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Inside My Makeup Bag

Inside My Makeup Bag

Working in the beauty industry has many perks – you get to try all the latest brands! But when the gloss wears off, I always go back to these fail-safe beauty bag staples. Here’s the makeup gear I love forever after…
The Carousel - Obagi Professional-C Serum 20
First Base

The second I jump out of the shower, I apply a few drops of Obagi Professional-C Serum 20%, $99.95, which absorbs straight into my skin. It’s a super high-concentrated Vitamin C serum and my number 1 free-radical fighter. When I don’t use it, my skin is grey and dehydrated, and when I do apply it daily, I reclaim my glow – brighter, plumper skin. You beauty!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen

Sun Smart

I don’t leave the house without protection, and Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF50+, $16.99, is my pick for a lotion-light feel with serious sun protection.

Eye Know!

I know it’s not the norm to do your eyes before your foundation, but I have this crazy ability to sneeze right after applying eyeshadow, liner and mascara, and it all heads south. So I create my eyes before I apply my foundation. Clever, huh? My favourite eye-popping products are M.A.C. Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch, $33, as a base, with Paradisco, $33 over the socket, a sprinkle of Make Up Store Eye Dust in Morning Breeze, $33, in the inner corner for sparkle but I mix between soft pink palettes and gold-beige.

The Carousel - Franki Makeup Bag 2

For eyeliner, a few coats of Benefit They’re Real Mascara, $38, does the trick – not too thick and heavy, but poppy. Eyebrows are high-brow on my list, particularly since I have one grey rogue hair that rebels against the wave popping out for visits, and a few gaps here and there. I like to call these pit stops. I’ve used the Shiseido Eyebrow Styling Compact, $59, for eons. And when I sneeze and my eyes head south, I use Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-Up Remover, $10.98, for any spills, as well as P.M panda-eyes removal.

The Carousel - Franki Makeup Bag 3

Prime Location

It’s exxy, but it’s a winner: Chanel’s Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base, $65, keeps foundation on my face from morning to night. No reapplying required.  The appearance of fine lines around my eyes is a sight to behold. While not intended to smooth over wrinkles, I use Benefit POREfessional, $53, to fill in the gaps – it creates a flawless canvas for foundation. Sssshhh.

The Carousel - Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid de Tient

Good Foundations

I’ve been a big fan of Chanel Vitalumiere Moisture-Rich Radiance Sunscreen Fluid Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15, $86, for years now. It’s silky smooth finish and slightly dewy finish is perfect for disguising fine lines and blemishes. I can’t be fussed reapplying makeup throughout the day, and know this gem will last from dusk ‘til dawn and blends perfectly.

The Carousel - L'Oreal Colour Riche Silk

Lip Service

Bold lips are not my thing. I usually let my eyes do the talking. For a subtle half matte, half shiny glint of colour I use L’Oreal Colour Riche in Silk, $21.95. Smoooch!

Midas Touch

For a little sparkle, I dab a drop or two of Benefit High Beam, $45, pearlised pink highlighter on my inner and outer eyes and the bridge of my nose for a dewy glow.

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Written by Franki Hobson

Franki Hobson has worn many hats during her many years as a women's lifestyle journalist and editor. Her launching pad was COSMOPOLITAN magazine, where she moved from News & Entertainment Editor to Features Director, covering everything from the legalisation of the Morning After Pill to Gwen Stefani, fashion, beauty, sex, health, fitness, entertainment and relationships.

In 2003 Franki immersed herself in all things teen as Deputy Editor, then Editor-in-Chief of teen Bible DOLLY magazine. Following this, Franki was made Editor of COSMOPOLITAN Hair & Beauty, COSMOPOLITAN Pregnancy and COSMOPOLITAN Bride magazine, where she held the helm (and tiara) for more than 10 years. Franki was also the launch editor of COSMOPOLITAN Health magazine, and is an accomplished Homes Editor and Travel Editor, covering honeymoon destinations, family travel, luxe abodes and health retreats. Franki Hobson is a contributing lifestyle writer for The Carousel.

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