As a professional Make-up Artist I’m always asked what products or items are essential to a make-up bag and in all honesty, I have loads. However, I’ve picked out a key five that will help you on your way to owning a great make-up bag that actually works!
One: Eyelash curlers
I can’t stress enough the importance of this item. I use a pair every time I do someone’s make-up and when I do my own face too. You probably own a pair but have never really used them and there may be a reason for that; you think they are time consuming, fiddly and the ones you have don’t really work. So, unless your curlers say Shu Uemura, Keyvn Aucoin, Chanel or MAC on them – throw them away! Invest in some decent curlers and you will look bright eyed and bushy tailed in 10 seconds flat!
TIP: For added curl heat very gently with a hairdryer
This miraculously healing, moisturising and soothing wonder potion is a make-up bag must. It’s a great lip conditioner, eyelash glosser, pimple healer and a £22 tube will last you about a year. I use it all the time to prep and prime the face and as a cheekbone gloss and I ALWAYS have a tube of it in my handbag to use as a lip-balm. I can’t sing its praises highly enough.
TIP: Apply Eight Hour Cream at the very beginning of your make-up to condition your lips whilst you do your main make-up routine, then apply your lippie.
Applying your base with a brush may seem like something just the pros do, but take my word for it, using a brush ensures the foundation is evenly and beautifully applied every time. My favourites are by Japonesque and Boots No7. Both are inexpensive and will last for years.
TIP: Wash regularly with a mild shampoo and lay flat on a towel to dry.
Four: Cotton buds
I use these like they are going out of fashion when applying make-up professionally and also when I do my own. They are brilliant at tidying up wobbly lines or for blending kohl pencil as well as cleaning the inner corners of your eyes out which is a must for any exhausted mummy who doesn’t want to look tired! Any high street shop brand will do and make sure you carry at least 10 in your make-up bag at all times.
TIP: don’t carry them loose in your make-up bag as they pick up dirt and go all fluffy.
Five: A good mascara
My favourite every-day mascara is Max Factor 2000 Calorie, in black. It is roughly £8 and I love it because it has a great brush, it’s a fab consistency and it’s affordable. It’s important to change your mascara every 2 months or so for hygiene and effectiveness reasons. This mascara stays on well, doesn’t flake half way down your cheeks and you will find it as a staple in Make-up Artist’s kit bags worldwide.
TIP: Keep an old mascara wand, wash it thoroughly clean using make-up remover and then shampoo and use as comb to brush through any tiny clumps – this will give you instant professional looking lashes.
Lucy Baker is a 36 year old mummy with a 2 year old girl and another on the way. She trained as a Make-up Artist eight years ago after an unfulfilling career in magazine publishing and has painted faces ever since. She finds her freelance career works well with being a Mummy.