Fashion Week is the busiest time of year for me. With early morning starts and late nights, I can sometimes squeeze in 12 shows in one day. But for my skin, make-up and hair I need products that are going to last, and still look good with minimal touch ups. Here are the beauties I literally can’t go through fashion week without…
1. The Skin Saving Mask
After Jourdan Dunn revealed to me that she is obsessed with face masks, I became quickly intrigued. I hadn’t found ‘the one’ until Caudalie’s Detox Mask, £22 (coming soon) landed on my desk. The pinkie coloured clay is the best I’ve tried in a long time. I smooth a light layer over my entire face, in the evening, and the smell instantly relaxes me. After five minutes it dries and I wash it off. The results are instant, my skin is smoother, brighter and my pores are minimized. The next day my make-up stays on ALL day, without any touch ups. I use this every other day during fashion week for perfect skin
2. The Long Lasting Foundation
I like a light-weight base that looks natural, but still covers my imperfections, which is why Philosophy No Reason To Hide Instant Skin Tone Perfect Moisturiser, £28, is my winner. It’s designed with anti-ageing properties that smooth out uneven skin and it’s super hydrating. It makes my skin look like mine, but just that little bit better. And it’s also got an added SPF20 packed in.
3. The Bag Covering Concealer
I’m prone to dark circles, and when I’m sleep deprived they’re the first thing to show up. So I need a reasonabley thick concealer to hide away my lack of sleep. Enter, Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, £19.50. I use a tiny amount under my eyes, patting it on with my ring finger to avoid it looking cakey. It’s also great for covering spots, scars and burns, if you’re a bit clumsy, like me, and knack yourself with your tongs.
4. The Bronze Boosting Duo
Fake tan blocks my pores, but a radiance bronzing liquid like By Terry’s Cellularose Brightening CC Lumi-Serum in Sunny Flash, £60, is perfect for giving me a glowy pick-me-up, a sun kissed hit and for evening out my skin. I apply it under my foundation, then over the top I dust Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing Powder, £28, it’s matte so perfect for contouring my cheekbones.
5. The Speedy Highlighting Stick
I’m obsessed with dewy looking skin, but to get mine to look glowy when I’m working 12-hour days can be tricky. But since Topshop launched their Highlighting Stick, £10 it hasn’t left my make-up bag. I swipe it just above my cheekbones, along my brow bone, over my nose and cupid’s bow and it transforms my skin into glowing territory. Et viola!
6. Instantly Flushed Blush
I’m a little bit of a blusher-queen, my face just doesn’t look the same without it, and creams are my favourite. I’ve been using Clinique’s Chubby Cheek Color Balm in Robust Rhubarb, £19 and it’s the perfect shade of pinkie coral. I also like that I can swipe it over my lips instead of lipstick when I’m in a hurry. And a tip I learnt backstage was to apply a little over the bridge of the nose too, it makes you look naturally flushed by the wind.
7. The Non-Budge Eye Shadow Primer
I’ve tried many eye shadow primers in my time, and no one is yet to beat the power of Smashbox Photo Finish 24 Hr Primer, £18. It’s amazing! You need a tiny amount over each eyelid and it doesn’t matter what eye shadow you pop over the top, cream or powder, it doesn’t crease or budge for at least 15 hours.
8. The Does-It-All Eye Palette
I love a nude palette and my favourite is currently YSL’s 10 Color Gradient Eye Palette in Nude, £49, with a mix of amazing metallics, mattes and a very nifty double ended brush it’s really easy to create a day time eye and transform it into a more intense evening look. I’ve used it on a few of my friends too, and the colours suit everyone.
9. The Stay-Put Eye Liner
There is nothing more annoying than doing your eyeliner in the morning, to find by 10am it’s faded to grey, wiped off or smudged half way down your face. And after putting A LOT of gels, pencil and pen eyeliners to the test, I have found my fave, Bourjois Liner Pinceau Eyeliner, £6.99. The brush applicator is really easy to control, it doesn’t budge, and it’s under a tenner. Now that’s what I call a beauty find!
10. The Magical Lash Boosting Mascaras
One of my most commonly asked questions is, ‘What is the best mascara?’ and my answer is always the same. I have found two that I literally swear by. A pricey one, Giorgio Armani Lash Ecstasy Mascara, £26, for thickening, and Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara, £7.99 for separating and lengthening. You can use them on their own, but together you’ll look like you’re wearing falsies. I promise!
By Samantha Freedman