My make-up essentials.

Being your average girl, I am a HOARDER of make-up! Despite living on a student loan, I have no price limit when it comes to beauty products. I buy purely on the lasting effect- even if it does break my budget! My 5 make-up essentials are:


Benefit High Beam RRP £19.50

This is heaven in a tiny glass bottle. I apply it on my cheek bones and temples, but it can also be used on your nose for contouring. It is quite shiny, so I am always aware that I don’t use too much – a little does go a long way. A small amount of it is enough to give your entire face a subtle glow. It works well with blusher or bronzer and I usually apply it right at the end of my make-up routine.

MAC Mineralize Foundation RRP £27.00

Having oily skin proves difficult when trying to find foundation that avoids my face looking too ‘shiny’. However, this product covers imperfections well and evens out my skin tone nicely. It leaves my skin looking healthy and prevents the ‘shiny’ effect. It’s easy and quick to apply with the sponge applicator provided and possesses a weightless texture that prevents my skin feeling thick or greasy.

Chanel (Jous Constraste) Blusher RRP £31.00

I felt your gasp when you read ‘£31.00’ but it has to be one of my favourite beauty items in my make-up bag. This product has a flattering and natural finish that keeps my skin from looking dull. Before purchasing this blusher, I was constantly buying cheaper palette’s (ranging from Rimmel to Maybelline etc.) and finding that they only lasted for a few months. I have been using this blusher for nearly a year now and it looks almost untouched. That is surely an investment, right?

Benefit ‘They’re Real!’ Mascara RRP £19.50

Previously, I used Benefit’s ‘BADgal Lash’ mascara, but I found that it made my eyes really dry and irritated, so I was a little hesitant to try this mascara at first. However, I was pleasantly surprised! The rounded end of the brush makes it easy to apply the mascara onto lashes that are usually out of reach when using other brushes. This product turned out to be perfect for me, because I have naturally light and thin eyelashes and the mascara successfully lengthens my lashes a great deal and also gives them volume without creating a clumpy look.

Urban Decay (Naked 2) Eye shadow Palette RRP £37.00

I do not have a bad word to say about this product! There is not a single colour in Naked 2 that I haven’t found a use for, my favourites being ‘Half baked’, ‘Tease’ and ‘Snakebite’. The palette is definitely a must-have, it consists of matte and glittery shades that lets you create a neutral to smokey eye look. The versatility of this palette is the products greatest feature- it is very easy to produce a simple and understated day look as well as effortlessly transitioning to a dramatic night look.

By Natalie