Scotland’s Beauty Gurus’ Magic Make-Up Items

Take a peek inside some of the top insiders’ make-up bags for tips, advice and must-have products…

Scottish Beauty Influencers

Scottish Beauty Influencers

Mollie Rose Houston, @wednesdayedit

“My must-have product is Balm Dotcom by Glossier – I use it everywhere! Lips, cuticles, dry patches and even as a soft highlight for a dewy glow. I’m constantly putting it on my boyfriend and my friends. It’s my beauty staple!”






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Kumba Dauda, @kumbearxo

“I have a history of problematic, acne prone skin and have tried everything to clear it. My cystic acne was the side effect of PMS, which heightened my anxiety and diminished my confidence each month in a vicious cycle. The only thing that stopped the cycle of cystic acne was cutting out dairy entirely from my diet — milk, cheese, cream, butter, the whole lot! However, for the whiteheads and pimples that were left behind, I found that Clear’s Exfoliant with salicylic acid works best.”




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Sara Hill, @sarahillmakeup

“I love the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Primer as it gives the skin an amazing glow, smells divine and works under all foundations to give brightness and longevity.”






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Tatyana Bugayeva, @Lafotka

Erborian CC Eye Cream is my top beauty item as it’s not only a concealer but also an eye brightener. It helps to smooth away any wrinkles and gets rid of dark circles. I wear it every day!”






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Ann-Marie Harper, @glamourgranann

“I love Syoss’ Root Retoucher for in-between trips to the hairdresser. It helps to cover any grey hair and comes in so many shades. During lockdown it’s definitely been my go-to product!”






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Laura Pearson-Smith, @lpearsonsmith

“Charlotte Tilbury calls it Flawless Filter Complexion Booster, I call it a skin transformer as it’s magic. The product is a tinted serum that you dot over your face with its doe foot applicator, then spread out and push into the skin with a beauty sponge. You really don’t need all that much. It moisturises, it evens out your skin tone, and adds serious glow. It truly transforms your skin.”





Claire McKinley, @benefitcosmeticsuk

“My must-have beauty item is TAN-LUXE Sleep Oil. I’m forever telling my friends and family this would be my desert island product. This miracle tanning oil does what it says, and more in my eyes! I apply this product over my face and neck most nights before bed. It’s a gradual tanner so gives a subtle natural look and evens out my skin, perfect for those no make-up days! I also love the fact this sleep oil is good for my skin too, it’s hydrating and anti-ageing.”




Julie Hannah, @scotstyleeditor

Drunk Elephant’s cleanser has made a huge difference to my skin. The balm instantly melts and dissolves your make-up in seconds – including even tough to remove eye make-up! I’ve used it for a while and it doesn’t leave my sensitive skin feeling dry or irritated.






Polly Ahmad, @thisgirllikes2shop

“My go-to product is a face mist – they’re great for instant hydration either in the office, at home or out in the heat. I go for ones that help to maintain good moisture levels on the skin. The Sioris Face Mist contains 78% organic fruit water and seed oils to nourish and lock in hydration without leaving a greasy film. It’s perfect for all skin types and works very well even on the hottest of days.”





Hayley Daines,@amodelmoment

“The Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Mascara is my favourite mascara that I’ve ever used – I love the formula! It gives great length without leaving any clumps, and the colour is super black for maximum impact. I also love that everything by the brand is cruelty-free.”






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Paige Turley, @paige_turley

“My absolute must-have beauty product is St .Tropez’s Self-Tan Mousse. Being Scottish born and bred, I’m naturally quite pale and need a little extra help for a glow-up! This tan goes on so easily, doesn’t streak and never lets me down. I always use a double sided velvet mitt to apply and I make sure I’ve put moisturiser on my ankles, knees and elbows so the colour doesn’t gather where the skin is dry.”

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