Inside the make-up bag ….with Laura Bermingham

[Kind of like ‘Through the key hole’ only with make up bags.]

All 5 products

Because we love nothing more than to have a nosy around another girls make-up bag and see all their stuff. Today we go inside the make-up bag with Laura Bermingham.

Laura is a well known beauty expert. She writes about all things beauty in the Irish Mail on Sunday and evoke.ie. She is also no stranger to our screens and is a regular contributer on TV3 doing Ireland AM, Xpose and Midday. When she’s not doing all that or at a beauty event around the country, Laura is a busy mum.

Today Laura is opening up her make-up bag and telling us about her five favourite things.

Laura: Being a beauty journalist I see a lot of makeup. I could have a suitcase-sized makeup bag but I don’t, I keep staples for work that I can throw into my handbag, and for days off I wear very little, if anything just a touch of concealer.

I do have to examine everything, get to understand new technology and then test, to see do products live up to the hype. This is great though, because then my own beauty bag has products that deliver on what they’re supposed to do.

My top 5 favourites at the minute are:

  1. YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint, €42.
    The original of this foundation was a revelation, it give the skin radiance, good coverage but it lasted all day long without ever looking tired. A new version comes out this month, and while it still has all the radiance and long wearing abilities, it has more coverage. YSL have created a brush for applying the foundation, €42. A Y-shaped reservoir in the bristles takes a drop or two of the makeup, and with this you buff it into the skin.
    The foundation is superb though, and 22 shades are available. 
  2. Tom Ford Eye & Cheek Palette, limited edition, around €82.
    For the last few years Tom Ford has released these gorgeous eye and cheek palettes for Summer. This is 2015, the reason I love it is the versatility of the gold shade, wear it alone or pat on to another shade to give it a lift. The cheek shades are great on tanned skin, the peachy gold is a wonderful highlighter. The palettes are limited edition each year, it will be another 2-3 months before we see what’s in store for 2016. 
  3. Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, €65.
    Like everyone else in beauty, I have fallen for this range big style. Charlotte Tilbury is makeup over’s makeup. If you want professional products, but also easy on-the-run beauty, she has it all. There’s too much to highlight, the new foundation, the eye shadow sticks for different eye colours, the collections curated according to a specific look, it would be hard to not want at least a dozen things. This palette is fantastic too, the bronze is almost matte for sculpting but not flat, so you can use it for adding a sun kissed touch to skin. The highlighter has shimmer particles, but only enough to create a glow. 
  4. Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Sandwash Tulle, €22.50.
    Lipstick isn’t very important to me, as long as I have some sort of definition I’m happy. I do like the combination of lip liner and gloss, this Bobbi Brown shade is the perfect rose-brown so you can any gloss shade on top. If you don’t wear lipstick it’s an easy alternative. All you do is line the lips, and fill in with the liner. For the gloss pick a matching sheer shade to boost the colour, or go for a gloss with gold hints, it can make the effect look entirely different depending what you pop on top. 
  5. MAC Blot Film, €16.50
    Best on the market for removing shine but not your makeup, if you have oily skin or just a shine prone T-zone, you will love these. The great thing about long wear foundation is that it’s water and oil-resistant. So, makeup stays put but that oil still pops through. Rather than trying to mattify it with powder try one of these instead. There are 30 sheets per pack and each sheet will last at least a day. Try these once, you’ll never be without them again.

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