The top products that should be in your make-up bag

Last issue I had you spring cleaning your make-up bags and now it’s time for the fun part, filling them with amazing goodies and getting yourself preened to perfection with these fabulous products. These are my essential items for your make-up bag, and I’ll explain what they can do for you.

Preparing your skin is essential: nourished and healthy skin will ensure make-up stays on longer and without caking. A product I apply on all of my clients is MAC Prep and Prime Face – it evens out rough skin, moisturises where necessary, and lessens oiliness where needs be. I’d recommend this one unreservedly as it’s a great multi-tasking product.

Most of us don’t have perfect skin in the perfect shade like in all the magazines. Instead we must battle with redness, blemishes, under eye bags – you name it, most of us will have it. Contrary to popular belief, models don’t have perfect skin either, in fact some I’ve met have worse skin than us ‘regular’ people! So in my hunt far and wide for a foundation that will cover up all manner of skin problems, will last all day, will give flawless coverage, won’t cake, will have no reactions with my clients… I went through all the make-up names you can think of and L’Oréal True Match Foundation came out on top. It costs around ten pounds, much less than some of the ‘high end’ brands and offers great coverage – you can even get away without concealer.

A make-up rule I always follow is that when you apply liquid or gel, you must seal it on with powder. This ensures longevity and makes the colour ‘pop’. It also makes the product waterproof – think black eye shadow over gel eyeliner – it lasts forever. On skin, some powder will ensure that foundation will stay perfect all day. My staple powder is MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Natural, no makeup bag should be without it. At £18.50 it is on the pricier end of things, but take my word for it, it is money well spent!  Your skin will look soft, luxurious and spotless. Dust it on with a powder brush or sponge for photoshoot ready skin. You can get this online from the MAC website, or get colour-matched in store – the nearest MAC to St Andrews is in Harvey Nichols in Edinburgh.

To add definition, a dusting of blusher on the top of cheekbones and a deep brown contouring blush swept just under the cheekbones does the trick. One brand that I turn to often is online based company e.l.f. (eyes lips face). Their studio line of blushers offer a brilliant range of shades, and for just £3.50 each you can try out different colours until you find the perfect complement to your complexion, without breaking the bank. The ‘Gotta Glow’ shade is perfect for highlighting cheekbones and your cupids bow.

Next issue I share with you the rest of my make-up bag essentials.

Milly’s make-up mission of the week:

Pop Vaseline or MAC Lip conditioner on your lips every night before you go to sleep, you will never have dry or problem lips again!

Emily Hague

Image: Supplied by Lucy Ryden, manager of La Boutique.