Things have been anything but celebratory during this tumultuous year, we know. Since the early weeks of March, some self-care habits have gone the way of our lives overall: haywire. But in the chaotic months that followed, external self-care became equally as important as internal self-care. Although we went through phases of “letting ourselves go,” mocking ourselves for on social media for wearing leggings and messy buns every day, some have managed to step back into a few pre-pandemic habits of normal life (and if you haven’t, that’s fine too). Maybe you’re putting makeup on again when venturing out to see friends responsibly, or blowing out your hair for Zoom meetings. Perhaps you’ve done a hundred and one DIY face masks this year—all while cooking, scrolling, and watching Netflix.
If you are one (or all) of the people described above, this article is for you. With the input of respected beauty experts in skin, hair, and wellness, we compiled the 10 best products that launched this year—those which we consider fabulous, exceptional, and worthy of recommendation. In the coming months, life will resume. Expect to use concealer again, and setting sprays to extend your makeup’s longevity to go out all night—and you will surely find yourself on the beach sooner than you think. Here are the latest offerings from MZ Skin, Giorgio Armani, and more, to fill out your makeup kit.