Foolproof make-up guaranteed: These are the 10 products no beauty buff can live without (and we reveal how to use them flawlessly!)
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Whether it’s the perfect red lipstick, the ultimate flawless foundation or the best liquid eyeliner, all beauty lovers are on a quest for their make-up bag must-haves.
So what better way to find your beauty hits than to speak to fellow enthusiasts and check in with experts? Debenhams Beauty Club Community is the one-stop destination for tips, treats and recommendations, so join now to keep yourself in the loop.
With the advice of the Beauty Club Community and its team of experts, we take a look at the 10 products every make-up bag needs and how it can help you achieve the best possible look every time…
– bareMinerals Original foundation
While some foundations can clog the skin and appear ‘cakey’, bareMinerals lives up to its name by ensuring your skin looks both clear and healthy.
With only five mineral ingredients included in the product, you know what you’re applying without fearing any nasty chemicals that could play havoc with your complexion.
To get the best results, pair the application with the bareMinerals Beautiful Finish Brush. All you need to do is dab your brush in a small amount placed in the lid until it has absorbed the product. Then, Gently tap any excess before brushing your skin in small circular motions until you have full coverage and that creamy glow.
For a slightly fuller coverage, NARS Sheer Glow foundation also gives a natural yet buildable base.
Use hands to warm the foundation before applying with fingers over the entire face. Then use a blending brush to smooth out the finishing touches and gain a flawless finish.
Meet the expert: Charlotte Treharne, Marketing Manager
As Debenhams Beauty Marketing Manager, Charlotte knows her brands – but what are the new names on the block she’s excited about? We ask her for her top tips about what to look out for this year…
My skincare regime is super important to me, after growing up in a seaside town full of fresh air I am very conscious of the pollution-filled city I now live in.
There is no better way to spend a Sunday night than with a mask and one of my new discoveries, Peter Thomas Roth, which is the perfect partner. From carat gold formulas to refreshing cucumber infusions, this brand has got your back to make sure you’re looking fresh as a daisy on Monday morning.
I am also obsessed with hair products and love trying the latest formulas to make sure my locks stay healthy. Since launching Ouai at Debenhams in September last year, I have become more and more obsessed with the insane product portfolio; its wave spray is so perfect for summer and will be in my holiday case this year!
I am also completely in love with Bare Minerals – the creator of ‘clean’ make-up. I really admire it as a brand. It makes me so much happier knowing the products I’m applying are good for my skin. And the best bit is I have noticed a visible difference in my skin’s appearance since using the original foundation and can’t wait to try its new complexion rescue hydrating stick.
– Urban Decay Naked Heat eye-shadow palette
If anyone wants their make-up to look iconic – you need to use an icon. The Urban Decay Naked palette is the stuff of cosmetic legend, meaning any beauty lover needs the Naked Heat take on the classic.
A combination of 12 tones in matte and shimmer textures means the palette can afford you a statement make-up style for any occasion.
From muted neutrals to warm browns, your make-up bag will thank you for this extremely versatile addition. Depending on your look – be it a pared-back daytime style or a dramatic night out statement – Naked can cater to you.
For a more minimal style, apply the creamy tones to the lid and a sweep of a sheer shimmer on the browbone for just the right amount of detail. The bolder, coppery shades at the other end of the palette can be added generously to the lid with a smudgy line under the eye for the perfect night out style.
– KVD Tattoo Liner
We’re all desperate for the perfect cat-eye flick, so why not add this secret weapon to your make-up bag? This long-standing bestseller has loyal fans for all the right reasons – including a long-wear, all-day finish, a vegan formula and a precise, easy-use brush tip.
To get that perfect look, very little pressure is needed to ensure you attain a flawless flick as you can rely on the work of the brush’s tip to keep the line fine and sleek.
The product is designed to be layered, so if at first you don’t succeed, line, line, line again! With two shades to pick from including, Ultra-dark “Trooper Black” or chocolate-hued “Mad Max Brown” – there is something for everyone.
Meet the expert: Sue Carter, Senior Sales Manager
We asked Debenhams beauty expert Sue to open up her make-up bag and share the essential items she uses every day to keep her feeling and looking good…
‘Every day I start off with the amazing Elemis Superfood Facial Oil dropped in to the Superfood Day Cream, to create the ultimate hydrated complexion.
‘Once my skin is prepped I start to create the perfect glow with using Dior Forever Skin Glow Foundation as my base. Then to brighten and enhance my eyes I go in with Can’t Stop Won’t Stop full coverage concealer by NYX.
‘One of my favourite products is Shimmer Brick bronzer by Bobbi Brown (I either use this in a three-formation to contour the face or all over for a bronzy finish).
‘I then sweep the same bronzer through my eyes to define the crease and open the eyes rather than using a separate eye shadow as an every day look. To add a youthful sun kissed effect I add a touch of MAC Warm Soul Blush on both cheeks and dust the remaining on my brush along my nose.
‘Full brows are very on trend at the moment, so to define my brows I use NYX Micro Brow pencil. Moving back to my eyes I go in with Kat Von D’s best-selling Tattoo Liner and finish the look with Benefit Bad Gal Mascara.
‘For a natural day lip Too Faced Lip Injection in the shade Spice Girl is what I use to give the perfect pout. After creating a flawless every day makeup look I want it to last from shop floor to an evening out; I do this by spritzing with Urban Decay’s Mini All Nighter setting spray.’
– Urban Decay Brow Blade Ink Stain and Waterproof Eyebrow Pencil
Naturally no flawless flick or sleek cat-eye can sit below anything less than a perfect brow, so make sure you are ready with a sleek style.
If you’re after a bold look, the Urban Decay Style Brow – Brow Blade will give you the sharp style you desire due to its double-ended ink stain and waterproof pencil.
The essential is made better in that it has a dual use all wrapped into one utensil.
Many beauty devotees may not be ready to go down the microblading route, which is a tattooing technique used to sharpen the appearance of the brow by adding a semi-permanent pigment.
By applying the stain first and then defining with the pencil, you too, can look like you’ve undergone the microblade without any of the hassle or cost.
– YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick
With reams of colours to choose from and a make-up artist worthy, SPF 15 moisturising formula, YSL Rouge Pur Couture lipstick is always a winner. Whether its an everyday neutral, a classic red or an eye-popping statement colour, this collection offers each complexion a customised look.
To ensure there’s a look for every occasion, make-up fanatics can choose anything from the brand’s iconic Le Rouge to the more muted but equally-stylish Rose de Saba, with any shade set to plump any pout.
Making for an easy addition to your make-up look, application is as swift as a slick of colour – you can even use the gold case as a mirror- and you’re ready to go.
– Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
It’s gold packaging and magical effects make Touch Eclat the stuff of make-up legend. This illuminating pen helps mask dark circles expertly and ensures there are no signs of a late night on your dazzling complexion.
Just a click of the bottom of the pen and a sweeping application underneath the eyes, Touch Eclat is the perfect secret weapon to brighten the skin and provide that much-needed glow.
– KVD Go Big Or Go Home mascara
No make-up bag is complete without the ultimate mascara. In the hunt for thick lashes and a lasting finish, Kat Von D has again come to the rescue with her Go Big Or Go Home Mascara.
The smooth texture of the product glides on so smoothly that flaking and smudging are no longer an issue. The ‘wavy’ brush is designed to help get to every lash and ensure the lashes stay saturated and fluttering all day long.
Again, Kat’s aim is not only to provide flawless faces but also give a nod to the environment, as her mascara uses natural oils rather than beeswax which is most commonly used in many mascaras, making the product entirely vegan.
Meanwhile, for a thicker finish, the Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced gives the ultimate volume due to its famous collagen-fuelled formula and hourglass brush.
Other notable mentions in the lash department are, of course, Benefit’s iconic BadGal Bang mascara and Lancome’s luxurious Hypnose mascara.
Meet the expert: Sarah Sian, Beauty Editor
Sarah oversees the content on the Debenhams Beauty Club Community and is a fountain of knowledge when it comes to hot new beauty trends we’ll all be obsessed with over the next few seasons. She lets us into summer’s most fashionable looks….
The biggest trend is to move away from sculpted, contoured make-up and overly groomed brows in favour of a barely-there make-up look.
Skin needs to look dewy and naturally radiant, so concentrate on getting the best skin you’ve ever had by investing in skincare products.
There’s also a big trend towards volumised lashes, perfect for Kat Von D’s Go Big or Go Home Mascara. Get extra volume by adding multiple coats of mascara. Also always apply to the lower lashes!
To complement a barely-there complexion, a bold lip in plush red, deep berry, wine and merlot is a huge attention-grabbing trend. Alternatively, if bold and bright is not your thing, go for gloss that can be worn on the lips, on the eyelids and on the cheeks as a dewy highlighter.
– Benefit Hoola
Yet another iconic product to perfect that coveted glow is Benefit’s Hoola bronzer. Just a sweep of warm tones across the cheekbone not only achieves the perfect holiday glow but also emphasises bone structure to perfection.
Due to the huge success of the product, Benefit have extended their Hoola line with a host of spin-off products to help enhance that glow as best as possible.
If you’re more of a blushing beauty than a bronzed goddess, NARS’ famed Orgasm blusher is for you. Suck in your cheeks and apply a light sweep below the cheekbone to gain that perfect blushing style.
– Rituals Cosmetics The Ritual of Ayurveda body cream
It’s not all about a flawless face – soft skin is always a beauty essential.
Rituals’ iconic body cream is suitable for all skin types thanks to a blend of Indian Rose and Himalayan Honey, which not only softens skin but also provides a relaxation to the mind and body.
Apply generously in circular motions over the whole body after exfoliating in the shower, for the ultimate smooth skin.
To keep the face glowing and youthful, a daily application of the skin-plumping, illuminating Clarins Super Restorative Cream will be the perfect accompaniment to smooth skin all over.
– Guerlain Abeille Royale Double R serum
This repair serum is the perfect weapon to battle signs of ageing. Anti-ageing technology in the product provides a gentle peel and lift effect.
With every use the skin becomes more radiant as the wrinkles are smoothed, pores reduced and texture smoothed.
To apply, rub the luxury product into the face and neck twice-a-day using both hands and starting from the centre of the face and downwards towards the chin.
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