To put this into context this post is the first five products I’d recommend to anybody when I think of the five make up basics I need to have in my make up bag. Essentially sharing my holy grails, the best of the best.
The first product that sprung to mind was the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro-Powder, £34. Personally, I use shade 1 Fair, they also do two other shades which isn’t the greatest shade range in all honesty. There is a huge jump especially between shades 2 Medium and 3 Dark, and the dark isn’t really that dark and appears very grey toned. In my eyes it’d make a great contour shade for pale-medium skin tones but as a face powder I think such a big brand should cater to more skin tones. That aside, the product itself feels really silky smooth on the face and does set your base products extremely well. The pigmentation is again, great and it actually really reminds me of the Tarte Cosmetics Confidence Creamy Powder Foundation, £27, which is available in six shades. If you aren’t into a heavy base you might not get along with this powder all that well, but it is definitely worth testing out!
Another stunning little gem is the M.A.C Cosmetics Strobe Cream in Pinklite, £25. Again, there are more shades available and each have a slightly different reflex, ranging from pink, to yellow, to gold. I really love this in place of a primer post skincare, and it is just an extra little hydrating layer between the skin and the foundation. Personally, this is much more of an Autumn Winter go-to, rather than during the summer months. It really hydrates just before the foundation application, whilst adding a subtle radiance to the skin and it looks really stunning under medium coverage foundations. It is also great for making matte foundations looking that little bit less paint or dry looking. This is perfect for the pre-work rush too as it is super fast absorbing which makes it the perfect product for me!
Foundation has to be mentioned in this post, although it is definitely a very personal aspect of make-up everybody has their own shade, formula and finish preferences which makes it hard to recommend them. However, I am going to mention two in this post; one for the full coverage matte lovers and one for the sheerer coverage foundation lovers! Starting off with the full coverage option, the Too Faced Born This Way Foundation in the shade Ivory (which is slightly too dark for me, so a paler one is needed next time round) this retails for £29. The coverage of this foundation is impeccable, and it lasts all day on my skin without going patchy, it is most definitely not one for the thin foundation lovers. One thing I would say is that it is quite hard to blend out, especially with a beauty blender, I typically mix it with another just to loosen the formula slightly and it blends much better. Onto the sheer coverage foundation, the Revlon Colorstay foundation for normal – dry skin, £12.99, is a staple and mines in the shade 150 Buff. For such a thin and light formula, the coverage is so much better than I ever expected and I think it is becoming my all time drugstore favourite foundation!
The fourth make up bag necessity of mine is a lip product, again a drugstore product. For all I love my Tom Ford, Nars, Illamasqua, etc… my day-to-day grab and go product is actually from Maybelline of all brands! I absolutely adore the Super Stay Matte Ink products, £9.99, my two favourites are shades 15 Lover and 65 Seductress. One is a lovely warm brown, and the other is a mauve pink shade, both are stunning shades and my typical lipstick shades.
For me these are really well pigmented, non-sticky, non-drying and long-lasting lip products which is everything you can want from a lipstick, right? Also the shade range is really great with some purples, browns, greys in there!
My fifth and final makeup bag must have is the Ofra Cosmetics highlighting powder in the shade Rodeo Drive. Originally, I had Glazed Donut which I also loved but I’ve lost it and I am so gutted! Rodeo Drive however has definitely stolen my heart; it is a little bit of a more wearable shade as it is less stark on the skin whilst still providing just as much stunning glow. There are so many highlighters I adore, but Ofra is definitely a go-to brand for me when it comes to my glow; they are always well pigmented, smooth and aren’t too expensive at £25, considering how long a highlighting product lasts and the quality I definitely find the price reasonable.
Those are the five basic products you need in your make up bags! Are any of these products already your staples? What’s one of your staples I need to try? Let me know in the comments! Before you go, make sure to have a look at my Tarte Cosmetics Haul!
In the mean time make sure to follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and I will see you again soon!