Calling all my fellow makeup junkies, you do NOT want to miss out on this post as today I’m sharing my designer makeup must-haves! These are the products I treated myself to over Christmas, the indulgent buys that are definitely worth the dollar!
From the packaging to the quality of product, these items are worth every penny.
BeautyBlender All about face set, £36 – available from Selfridges
OK…first things, first, there is no point in investing in high-end makeup if you haven’t got good quality tools to apply it with. Any makeup artist worth their salt or blusher will tell you that the secret to ‘wow-factor’ makeup is having the right tools for the job! Investing in great quality brushes and sponges will help you achieve a flawless look and is a must when contouring or creating a dramatic smoky eye.
When it comes to brushes, I’m a huge fan of Real Techniques however, the tools I couldn’t live without are my BeautyBlender sponges. The All About Face set has 3 different sized sponges that are perfect for applying foundation, powder and cream blushers and are perfect for sharp-focused contouring and highlighting too (great for shoots). Just don’t forget to clean your brushes and sponges regularly – I find the best way is to wash in lukewarm water with some mild baby shampoo.
bareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation, £26.50 – available from John Lewis
bareMinerals is one of my all-time favourite beauty brands. I had the pleasure of working with them a few years ago and I’ve been hooked ever since. The foundation is one of the best I’ve ever used and whilst I don’t wear foundation every day, I always do on a night out or when I’m on camera. This one looks like a powder but feels like a cream when applied, resulting in a silky, luminous base.
Use a big fluffy brush to apply (bareMinerals also do some fab brushes here) and lightly apply and build the product up for a flawless and even finish. It’s also a winner for anyone with sensitive skin like myself as it’s made using crushed minerals from the earth, and is completely free from chemicals, preservatives, talc, oils and waxes.
Soleil Tan De Chanel, £32 – available from John Lewis
Oh Chanel…let me count the ways in which I love you. The French fashion house not only produces some of the most stunning haute couture, but it’s also the mastermind behind what is quite possibly the world’s best bronzer ev-er. I was recommended this a few years ago by a friend and fell in love with first application. A cream-gel bronzer, it literally glides over the skin and is incredibly easy to blend, resulting in a natural sun-kissed ‘I’m just back from St Tropez’ glow.
Dior Illuminating Pressed Powder, £50 – available from Selfridges
I j’adore all things Dior and especially, this lustrous illuminating pressed powder which works day to day for a golden glow and the potential to highlight would make even Kimmy K weep with envy.
Apply with a brush on the face’s natural contours: cheekbones, chin, forehead and bridge of nose and the décolleté.
Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, £25 – available from Selfridges
For lashes with va va voom, you can’t go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury’s Legendary Mascara. With just 3 coats you can boost lash volume by 13x. It’s formulated with Marine Glycogen to stimulate growth of the hair follicle and nourishes lashes with Tamanu Oil. Nourishing with dramatic results.
Tom Ford Lip Color Matte in Flame, £39 – available from Harrods
For the perfect pout my go-to lipstick is this Tom Ford bad boy. The pillar box red is guaranteed to turn heads and the matte finish is all the rage right now. More than anything, red lips makes me look awake, it brightens your complexion and the whites of your eyes.
Unlike a lot of matte lipsticks, Tom Ford’s don’t cake or dry out the lips. It’s also long-lasting, a must for all we busy mamas!