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March 30, 2017

Best Make Up Brands

By Chris Boyle

By Vivian Kelly

With the endless list of make up brands in the beauty industry, it can be difficult to choose which one’s your ultimate. So to help you distinguish the best from the ordinary, Elite Traveler has rounded up the industry’s most exclusive and shamelessly stylish brands. These luxurious and trendsetting cosmetics are no doubt the best make up brands in the world. From YSL’s iconic beauty buys to Victoria Beckham’s ever glowing collection, these are the make up brands you need in your beauty arsenal.

Christian Dior

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It’s undeniable that Dior is one of the most iconic make up brands we have ever seen. Its couture meets cosmetics make up gives users the ultimate luxury experience. As Christian Dior explained, he searches for ‘spots of color that would enliven the streets of tomorrow’. The product that made its mark was his timeless lipstick, particularly the Rogue Dior in Iconic 999. Dior’s versatility of color and textures ensures the range is just as elegant as it is fashionable.

Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder

Image: Victoria Beckham

‘I love to make women feel like the best versions of themselves,’ says Victoria Beckham of her collaboration with Estée Lauder. Victoria’s make up collection dropped in 2016 and to our relief it’s back for its second run. Cult favorites include her beautiful Morning Aura Illuminating Crème’ Primer and Lip Gloss in Moroccan Heat. The refined collection features sparkling golds, pearlised pigments and sleek wet finishes. This stand-out collection is here to stay.

Burberry Make Up

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Burberry’s high quality make up boasts a collection of bold colors, glowing skin bases and immaculate foundations. Our favorites include the Eye Color Contour in Almond. The easy glide pen makes applying eye shadow effortless. But don’t miss out on their ultra smooth Cashmere Foundation, an echo of their luxurious Scotland-made scarves.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

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Marc Jacob’s first foray into the world of make up began in 2013. The innovative sleek packaging perfectly compliments its vivid shades and textures. The most coveted products of the range include Le Marc Liquid Lip Creme and Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara. A collection as stylish as it is glamorizing.

Make Up For Ever

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‘I needed to create my own brand, not only to produce products that met the demands of make up artists, but also the demands of women worldwide,’ said Founder and Creative Director, Dany Sanz.

Dany’s revelation came when she discovered the art of make up in theater, what she once described as ‘paintings in motion’. Her dream was to create a make up brand that is both professional and reliable. And so the brand was born in 1984 with the help of her husband and her students, the brand is now internationally renowned for its quality and broad range of color and texture. Our cult favorite is Make Up Forever HD Foundation and Large Foundation Brush.


Image: Chanel

Similarly to its fashion line, Chanel Beauty falls nothing short of wonderful. Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel developed the beauty brand over 10 years ago (the launch of the iconic No5) and continues to power through the world of fashion and beauty. The beautiful range is carefully designed with sophisticated and timeless shades, promising a look of grace and perfection. We love the super hydrating Rogue Allure Velvet Lipstick and the Ultra Flawless Foundation.


Image: Hourglass

The youngest brand of the bunch, Hourglass was launched in 2004 when beauty expert, Carisa Janes spotted a gap for a more innovative product line. The brand is now famous for its strengths in science and luxury, helping beauty aficandos get more from just an iconic product. Hourglass uses exclusive and ground-breaking formulas in their cosmetics as well as active ingredients, ensuring quality and power. Today, it’s arguably the most advanced on the market. We love Hourglass’ Veil Mineral Primer and Ambient Lighting Powder.

Yves Saint Laurent Beauté


Much like its designer clothing, YSL Beauty is known for its chic and elegant selection of products. The luxurious beauty brand appointed world-renowned French Make Up Artist, Tom Pecheux as its global beauty director who has worked for the likes of Chanel, Lanvin and Emilio Pucci. Our favourite product is the iconic Touche Éclat, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The gorgeous concealer is formulated to hide dark circles and to highlight your best facial features.

Charlotte Tilbury

Image: Charlotte Tilbury

Internationally renowned make-up artist, Charlotte Tilbury, launched her own skincare and make up brand in 2013 turning her passion into visionary products. The collection has quickly gained prominence for its old hollywood glamour and golden goddess looks. Our ultimates include Charlotte’s Magic Cream and the stunningly gorgeous primer, Wonderglow.

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