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It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or professional, perusing through all the makeup brands on the market to find your absolute favourite, must-have products is no easy task.

And it can especially be hard when it feels like new makeup brands are popping up on the market every other week or so.

So how do you choose the right makeup for you? Reading up on a brand and getting samples when possible is key, according to makeup artist Amy Hanneman.

“Do your research, look at blog posts and reviews when it comes to choosing a product from a particular brand,” she told news.com.au.

It’s also important to make sure the product will “go beyond pretty packaging”.

“Identify what it is you want out of a product and ensure the brand is transparent in what they are claiming to deliver,” Amy, who has been working in the editorial, commercial and bridal makeup industry for the last 10 years, said.

To help your search, we’ve rounded up a list of the very best makeup brands we’ve come across.

Our list includes cult beauty brands that you’ve seen all over social media (think Charlotte Tilbury), affordable Aussie-made picks like MCoBeauty and their TikTok-famous tubing mascara, international designer labels like Dior Beauty, and so much more.

And if you’re stuck on product recommendations, we’ve also included each brand’s hero, best-selling products, so you know exactly what to add to your shopping cart first.

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BEST CULT FAVOURITE MAKEUP BRANDS

Beloved by influencers and everyday makeup users around the world, these are the brands you’ve likely seen splashed all over your Instagram feed.

CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Charlotte Tilbury is a world renowned makeup artist, so it’s no surprise her beauty brand is just as iconic. Offering high quality, impressive formulations with immense colour pay off, diverse shade ranges and innovative products, the brand is an established cult beauty brand. For context, and to speak to its popularity, the #charlottetilbury hashtag on TikTok has almost three billion views – and it’s currently endorsed by none other than international supermodel Bella Hadid.

SHOP CHARLOTTE TILBURY

Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk, $54 at Charlotte Tilbury

The matte nude-pink colour is designed to look good on everyone, no matter your age or skin tone.

The (many) five star reviews describe it as the “perfect nude” that “stays on all day” without drying out your lips.

“Pillow talk is an amazing colour. It’s a colour that goes with everything and you can wear it casually or on a night out,” one reviewer wrote.

Beauty Light Wand, $60 at Charlotte Tilbury

They’re creamy, easy to use, easy to blend and play with the light to make your skin glow from within – what’s not to love about the Beauty Light Wands? There’s a bunch of colours to choose from, including the iconic Pillow Talk shade, a gold highlighter shade and this gorgeous pearly pink blush shade.


RARE BEAUTY

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez has taken the beauty world by storm ever since its launch in 2020. There’s a huge focus on empowerment and self-expression, with blendable and easy to use formulations and unique product names like ‘Positive Light’, ‘Always An Optimist’ and ‘Kind Words’. The #rarebeauty hashtag has well over five billion views on TikTok, so you could say it’s very popular among makeup wearers.

SHOP RARE BEAUTY

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush, $41 at Sephora

Offering long-lasting colour pay-off, this blush blends beautifully into the skin and is available in a wide range of shades, in both matte and dewy finishes.

Perfect Strokes Universal Volumising Mascara, $35 at Sephora

Described by five-star Sephora reviewers as their “holy grail” mascara, this product promises to do it all – lift, lengthen, curl and volumise your lashes.


YSL BEAUTY

YSL Beauty is one of those premium luxury beauty brands that stands the test of time. They’re reliable, with amazing colour pay-off and fantastic formulations. Plus there’s loads of product categories to browse through – take your pick from high-shine lipsticks, illuminating concealer, easy-to-blend eyeshadows and so much more.

SHOP YSL BEAUTY

Rouge Volupté Shine Lipstick, $65 at YSL Beauty

Finding a good lipstick is no easy task – so why not try one of YSL Beauty’s bestsellers? The colours are super vibrant, with loads of gorgeous shades to choose from. Plus they’re super shiny and glossy, to make your lips look super luscious.

The most important part? This lipstick feels comfortable all day long. It’s racked up an average customer rating of 4.7 out of five on the YSL Beauty website.

Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen, $74 at YSL Beauty

If you’re looking for something to instantly brighten the skin, look no further than the YSL Beauty concealer pen. The formulation is lightweight with a natural, luminous finish – plus we love the addition of the micro-lightening pigments to reflect light off the skin and totally brighten the complexion.

It’s a bestseller and has racked up an average rating of 4.7 out of five on the official retailer’s website.


ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

An icon in the beauty industry for her signature brows, Anastasia Beverly Hills has been offering high performance makeup since 1997. The brand has now expanded into lip and contour products, and (more famously) eyeshadow palettes that have gained cult status in the makeup world – think the Modern Renaissance and the Soft Glam eyeshadow palettes.

SHOP ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Brow Wiz, $40 at Sephora

This ultra-slim and precise brow pencil is exactly what you need to create those light, fine brow strokes when you’re filling in your brows.

Brow Freeze Brow Styling Wax, $40 at Sephora

The Brow Freeze is a clear, long-wearing styling wax designed to help give you that laminated brow look, perfect for those unruly brow hairs.



BEST AFFORDABLE MAKEUP BRANDS

If you’re on a budget (and aren’t we all?), these makeup brands offer high quality at affordable price points.

MCO BEAUTY

MCoBeauty is all about making their shoppers feel excited about beauty, either through a new product formulation or by creating a dupe for a popular high end product.

It helps that the entire product range is priced under $40 – meaning you can support an Aussie, cruelty-free and vegan beauty brand, all without breaking the bank.

SHOP MCOBEAUTY

Xtendlash Tubing Mascara, $28 at MCoBeauty

A product that went viral on TikTok, the Xtendlash Tubing Mascara is an innovative tubing mascara that prevents smudging, flaking and that dreaded panda eye look. The glossy formulation binds to your lashes for all-day wear, and is removed effortlessly with warm water and gentle pressure.

Cheek & Lip Tint, $14 at MCoBeauty

This Cheek & Lip Tint is perfect for those looking for buildable, natural-looking colour. Choose from four flattering shades and easily blend the product into your cheeks and lips.


MAYBELLINE

The beauty brand that you can shop just about anywhere: the supermarket, chemist, beauty retailer, you name it. Maybelline is globally regarded as a go-to brand for affordable makeup, covering everything from complexion to eye products to brow products and more. And it helps that the products perform just as good (if not better) as ones that are double the price.

SHOP MAYBELLINE

Lash Sky High Mascara, $25.99 at Priceline

The flexible brush is designed to catch and lift every single lash, giving you long-lasting volume and length.

Instant Age Rewind Eraser Multi-Use Concealer, $22.99 at Priceline

It’s racked up a whopping 87,000 five-star Google ratings, with happy customers calling it their “go-to product” and a “must have in my daily makeup routine”.


L’OREAL PARIS

L’Oreal has been around for over 110 years, creating best-selling makeup products since the 1980s. The brand offers impressively accessible price points while still delivering high-quality results. Whether you’re looking for a foundation that looks natural, a mascara that won’t run, or a lipstick in just about any colour, they’ve got the goods.

SHOP L’ORÉAL PARIS

L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara, $25.99 at Priceline

It delivers volume without making your lashes clumpy, and it lasts all day without smudging.

L’Oreal Paris True Match Liquid Foundation, $33.99 at Priceline

Any number of beauty influencers will tell you the True Match Foundation performs just as well as its higher-priced counterparts – it looks natural, offers great coverage, and feels lightweight on the skin.


BEST INCLUSIVE MAKEUP BRANDS

FENTY BEAUTY

All-round icon Rihanna looks perfect 24/7, so it’s no surprise that her beauty brand has cemented itself as an internet favourite. The brand made a clear statement when it released its 40-shade foundation range covering all skin colours and undertones. Now Fenty Beauty offers concealers, contours, highlighters, blushes, eyeshadows, lippies and more – and every product boasts consistently high ratings from reviewers.

SHOP FENTY BEAUTY

Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, $59 at Sephora

The Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Foundation offers a natural flattering finish that instantly smooths the skin for a flawless appearance. It’s racked up close to 15,000 five-star ratings on the Sephora website, with reviewers noting a little goes a long way – making it well worth the price.

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, $36 at Sephora

With close to 14,000 five star ratings on the Sephora website alone, the Gloss Bomb range is certainly well worth the spend. Not only does it feel incredibly soft and nourishing, it makes your lips looks oh-so-glossy and juicy.


BEST DESIGNER MAKEUP BRANDS

Want to splurge on makeup that feels a little extra luxurious? These are our top picks that are actually worth the cash.

DIOR BEAUTY

The French luxury brand is synonymous with fashion, fragrances, skincare and of course makeup. If you’re looking to add a touch of luxury to your makeup routine, this is a great place to start, with a wide selection of products for the face, eyes, brows, lips and more.

SHOP DIOR

Lip Glow Oil, $62 at Sephora

The nourishing and hydrating lip oil enhances the natural shape of your lips – all you need to do is pick a colour and get it while it’s still in stock (it sells out often).

Backstage Glow Face Palette, $86 at Sephora

The multi-use powders are richly pigmented, yet buildable, so you can bronze up the face, add some colour, highlight and more.


BEST AUSTRALIAN MAKEUP BRANDS

Shop these homegrown makeup brands with world-class quality. Premium makeup and support the local economy? Count me in.

NUDE BY NATURE

Born in Sydney, Nude by Nature began with a capsule of just three mineral foundations, a bronzer, finishing veil and makeup brush, and has since become Australia’s number one mineral makeup brand. Dedicated to offering products that are better for your skin and for the environment, the brand creates minimalist makeup that’s natural, cruelty-free, made with 100 per cent natural ingredients and free from unnecessary chemicals, synthetic ingredients and preservatives.

SHOP NUDE BY NATURE

Nude By Nature Sheer Glow BB Cream, $32.95 at Nude By Nature

It’s the perfect lightweight everyday alternative to your usual foundation.

Nude by Nature Soft Focus Illuminator, $24.95 at Nude By Nature

This subtle and blendable cream highlighter works over foundation or on bare skin and contains nourishing jojoba oil and oat extract.


BEST MAKEUP BRANDS FOR MATURE AND/OR SENSITIVE SKIN

ESTEE LAUDER

Estee Lauder is known in the beauty community for an attention to innovation and push for industry firsts – just take a look at the best-selling Advanced Night Repair line. This further translates into the makeup, with a range of high-performing foundations, concealers, powders, mascaras, lip products and more.

SHOP ESTEE LAUDER

Double Wear Stay In Place SPF10 Foundation, $74 at Myer

Giving you a “flawless finish in seconds”, the formulation is buildable, long-wearing, oil-free and semi-matte.

Double Wear Zero Smudge Lengthening Mascara, $65 at Myer

One five-star rating customer on the Myer website said they “love this mascara, no panda eyes by the end of the day … great for over 50s”.


BEST CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN MAKEUP BRANDS

EYE OF HORUS

Born on the beaches of Byron Bay, Eye Of Horus is all about redefining holistic and natural beauty. The brand views makeup as skincare, so you’ll find a range of high-quality, natural ingredients that are organic and free from parabens, gluten, synthetic fragrances and chemicals – oh and they’re vegan, too.

SHOP EYE OF HOURS

Goddess Mascara, $39 at The Iconic

The formulation is smudge-proof, water-resistant and long-wearing (just like any other great mascara) but it’s infused with moringa oil, rice bran and sustainably sourced beeswax.

Goddess Pencil, $33 at The Iconic

This award-winning formulation is great for sensitive eyes, promises to never smudge and is 100 per cent cruelty-free.


BEST NATURAL MAKEUP BRANDS

ERE PEREZ

Australian beauty label Ere Perez uses powerful, skin-loving botanic ingredients to formulate a complete makeup range with intense colour-pay off. The products are free from parabens and phthalates, cruelty-free and predominantly vegan – with the exception of a few products.

SHOP ERE PEREZ

Oat Milk Foundation, $60 at The Iconic

The Oat Milk Foundation offers a medium, buildable and natural finish and is infused with natural oat milk, peach and vitamin E to nourish the skin.

Vanilla Highlighter, $50 at The Iconic

All about that dewy complexion? The Vanilla Highlighter uses a unique light-reflecting formulation to catch the light and illuminate your skin.


WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR WHEN EVALUATING MAKEUP BRANDS?

It all comes down to whether the brand creates high performance products that actually do as they suggest, Amy said.

The makeup artist also rates brands that have “a wide variety of options in terms of shade choice and skin concerns”.

“Products that withstand an array of conditions, i.e. problematic skin types, weather conditions such as heat and emotionally charged events like weddings, tick the right boxes when it comes to choosing one brand over another,” Amy added.

“Makeup will move throughout the course of the day, however, in creating and providing a product that has longevity is necessary for being a successful brand.”


WHAT ARE THE BEST-SELLING MAKEUP BRANDS?

Lucky for you, we’ve featured a good chunk of the best-selling makeup brands on our list right here.

Top picks include MAC Cosmetics, L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Maybelline, Revlon and more.

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Originally published as Best Makeup Brands To Buy In Australia In 2023

Marina Tatas

Marina TatasShopping writer

Marina has been helping Australian shoppers find products that are actually worth buying for more than five years. Since joining news.com.au’s shopping team in 2021, she has become an expert in sales and deals and curates news.com.au checkout’s must-read weekly shopping and deals article. For the past five years, she has covered mega sale events like Black Friday and Boxing Day, sifting through hundreds of deals to find the biggest discounts on the products worth adding to cart. She is also passionate about all things beauty having tested hundreds of serums, eye creams and moisturisers to provide first-hand reviews. She has previously worked at comparison site Finder as a Shopping Writer and has written for popular titles including Marie Claire, Women’s Health and The Carousel.


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