It's safe to assume Princess Eugenie of York can pick from the creme de la creme of beauty brands.
So when the youngest daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson revealed the contents of her make-up bag in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar, we were all ears to discover which products made the cut. As well as disclosing that, much like commuters across the country, she has trained herself to do her make-up, “on the move,” Eugenie also spoke about her absolute favourite products, and they were pleasingly democratic picks.
“I do my makeup in the car,” she said, “I’m really good at doing it on the move! I use Charlotte Tilbury and Bobbi Brown—Charlotte’s mascara and Bobbi Brown bronzer. They are geniuses.”
The bronzer in question is of course the classic Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder, long-term love of beauty aficionados (myself included) for its silky, finely-milled texture, extensive shade range so even the fairest and deepest of skin can find one to flatter and, most crucially of all, a completely matte finish without even a speck of sparkle.
Of course, this isn’t the only Bobbi Brown product that’s fit for royalty. There’s a reason Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge is also rumoured to be a fan of the brand, because it has absolutely nailed that low-key yet blisteringly gorgeous “I woke up like this” aesthetic we all want.
Fancy finding out more? Read on to discover our Beauty Editor Fiona McKim’s personal top five Bobbi Brown products of all time…
Skin Foundation Stick
This was one of the first Bobbi Brown products that I ever tried, and although it has been reformulated with the latest technology since it was rolling around in my university backpack in 2006, the reasons I love it remain unchanged. Firstly it’s eminently portable and will never leak, spill or smash. The formula, despite it’s firmness melts and blends easily into skin, and gives excellent medium-high coverage that’s neither matte and chalky nor moist and shiny. It’s just right.
Primer Plus Radiance
Primer is to makeup what a drizzle of chilli oil is to cooking, it seems like just another unnecessary step until you give it a go, at which point you shout “game changer!” and vow never to go without it again. This one is particularly useful, a grippy, pearly-pink cream that grabs onto your foundation stopping it settling into lines, contains muscular SPF protection and subtly diffuses light to give you a glowing-from-within look.
Bobbi is known for her best-selling mutlitasking bricks, and this is my pick of the bunch. Six shades of silky cheek colour, three matte, three sheeny, all in perfectly chic dusky pink shades with brown and brighter undertones. I swirl a big fat brush through the lot, smile and dist it right on the apples of my cheeks for a perfectly natural, healthy-looking flush. You could use them individually too if you fancy, just go in with a more compact brush.
Crushed Lip Color in Cali Rose
This is it. The one. The perfect, suits just about everyone, pretty for day but also ‘done’ enough for night pink lipstick. The texture is glorious too, all balm-like and comfy, and while the colour might need the odd touch-up throughout the day, it’s so easy to apply mirror-free you won’t find that a great inconvenience.
Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner in Steel Grey
Liner is such an easy win and applied well makes just about every face look better, yet so many women skip it all together. Why? Because the easiest to apply (kohl) are also the easiest to smear and often start dancing a little conga line around your eye two hours after application and the hardcore formulas that won’t budge (liquid liners) are offputtingly tricky to apply. Meet the solution, this skinny twist-up always sharp crayon that glides on like a dream, goes exactly where you want it to then does not move come rain, shine or sweaty hooded eyelids (just me?) If you’re a liner naysayer, this will convert you.