What’s in my make-up bag?

As quite an active person, I wear considerably less make up than most people my age. I was never really into wearing make-up until Sixth Form as we weren’t allowed to wear it at Secondary School and as I’d usually spend the evenings working or running it was pointless to put it on.

My view on wearing make up has somewhat changed in the last few years – honestly I now rarely go a day without wearing it. As every girl will know, it takes time (and sadly money) to find the right shades, colours and styles to suit you, usually to find that when you return from a holiday you end up having to find darker make up for the following 2 months to fit the tan you got!!

I get quite a lot of my make up inspo from my sister, along with youtube videos and make up tutorials – I can honestly say quite a high proportion of the times I try it I don’t get it right.

So, as inexperienced as I am with make up, here is what I use and personally recommend:


  • Clinique Superfine Brow Liner – I first use this to draw the outline of my brows. I have the ‘soft brown’ colour and it’s perfect and not too intense.
  • hd Brows Palette – I first came across the palette in a Latest in Beauty Box for Christmas a few years ago and it has kept me going to date! Inside it has 4 shades of brown, ranging from light to dark and it fits the bill perfectly. I use this to shade inside the brows after using the liner to draw the outline.
  • Bare Minerals Eye Shadow in Nude Beach and Sex Kitten. I only use these 2 colours and layer them up to create a fade from one to the other. They’re so versatile and can be used as a bold or light shadow.

  • MAC Eyeliner – I use this liquid liner as it gives such good precision and maintains a bold line until it runs out. My previous eyeliner was also really good too – it was a Maybelline liquid liner.
  • Clinique Mascara – I honestly have no preference on what mascara I use. It is the make up I use the least as I shower a LOT and taking it off is something I don’t have time to do. This mascara is great – it leaves your lashes looking so long, doesn’t turn them into a globby mess and stays on for a long time (almost too long haha).


  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation & Concealer – it took me around a year to finally find a foundation that a) matched my skin colour, b) lasted all day and c) actually looked natural. I went to the Clinique counter in Selfridges to get a few samples before I committed to buying an entire bottle (these things aren’t cheap). To cover your face you only need one ‘swipe’ of foundation what I love is that you only need one application all day. I often put it on when I get up and even after working out it stays on until I take it off in the evening. It looks natural and rubs into the skin so easily. I actually use the lightest colour you can find as I have quite pale skin and use it sparingly.
  • Clinique Concealer – I use this on the odd occasion to cover blemishes when I don’t wear foundation. The applicator has a brush tip and therefore you don’t even need a brush to apply it. So far it has lasted me 4 months…
  • Max Factor X Creme Puff Pressed Powder – this pressed powder is AMAZING. I usually apply it immediately after applying a layer of foundation so that it ‘sticks’ and stays on slightly longer. It’s the perfect colour and stops you looking ‘shiny’ from applying foundation.
  • Maybelline Bronzer – I apply this bronzer to my cheek bones after the pressed powder so I don’t look quite so white washed. It adds a nice tint to the face and is really useful for photoshoots to enhance the colours of the face.


Most of my brushes are from Real Techniques (I use the expert face brush for foundation, the Blush brush for foundation and the Shading brush for eye shadow). Although you can buy these as a set, I bought them individually over the last few years.

  • The Expert Face brush is perfect for applying foundation, I know this isn’t the main purpose for this brush but I find it doesn’t leave streaks or brush marks across the face or leave half the foundation on the brush rather than the face.
  • The Blush brush is perfect for gently tinting cheeks -it’s also uber soft.
  • The Shading brush is a great for putting on eye shadow – it’s fine tip means that you don’t smudge colours and can easily create fades/cat eyes.

I also use the Bare Minerals Blender Brush for when I apply the shimmer shadow as I find I need a slightly larger brush to apply it. It’s so soft and works well when it comes to layering the colours up.

Obviously everyone will have their individual preferences and favourites – these are the ones I have found to work well for me! What make up do you use?

This post is not sponsored and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Photos were taken with a Canon 750D fitted with a 18-55mm lens.

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