Nude Eye Palette
I’m cheating here and suggesting a palette. Find one filled with soft nude shades and you’ll use it every day. Creams neutralise red or veined lids, taupe and warmer bronze tones create depth.
Urban Decay Naked Basics, £23. If it’s ever permissible to call make-up legendary, then the Naked palettes are that. This abridged version houses the most popular shades.
Zoeva Nude Spectrum Eyeshadow, £28.50. There are 15 shades to play with, from matte to shimmering.
Autograph Trio Eyeshadow, £15. A little darker and more dramatic.
A no-brainer. It opens eyes, defines and makes everyone look prettier – no exceptions.
Benefit They’re Real!, £19.50. A bit of a pain to get off, but so worth the effort for almost ludicrously long lashes. No surprise that it’s the top-selling premium mascara in the country.
Revlon Dramatic Definition, £9.99. So fluttery with no clumping, even on coat three.
Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara, £18. Big, bold lashes thanks to fibres and a sooty pigment – not subtle, but gorgeous.
Chocolate kohl is softer and more flattering than black, and you can do loads with it – softly line, smudge for smokiness and define brows.
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Precision Glide Eyeliner in Java, £17. A 2015 w&h Best In Beauty award winner, this doesn’t drag, has a handy smudging tool on one side, and rarely transfers, even on hooded lids.
Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Infused Eye Liner in Earth, £25. As silky and sexy as it sounds – worth the investment.
The Body Shop Duo Eye Definer in Brown, £9. Soft and smudgeable with a white side to highlight.
A bright blush brings every face to life, and peachy-pink shades flatter pale and dark skin alike. Cream is more forgiving than powder.
Clinique Chubbystick Cheek Colour Balm in Robust Rhubarb, £19. This beat every other face product in our 2015 w&h Best In Beauty Awards. It’s the easiest thing in the world to apply and gives a perfect, perky colour.
Bourjois Aqua Blush 12hr, £8.99. A cute flush that certainly lasts eight hours, if not quite 12.
YSL Blush Encre de Peau in 03, £35. A water-light, cheerful sheer stain.
We’ve all got something to hide! Pick a spreadable liquid with plenty of pigment and it’ll work equally well under eyes and on heavy-duty jobs like pigmentation and thread veins.
Clarins Instant Concealer, £22. Every make-up artist I meet has this in their kit. It gives coverage you can count on, without sinking into lines.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Concealer, £20. Blend quickly because once this sets it’s on for the day (and night).
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand, £29. So clever! An eye cream, concealer and brightener in one.
Nothing new, just something useful. Fixes on make-up, mattes out shine where you need it – you don’t need to apply it all over if you have dry skin. Apply little and often so your complexion looks “finished”, never caked.
Max Factor Creme Puff Powder Compact, £6.99. The original pressed powder has had little intervention in its 60+ years – because it just works. In 2016, we get mattifying effects and a little glow from light-reflecting particles.
Studio 10 Prime & Perfect Refining Powder Silk, £28. Two powders: one clear and oil-absorbing; one radiance-boosting.
Paul & Joe Silk Pressed Powder, £28. It looks fresh, bright and healthy on skin. Out in April.
I’m a foundation fan, but as a suits-all base, tinted moisturisers are pretty unbeatable. They’re light and sheer enough to be mistake-proof, filled with moisture and easily applied with fingers.
bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream SPF30, £26. This instantly jumped into the UK’s top ten foundations when it launched last year, and no wonder. It’s got a good shade range for light and dark skins, no-nonsense SPF an dlooks glowy and gorgeous.
Dr Hauschka Tinted Day Cream, £28.50. Newly formulated and super creamy – more shades please!
NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint SPF30, £30. Ideal for oily skin, it soaks up shine without ever appearing heavy.