Whether I’m going full on glam, or a natural ‘barely there’ make up look, some of the things in my make-up bag are essentials that I just can’t do without.
I’m not a make-up professional, I just have a keen interest in cosmetics and I know what I like, so I’m hoping this will inspire you to try something new, or to find a product you’ll love as much as I do. It’s just a bit of informative fun, so don’t take it too seriously ladies and indeed, gents.
These aren’t in order of preference, but more a logical kind of order-of-use.
Benefit The Porefessional Primer: This smooths my skin out and has that silky matte feeling that all good pore-minimising primers should. It creates the perfect base for my foundation. (See my separate foundation review post for more info on that).
Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer: I’ve tried lots and this is the one that applies, blends and lasts the best for me. Love it.
Beauty Bakerie Flour Setting Powder: I never really used to use a setting powder, but I get oily on my T-Zone and my concealer would always crease under my eyes. This powder has fixed that, and it doesn’t look powdery or cakey, it just gives a nice soft-focus finish.
Benefit Ka-Brow Eyebrow Pomade: This is the best eyebrow product I’ve ever tried. I have used much more expensive versions, but they didn’t apply or last as well. This goes on like a dream, and lasts all day, until I physically remove it myself.
NYX Vinyl Liquid Eyeliner: Cheap and cheerful. I wear liquid eyeliner a lot, and have been doing so for years. I’ve tried some of the most expensive ones on the market, but for the last couple of years this has become my go-to product. It glides on and stays put. Perfect for a winged look.
Benefit Mascaras: I like all of them. They give a beautiful effect ranging from natural to dramatic without clumping or smudging.
NARS Blush in Orgasm: This is the perfect shade of peach, with specks of gold shimmer. It goes with almost everything and gives skin a really healthy glow.
ICONIC London Illuminator: This liquid highlighter is the only glow I need. It comes in four shades and they are all perfect for all skin types. You can put a couple of drops on for a subtle effect, or build it up for serious drama.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: The clue is in the title. This is like hairspray for your face, and there’s no melting, not even during a heat wave. It really locks make-up in place.
Carmex Lip Balm: It’s so important to keep your lips hydrated. A flaky, dry lip can ruin your whole look. Carmex conditions, treats and soothes lips. Whether you decide to go for a bright lip, a matte lip, or a gloss, always make this your base!
And there you have it folks, a list of my make-up must haves.
Obviously I use lots of other products, but these are the ones that I can’t live without no matter where I am or where I’m going.