5 Aug 2016
Best Beauty Buys: Make-Up
1. Best Powder Shadow
Eyeshadows, £13 each, MAC
Think beyond the smoky eye with these make-up-kit staples. ‘This range offers everything from soft tones to explosive glitters, in a variety of textures,’ says make-up artist Lisa Laudat. ‘You can easily create any look.’
2. Best Waterproof Mascara
Hypnôse Waterproof Mascara, £22.50, Lancôme
'People complain waterproof mascara is difficult to remove, but this is super gentle, with all the endurance needed for a day at the beach,’ says make-up expert Alex Byrne.
3. Best Mascara
Hypnôse Mascara, £22.50, Lancôme
Want thick, fluttery lashes? This cult classic ‘adds instant drama, thanks to a gap in the bristles of the brush where mascara pools’, says make-up artist Attracta Courtney, who’s worked with Eva Longoria and Cara Delevingne.
4. Best Liquid/Gel Eyeliner
Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, £18, Bobbi Brown
Worn graphic or smudged, this liner has serious staying power. ‘It’s pliable enough to blend but, once it sets, it doesn’t transfer, smudge or crack,’ says make-up pro Mary Wiles.
5. Best Eye Pencil
Eye Kohls, £14 each, MAC
'I love these,’ says make-up pro Sonia Deveney, who’s used them on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Lara Stone. ‘My go-to shades are Teddy, a dark bronze, and Smolder, a rich black. They’re easy to blend and give great definition.’
6. Best Inexpensive Mascara
Masterpiece, £9.99, Max Factor (boots.com)
'I spend a fortune on make-up, so when an affordable mascara like this performs like the expensive ones, it’s a miracle,’ says make-up expert Louise Constad.
7. Best Cream Eyeshadow
Pro Longwear Paint Pots, £13.95 each, MAC
There's no beauty product quite as versatile as these. 'They glide on like a second skin, so you can build up colour without cakiness. For extra wow factor, layer powder shadow over the top', says make-up artist Liz Martins.
8. Best Brow Filler
Brow Wiz, £15.50, Anastasia Beverly Hills (cultbeauty.co.uk)
Cara-esque arches can be yours. Seriously. ‘I use these on every job – editorial, fashion shows and celebrities,’ says make-up guru Emma Miles. ‘They’re the perfect consistency and the colour range is incredible.’
9. Best Lipgloss
Lipglass, £14.50, MAC
It’s all about the finish with this gloss. ‘It gives lips a unique, glass-like effect,’ says make-up artist Amanda Grossman. ‘You’ll be impressed by its staying power, too – better than any other gloss.’
10. Best Lipstick Range
Lipsticks, £15.50 each, MAC
Our panel rave about these year after year. Ruth Funnell, who’s worked with Natalie Portman, Kate Moss and Emma Watson, says, ‘They cater for every shade or texture you could want.’
11. Best Lip Stain
Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Lip Stain, £25, YSL Beauté (boots.com)
‘An incredible product,’ says make-up artist Sonia Deveney. ‘It’s a non-sticky gloss with an intense rich colour and a long-lasting stain all rolled into one.’
12. Best Lip Balm
Confort Extreme Nutritive Lip Balm, £44, Sisley (spacenk.com)
‘I’ve carried this in my kit since its launch,’ says make-up pro Ruby Hammer. ‘It’s perfect for moisture and comfort and helps heal.’
13. Best Long-Lasting Lip Colour
Pro Longwear Lipcolour, £18, MAC
Here’s why this two-step pout perfector nabbed the top spot: ‘The colour is smooth on application but fixes to the lips without drying them,’ says make-up expert Karin Darnell.
14. Best Nude Lip Shade
Lip Colour in Blush Nude, £37, Tom Ford (selfridges.com)
This works for everybody,’ says make-up pro Mary Greenwell, who’s painted the pouts of Jessica Chastain and Cate Blanchett. ‘Plus, the packaging is so chic.’
15. Best Red Lip Shade
Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £15.50, MAC
With its on-trend matte texture and flattering hue, this takes the top spot again. ‘The blue-red tone makes teeth look whiter, too,’ says make-up artist Lauren Parsons.
16. Best Cream/Gel Blusher
Le Blush Crème, £27, Chanel (houseoffraser.co.uk)
If you need a quick hangover-skin fix, try this. ‘The oil-free formula means colour stays put. Apply with fingers for a natural flush,’ says make-up artist Eli Wakamatsu.
17. Best Bronzer
Terracotta Moisturising Bronzing Powder, £34.50, Guerlain (johnlewis.com)
A good, non-orange bronzer is hard to find. ‘This one looks like a natural tan,’ says make-up pro Cassie Lomas.
18. Best Skin Illuminator
Shimmering Skin Perfector SPF 25+, £33, Becca (spacenk.com)
A facial in a bottle,’ says make-up maestro Annabel Callum, who’s worked with Rita Ora and Alexa Chung. ‘I use it on cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, the Cupid’s bow and the bottom lip.’
19. Best Powder Blusher
Blush in Orgasm, £22.50, Nars
The colour of this cult classic is as standout as its name. ‘It’s the perfect coral-pink shade with just a hint of shimmer that flatters most complexions,’ says make-up expert Lauren Parsons.
20. Best Inexpensive Foundation
True Match, £9.99, L’Oréal Paris
‘It’s super-easy to blend, has a shade for every skin tone and gives a velvety finish,’ says make-up expert Zoe Taylor. ‘An essential.’
21. Best Liquid Foundation
Vitalumière SPF 15, £36, Chanel (boots.com)
Flawless, natural, dewy. This base does it all. ‘It doesn’t even look like you’re wearing foundation,’ says make-up artist Amanda Grossman.
22. Best Face Powder
Sheer Face Powder, £27, Shu Uemura (shuuemura.co.uk)
‘This clever product can be pressed into skin to absorb excess oil,’ says make-up queen Ciona Johnson-King. ‘Or use a light dusting for a luminous finish. It’s always natural and undetectable.’
23. Editors' Choice
Diorskin Star Studio Makeup Foundation, £32, Dior
Ever wonder why the A-list look so flawless in photos? It’s all down to the lighting. That’s the idea behind this innovative base. ‘It makes skin look lit from within,’ says InStyle beauty writer Jessica Tibbits.
24. Best Compact Foundation
Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, £21.50, MAC
For touch-ups on the go, this base is a winner. ‘You’ve just got to try it if you have oily skin,’ says make-up guru Vanesa Guallar.
25. The Best Primer
Foundation Primer, £29, Laura Mercier (Johnlewis.com)
The best skin-prepper around? Yes! ‘It plumps dehydrated skin, minimises imperfections and makes your base stay put,’ says make-up artist Lisa Laudat.
26. Best BB Cream – New Winner 2015
BB Cream SPF 35, £26.10, Bobbi Brown
This perfector gets brownie points for its natural tones. ‘I’ve used the darker shades on Naomie Harris,’ says make-up genius Kenneth Soh.
27. Best Under-Eye Concealer
Touche Éclat, £20, YSL Beauté
There’s a reason this is still in the top spot. ‘It’s the perfect mix of colour, texture and design,’ says make-up artist Eli Wakamatsu.
28. Best Concealer
Secret Camouflage, £26.50, Laura Mercier (Houseoffraseer.co.uk)
‘It’s got just the right texture, with enough pigment to cover imperfections,’ says make-up artist Liz Pugh, who uses it on Natalie Dormer and Gemma Arterton.
29. Best CC Cream
Moisture Surge CC Cream, £25.20, Clinique
‘Great for everyday,’ says make-up guru Polly Osmond. ‘I recommend it as an off-duty go-to because it covers imperfections and corrects skin tone without the heaviness of a foundation.’
30. Best Mineral Base
Original SPF 15 Foundation, £25, Bare Minerals
This chemical-and paraben-free formula is great for sensitive skin. 'Plus, the warm shade range makes matching skin tones a breeze,' says make-up pro Linda Anderson.
31. Best Brush Range
Make-up brushes, from £9, Shu Uemura (shuuemura.co.uk)
If you only invest in one item for your make-up kit, make it one of these. ‘I fell in love with them when I started out,’ says make-up artist Gina Kane. ‘They are of exceptional quality and there’s a brush for every purpose.’
32. Best Eyelash Curler
Eyelash Curler, £20, Shu Uemura (shuuemura.co.uk)
This is the Rolls-Royce of eyelash curlers and worth every penny,’ says make-up pro Linda Andersson. ‘It’s the longest-lasting product in my kit; I’ve had it for six years and couldn’t work without it. It’s the fastest way to refresh tired eyes, because it lifts even the tiniest corner lashes and preps them for mascara.’
33. Best Tweezers
Tweezers, £20.95 each, Tweezerman (feelunique.com)
No beauty booty is complete without a pair of these tried-and-trusted tools. ‘These tweezers are one of my most valued possessions,’ says make-up expert Millie Kendal. ‘I keep them on my desk, in my bedroom, in my bathroom, bag and car.’ Here’s why: ‘I love the sharp clasp, which you can have re-sharpened for free. You simply never miss a hair with them.’
34. Best Inexpensive Brush Range
Make-up brushes, from £5.99, Real Techniques (boots.com)
Wth their user-friendly shapes, quality and cruelty-free ethos, these should be more expensive than they are,’ says make-up pro Alex Byrne.
Best Powder Shadow
Eyeshadows, £13 each, MAC
Think beyond the smoky eye with these make-up-kit staples. ‘This range offers everything from soft tones to explosive glitters,
in a variety of textures,’ says make-up artist Lisa Laudat. ‘You can easily create any look.’