Makeup is one of life’s affordable luxuries, but with so many great premium products on the market, it’s easy to get carried away and develop an expensive habit. So if you’ve pledged to declutter for 2016 and live life as a (very chic) minimalist, empty out that basket of past-their-best lipsticks, throw away those half-used foundations and banish those broken blushers. We’ve put together the ultimate all-you-need luxury beauty bag for under £100. Gorgeous and thrifty.
To nail spring’s fresh-faced beauty trends as seen at Balenciaga, Calvin Klein, Isabel Marant and more, you need four products: foundation, a multitasking blusher, lipstick and mascara. Since you’ll only be needing four products, you should make them the very best you can afford—and with our under-£100 edit, you’ll even have some pocket money left over for some handy blotting papers to keep shine at bay and a cute cosmetics purse to store your wonder kit in.
Keep scrolling to find out how to invest wisely in your new-season makeup bag.
Clinique Superbalanced Makeup ( £23 )
Every great beauty look starts with great skin. If you need a little help to create a smooth, even tone (who doesn’t?), you need Clinique’s Superbalanced Makeup in your arsenal. Great for combination skin types, it provides a medium-to-full coverage with just a few dots of the soft liquid formula. Blend into skin with clean dry fingertips for the perfect finish.
Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge ( £20 )
Give your skin the perfect spring glow with a touch of Bobbi Brown’s Pot Rouge. We love the rich raspberry hue, but find one that’s right for you. Smooth a little on the apples of your cheeks and use an index finger to apply a smudge to eyelids for just a hint of pretty pink colour.
MAC Studio Sculpt Lash ( £15 )
Minimal eyes are big for 2016, but we feel a little naked leaving home without just a smidge of mascara. MAC’s Studio Sculpt Lash is great for separating and lengthening lashes for long, natural-looking, blacker-than-black lashes.
The perfect red lipstick is an absolute must for every kit. Since you already have a pretty pink lip colour for daytime (thanks to the multitasking Bobbi Pot Rouge), a hot red lip to mix things up for special occasions is a must. Our pick? Tom Ford’s super-cute Lips & Boys in Roberto. Sure to get you noticed.
Don’t weigh your skin down or risk clogged pores by piling on the powder—instead achieve a shine-free finish throughout the day with the help of these magic little blotting papers in a cute Anna Sui case.
And finally… Store your capsule makeup wardrobe in this pretty flamingo-print pouch.
What products would go in your minimalist kit? Let us know in the comment box below.
Opening image: Harvey Nichols