The ultimate make-up bag!
Women spend as much as £2,000 a year on make-up, according to a recent survey. Astonished? Well, with use-by dates and the fact that certain items need to be replaced every couple of months, the costs do add up.
So here our beauty guru presents her fantasy make-up bag with enough dream products to last a year …
Beauty addicts: Women spend as much as £2,000 a year on make-up, according to a recent survey
La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15 (£123, Harvey Nichols)
One of the most luxurious foundations in the world, it contains caviar extract, which is very moisturising. Skin Caviar comes with a cream concealer in the lid and leaves skin looking flawless. You’ll need at least two pots to last a year.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation (£45, Harvey Nichols)
For summer days when you feel confident enough to go without foundation or want a very light, natural look, this product works like a normal base, providing a translucent coverage that instantly smoothes fine lines and boosts skin’s natural moisture.
Dior Capture Totale Tinted Moisturiser (£62.50, Selfridges)
Finding a tinted moisturiser that provides a flattering veil of colour with no hint of orange or unsightly streaking is not easy. This is one of the most expensive on the market but is also one of the best. Dior’s anti-ageing tinted moisturiser contains a colour ‘catalyser’ pigment to correct signs of ageing and restore the skin’s luminosity. You will need two to last from spring through to the end of summer.
From left: La Prairie Skin Caviar Concealer Foundation SPF 15, Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation, Sisley Radiant Immediate Lift
Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat Collector No 1 (£24.50, boots.com)
This cult beauty product is officially the UK’s No 1 luxury beauty product. Used by celebrities, models and legions of women all over the world, this magic pen has been copied countless times but the original is hard to beat.
Available in six shades, you will need at least three — two lighter and one darker shade for when your skin is tanned.
Crème De La Mer Radiant Concealer (£45, Selfridges)
You can never have too many concealers, but it’s a good idea to have more than one as your skin tone changes throughout the year.
This cream concealer from Crème de la Mer is a favourite with celebrity make-up artists as it is great for covering up dark shadows. It comes in three shades and one should last a year.
Chantecaille Protected Paradise For Face (£88, SpaceNK)
This is as luxurious as loose powder gets. Comes with its own generous-sized puff that can sweep a blend of all the colours to create a healthy glow. One should last a year.
From left: Yves St Laurent Touche Eclat Collector No 1, The Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Collection, Sisley Phyto-Mascara Ultra Stretch
Chantecaille’s The Bengali Palette (£110, SpaceNK)
This elegant gold compact contains peach blusher, sheer gold highlighter and eyeshadows in jungle green, pale silver, dark brown and copper. Perfect for party eyes.
Chanel Ecriture de Chanel AutoLiquid Eyeliner (£23.50, 020 7493 3836)
Those who use this say it’s worth every penny. Liquid eyeliner should be changed every three months, so if you wear it a lot, four should last a year.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme (£15.50 each, boots.com)
These tiny pots of eyeshadow cream are easy to apply. Just use your finger to dab directly to your lids and it should stay in place for hours without creasing. There are 13 shades, so six pots — three light, neutral shades and three darker shades — would last a year.
From left: Chantecaille’s The Bengali Palette, Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush
Sisley Phyto-Mascara Ultra Stretch (£37, 020 7591 6380)
For hygiene reasons, invest in a new mascara every two months. This is one of the most expensive, with good coverage and hold. Six should see you through the year.
Dainty Doll Mascara Eyeliner Duo (£17.50, boots.com)
Designed by Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts for your holiday make-up bag. Combines two must-have eye products in one — mascara and liquid eyeliner.
BRONZERS AND BLUSHERS
Burberry Light Glow Natural Blush (£28, burberry.co.uk)
Both the compacts and the powders themselves are embossed with the signature Burberry check, and the blushers are of the highest quality. Peony, a pale pink, is perfect for summer, and Warm Glow, £30, gives an all-over healthy complexion.
Sisley Sun Glow Powder (£60, 020 7591 6380)
This comes in two shades — Honey Cinnamon for deeper skin tones and Golden Peach. The fine textured powder creates an instant, slightly iridescent healthy look, and blends naturally with the skin to give a radiant glow.
From left: Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place ShadowCreme, Chantecaille Protected Paradise For Face
Teint Terrybly Soleil By Terry SPF 15 (£61.50, SpaceNK)
Perfect for hot, humid days, this powder foundation enhances your tan, leaving your skin looking matte. Feels light and lessens the appearance of pores, covering small blemishes.
The Tom Ford Private Blend Lip Color Collection (£36 each, Harrods)
Every make-up bag needs a lipstick ‘wardrobe’ and for the ultimate in style and choice, this collection fits the bill beautifully. There are 12 flattering shades. Choose two reds, two nudes and two with brown tones, and they will last you a year.
Givenchy Gloss Interdit (£18 each, debenhams.com)
These new super-shiny glosses are fun to wear and the colour stays on well. Available in a wide selection of shades, lips are left looking super-glossy, fuller and plumper and the colour really lasts. Choose two neutral shades and two brights.
From left: Lanolips Lip Ointment, Dolce & Gabbana Make-Up Intense Nail Lacquer Passione
Lanolips Lip Ointment (£7.99, victoriahealth.com)
Found in every beauty editor’s make-up bag — in every colour. Contains lanolin, goes on like a dream and gives lips a lovely glossy look. Buy all the flavoured balms — Apples, Dark Honey, Rhubarb, Rose, and Orange — all with SPF 15, plus two tubes of the original Lanolips 101 Ointment, £11, and you’ll have luscious lips all year.
Chanel le Vernis (£17.50 each, 020 7493 3836)
Chanel nail colours have set the scene every season. Invest in three new shades — Peridot, a gold and green intertwine; Graphite, a mix of silver, gold and platinum; and Quartz, a bronze with pink.
Dolce & Gabbana Make-Up Intense Nail Lacquer Passione (£17 each, Harrods)
This comes in a palette of sophisticated shades, from flattering nudes to intense fashion shades. Two bottles should enable you to ring the changes on fingers and toes.
Sisley Radiant Immediate Lift, £127 (0207 591 6380)
For a money’s-no-object make-up bag, this wonderfully indulgent highlighter allows you to get a visibly smooth and luminous complexion in seconds and also helps make-up stay on longer. It provides an immediate lift and feeds the skin, as it contains prickly pear, lemon, watercress, red grapevine and ratanhia.
Above: Chanel Ecriture de Chanel AutoLiquid Eyeliner
Guerlain L’Or Make-Up Base, £42 (debenhams.com)
A primer is a necessity if you want to get the best from your make-up and especially if you want your foundation to go on smoothly and stay on. This is the queen of primers, containing particles of pure gold which are absorbed instantly by the skin. Used under make-up it is a five-star primer — or on its own as a super radiance booster.
A LITTLE LUXURY
Mai Couture Sunset Blvd Blush paper with Wallet, £22 (Harvey Nichols)
This lightly powdered ‘blusher paper’ can be used at any time to give your cheeks a hint of colour and shimmer. Perfect for jet-setters (you don’t even need a mirror to apply them) and two packets should be enough for the year.
GRAND TOTAL: £2,000