Make-up Desert Island Selection

I’m between apartments at the moment which really makes a girl rationalise her toiletries and make-up bag, what with all that moving around and living out of a suitcase  (so not chic). And so I got to thinking about which 5 things make life possible and make me a little shinier (in a pulled-together polished sort of way). After all, skin-care and cosmetics are inextricably intertwined.

1) Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. This has been a make-up bag must have for as long as I can remember. The 2 shades of ultra-long-lasting concealer can be blended to cover just about anything (including Mount Vesuvius which invariably ruptures when you least can afford it) and I wouldn’t go anywhere without it.

2) YSL Touche Eclat. The under-eye magic wand, one of which is sold every second and with good reason. Also doubles as a cheek-bone highlighter. Genius.

3) Francois Nars Orgasm blusher. Dirty name, amazing product. When worn, it really does make you look as freshly pink and sated as if you’ve just checked out of the Davies penthouse suite in Claridges following a romantic weekend tryst with Javier Bardem.

4) Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill mascara. A recent addition to my list of necessities but boy, is it worthwhile. So many of the new ‘drama’ mascaras load up the lashes with pesky filaments which are impossible to remove and drop little annoying black specks on your cheeks when you least expect it. This product makes eyelash curlers redundant, no matter how much I used to love my Shu Uemuras.

5) Guerlain eyeliner-both the Liquid Eyeliner and the Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl Liner are essential-yet-glamorous elements in my quest for loveliness. The Kohl Liner gives that fabulous intensity to the eyes for night-time (and no, I’m not basing this solely on how lovely Natalia Vodianova looks in the commercials!) and the liquid liner gives that Audrey H feline flick for day.

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