So here it is, as promised, Sali Hughes’ picks and recommendations for make-up.
This is what she regards as a ‘basic’ make-up kit:
Foundation or tinted moisturiser, concealer, powder, a matte ivory and shimmery brown eyeshadow, mascara, blusher (powder or cream), and a nude lipstick.
If you want a bit more, then add:
A nude lip pencil, brow pencil and gel, dark brown eyeliner, bronzer and some chunky eye crayons.
Here are her brand picks:
Sheer foundation – look at Armani, Revlon, Becca, Dior
Liquid foundation – Armani, Bobbi Brown, MAC
Powder foundation – Stila, Clinique, MAC
Tinted moisturiser- Origins, Laura Mercier, Nivea, Becca, Nars
Concealer – Nars, MAC, Laura Mercier, Clarins, Bobbi Brown
Powder – Bobbi Brown, Bourjois, Max Factor, MAC, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury (You might think powder is old fashioned, but Sali (and I!) swear by it to blot the shine. Avoid the cheeks if you don’t want to look too matte)
Matte ivory and shimmery brown eyeshadow – Bourjois, Bobbi Brown, MAC, Dior, Chanel, Nars, Clarins, Sleek, Charlotte Tilbury
Mascara – Lancôme, L’Oreal Paris, YSL, Maybelline, Dior, MAC, Charlotte Tilbury
Blusher powder – Nars, Bourjois, Bobbi Brown, Smashbox, Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury
Blush cream – Clarins, Bourjois, MAC, Max Factor, Bobbi Brown
Nude lipstick – Creme in your Coffee from MAC
Lip pencil – MAC, Estée Lauder, Rimmel, Bobbi Brown
Brow pencil – Lancôme, Sleek, Bourjois
Brow gel – Benefit, MAC, Nars
Dark brown eyeliner – Clinique, Elizabeth Arden, Charlotte Tilbury, Bourjois
Bronzer – Aerin Lauder, Bourjois, Bobbi Brown
Chunky eye crayon – Barry M, Charlotte Tilbury, Smashbox
In the past, Sali has mentioned Clarisonic facial brushes positively, but surprisingly, apart from a brief mention as a gimic to get teenagers to clean their faces properly, they didn’t appear. However, she is a big fan of Shu Uemura‘s eyelash curlers (who isn’t?!), Mason Pearson hairbrushes, make up brushes from Models Own, Real Techniques, Eco Tools, and Space NK, the Parlux Compact hairdryer, Babyliss Big Hair, Tweezerman tweezers, Kent pocket combs, and dippy nail polish remover.
YSL if you have the budget, otherwise Revlon.
Opt for Eau de Parfum (strong) or Eau de Cologne (weak), but never Eau de Toilette (insipid…)
I know I’ve missed things out, but there’s probably too much information here anyway! Just in case, here’s a link to Sali’s list of Top 50 Beauty Products – http://www.theguardian.com/fashion/gallery/2013/mar/08/50-best-beauty-products