My make-up bag must-haves

By ELLE’s beauty extremist Avril Mair



I often have to go from breakfast meeting through to cocktail party, so my oversized Chanel make-up bag is bulging with things that repair a day-old face. 






Essentials are Visine eye drops (which I stock up on in Duane Reade whenever I’m in the US), La Prairie Essence of Skin Caviar Eye Complex, £76.50, and my absolute favourite beauty product ever: Crème De La Mer’s The Eye Balm, £90, which is soothing even when I’ve been staring at a computer screen for 12 hours. I don’t like looking as though I’m wearing much on my skin, so Chantecaille’s Anti-Smog SPF 15 Tinted Moisturiser, Just Skin, £53.83, works perfectly. It’s super-sheer but it stays on all day, though I constantly touch up with Chanel’s Poudre Universalle  in Translucent, £27. This chic black compact is the only make-up I’ll ever pull out in public. Except, that is, for another two lovely Chanel things: the Hydrating Lip Treatment, £18, which is essentially just a posh lip balm, and Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Mythic, £21.50, the perfect nude lipstick. I rarely experiment with products – if I were to only use one make-up brand for the rest of my life, it would be Chanel and I’d be perfectly happy. 


Clockwise from top: Poudre Universalle Compacte in Translucent, £27, by Chanel, Eye Drops by Visine (only available in USA), Hydrating Lip Treatment, £18, by Chanel, Slant Tweezers, £16, by Tweezerman, Just Skin Tinted Moisturiser, £53.83, by Chantecaille, Nail Scissors, £10, by Tweezerman, The Eye Balm, £90, by Crème De La Mer, Le Crayon Khôl, £15, by Chanel, Le Vernis in Ballerina, £16, by Chanel, Rouge Allure Lip Colour in Mythic, £21.50, by Chanel, Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Fresque, £28, by Chanel.


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