My everyday makeup bag is quite large. It has so many products in it that I don’t necessarily need every day, but I like to keep all of the cosmetics in there just in case I get invited last minute to a red carpet event or something… Really, I don’t know why I lug so much makeup around, but that’s what handbags are for, right?
This blog post isn’t a ‘What’s in My Makeup Bag’ meaning ‘my favourite products this month’ post, it’s genuinely what is in my makeup bag! I do use these products most often, but truthfully, some of the contents of my makeup bag are subject to rotation.
Real Techniques Blush Brush 1407
I don’t exactly use this on a day to day basis, because I don’t use it for what it’s intended to be used for. Instead of using this for blusher, I use this brush to brush away the excess powder from baking and blending my highlighter. I don’t bake my face every day, but just incase I need to, I have this super soft, fluffy brush in there.
I prefer my blusher brushes to have a little more stability in them, as appose to the bristles being so flexible and soft. It’s just my preference, and this brush works perfectly for blending in my highlight, and whisking away my excess powder.
M.A.C 159 Duo Fibre Brush
This brush is my favourite brush of all time. I’ve had it for two years now, and it’s never let me down. I use the brush to apply my bronzer and blusher, and refuse to use anything else.
The brush head is large, and the bristles are quite firmly attached to the handle, so theres not too much rotation when applying product to the face. This allows me to have more control over where I apply the blusher and powder.
Real Techniques Sculpting Brush
The Real Techniques Sculpting Brush is what I use to apply powder contour to my face, which includes the cheeks, forehead and outline of my face. The brush is fantastic for this use, because the bristles, although soft, are firmly packed together, which means the bristles can’t stray too far.
To apply powder contour and for blending the contour, you can’t really get much better than this brush.
Real Techniques Bold Metals 203 Tapered Shadow Brush
This brush is the créme de la créme of blending brushes. I own three. Yup 4. One for blending my eyeshadow, one for blending my nose contour, and two for the same purposes but for clients. The bristles on this real techniques brush are luxuriously soft, and are flexible enough to blend, but not so flexible to not make an impact.
The fibres attract pigments of powder and disperse them evenly to the surrounding area, so you won’t need to blend for very long with this brush.
e.l.f Blush Brush
This is my highlighting brush. I use this brush to highlight my cheekbones, and it works really well at doing that. The soft oval head of the brush means that I can apply highlighter to the cheek bones exactly where I want it, and it’s the perfect height and width for me to drag the highlighter across the cheekbones.
I initially bought the brush as a blusher brush, thinking I’d be able to apply blusher onto the apples of the cheeks, and because it’s advertised as an antibacterial brush – how? I don’t know to be honest. But I found that it worked so much better for highlighter!
e.l.f Eyeshadow ‘C’ Brush
As the name suggests, this brush is intended for eyeshadow application, and don’t get me wrong, it works for that purpose, but I found the bristles to be too stiff to apply eyeshadow in light layers the way I like to. Because the tip of the head is narrow and the bristles are firm, there isn’t room for too much movement.
So, I decided to use it as a contour brush for my nose! With this brush, I can place my narrow contour lines on the bridge of my nose with little risk of the product getting anywhere else. It works wonders for nose contouring, but I wouldn’t recommend it for it’s intended purpose.
Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush
This brush makes using gel liner so much easier. The silicone tip is not only more hygienic than a bristle brush, but it’s easier to control. I’m not going to lie, it takes a little practice. But you learn to drag the brush smoothly across the eyelids, and once you’ve mastered it, the brush allows you to create the sharpest winged eyeliner ever.
Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
I use this sponge for everything pretty much. I own a fair few of them, and it is by far my favourite sponge to use. The flat edge means that I’m able to to not only apply foundation, but apply translucent powder in sharp lines, or apply contour in a sharped line. The sponge has rounded edges for blending, as well as the tip which allows me to apply concealer and powder under the eye and corners of the eye.
The sponge doesn’t soak up too much product, and soaks up water to last all day. The only problem with having any sponge in your makeup bag is that the foundation gets absolutely everywhere. All over your brushes and cosmetics, so when you pick anything out of your makeup bag your hands are covered in foundation – not cool. So I carry my foundation sponge in sandwich bag, and the sandwich bag goes inside my makeup bag. What else are you gonna do?
Maybelline Lasting Gel Eyeliner
I used to wear top eyeliner on an everyday basis, but recently I line my inner lash line and that’s about it. I still keep this little pot of perfection in my makeup bag though, for two reasons. One: When I’m really tired, lining my eyelids with eyeliner makes me look a lot more awake; Two: I line my inner lash line with the gel liner too.
As gel liners go, every one I’ve used has smudged when you touch it. This one is no exception, but what’s unique about it is that it’s darker than dark, ensuring you have a bold wing, it doesn’t dry or flake off – it actually stays as vibrant as you first drew it throughout the entire day, and even when my eyes water this stuff doesn’t budge – just don’t rub your eyes and you’ll be fine. Plus, it’s £5.99. Amazing.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
The brow wiz is such an excellent eyebrow tool, and it’s an absolute must have in my makeup bag. The shade ‘dark brown’, is the perfect shade for me, even though my eyebrows are actually black in colour, the dark brown shade is the exact same shade as my hair colour. It’s not an ash brown or a brown with red undertones like many other brow products on the market, it’s truly dark brown.
The double ended pencil has a spoolie on one side, which is great because I like to brush the product through my brows to achieve a natural look. The other end is the brow product which comes out at an angle, helping you to apply the product onto your brows more naturally. The product itself is a triangle shape, so no matter how you use it, there is always a thin side and a thick side of the product. You can micro-blade thin lines into the brows with the thin side, and fill in gaps with the thicker side. A spot on product for me.
L’Oreal Double Extension Waterproof Mascara
If you have read my ‘How to Get Naturally False Lashes’ blog post, you would already know that this mascara is life. I have three of these in my everyday makeup bag. Why? I guess I like to carry unnecessary additional weight.
But seriously, this mascara has the perfect formula. It’s full of volume, boldly black, truly waterproof, and has a primer that adds even more natural looking volume to your lashes. The perfect mascara.
Kiko Cosmetics Cream Crush Eyeshadow
Not only is this cream eyeshadow super pigmented and full of shimmer, it works extremely well for highlighting the inner tear duct of the eye. Buttery and shimmery, this formula is just do die for, and it lasts all day – so at this rate it will probably be in my makeup bag for another 5 years!
I don’t use this highlighting eyeshadow every day, but somedays I want a little extra glow…!
Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation
This has been upgraded to my everyday makeup bag for a couple of weeks now. At this moment in time, I have clear skin (yippee), so I don’t need a full coverage foundation. This is my go-to foundation when I’m after a dewy foundation with a silky formula. I’ve just been on holiday, and this baby lasted super well under 35 degree celsius heat!
The Naked Skin Foundation is in my top 10 foundations, and so I’m happy to use it until my sun tan fades!
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer
My favourite concealer at the moment is the Kat Von D Lock-It concealer. It is the most pigmented and brightening concealer I’ve used to date, and I just love it! I use it primarily to highlight the underneaths of my eyes and to conceal the dark circles that we all hate.
The concealer can easily cover anything from blood red spots, to the darkest purple hues underneath the eyes, and until I find a competitor with a better formula that Kat Von D’s, it will forever hold a place in my makeup bag.
M.A.C Refined Golden Bronzing Powder
This has been one my personal favourite bronzers for years. It has the perfect combination of bronzed hues and orange undertones, which boosts my complexion enough for both bronzer and blusher. The formula is fine, compressed powder that is easily dispersed and bendable, making it super easy to work with.
Very subtle golden pigments within the bronzer helps my overall makeup look to appear dewy and natural, which is never a bad thing! I’ve had my love affairs with a fair few bronzers, but I haven’t used one quite like this.
Nars Casino Bronzing Powder
Although ‘Laguna’ is more my shade, I like to use Casino to contour. I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘well why don’t you use a contour palette?’ – the answer is simply because the Nars Casino bronzing powder is a gorgeous dark brown hue, and it works so well!
The shade of brown is the perfect shade for my skin tone to create a natural shadow, and the formula is matte and boosting, creating the impression I have a healthy tan!
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
The translucent setting powder is quite large, so I don’t carry the tub around in my makeup bag. Instead, I carry two little pots full of the fairy dust. The setting powder does wonders for making my makeup last all day and preventing my concealer from creasing. I don’t bake my face everyday, but just incase I need to, it’s always there.
The Balm Mary Lou Manizer
If you’ve read my ‘Top Cheap Beauty Buys’ blog post, you’ll already know how much of a fan I am of this highlighter. It’s a gold based highlighter that provides the most natural dewy glow when applied, and I like to have that dewy effect everyday.
M.A.C Cosmetics Myth Lipstick
I use this lipstick as a lifting shade to all of my other nudes! When I don’t have a tan, I like to lift and lighten the shades of the majority of my nude lipsticks. Myth is a pale pinkish nude that provides an overall natural ombre lip look, that I am just obsessed with.
The formula dries a gorgeous matte, whilst feeling creamy and hydrating which is what I love about the M.A.C matte lipstick range. Although the lipsticks bleed, they definitely last a good few hours, which is good enough for me!
M.A.C Cosmetics Yash Lipstick
My perfect nude. My everyday nude, my evening nude, my selfie nude, my nude nude. This lipstick is life. You remember how it felt to finally find your perfect shade of nude? (Sorry if you haven’t…) Well I’ve had that feeling for about six months with this lipstick, and I refuse to coat my lips in anything but this dreamy nude.
This lipstick just perfectly completes every makeup look I dare to ware and makes me feel like me. It’s definitely a big player in my signature makeup look.
Kiko Cosmetics 804 Smart Eye Pencil
I know this is an eye pencil, but I use it as lip liner. The description states the shade is ‘bright lilac’ – it most certainly is not. It’s a nude with an extremely slight lilac/pink undertone, and goes perfectly with my Yash lipstick. The eye pencil lasts for hours as a lip liner, so this one is staying in my makeup bag as a lip liner!