My 7 make-up bag essentials

For my next post, I thought I would share a list of makeup products (with my own personal picks) that would make it into my makeup bag no matter what; whether I need to save space (and precious weight!) in my hand-luggage when travelling or even just to minimise clutter in my bag at work.


  1. Concealer

Personal pick: Clarins Instant Concealer 

I put this one first on the list because it was the first make-up bag essential that came to my mind. I particularly like this one by Clarins because although it’s a bit pricey, one tube has lasted me months, it doesn’t dry out the skin and it doesn’t crease (hallelujah). As well as being great for concealing dark circles with good coverage and caffeine extracts, it also does a damn good job at concealing blemishes, so it really is one of those wonder products. I always put this on over a moisturising eye cream (personal fave – Avene eye contour cream) just to help with the application and blending.

2. Mascara

Personal pick: Lancome Volume a Porter Mascara

As well as being easy on sensitive eyes, this pick has a tried and tested non-smudge/flake formula and masters both volume and length – seriously this mascara does it all and I am proudly on my 5th tube (even if my purse says otherwise!). A bit pricey but I guarantee you won’t be left chucking it in the bin after two uses, annoyed at flakes and smudging. With a kickass reputation that it lives up to, you can’t go wrong with this.

3. Eyeliner

Personal pick: Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eye Liner

I am a huge fan of the sharp cat-eye flick so my weapon of choice is definitely a good pen-liner with a very fine tip that dispenses just enough product. I find a subtle line or bold flick is an easy way to take your makeup look from day to night. But if you prefer a kohl liner, pop that in there.


4. BB cream /CC cream/ foundation or a loose powder

Personal pick for foundation: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue

Personal pick for powder: Clinique Blended Face Powder and Brush in Translucent

All year-round I like a little bit of coverage that nicely masks any red areas but gives a dewy fresh look.  I’ve put this one down on the list, but I don’t always carry it around because it stays put all day on my oily combination skin (for a more detailed review, see my previous post). In its place I carry around a loose translucent powder to absorb any oil that stars to appear on my T- zone on particularly humid days (hello office heating and air con!)

5. Blusher

Personal pick: Clinique Chubby Stick, Cheek Contour Balm in Amp’d up Apple

I love this one because it’s so easy to blend and great for both humid and drier days. I’m very picky with blushers, for me it has to be the perfect nude shade (this should be the colour you naturally flush, a great trick is to lightly pinch the tip of your finger and look at the colour) super easy to blend and great for dry and oily skin (I don’t ask for much..).


6. Lipstick and lip-balm

Personal pick for lip balm: Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (worn in picture below!)

Personal pick for lipsticks: Charlotte Tilbury in Super Cindy (matte) for the day and Benefit They’re Real Double the lip in Lusty Rose for the evening.

Balms are great for when it starts to get colder and drier, so I like to keep a nourishing nude balm in my bag to use throughout the day.  As well as keeping dryness at bay, I love how a slick of balm can really bring back a fresh look to your complexion even if you don’t feel it on the inside..!
As well as a balm, I also keep two lipsticks tucked away in my makeup bag to take a look from day to night; a subtle nude shade for the day and a more powerful color for the night.

7. Eyebrow kit or pencil

Personal pick: Soap and Glory 4-in-1 Archery D-I-Y Brow bar

With a highlighting cream for the brow bones (and cheekbones!), dark blonde or brunette powder, shaping wax and a couple of neat little brushes, it’s practical and easy to use. I have tried other pencil/gel products and haven’t found anything else (so far..) that gives the same natural filled in shape that this pallet achieves. Again, another win, and it doesn’t break the bank.

Put them all together and…


…there you have it! 🙂
What do you think?
Let me know what your top picks are in the comments below! 🙂



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