People say when you meet The One, you just know. There’s something deep down inside you, among the butterflies in your stomach, that says ‘this is it, don’t let go’. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves though, I’m not talking Romeo and Juliet or Allie and Noah here. I’m talking about the first time you un-click the casing of a premium lipstick or sweep the surface of a luxurious powder.
Although I don’t support make-up monogamy (the more the merrier I say), there are a few prestige make-up items I’d never replace. Of course, I may have a spring fling with some new releases but I’ll always return to the comforting arms of my makeup favourites, the ones that have my back through thick and thin. So, to celebrate Valentine’s Day I thought it only fitting to share my make-up Valentines with you. Here are the products I can never imagine being without…
Full Coverage Favourite
Sometimes it’s as if your skin is plotting against you. Whether it’s a blemish or a bout of redness it can often seem like even your own body wants to ruin your day. At times like this I don’t panic (well, I don’t any more) I just rummage in my makeup drawers for my trusty, full coverage favourite, Dermablend. Formulated with a high concentration of high-coverage pigments that offer 16-hour wear, this base is my life-saver when my skin isn’t playing ball.
Suitable for sensitive and fragile skin, this really is the ultimate go-to when I need to cover-up, conceal and everything in between. Even when my skin is on my side I still like to keep Dermablend near, because you never know when a sneaky blemish is around the corner.
The Concealer You Can Count On…
For many people concealer is their comfort blanket and I’m no different, if I’m short for time in the morning I’ll always make time for a few dots of concealer. But not just any old concealer, I always reach for the Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer. Super high coverage without being heavy on the skin, the thin, creamy formula combats a multitude of skin concerns including dark circles, dullness, pigmentation and scarring. A product I would recommend time and time again, this stays firmly in my makeup bag at all times.
The Balm to Beat
The relationship between my lips and I has never been an easy one, we’ve suffered ups, downs and a long battle with dryness. Whether it’s summer or winter my lips rarely cooperate, that is unless I use the Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm. A whipped formula that hugs lips with repairing honey and soothing plant oils, the Reve de Miel Lip Balm is the one lip product that never lets me down. As soon as I start to feel my lips drying out I reach for my Reve de Miel, I know within hours my lips will be restored, radiant and ready to rock a bold lip.
The Liner I Love
Everyone has a fail-safe look, a makeup look that they turn to when they’re either short for time or have no idea what else to go for. For me, that look is a statement cat-flick. When there’s no time for the blending of shadows I reach for the DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX, it’s almost like my comfort blanket. Easy-to-use and smudge-proof this eyeliner pen is perfect whether I want to create a bold or subtle look. Noone should be without an eyeliner in their makeup collection, and the DHC Liquid Eyeliner EX’s quick-drying formula has never let me down.
My Sun-Kissed Staple
Sometimes all you need is a dusting of bronzer and you’re good to go! Just like magic, a little bit of bronzer can transform your entire complexion and give you a glow that resembles the aura of a woman in love. If I’m feeling unwell or am in-between holidays, a bronzer is a must-have for making me look and feel a little more human. The Guerlain Terracotta Moisturising and Long-Lasting Bronzing Powder looks natural, blends beautifully and fits perfectly in my makeup bag, meaning I can keep my complexion radiant and glowing wherever I am.
Over to you!
What are your Makeup Valentines? Whether it’s a concealer you cannot leave the house without or an eyebrow powder that reverses the damage of all that plucking, we want to know! Comment below or tweet us @Escentual and let us know which products you couldn’t live without…