Make-Up Essentials The No.1 Team Swear By

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Foundation, mascara, lippie… we all have make-up bag essentials we swear by.

The No.1 team love trying new products and often we get to try them before anyone else. But what products stand the test of time and make us buy them again and again? We asked the team to give their top three make-up essentials they can’t live without.

Editor, Emma

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BAREPRO Performance Wear Liquid Foundation, bareMinerals, £31

I have the most sensitive, allergy prone skin and this is one of the only foundations that doesn’t cause a reaction. But that’s not the only reason I swear by it – it’s so long lasting and the coverage is great without looking heavy and cakey.

Monsieur Big Mascara, Lancome, £21.50

I used to have decent eyelashes, but these days they seem really short and stubby. I’ve been looking for a mascara for ages that lasts and doesn’t flake but also makes my pitiful lashes look impressive – this more than ticks the box.

Hoola Caramel Bronzer, Benefit Cosmetics, £26

I love a bronzer and this is the best I’ve tried in years. I’ve got olive skin with yellow undertones and this adds just the right amount of warmth and the colour payoff is unbeatable. It works for contouring too.


Features Editor, Sophie

Mario Badescu Lip Balm, Beauty Bay, £6.25

I am prone to dry lips, especially over the winter months and this is my favourite balm for keeping things soft and supple. It works well under or over lip colour too so no need for extra blotting.

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Gimme Brow, Benefit Cosmetics, £21.50

I love the Benefit brow range and this clever little product is the fastest way to tame and shape my brows on the go!

Strobe Cream in shade Peachlite, MAC, £25

On its own or under foundation, this super luminous cream is an absolute lifesaver when it comes to perking up my complexion and adding some much needed glow. I also slap it on my collar bones, legs and just about everywhere else.

Photographer, Eve C

Cetaphil Daily Defence Moisturiser, Boots, £12.99

I’ve always had problem skin ranging from acne to dry patches and only after stripping my skincare routine right back have I managed to get it under control. I only use Neutrogena’s Visibly Clear Spot Proofing Daily Wash and afterwards I apply this mouisturiser and I’m not being OTT here – it has changed my life. I rarely have breakouts as it does not block pores, plus it is SPF 50 and for the first year on holiday I didn’t get a burned nose! I cannot recommend it highly enough. Plus £12.99 is a total bargain.


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Debenhams, £17

I don’t wear much eye make-up but if I do have a big night out I’ll opt for a cat eye flick and Kat Von D’s tattoo liner is my favourite for it. The pen is ultra fine so I can build from delicate flick to an Amy Winehouse eye easily depending on my mood. Plus it stays put all night.

make-up bag essentials YSL lipstick

Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in shade Le Rouge, YSL, £29

Red lipstick is my make-up staple. Even if I’m going bare faced on holiday, a slick of red lipstick always makes me feel put together and glamorous. YSL’s classic Le Rouge shade works well with my pale skin and although pricey, lasts a very long time.


Journalist, Eve M

Fort De France NARS make-up bag essentials

Light Sculpting Highlighting Powder in Fort De France, NARS, £29

My favourite highlighter has got to be ‘fort de france’ by NARS. It gives the perfect golden glow without excessive shimmer or sparkle!


Hylamide Glow Booster, Lookfantastic, £15

I am naturally very pale and always feel my complexion looks dull without foundation on but this has really helped to create a healthy glow for make-up free days.

Matte Lipstick in shade Kinda Sexy, MAC, £17.50

The perfect nude for day or night and the lipstick I always return to. It has a little bit of pink through it too to keep you from looking too washed out. I think I have about 5 of them (one for every handbag!) and even bought my sister one as her wedding day lipstick.


Eve Conroy

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