Despite having what some would call an excessive makeup collection, over time I’ve come to recognise that there are many staple products I always reach for, without giving it a second thought. These are my can’t live without products – the ones that are ever reliable and work best for me.
Kicking off first, we have the NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base which is potentially my most holy grail product of them all. My eyelids tend to get oily which means that if I don’t use a base before applying eyeshadow, it will have creased come afternoon (not a pretty look). I’ve tried a handful of eyeshadow primers in my time, but nothing is as good as the NARS offering. It ensures my eyeshadow stays perfect all day and is equally good to use before eyeliner to make sure you don’t get any sneaky transfer.
Sadly for my back account, I’m head over heels for the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette*. I use this every single day to bronze and highlight my face, and find it to be the perfect palette to add a sun-kissed glow. The bronzer is a blend of pearl and pigment which contours features perfectly, whilst the golden based highlighter flatters any skin tone and uses Light Flex technology to capture the light and radiate it out for a luminous complexion.
A second Charlotte Tilbury staple comes in the form of the stunning Dolce Vita palette. I’ve long been a fan of wearing a brown smokey eye look as I feel it really compliments my green/brown eyes and feel that this palette encompasses everything I want in one quad. The colours are beautiful, perfectly pigmented and blend like a dream – allowing me to create versatile looks for day and evening.
I’m cheating a little with my last product, as it’s actually for the ZOEVA makeup brushes as a whole rather than just one in particular. I think they’re some of the best makeup brushes around that fall within a really reasonable price rage. They’re beautifully designed brushes that come in a range of pretty colours, yet are also incredibly high quality, super soft, and help to apply makeup perfectly.