Looking back on 2014, I was thinking, what are the 10 make up items I can’t live without? Or, to put it in a less dramatic way, the 10 products I don’t need to ever replace because they do their job perfectly.
Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint – Beige 02
This is the perfect foundation for mature skin. It blends well and doesn’t sink into pores or look cakey. It IS sheer though and I do need slightly heavier ie medium, coverage over my redness (rosacea) prone cheeks, so I apply this sheer tint around the edge of my face and my eyes. I alternate between cc creams, Supergoop and Yes to Grapefruit for the cheek areas.
Pores enlarge as we age because skin loses elasticity and as the face starts to ‘drop’ (for want of a better word) they look more obvious. Finding a foundation that doesn’t emphasise these pores has been a long and expensive process.
REVIEW: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint
Honourable mention: Benefit POREfessional
A silicone based primer that acts as a barrier to ‘fill-in’ pores. I always apply this under foundation, on and around the nose area.
Clarins Self Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster
I really don’t know how this fabulous product isn’t out of stock everywhere. Drops of concentrated fake tan to add to your own moisturiser for customised colour. Doesn’t streak (or reek) and never looks fake. My first bottle lasted 6 months.
Honourable mention: Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion
Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion
I’ve used this product for years to help keep my lips moisturised and plump up the vertical lines that can appear on the upper lip as we age. Fortunately, my own vertical lines are much fainter than they used to be and I think that’s down to a generous layer of this lotion every day along with regular LightStim usage.
I’m now using the ‘improved’ version – not as good as the earlier formula, but I still haven’t found anything that comes close to it in terms of moisturising my lips and the surrounding area.
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat – PillowTalk
I haven’t had this pencil for long, but it really does even out ie cheat, lip shape and seamlessly melts into your chosen lipstick colour. It’s not particularly soft, but it does blunt quickly. Having said that, I will be buying a couple of the other shades. This is a gorgeous, quality product.
REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat
Honourable mention: The Body Shop Lip Pencil – Beech
Mac Eyeshadow Gleam
One of the few shimmery eyeshadows to flatter older eyes. The rule is to never apply above the crease line – natural or man-made. Shimmer is not our friend. However, applied over the lid (with only a smidge on inner and outer corners) Gleam will add a flattering sparkle to eyes without making the lids look crepey.
Honourable mention: Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon – Champagne Diamonds
The Balm Stainiac Hint of a Tint – Beauty Queen
Perfect as a base colour for mature lips that can have a tendency to lose pigment and pale as we get older. Long lasting and wears evenly too.
REVIEW: The Balm Stainiac Hint of a Tint
HD Brows Palette – Foxy
This palette is perfection! Designed for eyebrows, the shades are highly pigmented and will not budge all day long. It’s multifunctional too: Ash Brown for eyebrows, Warm Brown for the crease line and Carbon as an upper lid eyeliner.
The bad news is that they’ve repackaged it and the shades (with different names) don’t look the same. The good news is that HD Brows have expanded the range to include eyeshadows. Expensive at £29.00 but I love the neutral shades of the Foxy palette.
REVIEW: HD Brows Palette – Foxy
Honourable mention: Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
I have this one and it is VERY similar to the (old) HD Brows palette.
Mac Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown
The only dark brown eye pencil I’ve ever used that doesn’t smudge or budge!
NYX Powder Blush – Taupe PB11
This multifunction ‘blusher’ is going to feature in every top 10 list of my favourite make up products. Contour powder, crease line eyeshadow and eyebrow power – it does it all! A cult product that actually lives up to the hype.
REVIEW: NYX Powder blush in Taupe PB11
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – Fair
I hate the cheap, rubbishy packaging of this product, which has a tendency to squidge out from under the cap. What I don’t hate, is how well it behaves as a concealer. Always apply and blend with a brush, because you do not need a lot of product. I also use it in little dots over the edges of my lips, as a (poor man’s) substitute for Benefit’s discontinued (humph!) Lip Plump.
Honourable mention: Estée Lauder Double Wear Flawless Wear Concealer
Lifesaver, covered an awful allergic rash on my neck and chest so well, that I was able to go and about without feeling self-conscious about it.
UPDATE May 2015
Going through my posts (checking links etc I gave up half way through), I came across this one from the beginning of the year and I can honestly say, that even though I’ve bought and trialled a lot of new make up products so far this year, these 10 are still my essential items.
Apart from HD Brows Palette (I already had another one), and the NYX Powder Blush (barely a dent in it – amazing value for money), I have recently bought all these products again.
Make up moves on, every day there’s a new launch with some clever, innovative cosmetic to make us look even better, and I know I’ll be sucked into buying some of them (actually I’ve just bought the new Benefit volumising eyebrow gel). But sometimes it’s comforting to be able to rely on your old ‘fail safe’ favourites.