Hundreds of products land on my desk, but only a handful get repurchased – and that’s when you know they actually work, right? Here are five products that you’ll find me using over and over again, my makeup bag essentials.
I never thought primer was really important in my makeup routine until I met Laura Mercier’s award-winning Foundation Primer. Not only is it silicone free (silicone-based products just slide right off my face by 12pm), but it can also be used in a few different ways: pop on a layer before foundation to plump up the skin, use it on its own for your daily fix of vitamins A, C, and E; or mix it with a powder shadow for a creamier effect. Try Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, from $45
Having tired-looking eyes in this day and age is a given… after all, most of our days are spent staring at computer screens or staying up late at night. Enter Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On, a clever little rollerball product that contains hyaluronic acid and olive extract to counteract dehydration and stimulate blood circulation. To use, roll it around the eye and pat it into the skin with your fingers. Try Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Roll-On, $19.99
I’ve been through about three or four of these tubes and I seriously can’t find another foundation formula quite like it. As a CC cream, it features three corrective pigments: there’s apricot to address fatigue, green to zap redness, and white tea to minimise dark spots and pigmentation. And, for a medium-coverage base, it feels surprisingly light on skin, so you forget you’ve even got anything on. Try Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream, $25
If you don’t know by now, I absolutely cannot live without a good set of false lashes. Artemes is new to the market, and I’m totally hooked on their ‘Twice Bitten’ style, which is a set of wispy hairs that are longer in the middle. Expect tons of volume and compliments when you wear these. Try Artémes Lashes in Twice Bitten, $62.04
Highlighting is one of the biggest trends to hit the beauty world, and my product of choice is M.A.C.’s top-selling Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle. It’s a finely milled shimmering beige compact that looks incredible buffed into cheekbones, brow bones and down the nose, without looking too frosty or metallic. Try M.A.C. Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle, $47