For those who’ve just taken a shine to make-up and its ability to transform just about any face, the variety of products on offer from a number of brands can be mind-boggling. To cut short your hunt for the perfect basics, we got three experts to select favourites they swear by. Virginia Holmes and Natasha Nischol, owners, Fat Mu Make Up Academy, and Sholeen Damarwala, beauty editor, Strut120.com, share their picks.
Virginia and Natasha’s Winner: M.A.C Technakohl – It has good staying power, doesn’t create dryness and looks great. Plus, it’s available in a number of colours.
Runners up: Maybelline Colossal Kajal and Shahnaz Husain Kajal.
Sholeen’s Winner: Maybelline Colossal Kajal – It glides on very smoothly, doesn’t smudge and stays on the entire day. It’s also
a good option for those creating a smoky-eye look.
Runners up: Lakme Eyeconic Kajal and Biotique Bio Kajal.
Virginia and Natasha’s Winner: M.A.C Ruby Woo – Bold, matte and simply stunning. It’s a shade that works on most people and has good staying power. Perfect for a statement lip.
Runners up: M.A.C Lady Danger and Revlon Fire And Ice.
Sholeen’s Winner: Opium Red by YSL – A red lipstick is probably a one-time purchase for many, so I would recommend splurging on this one. It suits almost every skin tone, glides on smoothly and shines brighter than the sun.
Runners up: Max Factor Ruby Tuesday and Chambor Rubis Rouge.
Virginia and Natasha’s Winner: L’Oréal Voluminous Million Lashes – Intensely black; it thickens, lengthens and defines lashes without looking overdone. It’s good for sensitive eyes and stays put all day.
Runners up: Maybelline Falsies Volum Express and Maybelline Great Lash.
Sholeen’s Winner: Maybelline Falsies Volum Express - One stroke is all you need for long, flirty lashes. The bristles give even coverage and the liquid lusciously coats your lashes without clumps.
Runners up: Lancôme Hypnose Doll Eyes and Bourjois Paris Queen Attitude Mascara.
Virginia and Natasha’s Winner: Bobbi Brown Concealers – This product has a lovely, creamy texture, with fantastic coverage that makes you look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep. The selection of shades is great too.
Runners up: M.A.C Moisture Select Cover Concealer and M.A.C Studio Finish Concealer.
Sholeen’s Winner: Bourjois Paris Healthy Mix Illuminating Brush Concealer - A couple of drops under your eyes, the top of your cheekbones and the corners of your mouth is all you need to shine bright.
Runners up: Garnier BB Cream and YSL Touche Eclat.
Virginia and Natasha’s Winner: Dermalogica Cover Tint SPF 20 – A no-fuss, light foundation that gives great coverage. SPF is an added benefit. It stays put through the day, controls shine, blends into the skin easily and is suitable for all skin types.
Runners up: Ben NYE Cream Foundation and Inglot AMC Foundation.
Sholeen’s Winner: M.A.C Studio Fix - This foundation is a great investment. It gives even coverage without looking patchy, and it hides blemishes whilst giving a natural finish.
Runners up: Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme, L’Oréal Mineral foundation.
Virginia and Natasha’s Winner: Bioderma Sensibio Cleanser – It’s excellent for all skin types, even sensitive skin. The product looks and feels like water and it leaves your skin feeling and looking super clean. It removes all traces of make up, including dirt, oil, grime and the waterproof variety.
Runners up: Baby oil and Garnier Cream Cleanser.
Sholeen’s Winner: Clinique Take The Day Off Balm - This nifty little balm is one of the best products I have used in recent times. It takes almost every speck of make up off. All you have to do is massage the balm on dry skin, wet your fingertips and further massage it in for a couple of seconds and voila, hello baby soft skin!
Runners up: Colorbar Ultimate Make Up Remover, Olay Daily Facial Cloths