When it comes to beauty inspiration, our favourite vloggers and bloggers can always be relied upon to share news of an exciting launch or have a brand-new product hidden up their sleeve. But sometimes, just sometimes, you want something that’s familiar—something that’s tried and tested rather than brand spanking new.
Luckily, just like the rest of us, the experts we love have their favourites too—those products they can’t live without that you’ll spot popping up in makeup tutorials and posts all the time. And trust us, there’s a lot of competition for a permanent position in their makeup bags, so the products that make it are the real deal.
Eye shadow, in particular, is something that’s easy to feel overwhelmed by, from choosing the right finish to finding a formulation that won’t end up smudged or creased by the time you leave the house. Not to mention finding the perfect shade from a cast of thousands. But worry no more: We’ve rounded up the experts’ favourites.
Click through to see eye shadow must-haves from the experts!
The By Terry Ombre Blackstar range is loved in the industry for its creamy formulations, dense pigments and a hint of shimmer. So it’s little wonder that it’s a favourite of Estée of Essie Button too.
With shades ranging from subtle and office-appropriate nudes to more sultry smoky shadows, this palette is perfect for style chameleons, so you can see why the get-the-look aficionados love it.
Lily Pebbles knows how to work a strong lip colour, and we love her for it. But she also knows how to balance it out with a delicately shimmering shadow.
The Sali Hughes seal of approval doesn’t come easily, but she’s a fan of Charlotte Tilbury’s eye-colour enhancing eye shadows. Good enough for us.
When it comes to makeup, travelling light can be tricky, but sometimes it’s really quite freeing to leave the palette at home and pop a single colour in your cosmetics bag instead.
Who could blame Tanya Burr for her fondness for Charlotte Tilbury’s creamy shimmer formulations? Not us! Like her, we’re spoilt for choice between this bronze beauty and Jean, a delicate champagne tint.
Just like us, Ruth is a fan of a Chanel quad shadow palette, but she’s always on the lookout for more affordable products to recommend too. Enter Kiko, one of the brands she repeatedly turns to for colour for eyes and lips.
Over more than two decades working as a professional makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge has struggled to find a better shadow than MAC's creamy paint pots. Some of the colours change every season, but she relies on the darker end of the spectrum for creating smoky eyes.
Would you be lost without your favourite eye shadow? Tell us what it is in the comments.
Opening Image: Ruth Crilly, A Model Recommends