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The Multipurpose Balm: MAKE Beauty Marine Salve, £18
No one should be without a multipurpose balm in their bag. Hard-working, this slick salve delivers moisture to dry patches, revives and refreshes old make-up, gives skin a healthy highlight and sheers out punchy pigments – as well as being the perfect base for glitter to stick to. Genius.
The Does-It-All Blush: Rodin Luxury Lip & Cheek Oils, £31
Swept across lips and patted into cheeks, these do-it-all oils deliver an instant flattering flush and save space in your handbag. They’re available in five suits-all shades that can be sheered down or built up for extra pigment depending on your look. The addition of sunflower and jojoba seed oils mean you don’t get any dryness or flaking.
The Foolproof Base: Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, £33
Billed as a foundation and BB cream in one, this silky base melts into skin and leaves behind a refined, buildable tint that hides everything, feels like nothing, and lasts all night. Vitamins C and E keep skin hydrated, soft and radiant – boosting even the dullest, winter complexions.
The Full-Fat Mascara: Code8 Lash Sophisticate High Definition Mascara – Classic Black, £25
Winter’s smokey eyes call for a full-fat, inky mascara. Cue Code8’s latest offering, which reaches every lash for full impact and long-lasting colour. It’s also loaded with vitamin E to protect against environmental damage and maintain moisture.
The Complexion Perfector: Serge Lutens Powdered Blotting Papers, £15
A great day-to-day staple, these also guard against shine as a night wears on. Double-sided, they quickly eliminate excessive oiliness without smudging (or lessening) your foundation coverage.
The Long-Lasting Liner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Glam Glitter Gel Eye Crayons, £20
Intensely pigmented and waterproof, these creamy gel crayons deliver maximum definition and fill in all the gaps between lashes. They can be blended and smudged for full lid coverage or drawn on for smooth, laser-like lines. Either way, they’re a fun, one-stop shop for updating your eye make-up.
The Party Palette: NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette, £55
This is an investment, but a worthy one given it can double up as both eyeshadow and bronzer palette. Jam-packed with 12 neutral matte and shimmery shades, it’s all you need for creating smokey eyes and sculpted cheeks. It has a weighty, luxe feel that we love.
The Statement Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Crushed Liquid Lip Colours, £25
These smooth lip colours from Bobbi Brown are the perfect hybrid of stain and balm. Loaded with fruit extracts, they never feel drying or cakey; instead, they subtly plump lips and leave behind an impressive veil of colour. Dab on with your finger or a brush for full impact.
The Budge-Proof Concealer: Huda Beauty Overachiever Concealer, £23
If you’re after a hard-working concealer that lasts all night and cancels out redness, this is for you. Boasting impressive coverage, it’s available in 20 versatile shades and is full of skincare actives to hydrate and protect the skin. Just a few dots will hide dark circles, spots and hyperpigmentation, while bringing a luminous, brightening finish that you’ll love.
The Pocket-Sized Perfume: Le Labo Santal 33 Eau de Parfum, £57
A purse spray is a great way to feel party-ready on the go. Le Labo’s Santal 33 will always be our favourite. Neat and compact, it fits into any handbag or clutch and the scent itself lasts for hours – if not a whole day – so you only need a few spritzes.
The Brow Groomer: RevitaLash Hi-Def Tinted Brow Gel, £32
If you’re going to invest in a brow buy for party season, make it one that doubles up, like Revitalash’s latest launch. Dual-ended, one side has a setting gel that helps to control, enhance and condition lashes when time is at a premium; the other tints and sculpts your arches firmly into position.
The Hair Styling Hero: Oribe Free Styler Working Hair Spray, £16
This hair hero from Oribe is so much more than just a hair spray. Adding volume and texture as it holds your style in place, it works overtime with a satin finish that doesn’t feel sticky or cause knots. Aside from the styling benefits, it’s a party essential for getting rid of static, removing pesky make-up stains and setting eyebrow make-up – all useful when you’re in a rush.
The Glossy Eye Essentials: Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Shadows, £26
Glitter and party season go hand in hand, but making it wearable is another thing entirely. Look to Hourglass’s Glitter Shadows for a grown-up take. With a high concentration of light-reflecting glitter, a single swipe covers the whole lid area with a cream-to-powder dry down. They look great layered together or worn solo for an effortless, sophisticated look. You can also use just a dab on your ring finger in the inner and outer corners of your eyes for a widening effect.
The Instant Zit Zapper: Tata Harper Clarifying Spot Solution, £30
This handy breakout treatment naturally unplugs pores, while copper, zinc and magnesium soothe inflammation and keep irritation at bay thanks to their antibacterial properties. Ideal for dabbing on to prevent, or take down swelling of a spot fast. The addition of essential oils mean skin is never left feeling dry or tight either.
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