My Top 10 Essential Make Up Products UPDATE

Top 10 Essential Make Up Products

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.

Liz Earle Sheer Skin TintREVIEW: Liz Earle Sheer Skin Tint

 Honourable mention: Benefit POREfessional
Benefits the 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.

Clarins Self Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

REVIEW: Clarins Self Tanning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

Honourable mention: Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion

Elemis Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion
A natural looking tan for the body, perfect for paler skin tones. This lotion can be applied in layers over a few days to gradually build up a deeper colour without streaking.

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.

Clinique Dramatically different Moisturising Lotion

REVIEW: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion

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.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk lipliner

REVIEW: Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat

Honourable mention: The Body Shop Lip Pencil – Beech

Much darker, more of a brownish berry shade, but still very natural. I use this under Pillowtalk for a little more depth.

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.


Beware the Shimmer!

Honourable mention: Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon – Champagne Diamonds

Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon - Champagne Diamonds
A glittery eyeshadow pencil, use sparingly, very pigmented – oh and small!

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.

Stainiac in Beauty Queen

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!

Mac Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown

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.

Source: Jamie Lewis Pinterest

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.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

REVIEW: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Honourable mention: Estée Lauder Double Wear Flawless Wear Concealer
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place 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.

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