With a new year comes new features, so welcome to ‘The Beauty Bag II’. A riffle through a cool gal’s makeup pouch that drops on the first of every month. Think Calendar Girls but with more beauty products and less nudity. To get January rolling I asked an old colleague of mine, Sophie Harper, Beauty Editor of What’s In My Handbag to feature as my debut bagger. She’s not only the owner of one of the best boot collections I’ve ever spotted in an office, a wise one with words, or the girl who got my Sophie Hulme bag addiction rolling, she also has the whole kohl liner look down and her locks partly contributed to my yearning to chop my own off.Â Sophie – take it away…
“I’ve always thought my skin was quite dry, but now I realise it’s more dehydrated so I like a dewy base. CHANEL’s Vitalumiere Foundation is the best I’ve found. I think 20 is my general face shade, but I’ve just come back from holiday so I was probably rocking a total 40 and now I’m having to do a slightly scientific thing in the morning where I’m pumping less of the 40 and more of the 20. Perhaps I should just get the 30?Â If things get oily throughout the day that’s when my blotting papers come in. They are the Paul & Joe ones – aren’t they just the cutest thing ever? I’ve got a lot of time for blotting papers in general, I’m not fussy, but the packaging of these makes me feel slightly happy when I get them out my bag. To apply foundation I was always a hand girl, slapping it on before I met you and you converted me to the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, but Anna you need to try the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I just feel like it applies makeup really easily; you can get in all those bits around the nose. The poor thing looks dishevelled, doesn’t it look like the British Gas glow worm? For concealer I use the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory. I watched some sort of tutorial online, I do the whole triangle thing under the eyes and I blot it in with the sponge.
Isn’t theÂ Guerlain Meteorites Light-Diffusing Perfecting Primer glamazonny? I tend to use this after my foundation, sort of as a highlighter – over my cheekbones, under my brows – I’m probably using it in completely the wrong way, but it feels very luxurious.Â NARS Bronzer in Laguna – it’s a staple. I’ve gone through countless compacts of these and always end up smashing them in the pan. I apply it with the Space NK Powder Brush which is fluffy, big and king of foolproof. Because of my phobia of dry and cakey skin, I like more creamy blushes like Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose. I just think powdered blush can look too heavy, whereas this formula you can even use on your lips. It’s bloody good.
For brows I begin with theÂ LancÃ´me Le Regard ProÂ Eyes and Brow Kit. I actually really like the brush in this – so many things come with rubbish brushes – I’ve yet to use the tweezers, but I use the darkest shade to powder in my brows slightly.Â Once I’ve filled in my brows with the LancÃ´me, I brush though them with the spoolie on the end of the Blink Eyebrow Pencil in Cinnamon Spice and then use the coloured side a little bit through my brows so they don’t look too blocky. I also get my brows done there so it all ties together – such a gullible customer.
I’m a huge kohl girl, always have been. It’s rare that I haven’t got my kohl on unless I’m hungover. I always used to wear black when I was younger and my Mum always said I needed to wear brown, “it’s just much more flattering and black’s too harsh” she advised, but when I was younger I just thought I was a bit rock ‘n’ roll. Then WIMH worked with Charlotte Tilbury on her Rock ‘n’ Kohl event in Selfridges and all her MUA’s were using MAC Eye Pencil in Coffee, so I picked it up and I really like it. It’s still dark enough for me and my Mum was right, it’s much softer. If I’m going out and want to top-up what I’ve had on in the day I whack on the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner in Black Amethyst. It’s much more punchy and it’s got a smudger on the end and I’m a bit of a sucker for a good smudge. Another pencil I use isÂ Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Nude which I discovered from shooting Lily Pebbles’ bag for WIMH. I suffer with my eyes cause I wear contact lenses; they get really dry and really red and it’s so obvious when I’m tired. She uses it to neutralise redness in the eyes on the bottom waterline, I thought that’s a fab idea so grabbed myself one from Boots. It works.
The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers are just an absolute staple.Â I had never curled my lashes until a friend was using them and I gave in,Â used them and then I just had to run out and buy them. Even if I’m not wearing mascara now I’ll at least curl my lashes – it really does open up your eyes. I feel like my mascara pick is a bit of a weird one and not massively popular. It’sÂ EstÃ©e Lauder Sumptuous Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara, but I really like it.Â It doesn’t make your lashes too wet and it’s quite dry so you can really get in there and give it a wiggle. The eyeshadow line-up that I just love at the moment is theÂ Bobbi Brown Navy and Nude Eye Palette;Â really good colours that cover every eventuality. I’m also a recent MAC 217-er, anyone who I’ve met throughÂ WIMH was going on about this brush. It’s the secret to executing a smokey eye.
When it comes to lips, it’s a choice between two. Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Nudist, is my daytime pick. I spent ages looking for a ‘my lips but better‘ simple, easy and foolproof shade and this is it. No mirror is required for application, plus it smells/tastes amazing. A more evening appropriate pick that I use when I’m sitting at work and thinking ‘Oh gosh, how can I make myself look less bedraggled?’, is NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Hyde Park. It’s slightly softer than a pillar box red, for me that’s a step too far. It’s more of a burgundy plum tone and I love it, despite the fact that when I entered Space NK it was for a completely different colour.”