Inside My Make-Up Bag: Caroline Barnes, A-List MUA |
Known for her speedy beauty looks and foolproof tutorials, Caroline Barnes is the make-up artist of choice for more A-listers than we can count. With her authentic product advice and no-nonsense approach to products, what she doesn’t know about beauty isn’t worth knowing. Here, she gives us a sneak peek at the essentials that are always in her make-up bag, from the budget brow buy to the mascara she’s never without. Take notes.
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MILK Hydro Grip Primer, £13

I have tried numerous primers since being a make-up artist but this really is one of the best on the market. Lightweight, it holds make-up without making it look thicker in texture, and uses hyaluronic acid and vitamin B to keep skin feeling quenched and plump. It’s genius.

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Shiseido Synchro Skin Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation, £35

Shiseido does some of the best foundations and this is always in my make-up bag. It’s so hydrating and glides over skin seamlessly for coverage that lasts. Plus, it has a dewy, sheer finish I absolutely love.

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Vichy Dermablend Corrector Concealer, £10.50

This is inexpensive, offers great coverage and is a perfect size for any make-up bag. It’s quite creamy, so gives you time to play, build and blend. Nothing beats it for covering acne, scarring and pigmentation.

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Dr Perricone No Concealer Concealer, £29

Because I look for something more hydrating and sheer, I use a separate concealer – like this one from Dr Perricone – for around and underneath my eyes. Packed with vitamin C, it gently brightens and illuminates without ever caking or looking ageing.
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Laura Mercier Moonlight Caviar Stick, £24

These sticks are buttery soft and great for scribbling onto lids when time is at a premium. This is my favourite shade because it’s subtle enough for daytime, with a brightening effect that frames the eyes. It has serious longevity too.

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Max Factor Brow Revival, £9.99

My other favourite brow buy, this is great for thickening hairs and holding them in place. It also has five wearable shades to choose from and hides any gaps with just a few sweeps. Ideal if you’re someone that likes definition in your arches.

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Kiko Maxi Mod Mascara, £9.99

When it comes to mascaras, I love a small brush and this one loads on pigment quickly and effectively. Plus, it reaches every single lash and gets right down deep into the roots for full inkiness.

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By Terry Hyaluronic Powder, £42 10g

It’s hard to find good make-up powders. By Terry’s is the one I swear by. It sets make-up beautifully and feels ultra-soft to touch. It’s also completely invisible once on the skin and it never settles into creases like some powders do.

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Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Cream Blush in Honey, £21.60

A perfect warm nude blush that shapes your face without ever overpowering it. The creamy texture is really anti-ageing and flattering.

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Honest Beauty Lip Crayon Demi Matte in Honey, £16

Easy to draw on, the lightweight formula sculpts lips and lasts for hours. There’s no feathering or movement with this and, despite it being a matte finish, it doesn’t feel drying either. I’m obsessed, especially with the suits-all Honey shade that’s perfect for both daytime and evening wear.

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PUR Out Of The Blue Light Up High Shine Lip Gloss in Dreams, £8.50 (was £17)

Everyone needs a reliable lip gloss in their make-up bag, and this is mine. It’s so soft in texture and the shade is a beautiful, caramel nude that’s sophisticated with a healthy finish. It works on all skin types. There’s no stickiness either, despite it being a high-shine gloss.

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