Everyone has their staples – you know, the make-up products they couldn’t live without. Well, here are the top five essentials in my make-up bag.
1. Lush Feeling Younger, £12 for 20g
I used to swear by Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat until I discovered this little beauty from Lush. With a souffle-like texture and packed full of light-reflecting particles that Lush says are a ‘magic orange’ pigment, this really is my go-to when I’m feeling a little fragile from the night before and need to cover up the old dark circles. When mixed in with my Dr Jarts, it instantly lifts my complexion. I also like to use it as a highlighter on my brows, cheeks or even as an eyeshadow when I’m going for a fresh-faced look.
Light-weight and easy to blend, Giorgio Armani’s Face Fabric offers extra coverage without weighing down the skin. You don’t even notice you’re wearing it until you see an even complexion in the mirror. Created with what they call 3D Micro–fil™ technology, you can build up layers and blend to create skin-enhancing contours. What I most love about Face Fabric is the texture – it feels like silk on the skin. Great coverage may come at a price (it’s £31 for 41ml) but as every make-up artist will tell you, get the foundation right and you’re halfway there already.
This is the perfect blush for those who want a light glow. It has a slight iridescent finish but this simply warms up the complexion. Rose Quartz is especially flattering if you’re blessed with the colouring of an English Rose. I tend to apply the creamy texture to my cheekbones in the morning and it lasts all day. The formula is also oil-free so your face doesn’t feel caked in make-up. And if you’re after more intense colour, you can always use it as a base under powder. YOUNGBLOOD blush is a fantastic alternative to Benefit’s Benetint and only one product from a range of mineral-based make-up from the States that deserves a bit more of our attention.
Illamasqua Generation Q Empower palette is the perfect blend of colours for day and night. You can choose to wear one of the four eyeshadows – Synth (iridescent pale pink glitter), Fervent (reddish brown with multi-tonal shimmer), Blink (soft beige nude) and Slick (charcoal grey metallic) – alone or you can wear them all at once, building up the layers. I particularly like to go smoky by wearing Fervent over Slick (which is the only creamy eyeshadow of the palette). This combination of colours make your eyes pop.
The baby sister of Chanel make-up never fails to impress. Their Ultra Care mascara coats every one of my lashes and adds volume, thanks to the soft fibres and generous brush. This is a great mascara for those who, like me, wear contact lenses or have sensitive eyes as it doesn’t itch. The formula also contains nourishing cotton and sweet almond oils, so it conditions your lashes too (bonus). If there was one thing on this list that I couldn’t live without, it has to be this lash-boosting mascara. It instantly lifts my look in the flash of a mascara wand.
What are your make-up must-haves or beauty essentials that you really can’t live without?