7 Make-Up Must-Haves Every Woman Should Own

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.

The Classic

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.

New Favourites

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.

The Classic 


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.

New Favourites

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.

Brown Liner

Chocolate kohl is softer and more flattering than black, and you can do loads with it – softly line, smudge for smokiness and define brows.

The Classic

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. 

New Favourites

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.

Cream Blush

A bright blush brings every face to life, and peachy-pink shades flatter pale and dark skin alike. Cream is more forgiving than powder.

The Classic

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.

New Favourites

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.

The Classic

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.

New Favourites

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.

The Classic

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.

New Favourites

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.

Sheer Base

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.

The Classic

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.

New Favourites

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.

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