Often synonymous with fashion and clothing, the capsule approach to style often brings to mind a wardrobe of timeless, trend-defying pieces to see you through any season and occasion. But why can’t the same principle be applied to your make-up bag too? Your drawers are probably crammed full of half used moisturizers, coagulating nail varnishes and lipsticks that were bought when you were feeling ‘daring’, but haven’t seen the light of day since… Let’s get back to the bare essentials to bring some organization back to your make-up. This is your go-to collection for any day, any occasion and any hour: The capsule make-up bag.
Every make-up bag needs seven key products: Moisturizer, concealer, mascara, eye shadow, eyeliner, lip color and blusher. Here’s a pick of the best to make sure your make-up bag is a fail proof beauty haven.
When picking a moisturizer, make sure the one you use includes SPF as one of its properties. Even on overcast days your skin can succumb to harmful UV rays. This Total Effects moisturizer by Olay not only offers SPF 15 but also helps reduces the signs of stress, fatigue and aging. It also provides a wonderful, smooth base for your makeup.
Whether you’re prone to dark circles under your eyes, or have simply had a late night out, concealer is a must for your capsule make-up bag. Lancôme’s La Touche Pro is a great ‘paint palette’ concealer that lets you mix the perfect shade for your skin. It also has a vitamin formula to help reawaken tired eyes.
For fluttery, long lashes, it has to be MaxFactor’s Masterpiece Mascara in Brown Black. The color is perfect for daytime wear as well as being bold enough for evenings. Available in a waterproof formula as well as the normal version, it’s great for every occasion.
When creating a capsule make-up bag, palettes are brilliant. Dior has the perfect all-rounder in its 5 Coleurs Eyeshadow Palette in 970. A subtle cream base color, pretty pinks and plum/brown shades means it’s got you covered day and night.
For an eyeliner with staying power, you can’t beat MAC’s Powerpoint Eyeliner. Waterproof, smudge-proof and smooth, the Industry colour is smoky grey with a subtle pearlescent sheen, perfect for any occasion.
For color that doubles up as a protecting lip balm, try Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Lip Color. It’s available in a range of soft shades to complement all looks – try Burnt Sugar for a sultry nude pout that looks great with smoky eyes or just a simple coat of mascara.