In the world of make up, I have a LOT neatly stashed away at home. Lipsticks, various glow-giving products, countless mascaras, eyeshadows that have definitely seen better days, compacts I barely use but can’t throw out. You name it, I probably have it secreted in a box somewhere.
I LOVE beauty products and I LOVE what make up does for a face. But more importantly, I love how it can change every aspect of the way a woman feels.
Bad day? A slick of red lipstick will cheer you up. Terrible pre-menstrual skin? There are myriad concealers out there to subdue those spots.
And it’s not flippant or silly, this is a multi-billion pound industry generated solely by our love of products.
Recently I’ve been checking out a lot of YouTube videos (I am a big Caroline Hirons fan, but also love Sali Hughes and PixiWoo) and noting down products that take my fancy. In short, after getting stuck in a wearing-the-same-product rut, they’ve reignited my love for new, exciting launches and beauty developments. More of this soon.
But it got me thinking about my make-up must-haves. The things I would buy over and over again.
The first has to be Jean Paul Gaultier Le Classique Eau de Toilette, which I have worn – no word of a lie – every day since I was 14 years old. It is absolutely ‘my’ scent, despite toying with others occasionally, I have always come back to this.
The second is Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturiser – which I am currently wearing in ‘Bisque.’ This has been a go-to for the past ten years, although I have been flirting with other brands for the past year. Last week I realised that other foundations weren’t working for me and I went out to buy this again. It’s tinted moisturiser, so effectively lightweight enough for sheer coverage, but layer it up and the consistency thickens to become more of a glow-giving foundation. There are a couple of options, including an oil-free version and an illuminated cream but I wear the simple tinted moisturiser.
And finally, a new addition to my lipstick wardrobe, but a classic nonetheless. Mac’s Ruby Woo has been recommended to me on so many occasions by make up artists and other fashion editors, but I never got it. Until a couple of weeks ago I walked into a Mac store and asked to try it on. Matte, vintage, Hollywood red, it requires a liner (I use Mac’s Riri Woo, which was a limited edition, but Cherry is just as good) and is a total statement. Fab-u-lous.
What are your beauty must-haves? I’d love to know (and try!)