Five Essentials Every Makeup Bag Needs

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hen it comes to how many must-haves you really need in your makeup bag — the answer is five. These products are the bare essentials for a polished look, lending you the perfect opportunity to add a couple of crowd pleasers to suit the occasion.

1. Bare Minerals SPF 20 Correcting Concealer

This has to be one of the most valued products in your makeup toolkit. This hardworking, creamy formula combines SPF protection with lightweight coverage that blends seamlessly to conceal blemishes, dark under-eye circles and other skin imperfections all day long. What’s more it also works to decrease the appearance of dark spots and discolourations overtime. Also available from

2. ModelCo The Filter Contour & Glow Powder

This multi-tasking custom powder duo is a no-brainer. Easily shade and highlight cheekbones for a chiseled, modelesque look. Start with the bronze shade to contour and enhance, then switch to the light pearl shade to illuminate and highlight for a soft-focus effect. Win-win. Available as a cream and powder.


3. The Organic Pharmacy Nude Sparkle Palette

Why carry individual eyeshadows when all you need is one. This award-winning palette has highly wearable, long lasting nudes for easy day to night looks. Choose from subtle highlights, bold smokey eyes or a wash of sparkle to suit your style. Simply build for intense colour or smooth over for sheer sparkle.

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4. Eyeko Skinny Brush Mascara

A quality mascara is all you need to make eyes pop — and you can expect eye-opening results with this one. This award-winning brush will extend, volumise and separate while conditioning each lash. Say goodbye to breakages and hello for instantly longer lashes with long-term lash protection. Also available from

5. Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick

This is the product we’ve all been waiting for — a lipstick you can customise. Available in 29 shades, you can mix and match colours and play with textures and finishes to create endless, long-lasting looks. Choose from four fashion-forward finishes (cremes, chromes, shimmers and mattes) and remember to have fun as you design the best shade to complement your outfit.

Finish your makeup spring clean by keeping your must-haves in a stylish pouch. Check out our favourite at Asos. Main image: Getty