Not a day goes by where I don’t thank the makeup gods for bringing these gifts of beauty into my life. The following products I use almost every single day, hand-picked out of hundreds of makeup products in my kit. This is my makeup my hall of fame, if you will, and all of it is unapologetically luxury. My rationale being that I only have one face, and wear it every day, so slathering it in such expensive, gorgeous products makes me happy and feel a wonderful sense of put-together-ness.
I have dry/normal skin, a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark brunette hair. The reason I tell you this, is because with products recommended by beauty mavens with a similar skin type and tonal palette as me, I tend to run out and buy. I knew there was a reason I own trainers!! Thanks to Sali Hughes and the Pixiwoo girls for some of these recommendations.
Enough waffling – here are my most loved and repurchased makeup products of the past year:
Firstly and very importantly, primer – I use two… one for every day, and I mean every single day, is the Emma Hardie Protect and Prime SPF 30, having just repurchased this, the 50ml quantity is well worth the price and lasts about 3 months of constant, generous use. This is an excellent base for makeup and provides a decent broad spectrum SPF, which is necessary. Since using this, I have been stroking my soft cheeks and thinking *I bloody love that primer*. The second primer is for when I need more hardcore longevity from my makeup, or a client’s. This is where I use Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. It makes any makeup you put on top, water-resistant, and foundation does not budge. A complete wedding essential. I have backups incase Hourglass experience a shipping issue or their warehouse burns down, or something awful like that.
Armani Luminous Silk in shade number 5, the best colour match I have ever had. For an in-depth review, read my rant about it here. This has topped NARS Sheer Glow as my firm favourite, and I anticipate the launch of Chanel Healthy Glow foundation in Feb will be a strong competitor for my affections.
The under-eye corrector
In true Bobbi Brown style, I have got into correcting before concealing, but, not with Bobbi Brown, instead a little known brand called Jane Irdale. The lovely Wayne Goss recommended this to me, and I have not stopped using it since. A main ingredient in this product is Avacado Oil. It goes on like a dream and is a treatment and amazing corrector in one. The peachy pink colour knocks out any grey/blue tinge as if by magic.
The under-eye concealer
Delilah Time Frame Future Resist Concealer in Ivory – this gold clicky pen erases signs of tiredness and generally makes me look much more awake, without the obvious halo of light-reflective circles, I see this on so many women… I have to stop myself from walking up to them and strongly recommending they put down the Touche Eclat. There are better products out there now, clearly Delilah has made one of them!
The concealer for redness and blemishes
Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer. No concealer comes close to this. It covers tattoos, acne and scars without any drying, flaking or accentuating texture, lasts all day and one pot will never run out, like ever. The pliable formula is best applied with fingers and worked out with a damp beauty blender. I have so many of these little pots in my kit to use on clients. Show me your acne and I will show you a flawless face in a matter of minutes.
The eyeshadow palette
Huge props to the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette – smells amazing, not something you usually look for in a palette! It has beautiful neutral colours, applies and blends like a dream. Everything I want. if you have brown eyes, or just fancy different colours, the Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is amazing. I might be purchasing this one next year!
The black kohl liner
NARS Kohliner in Rich Black – the blackest black in the most dense yet creamy formula I have found. It is the business. Backups will be purchased.
The eyeliner pencil
MAC liner pencil in Coffee. A very dark brown, applies well, lasts a long time. I have been reaching for this pencil non-stop.
Chantecaille Faux Cils – Just the regular £35 one, even I have an issue with spending £60 on mascara, and for this reason have never tried the Faux Cils Longest Lash version out of fear, it is amazing. This mascara volumises and is a true, deep inky black. My mom complimented my lashes when I applied this, in a genuine “can you give me that mascara please now thank you” kind of way. I love how this will keep me going for 4 months before running out, not drying up. My obsession with waterproof tubing mascaras has recently been marred by their frustratingly short lifespan.
Delilah blush in Opera is my most used blush this year, the classic blue toned pink makes me feel very pretty and brings out my blue eyes. A close runner-up to this is Sisley L’orchidee Rose Highlighter Blush… this imparts an expensive, gorgeous, soft and glowy girly pink.
Tom Ford bronzer in Gold Dust. I have the little one, and dust it over my cheekbones, temples and bridge of my nose. It is the perfect combination of glow and tan, without a hint of muddiness or obvious orange bronzer. The gold and ivory packaging is pure decadence.
Delilah in Grace, constant applications of this have resulted in me being at the end of my second lipstick. This colour works so well for me, and the formula is pigmented, lightweight, comfortable and creamy.
The brow pencil
Delilah brow line in sable. Like Anastacia Beverly Hills Brow Wizz, but better. This lasts a very long time and looks so natural.
Sunday Riley lose powder in translucent. Nothing I have found since quite gives the same soft focus to skin, sets makeup and doesn’t look like powder, it is outstanding. Another bridal hero product when I work with clients.
I can’t pick a favourite because I go from intense shimmering light, to muted and delicate, depending on my mood. If I am feeling lazy, I apply the shade champagne in my Too Faced palette (above) to the tops of my cheekbones. If I want to take my time, I use Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal. Kevyn Aucoin highlighter in celestial candlelight is awesome too, as is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette. I can’t pick one. Soz.
The contour product
The lip balm
By Terry Baume De Rose makes me giddy happy. A weighty glass little pot containing £39 worth of dreamy rosy balm. Absolutely nothing tops this in the world of high-end lip balm, it has a very deserved reputation and Kate Winslet is supposedly a huge fan. I ran out this week and suffered mild anxiety before splashing out on another. Relief washed over me.
So there is my round up of the makeup products I have been using for the past year, solidly.
Love and lip balm (the By Terry one), Emma x