5 Drugstore Makeup Must-Haves: Part 1


5 Drugstore Makeup Must-Haves: Part 1

It’s not often I find products I love so much that I re-purchase, so when I do, I know it’s a must-have. In my professional makeup kit my products are all high-end, it’s what people want to see when I do their makeup and it’s what other makeup artists expect. But when it comes to my own face, I enjoy trying products from high end to high street. And more often than not it’s the high street products I tend to re-purchase. So here’s my list of 5 must haves that I recommend to definitely try out! More top picks coming soon!

healthy-mix-serum-foundation Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Serum Foundation £10.99 Superdrug

I am always in search for that ‘perfect’ foundation, it’s an ongoing quest I’m not sure I will ever find the answer to. But if I’m to go on what foundation have I loved so much that I’ve repurchased multiple times, Bourjois Healthy Mix Gel Serum foundation wins hands down. This has been compared to Chanel foundations numerous times, and as it’s owned and produced in the same factory, with the same production methods used by Chanel you can see why. I’ve tried ALL the chanel foundations, and I still love Bourjois more. It’s light to medium coverage melts into the skin giving it a fresh dewy (but not greasy) finish, evens out the skin tone and brightens dull fatigued looking complexions,  and best of all, LASTS. I know, whenever I use this foundation, I won’t need to keep doing touch ups. Love Love Love this products! Bravo Bourjois!

drugstore-makeup-must-haves-thoselondonchicks Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner £7.99 Boots

This gel liner to me is the best affordable gel liner on the market. It’s a great dupe for MAC Blacktrack, but what’s even better is that it comes with a brush, whereas most other gel liners you have to purchase the brush separately.
It’s glides on so smoothly, and it’s so pigmented you only need one stroke. The lasting power in this gel liner is insane – 24 hours wear with no smudging, fading, and doesn’t transfer onto the eyelid. You can also use it on the waterline for an intense black line which won’t wear off. The brush is great too – you can do anything from a thin line to a dramatic thick cat eye.

drugstore-makeup-must-haves-thoselondonchicks-telescopic-mascara L’oreal Telescopic Mascara £10.99 Superdrug

My natural lashes are, quite simply, rubbish. They’re not long, they’re not full, and they need help. I’ve tried so many mascara’s from Dior, to Lancome to Rimmel but the one that stands out the most, that has actually made people comment on my lashes is the L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. This is my most re=purchased product of all, and I’ve got all my friends, friends of friends, friends family using it. It’s slim rubber wand gets right to the root of the lash and really lengthens and separates each and every lash ensuring no lash goes uncoated. The formula doesn’t flake, or clump. I do one coat for the day time and 2 coats for an evening look. It really makes my lashes look long and fluttery with out looking clumpy or fake. Please L’Oreal, never discontinue this baby!

drugstore-makeup-must-haves-thoselondonchicks Sleek Face Contour Kit £6.99 Boots

Getting a contour colour right can be tricky, you don’t want a colour that’s too warm that ends up looking orange, or anything that’s too cool that can end up looking muddy. Sleek’s game in the contour and highlight arena is ‘on fleek’. The contour kit in particular is a great little palette – highly pigmented with just the right tone to add definition to the face, with the highlighter adding a gorgeous shimmer that isn’t too glitterly. A must have in my evening makeup bag.

drugstore-makeup-must-haves-thoselondonchicksdrugstore-makeup-must-haves-thoselondonchicks Real Techniques Brushes £21.99 & Miracle Complexion Sponge £5.99

Oh Real Techniques really are fabulous. I see their brushes in almost all makeup artists brush kits – they are not only affordable, but they last, never lose their shape and you don’t ever get hair fall outs (unlike MAC brushes), they are super soft and feel lovely on the skin. Their buffing brush in particular is my go to foundation brush for my clients. For those who love the cult fave Beauty Blender, this is the affordable and just as good version. Dampen this sponge and ‘bounce’ it all over your face to blend in your foundation to make it look like a second skin and provide a totally flawless finish. The flat edge is great for blending in under eye concealer.


By Charlotte George
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