We live in a time of contouring, priming, colour correctors, eyelash extensions and HD Brows. It’s a fabulous look for some, but it’s no longer for me. Over the years I collected a hoard of make-up, spilling from my bedside drawer and taking up all the space in my suitcase whenever I travelled. It drove me mad.
I started wearing more make-up to help conceal a bout hormonal acne. I was a fortunate teenager as I’d never suffered spotty skin. However I hit 26, my hormones shifted and my skin took the brunt. I worked for 6 months, experimenting with different products, and eventually the acne dried up and the scarring faded. I felt more confident, and safer in my skin. I didn’t want to load my face with layers of chemicals, or lug around a bursting make-up case anymore.
So, I bought a small make-up bag (pictured above – buy here!) and vowed for it to only contain hero products. Now I only use time-tested essentials that I’d never live without. So, this is what my minimalist make-up bag contains:
The Ordinary Serum Foundation SPF – Sheer, natural foundation with a perfect dewy glow and SPF protection. I use shade 1.2p.
Bourjois Little Round Pot of Blusher – I have been using this since I was 16. Gorgeous soft shades and lasts all day. There was a rumour that Bourjois were pulling UK sales so I have stocked up! I use shade 95; Rose de Jaspe.
YSL Touche Éclat Illuminating Pen – An iconic concealer! Again, I have been using this for years, and it’s a product my mother passed down to me. A perfect concealer, and is fabulous for highlighting under-eyes for a bright dewy look. I use shade 2 – Ivoire Luminere.
L’Oreal Brown Artist Eyebrow Pencil – Love this pencil! It has a comb to shape, a rich colour to define and a clear wax to set your brows for the entire day. I use the shade Brunette.
Soap and Glory Thick and Fast HD Mascara – This product does it all! Adds volume, builds length without clumping, fans your lashes and is a deep, velvety black shade. Perfect for a glam daytime lash.
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick – If you like a dewy glow that lasts all day, then look no further than this highlighter. I concentrate on the cheekbones and then dust my eyelids and nose. Stays put and gives an instant natural glow. I have been using it in shade Beige, but I think it has been discontinued so I’ll be going for the bronze next.
Glossier Generation G Lipstick – My first glossier purchase and one that will stay in my make-up bag for a long time. I love a casual, faded red lip, and this is the perfect, barely-there colour – I like to add a little lip balm over the top for a gloss finish. I use the shade Zip; a bright poppy red, and I am eyeing up the Crush next!
Tell me your hero make-up items!