New year, new you? Well, that's up for debate. We're pretty fond of the old you, after all! But we'd never say no to new when it comes to beauty products. Thankfully, 2018 is bringing with it tons of makeup and skincare launches, and we couldn't be more excited to get our hands on the latest and greatest.
Of the countless beauty buys making their debut this year, a handful are changing the game when it comes to getting aisle ready. From a plant-based serum that delivers retinol-like results for flawless photos (yes, even close-up bridal portraits), SPF so light it’s literally undetectable and perfect for summer weddings, to long-wear foundation that'll last through the final dance at your reception, these buzzy newcomers deserve a spot in your bridal beauty routine.
Cover FX Glitter Drops
Otherworldly illumination. Incandescent glow. Call it what you will, we want it! Glitter Drops—available in trio of high-impact hues Lunar (prismatic pastel blue), Mirage (champagne), and Aurora (multi-tonal pink)—do just that. In keeping with Cover FX’s penchant for customizable products, these light-reflective, liquid highlighters impart a mega dose of unicorn-effect iridescence, whether worn alone or mixed with your fave skincare and cosmetics formulas.
Glitter Drops, $44, Cover FX
Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40
Everyone knows that SPF is an everyday essential. Sadly, many people “conveniently forget” to apply it, claiming aversions to its old-school aesthetics—heavy, greasy, gross-smelling. But Supergoop! just dropped a next-gen sunscreen that will make you forget about products of the past. It’s weightless, colorless, odorless, and non-comedogenic (it won’t clog pores). And here’s the high-tech kicker: It protect against UVA/UVB rays, as well as blue light from electronic devices and infrared radiation.
Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, $32, Supergoop! available at Sephora
Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick
Introducing the ultimate matte lipstick for the modern bride, Laura Mercier’s latest lippie touts a velvety texture, intense color, and a seductive powdery finish guaranteed to make your spouse swoon. It also wins points for its seamless “single-stroke” application, longevity, and comfortable wear—kiss dryness, creasing, and cracking goodbye. Bonus: The slim profile fits easily in a compact wedding clutch.
Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick, $28, Laura Mercier available at Sephora
Herbivore Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème
We’ve been fans of Herbivore’s all-natural formulas since the brand burst onto the scene. The newest addition to the already-irresistible line is as mystical as the visual that inspired it (the soft pink clouds of a Hawaiian sunset). This dreamy cream—made with a hydrating blend of rosewater, aloe, sodium hyaluronate, and white tea extract—melts into skin, leaving it delightfully dewy and oh-so smooth.
Pink Cloud Rosewater Moisture Crème, $48, Herbivore
Wander Beauty Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks
All that glitters is gold—and Wander Beauty’s luxurious launch proves it. These gilded, serum-infused eye masks pledge to brighten, soothe, and depuff. Simply put: They’re the antidote to your post-bachelorette woes. Plus, they’re individually wrapped, which makes ‘em great for long-haul flights or anytime your peepers need a pick-me-up.
Baggage Claim Gold Foil Eye Masks, $25, Wander Beauty
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless SPF 15
If you asked us to come up with the ideal wedding-day foundation, it would look a heck of a lot like this. Let’s start with the aesthetics: This holy-grail complexion perfecter is super silky and feels as light as air on skin. But perhaps its most impressive attribute is its 16-hour, element-resistant wear. Expect a you-but-better finish that will last from the reception to the after-party.
Skin Long-Wear Weightless SPF 15, Bobbi Brown available Sephora
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum
Want to put your best face forward for 2018 and beyond? Most dermatologists will tell you to start using retinol to perfect your complexion. And while this potent product certainly has its merits, it’s not without some shortcomings. It can cause flaking, peeling, and redness—particularly if you have sensitive skin. Alternatively, this serum is powered by a promising plant-derived substitute, bakuchiol, an antioxidant found in the seeds and leaves of Psoralea Corylifolia. Now, you can reap the rewards, sans irritation.
The serum is also loaded with a bevy of other beautifying ingredients such as squalane, rosehip seed oil, hyaluronic acid, and niacinamide.
Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum, $78, Biossance
Stila Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow
If you love a luminous glossy lid, but can’t get past the sticky feel, let us turn your attention to Stila’s latest: A collection of 11 pearl-packed liquid shadows, ranging from warm rose gold and rich chestnut to icy blue and metallurgic olive. The formulas are lightweight, non-tacky, and shimmery—as opposed to sparkly. (Not every bride wants disco-ball makeup, after all—although, we totally support those that do.)
Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, $24, Stila available at Sephora
100% Pure Acai Pulp Facial Scrub
You’ve probably enjoyed the superfood benefits of acai—packed with omegas, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and E—in smoothies, but what about on your skin? This all-natural scrub is made with crushed acai berries, which gently polish away dullness, dryness, and roughness, while simultaneously nourishing, moisturizing, and softening your complexion. Plus, who wouldn’t love the pretty purple color?
Acai Pulp Facial Scrub, $32, 100% Pure
Rimmel London Wonder Wing Eyeliner Stamp
Winged liner is one of those beauty trends that prevails through the decades. That said, it does take some know-how to expertly execute. One wrong flick of the wrist and you could end looking more Bellatrix Lestrange than Brigitte Bardot. Luckily, Rimmel London just came up with a genius solution that takes the guesswork out of it. The magic is in the applicator: The felt tip lines lids with pro-level precision, and the wing-shaped stamp ensures a fabulous flick every time.
Wonder Wing Eyeliner Stamp, $9.50, Rimmel London available at ASOS
Missha Time Revolution "Blooming Tone Up" Bridal Cream
Sometimes the name says it all, and such is the case with this pretty-in-pink cream. It brightens, moisturizes, and improves tone with a dream team of flower extracts, micro-size diamond powder, cotton, and milk protein. Adding to its accolades, the fact that its rosy hue doesn’t come from chemicals but rather calamine, which also lends its radiance-boosting abilities to this bridal beauty must-have.
Time Revolution "Blooming Tone Up" Bridal Cream, $48, Missha