The Makeup Bag For The Unititiated

Sometimes I forget that I’m kind of a big deal when it comes to makeup. I’m not even being arrogant, and if you saw my skin without it, you’d get why I’ve had to hone my skills for real. After a casual text from my sister regarding the difficulty of building up the ideal make up bag, I’ve realized that it can be quite the undertaking for the uninitiated. I’ve taken the liberty of breaking down the very basics in day to day slap whilst taking into account that the cosmetically challenged, aren’t going to be game for laying it on thick every AM. If you have a dermis and the desire for it to be sparkly and bright, we should probably have a brief chat about skin care tooso I’m going to lay it down for you. Let’s begin.

Keep it clean

Clean skin is a must. Try and apply a tinted moisturizer fresh from your bed and you’ll be greasy as f*** by the time you hit the tube. Personally, a Clarisonic is the only way I can get my skin feeling truly clean and I use it with Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser because it’s cheap, gentle and generally the best in show for all skin types. Every supermodel and her dog are believers too, so there’s that.

Misty Business

Nothing will wake up that ailing dermis quite like a spritz of Caudalie Beauty Elixir. Consider this toner and serum’s elegantly packaged baby and you’ll get what I mean. It will tighten your pores up a treat and should be sprayed especially liberally on a hangover.


Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrate is so amazing, I could marry it if an offer was extended my way. Jane Birkin has been said to have used it forever and it’s also the classic backstage-fashion week beauty staple. My skin get’s really aggy if I use products containing anything remotely chemical so this stuff really is the bomb-dig if you’re sensitive. While I’ll do almost anything to align myself with Jane Birkin, I love Embyolisse because it’s super light, super simple and feels like you’re wearing nothing at all.


 It’s time to up hit the make up bag, but where to begin? Let’s acquaint ourselves with the basics.

Cover up

Even chicks with good skin can’t argue with a bit of coverage around the eyes and nose. The look here is natural and not cakey, because we’re not in 1990 and crusty makeup is for amateurs. RMS Cosmetics have an incredible product called Un Cover-Upwhich is coconut oil based and gives a luminous, dewy sort of glow. It’s especially good under the eyes if you’re hungover or tired and I tend to use it all over my face if I’m going out. Another good shout is Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. It’s good for those of you who want a bit more coverage without looking like you’re wearing a mask. Maybelline FIT Anti-Shine Stick is particularly ace for oily skin types and holidays. If you want subtle, anti shine control (hold the chalkiness) then this guy is your friend.


Liven up your cheekbones with a bit of colour. I use Soleil Tan de Chanel because it holds off on iridescence, shimmer and all things sickly and pearlescent. If you are into sparkle, Nars Laguna is cool I guess. Another matte favourite is Guerlain Four Seasons Bronzer, Benefit Hula and Revlon’s Sunkissed Bronze. The way you apply this is key. Not all over the face please, we’re not in Year 9 anymore. Dust under cheekbones and up to temples, lightly along the hairline and a smidge under the jawline. Personally, I think using bronzer as a blush is really seventies and retro, but if you’re not on board, try a blush in a tawny or pinkish shade. MAC and Estee Lauder do the best powder and gel (respectively) varieties.

Eyebrow Gel

Don’t let anyone with bad eyebrows tell you shit about life – or at least that’s what Emily Ratakowkji said and she’s really hot. Brushing up your brows with a little clear gel instantly lifts your face and makes you look more groomed. Obviously this is a product you can get on the cheap, so you don’t need to splurge on an expensive one. Hell, even lip balm and a quick comb are cool with me.

Eyelash Curlers

Even if you don’t wear mascara every day, curling your lashes will make you look more awake and it really opens up the eye area in a big way. I use Shu Uemura’s because they really are the only ones that work.

Lip Liner

Sometimes I feel like I’m the only person in the world who cherishes lip liner above any other make up product. I can’t and won’t have a good night/day if I leave home without it. It’s not as neurotic as it sounds, I promiseI love Laura Mercier Lip Liner in Plumberry (the most) followed by Kevin Aucoin’s Flesh Tone Pencil in Medium and finally Revlon Colour Stay Lip Liner in Natural.

Lip Balm

Reve de Miele by Nuxe is only very slightly dewy and genuinely works a treat when your lips resemble a flaking pastry. Maybelline Baby Lips is a little glossier, and Eve Lom’s Kiss Mix is ever so slightly iridescent in a non-fugly way.

So there it is, your comprehensive guide to getting it right. I don’t feel I should insult anyone’s personal hygiene regimes by reminding you that your makeup needs to come off at the end of the day, but it’s worth keeping in mind that a drink too many can lead to poor beauty choicesjust saying.

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(Oh hi, bet you weren’t expecting a selfie were you? Reference purposes only because these are all products that I use on the reg)






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