Warning: this is a makeup post. So if you’re one of those people who think wearing and loving makeup is shallow and superficial, please feel free to navigate away from here.
It’s no secret that I love makeup. I probably have more products that I need, yet I can’t resist a new lipstick or a palette of beautiful eye shadows. But recently, I started to wonder what I’d do if all of this was stolen, lost or damaged beyond repair, other than cry crocodile tears, of course.
This is what got me thinking about the top five products I’d replace straight away, no matter the cost. I could live without most of the stuff I own and use, but some of them are just too good not to buy again, and again, and again.
So, here’s my 5 Holy Grail makeup products – and 2 tools I can’t live without.
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow brow pomade
Bold brows have been a trend for quite a while now. It seems like every makeup artist and enthusiast has their own way to create Insta-worthy arches, and, of course, so do I. It took me a while to get there and I’ve tried more products than I can count, some better than others, some a complete fail. So far, Dipbrow has been my absolute favourite. I was worried it’ll take me forever to figure out how to apply it, but it’s actually pretty easy to use – all you need is a good slanted brush and a steady(ish) hand. You can go as heavy or as light as you please, which makes Dipbrow extremely versatile and suitable for all sorts of looks, from subtle and understated to ultra dramatic.
- Jeffree Star liquid lipsticks
Jeffree Star has a bit of a reputation and I can’t say I love him as a person. But I really can’t help but adore his matte liquid lipsticks. Some colours seem to have a different formula and are not that great (I’m looking at you, Dominatrix), but most are fantastic: long-lasting, lightweight and with hardly any bleed, they slide on effortlessly and stay on all night. The range of shades is fantastic, too: from the tame and work-appropriate (Androgyny, Celebrity Skin) through the dark and decadent (my absolute favourites, Unicorn Blood and Weirdo) to the totally wacky and otherworldly (Drug Lord, Jawbreaker). Also, if you’re looking for a classic red, you can’t go wrong with Redrum.
- Kat Von D Tattoo eyeliner
Kat Von D is on the opposite spectrum from Jeffree Star: I think she’s absolutely amazing and a great artist, but sadly, most of her products don’t work for me. The Tattoo Liner is an exception, though, and I really don’t think I’ll ever move on to another eyeliner. Pitch black, long-lasting and so easy to use that I can draw wings even when I’m shaky from hangover, this is definitely my favourite eyeliner ever, and I’ve been wearing eyeliner for over 20 years. I always have a spare one in my drawer, just in case. It’s not cheap, but well worth the money!
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance palette
I love experimenting with colours on my eyelids, but I also know what shades make my eyes pop. I have blue-green-grey eyes, so my go-to colours are oranges, reds, pinks and peaches. When ABH Modern Renaissance first came out, I just knew it’s right for me, and I’ve been using it 3-4 times a week since. I’m really glad it’s been made part of the permanent collection, because I know for a fact that I will repurchase it when the time comes (and it will come soon, because I’ve already hit pan for some shades, which only goes to show how much I love it.)
- Dermacol Make-Up Cover foundation
If you haven’t heard of Dermacol, you’re not alone. This Czech beauty brand is not a household name, but their foundation has made waves in the world of makeup, and after having tried it, I can’t say I’m surprised. It’s very thick, so takes some skill to apply, but it covers every imperfection and gives my skin a flawless, airbrushed finish. I find it too heavy for day wear, but it’s absolutely perfect for a night out and even without setting powder and spray, it doesn’t budge. And it’s dirt cheap – around £9. You can’t go wrong with that.
…and my two favourite beauty tools:
- Tangle Teezer brush
My hair is officially a mess. Damaged by countless layers of hair dye, heat damage from drying, and the ultimate hair crime, teasing. I’m trying to grow it now and brushing it has become a bit of an issue, so I decided to invest in a Tangle Teezer brush, but not really hoping for much. Surprisingly, it lives up to the hype! No other brush can handle tangled hair with such gentleness, without ripping it all out at the root. Bonus points for lovely designs and colours. I have the mini one in metallic purple and it’s the perfect size for my handbag.
- Real Techniques Miracle Blender
Cheaper than the original Beauty Blender, yet just as good (or, dare I say, better), this little orange blending sponge does wonders when it comes to smooth and flawless application. Just like any other, it should be used slightly moist so it doesn’t absorb the product. I’m on my fourth one – they usually last me 6 months or so – and I know I’ll definitely buy another one when this one dies.
Do you have any Holy Grail products? What would you replace first if you lost all your makeup?