5 best makeup brands you need to look out for now beauty superstore Sephora is finally open in Hong Kong (again)


We shortlisted the some of the best products for teenage faces, that will give you a glow-up without breaking the bank

Heidi Yeung |

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Sephora Hong Kong first opened in 2008 in the middle of Mong Kok; it didn’t last, closing within two years. But after a long wait, the beauty mega store is finally back, this time in IFC. 

If you’ve never heard of Sephora, it’s basically a one-stop shop for all things beauty and skincare. But there’s a LOT. To help you navigate the huge selection, here are the best five brands for teens to look out for.   


If you have absolutely no idea where to start, check out the shop’s own brand of skincare, make-up, and beauty tools. There’s actually a wide selection of genuinely fantastic products. The makeup formulas may not pack that wow factor of higher-end goodies, but they’re dependable and give you a beautiful look every time. 

The make-up brushes are a great place to start if you’re just starting to use them, and are very durable. And if you’re not really into makeup or beauty but still want to take care of your skin, the brand also makes face wipes and masks packed with ingredients for different skin types. Seriously, you can’t go wrong.

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If you’re looking for eyeshadow palettes that are very useable but not too pricy, Zoeva is a great option. The brand does a fabulous job of grouping together shades and finishes that complement each other, and are easy to use. 

Another good thing about the brand is that all the products, whether eyeshadow, blush or highlighter, have creamy, easy-to-blend formulas that last all day. The brush sets are also a great investment. 

First Aid Beauty

This is a little bit of a splurge but you’re paying for what you get: there’s a lot of product in each container, and they last a good while because a little goes a long way. 

There’s nothing fussy or complicated about this brand; it just offers very comforting, effective skincare products. If you’ve never found a moisturiser you feel works very well for your skin, try the Ultra Repair line; if your skin is somewhat problematic, the Oatmeal line may help.

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If you’re after a no-make-up make-up look, Nudestix is for you. True to its name, this brand specialises in easy-peasy products that are perfect for the minimalist who just wants to look natural and pretty. 

You may not find your va-va-voom red lipstick here, but you’ll find that blush that makes you look naturally flushed. The products are almost exclusively cream formulas, which is part of why they look so natural, and are so easy to work with.

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Too Faced

If you’re looking to treat yourself to make-up that looks beautiful on the skin and gorgeous on your vanity, you can’t go wrong with Too Faced. The packaging is absolutely adorable, and the products are top notch.

Granted, this brand is a treat; it’s not as affordable as some of the others we’ve mentioned. But it also boasts cult products such as the Chocolate Bar eyeshadow  palette, so it’s not surprising it costs a little more. 

Too Faced has fun with its products and offers lots of brilliant shades and finishes in its eyeshadows and lipsticks. And the Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation is one of those rare foundations that survives Hong Kong heat and humidity. Totes worth it.  

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