evodia fruit extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin, so it lasts and looks natural for longer. #11: The foundation adjuster: The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops in Lightening and Darkening, $29.90 each
With more than 7,000 different skin tones in the world, it can be almost impossible to find the exact foundation shade from the usual range of 10 to 20 colours. These drops can be added to your liquid foundation to lighten or darken the colour to get the perfect match. #12: The multi-tasking makeup base: YSL Beauty Top Secrets Instant Moisture Glow, $79
This bridge product has both skincare and makeup properties, and can be used in three ways. Applied alone, the pinkish gel subtly conceals imperfections and leaves a dewy glow. Applied under foundation, it works as a primer. Used over makeup, it works to freshen skin during the day. See: Makeup bases for a fresh, natural look #13: The non-caking cushion: Moonshot Microfit Cushion SPF 50+/PA+++, $36, Sephora
This has an ultra-light texture that blends in easily without blotching, and a non-oxidising formula that means you won’t have to worry about your skin turning greyish in our hot, humid weather. #14: The hydrating liquid lipstick: Innisfree Real Fluid Rouge, $20
When you wipe off liquid lipsticks, they can leave your puckers dry, and even slightly flaky. But this ultra-moisturising formula contains a mix of camellia oil and sunflower seed wax to leave lips feeling so soft and smooth, it’s as if you applied a balm. See: Awesome liquid lipsticks for a luscious sheen of colour #15: The do-it-all makeup: Kose Sekkisei White CC Cream SPF50+/PA++++, $39
This plant-based cream works as a moisturiser, sunscreen and foundation at the same time. It not only has oriental herbal extracts to hydrate and condition skin, but its blend of Amino Acid Powders and Snow Crystal Powders help to conceal pores and brighten. #16: The smart foundation: Shiseido Makeup Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation, $74
Formulated with sebum-absorbing and light-optimising powders, this clever makeup supposedly adapts to your skin’s condition by reflecting the optimal amount of light. When skin is dry, for example, the powders reflect more light for radiance, and when oily, the powders will become semi-transparent to diffuse light and hide imperfections. #17: The silkiest foundation: Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Cream Foundation, $180
This does everything we want our foundation to: It gives great coverage without feeling thick or heavy, smooths skin thanks to a hydrating Silky Light Reflecting Oil, diffuses light to conceal imperfections, and gives a luminous finish. #18: The natural foundation: Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation SPF/PA ++, $82
This cream foundation helps you look like you, but a better, more radiant version. With a bouncy gel-emulsion texture, it doesn’t hide flaws or freckles completely, but instead gives skin a rosy, post-workout-like glow. See: Ultra-light liquid foundations perfect for humid weather #19: The weightless mascara primer: Diorshow Maximizer 3D, $53
Unlike most mascara primers that can cause lashes to droop or clump, this has an airy, whipped cream-like texture that makes them look visibly fuller after application. Bonus: It has a high content of lash-care ingredients like fatty acids, vitamin E and soy extract. #20: The customisable lipstick: Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Lip Colour, $46
This buildable lippie is formulated with a cocktail of oils to allow you to tailor its intensity: one layer leaves a “just-bitten” rosy veil of colour, two layers give the effect of a light, natural lipstick, while a third layer gives a bold colour pay-off. An adapted version first appeared in Female’s August 2016 issue.  Like this? See our top 20 hair care products for shiny, healthy locks and 25 of the most innovative beauty products to shop for.