I have been asked to list, of the thousands of products I use and test, what are my make-up must-haves… which is very hard!
Living on a farm in the country, at home I don’t always wear make-up but I will always guarantee to put on UltraSun SPF50 Anti-Pigmentation Day Cream as a base to safeguard and treat pigmentation and long-term ageing.
Gayle Hayman Lip Lift is always with me at home, work and abroad in various stages of emptiness and use because I’ve used it for 25 years before even QVC started and it allows my lips to survive my outdoor lifestyle with never any problems of peeling or cracking and I love the now improved formula which on top of the collagen, vitamin E and aloe vera, now also contains Maxi Lip which is one of my ingredient addictions because it helps to plump up the look of the lips naturally and I always smother it over the lip line too to soften age lines. At this very moment, there is two in the kitchen – an easy place to grab them, one next to my bed, one in my make-up bag and one at work.
If I am doing this in order, it would have to be Philip Kingsley Brushes which I have in all the sizes and I especially love the mini one for make-up bags and handbags. The large paddle to blow dry with (that has dog tooth marks in as they like pinching it!) because this brush, on my fine, fragile and easily damaged hair that I probably over-brush, doesn’t rip or cause split ends and is brilliant at detangling and I have one on me 100% of the time. There is even one in the tack room and the horse box for when I take my riding hat off.
Lip Gloss! As far as I am concerned, you can never have too many. For daily use at home and many times at work, my favourite is Bareminerals Moxie Lipgloss because they last a long time and they are very moisturising, and I use them both in the stables and out and about to feel a little more dressed and add moisture. There is always one in my pocket and my purse! Especially at home or a horse show, I have been known to apply my ‘London lips’ if I have been working too much, and I get a funny look and I know I’ve got to say ‘have I overdone the gloss again?’ and take a bit off! Before, and it has happened many times when I am riding the horse, a fly gets stuck to my lip gloss! Not an attractive look!
Mascara – being very fair with pale lashes, mascara can be a must. I have to say that I probably have at least 10 brand mascaras on the go because, not only are they some of my staple favourites like the Bareminerals for home and the Mally for work, there is also so many that I’m testing to see what type of finish and performance they give. Also, if my lashes are in poor condition, Tarte’s mascaras are fantastic! I think with all of their treatment compounds and free-from formulas I can get lash growth when using this mascara without even using a lash serum because one is built in. If I am feigning complete naturalness at home I love the Perricone No Mascara Mascara which also has a sneaky lash tint in it which builds up to give natural definition if you keep using it.
Foundation – natural quick complexion at home is easily achieved, for me, if my skin is feeling dry with Bareminerals Complexion Rescue and if its feeling normal or has any oily patches then Laura Geller Balance n Brighten – I love this one on holiday also – as it’s in a compact it’s so easy to travel with. If I am having an allergy or reaction to the numerous products I have to test, being a very allergic person I always depend on the Bareminerals Original Foundation and have both the regular size and supersize permanently at home and work and it is definitely my rescue.
Colour application – which I might add to any of the above to go to work is often most easily done with either one of the great Tarte palettes or just a blush colour used on my cheeks and eyes.
Absolutely essential for me at the moment is Laura Geller Matte Maker and Benefit Porefessional Agent Zero Shine. These are the only two products that, if I’m perspiring in a hot studio or out in the sun, absorb shine on both naked and made-up skin without causing a build-up or a breakdown of your complexion products.
Dry Shampoo – I go through about 3 or 4 cans a month! This is the greatest invention for time-saving. The ones that work best for me are Philip Kingsley’s One More Day and Percy and Reed Invisible Dry Shampoo. I use them in three different ways. Firstly, if I have run out of time and can’t wash my hair, which I mainly do daily – then these dramatically improve my look to such an extent that I can go to work and go on-air. Secondly, I apply them when I’m at a horse show or after I’ve ridden to counteract sweat from underneath the riding hat to make me look half human, and finally, even on clean hair at work (this is a trick that Percy and Reed taught me ) I use it in the roots to add texture and volume, and I do this almost every time I go on-air and it gives the look of more fullness.
Brow – as fashion has increased the look of our brow, my hairs have decreased, and whereas once I only needed to use a brow product occasionally on-air at work, now I need to define them even at home for a very natural day to stop me looking so tired, as it lifts the face. Whilst at work with the full make-up I love the artistry of all brow techniques. At home, for a natural look I love the simplicity of a skinny pencil type product such as Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil or Bareminerals Frame & Define Brow Styler, both of which have a spooley brush on the end which is crucial for quick application.
So those are my absolute make-up must-haves! What are yours?