I’ll be the first to admit that I have far too much make up than I even need for freelancing never mind just for myself but, just like everyone else I like to keep my daily makeup bag simple. A few products that will change your make up from day to night, from office drab to party glam in a matter of minutes. These products I have in my make up bag are products that I can use without a bigger mirror, making them great for easy and quick application!
I always carry a sample of my current foundation with me as it’s smaller than carrying the full product and more convenient. The next time you are in a store buying your foundation, ask nicely for a sample alongside your purchase for handiness. Not all counters sample as is their policy, so pop into Boots or Superdrug and buy a small jar, normally located in the Holiday Travel area and fill it up from your own just in case. This can come in so handy, drinks after work with the girls? Surprise date night from a loved one? More realistically I use it when I spill sauce down my face from eating something. Either way, makes for quick and easy touch ups! My go to foundation at the minute is Yves Saint Laurent All Hours £33.50, beautiful foundation and you need very little so will last you ages.
I am a lover of face powder but have yet to find the perfect one to suit me. I am currently bouncing around a few powders but in my makeup bag to bring around with me I tend to bring more afforadable powders. I have a habit of dropping them, so when I drop one that’s more affordable then it doesn’t hurt my soul as much. I once dropped my Estee Lauder Doublewear Powder £35 down the stairs and I swear, the sound I made only dogs could have heard. My favourite drug store powder is the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder £3.99 and is never far from my makeup bag. There is no makeup look that can’t be solved by a puff of powder and a lick of lipstick! Plus, powder you can throw on without even looking so there’s not even any need to run to the loos.
Multi Use Palette
Whether you are more of a blush person or a bronzer person, pick the palette that’s right for you and small enough that you can keep in your make up bag. My personal favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow Palette, £49. When I feel in the mood to spend a little on myself and treat myself to make up, Charlotte Tilbury is my first stop, pretty much because of the packaging. If highlight and bronzer isn’t your thing then try the Filmstar Bronze and Blush, £60 instead. Both palettes will give you the ability to sharpen any make up look no matter the occasion.
Normally I would have said just a brow pencil or powder however, as of recent I prefer a bushier brow and I love the way a brow gel through the hairs look. After work or before I go out somewhere this is always the last thing I do as it lifts a look and brings it to life. I use the Mac Pro Longwear Brow Gel, £14.50 and so easy and quick to use so a perfect addition to your makeup bag.
Even if I don’t take a make up bag with me I always take an eyeliner. You just never know when the situation calls for a cat eye or a smoky eye. For that reason, I carry both a liquid and a kohl, Mac Eye Kohl Ebony, £14.50 and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner £16. The pencil is best for a quick smoky eye and blend out with your finger, or if you can be bothered then bring a little blending brush in your bag too. Failing that, whip out that Tattoo Liner and cat eye your eyes for an elegant look.
Whatever lip combo you feel your most sexy in, you have got to have that in your make up bag. Not going to lie, I have a ‘natural’ colour and a more out there colour for days where I don’t know what mood i’ll be in. For me I find it best to have a nude and either a red or a deep brown/plum colour to really amp up a look. As Elizabeth Hurley once said ‘Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together.’
I never leave the house without my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum and I always have a little travel size in my make up bag. Pressing a little of this serum over my make up makes me feel like I can conquer the world. It rejuvenates and re hydrates my skin leaving me with a beautiful glow from within that no amount of highlighter can give you making it a perfect item to add before you head out somewhere.
I’m a perfume lover, I am always spritzing myself with my favourites scents and love picking up sample sizes to keep in my make up bag. Currently I have Chloe and a Marc Jacobs fragrance in my bag. Beautiful sweet, fresh smelling to lift your spirits for a last minute night on the town!
And so concludes what’s in my make up bag, I would love to hear from you what you put in your make up bag, and if there’s anything I am missing out on carrying around!