So as I’m cleaning out my makeup bag this afternoon, I had two thoughts – 1: My full makeup collection is excessive – I did work in cosmetics for many years so #justified and 2: I love knowing what products other people use and love which led me to this very post.
So here it is, a comprehensive list of the products I use/alternate between every day and therefor cannot live without.
Before I go into whats what though, I should mention that my everyday routine (for which I use the below products) is pretty simple, very natural and completely do-able in 5-10 minutes tops.
After cleansing & moisturising, I always start with a primer and depending on my mood I switch between a few. Foundation is next and I like mine super light, barely there and just enough to even out my skin tone but still sheer enough for my freckles to come through. Concealer goes on the eye lids and under eye so needs to have good coverage without looking cakey. I have 2 shades: One for summer tanned skin and one for winter white skin.
I always set my base with a sheer powder & then use bronzer/highlighter to add some dimension and then always a little cheek colour on the apples.
What: M.A.C Strobe cream
Why: It’s the ultimate primer for truly luminous skin with serious sheen.
What: Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow
Why: This has a beautiful golden glow and I sometimes mix it into my foundation.
What: Mecca Cosmetica Illuminating primer
Why: I use this when I want a subtle lit within look.
What: M.A.C Face & Body Foundation
Why: The most natural-looking foundation I’ve ever used. Sheer but buildable.
What: NARS Sheer Glow Foundation
Why: For when I need something with more coverage and staying power.
What: M.A.C Prep & Prime BB Beauty cream
Why: I wear this in Summer when my skin’s got some colour.
What: NARS Radiant creamy concealer
Why: It’s the perfect texture and has good coverage without looking cakey.
What: M.A.C Mineralize Skinfinish
Why: A great sheer powder that sets foundation without leaving a powdery finish.
What: Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow
Why: It’s a bronzer highlighter duo in the most perfect bronze shade.
What: Chanel Les Beiges
Why: I use this in place of my bronzer when I want an all-over warm glow.
What: Benefit Coralista
Why: Golden coral cheek colour that suits literally everyone.
What: M.A.C Style
Why: This shimmering golden orange colour is one of my all time fav cheek colours.
What: M.A.C Buff
Why: Matte nude cheek colour for when I want something more neutral or I’m not wearing bronzer.
Unless I’m heading out or have an event, I keep my eyes pretty simple, and tend to stick with neutrals.
I usually wash a nude colour over the eye lid and will sometimes use a shimmery brown, coral or nude pink if I feel like my eyes are looking a little dull. I tend to skip eyeliner for work (unless I’ve got extra time) and go straight to mascara. A little colour & definition to the brows and I’m done.
What: Urban Decay Naked palette
Why: It has all the neutral colours you could ever need in one handy palette.
What: M.A.C Brulé
Why: I like to use a matte finish base colour on my eyes before anything else.
What: M.A.C Hey
Why: It’s the perfect pinky, nude, beige shimmery colour.
What: M.A.C Satin Taupe
Why: This is the most wearable shade that can be worn sheer or built up to a strong smokey eye.
What: Chanel Inimitable mascara
Why: Lengthening and most importantly separating, this is my favourite mascara.
What: M.A.C Feline pencil
Why: This is hands down the smoothest and blackest black pencil you will find.
What: M.A.C Fluidline in Blacktrack
Why: Gel like texture makes this soo easy to apply with an flat angle brush.
What: Benefit Goof Proof brow pencil
Why: The waxy texture blends perfectly into the brow.
What: Benefit Gimme Brow
Why: This will tame any stray brow hairs and the tint of colour adds subtle definition.
Try as I might, maintaining my lipstick all day erryday, never happens – anyone who says they do, is lying. But, when I do attempt it I’ve got a few go-to colours and products.
What: M.A.C Myth
Why: Nude pink perfection in a lipstick. Think JLo.
What: NARS Dolce Vita
Why: Great everyday red that never looks too much.
What: Charlotte Tilbury Bitch Perfect
Why: Finally, a brown-pink colour that is actually flattering and not too pale.
What: Charlotte Tilbury Penelope Pink
Why: Pink based neutral that’s perfect for a daywear nude lip.
What: M.A.C Patent Polish in Revved Up
Why: My fav coral nude lip colour with a shiny finish.
What: Hailey Baldwin Modelco Gloss in Beige
Why: I don’t wear much gloss these days but this is the best nude colour for when you don’t want to wear lipstick.
What: M.A.C Lip Pencil in In Sync
Why: For those rare times I want to make my lip colour even more pink.
What: Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Bare
Why: This is the perfect nude base for most of my lip colours.
What: M.A.C Pro Longwear pencil in Etcetera
Why: For when I want that matte 90’s look, I apply this allover as a lip colour.
What: YSL Rouge Pur Couture 01
Why: The ultimate red red, this is a must-have colour