If you know me, you know one of my favourite things is makeup. It’s what I spend the majority of my money on. It’s what I spend the majority of my time talking about. Reading about it. Watching about it. I lust over it. I can’t walk into a drugstore without buying a new item of it, even though more often than not it’s an item I don’t even need. I’m studying fashion, which I also love, but I’m probably more educated on makeup than anything else. I’m no makeup artist or anything (though my eye makeup is getting more adventurous recently), but it’s something I’ve always loved applying. It started with way too much eyeliner when I was 13, and has progressed into a real passion; getting ready is my favourite part of any night out. This post is going to give you the low down of all my favourite make up items in each category, ranging from drugstore to high end. Whilst it was hard to narrow it down, this list really gives you my holy grail makeup items I couldn’t live without.
Primer – ‘Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer’ £6.99
I find it hard to get that excited about primer, but in a nutshell this one helps your makeup to last all day, smooths out your skin and doesn’t break the bank – what’s not to love?
Foundation – ‘L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation’ £9.99 and ‘Collection Lasting Perfection Ultimate Wear Foundation’ £5.99
So pretty much straight away I’ve found it tricky to narrow it down. The L’Oreal one is my go to night out foundation, whilst Collection is fab for everyday wear. Both look gorgeous on the skin, are nearer to full coverage than medium, and help control my nightmare oily skin as best they can. The only downfall to the Collection foundation is their disappointing shade range (I’m a firm believer that all foundation lines should include options for all skin tones, it’s 2018 for God’s sake), and even though I might have found my perfect colour in both foundations, you’re far more likely to find your shade in the L’Oreal than the Collection range.
Concealer – ‘Maybelline Eraser Eye Concealer’ £8.99 and ‘Maybelline Fit Me Concealer’ £5.99
I weirdly really love concealer, and love to have different ones for different purposes. Maybelline seem to really kill it on the concealer formula (I’ve heard the ‘Eraser Eye’ is a dupe for Tarte’s ‘Shape Tape’, and ‘Fit Me’ is similar to Nars’ ‘Creamy Concealer’). The ‘Eye Eraser’ is perfect for under eyes, and highlighting, whilst ‘Fit Me’ is fab for spot concealing. I use both everyday, and rarely leave the house without them on my face.
Powder – ‘Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder’ £29
This one hurt both me and my wallet to purchase, but clearly I got over it seeing as I purchased a second pot. I heard the hype. Fell for the hype. Fully reinforce the hype. It sets your makeup without looking cakey, and lasts all day. It’s one of the most boring makeup items to buy, yet I’m willing to spend the money on it because it really is that good, and nothing I used before or since even compares.
Bronzer – ‘Soap & Glory Solar Powder Bronzer’ £11 and ‘Benefit Hoola Bronzer Travel Sized Mini’ £12.50
I love to bronze, especially when I haven’t fake tanned and I’m feeling especially pale. The Soap & Glory one is perfect for that natural tanned glow, without looking orange or muddy. When I’m feeling fancy and want to contour (special mention to L.A. girl for their Pro. Conceal HD concealers for cream contouring), the ‘Hoola Bronzer’ is perfect. Don’t bother with the full size; I’ve had the bronzer over a year now and haven’t even hit pan – the mini still lasts forever!
Highlight – ‘Fenty Beauty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter duo’ in Mean Money/ Hu$tla Baby £26 and ‘Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector’ in Champagne Pop £32
Highlight is my favourite makeup step. I love glowing (probably a little much) and these are my two ride or die products. The Fenty highlight comes with a more natural side, which I’ll be honest I use a bit less, but ‘Hu$tla Baby’, a peachy champagne, is the most gorgeous sparkly colour you’ll ever see. I couldn’t not mention ‘Champagne Pop’ either, the product of Becca’s collab with beauty guru Jaclyn Hill, as it’s my everyday staple. A gorgeous rose gold colour, that never fails to deliver a blinding glow. For a cheaper highlight alternative I’d definitely recommend picking up Sleek’s ‘Highlighter Eye Palette’ in Solstice, for just £9.99 it holds it’s own against higher end highlighters as well.
Eyebrows – ‘Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade’ £19
Being from near Liverpool, eyebrows are a very important step in my makeup routine. Long wearing, smudge proof and easy to apply, ABH ‘Dip Brow’ is something I’m never without (though the NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil £8 is fab when I’m in a rush).
Eyeshadow – ‘Juvia’s Place Mini Masquerade Palette’ £30 and ‘Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette’ £37
I love eye shadow, and in the last few months have got a lot more daring with my colour use. These two palette’s have the perfect mixture of everyday and bold colours, and shimmers and mattes. It’s hard for me to choose which I love more, but seeing as the Jaclyn palette is constantly sold out I’d recommend picking up the Juvia’s place palette first (a brand that I’m desperate to try more of their eyeshadow palettes – they’re all breathtaking!). I also love Urban Decay eye shadow formulas, and have a few of their palettes, but they just don’t have the same colour range as the two above.
Glitter – ‘Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner’ £15
I love glitter, and this is perfect for both understated and bold looks. I own a few of the different colours (punk rock, midnight cowboy and distortion) and whenever I wear any of them I got tonnes of compliments.
Mascara – ‘Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara’ £19 and ‘L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara’ £10.99
Another two products I just can’t separate. Having long but sparse lashes, I’m all about the volume, and both these products deliver on that front. ‘Million Lashes’ is perfect for everyday, whilst when wearing ‘Better Than Sex’ I’m often asked if I’m wearing falsies.
Eyeliner – ‘Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner’ £14.50
Eyeliner was my first makeup love, and a product I hold near and dear to my heart. After testing dozens of others I always return to this product. It’s super black, and lasts all day without fading. I also find it easy to create the perfect wing with no fuss or mess. I’ve repurchased this at least 10 times easily, and I’ve never found an eyeliner that comes anywhere near (thought the Kat Von D ‘Tattoo Liner’ £16 is pretty good too).
Lip Liner – ‘NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner’ £4
Lip fillers scare me a bit too much, so for now I’m going to stick with over lining my lips (even though my mum dislikes both!). The NYX lip liner goes on easy, and are long lasting. I love a brown/pink nude so ‘Sandstorm’ and ‘Soft Spoken’ are my fave colours from the lines.
Lipstick – ‘Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick’ £17 and ‘NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick’ £7
I pretty much only use liquid lipstick, and these are my two fave formulas. I love a matte lip, and these don’t look dry unlike many others I’ve tried. They’re all super long lasting, the Kat Von D one even lasts through meals and nights out. I’ve got a range of colours from both lines, from nudes to reds, all the colours look so beautiful I can’t help but buy more!
Special Mentions – ‘Bleach London Galixir’ £8 and ‘Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer’ £16
Two products that are stand alone in my collection but I love to bits. The ‘Galixir’ not only helps my makeup to blend seamlessly (especially cream contour) but also helps my makeup look radiant, and I just can’t leave out of my makeup routine. Whilst not normally a fan of a glossy lip the ‘Gloss Bomb’ is a non-sticky natural lip gloss, which has converted me from a strictly matte lip lady.
I know this is a rambling post (hence the pictures for people that don’t need my whole makeup life story!), but I love these products so much I feel everyone should know about them. These are the items of makeup that work perfectly for me, and more often than not find their way on to my face every day. Whilst this list is subject to change (I just can’t help myself when it comes to new releases), I always seem to go back to these products which proves why they really are the holy grail in my eyes.
Until next time,
Images sourced from Boots, Cult Beauty, Beauty Bay, Harvey Nichols, Debenhams and Space NK