7 hair and makeup artists on the best beauty releases of 2018

Words by Fashion Journal

Pens at the ready.

It’s been a big year for hair and beauty releases and with so many excellent products on show, we’re starting to lose count.

To help decide what’s worth your hard-earned, we called on the pros. Here’s the best of 2018, as judged by seven hair and makeup artists.

Bradwyn Jones
Fave product: Oribe Flash Form Finishing Spray Wax $61 from luxeconceptsalon.com.au
Why I love it: It’s a great texturising spray to add to naturally wavy hair, or to apply after using a curling iron. It helps to separate texture and adds sheen without weighing the hair down.
How I use it: After I texturise hair using a curling iron, I tilt the head back and hold the hair up. Loosely drop the hair and lightly spray the falling pieces. Then gently shake out to create a natural finish.


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Mikele Simone
Fave product: Charlotte Tilbury Genius Magic Powder $70 from charlottetilbury.com
Why I love it: This is an amazing setting powder that doesn’t make skin look dry and caked. It actually makes your skin glow while still improving the staying power of your makeup.
How I use it: I love to use a small fluffy brush and buff it into the skin over liquid foundation and concealer. I also use it under eyes by gently pressing it over concealer. For a more dewy finish, I use a small puff and gently press it over the T-zone.


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Nisha Van Berkel
Fave product: Becca Cosmetics Be A Light Face Palette $78 from sephora.com.au
Why I love it:
This is such a versatile palette, especially for shoots when you want to pack light and get the most out of one product. The other aspect I like is the highlight component, which gives a very subtle glow that’s perfect for every day.
How I use it: I use this palette to powder, contour, highlight and add a subtle cheek colour.


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Shev Kelly
Fave product: Napoleon Perdis Hydra Vault Primer $49 from napoleonperdis.com
Why I love it: I love the electric blue metallic packaging to start with! Plus, it’s a two-in-one moisturiser and primer with collagen – making it totally skin-smoothing with a cooling effect.
How I use it: Apply after serum and before foundation for best results.


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Rob Povey
Fave product: Rae Morris Invisible Mattifier $80 from mecca.com.au
Why I love it: This revolutionary silicone gel-powder hybrid has eliminated the need to carry multiple shades of powder. Because the product is completely colourless, I can use it on literally every skin tone without fear of ashiness or oxidisation. And because it’s more pressed silicone than actual powder, I can continue to apply it all day long without creating build-up.
How I use it: Apply like any other pressed powder – take a large face brush for all-over mattifying or a smaller blending brush for more selective application. I also love it buffed over prepped skin prior to makeup – almost like a primer – to smooth out skin texture.


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Justin Henry
Fave product:
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership V: Bronze Seduction Eyeshadow Palette from patmcgrath.com
Why I love it: I couldn’t believe the payoff from the pigments. They are super fine (almost like powdered creme in texture) and can be worn sheer or built-up. The palette features the blackest black, as well as a molten bronze and vibrant rusty browns.
How I use it: The pigments work brilliantly with fingers or brushes. When using the metallic shades, a mixing agent turns them into liquid molten-looking shadows. They are very versatile and one of the best kit additions this year hands down.


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Georgia Gaillard
Fave product: MAC Cosmetics Powder Kiss Lipsticks from maccosmetics.com.au
Why I love it: The formula is like no other. It gives that really worn-in look while still looking super fresh.
How I use it: The product is a lipstick however I’ve had some fun using it on the cheeks as blush and on the eyes as a pop of colour.


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This article was originally published in Fashion Journal 186.

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