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Luxury Makeup Products That Have My Stamp of Approval

The experience of shopping for luxury makeup is enjoyable. More than enjoyable. It’s beautiful. The twinkling lights that make you look young. The beautifully packaged makeup products with upgraded finishes and formulas. The rush you feel when you swipe your card and it’s approved and it finally belongs to you. The joy you feel when you get to try it for yourself. The best feeling in the world. You feel so confident and alive and happy.


To make sure you get this feeling every single time (and not the disappointment of investing in a luxury product or products that actually don’t work for you), shop my edit of the best luxury makeup products, vegan and cruelty-free makeup products, and luxury makeup minis to take on holiday that all have my stamp of approval.


Luxury Makeup Artist: Barbara Ayisi

Luxury beauty products worth buying

When it comes to powders, Charlotte Tilbury’s Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder really is the ferrari of powders. Not only does the packaging scream luxury in a beautiful rose gold compact, but this powder performs. It has a smoothing, blurring effect on application and leaves a flawless, non cakey finish. It is very lightweight on the skin which also makes it the perfect choice for mature skin. What’s not to love?


For a flawless base, look no further than the Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base. This is Bobbi Brown’s best selling moisturiser and it’s not hard to see why. With all the benefits of a moisturiser and primer in one, this is like glue for your make up and the difference in how foundation sits on top of it is clear to see. Not only does it smell of grapefruit (which is just divine!), this face base is actually packed full of vitamins, plumping and hydrating ingredients. A little goes a very long way. It is a dressing table must-have!


The Nars Radiant Longwear Foundation is my absolute favourite. It is a high performing foundation with a fantastic shade range available, and a demi-matte finish. This means that the foundation delivers full coverage with radiance. There will be no looking or feeling cakey with this one! It also photographs beautifully which makes it the perfect choice for your Wedding Day Make Up or events with flash photography.


Are you a glow getter? This is the one for you! Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter is the ultimate glow booster. It comes in various skin tones and adds a beautiful glow to the skin. The best thing about the product, in my opinion, is that it can be used alone to add radiance to your complexion, underneath or mixed into your foundation for added radiance, or on top of your foundation on the high points of your face for definition. For even more glow and definition, Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter can be applied on the decolletage area. Who wouldn’t simply adore a multipurpose luxury beauty product?


Having the correct tools is just as important as the products and this eyelash curler is a serious must-have. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler is a cult favourite and it has been for a long time - they even appeared in “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006). I have tried many eyelash curlers (from high street to premium) and can understand the hype surrounding this particular curler. It delivers the curl it promises, works with most eye shapes and really is the best i have used.


High-end cruelty-free makeup products

Are you trying to be more conscious when it comes to the products that you apply to your face? You’ll be pleased to know there are so many gorgeous luxury make up items that are cruelty free and deliver on performance and finish. Shop my edit of high-end cruelty-free makeup:


Celebrity makeup lines can be hit or miss, but Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty has done something very right with their Soft Pinch Tinted Lip Oil. Not only does it last all day, this smooth, non-sticky gloss to tint feels lightweight and comfortable on the lips. If you are looking for an all in one lip product, this gorgeous lip oil is that and more. It comes in a gorgeous range of shades and is buildable so you can create a custom look to suit your makeup style - whether you prefer a softer look or a full look. Run, do not walk!


For a glass skin like glow, look no further than the gorgeous Refy Gloss Highlighter. It is a universal formula and can be used on top of make up for that glass-like glow. It sits beautifully on top of cream products and can be used on your cheekbones, eyelids, under brow, cupid’s bow, lips and decolletage. REFY Gloss Highlighter is another beautiful multipurpose product.


Luxury makeup must-haves for your next holiday

Do you struggle deciding what to take or leave on holiday? Below are some of my recommendations of my favourite luxury multi purpose performers for lighter luggage and make up items that will work hard for you on holiday.


The Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Travel Size Setting Spray is a travel must have. Not only is it lightweight and hydrating, your make up will not budge after applying – even in warmer, more humid climates.


If you love having Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter in your daily routine, the mini travel-sized version is a must-have. Imagine all of the glow I described earlier, but on your sun-kissed skin. A little goes a long way so this 10ml bottle will flow through security in your hand luggage and last the duration of your holiday.


If you don’t want to invest in a new kit of luxury makeup products but want to achieve the same results for a special event or wedding and are pressed for time or want to be pampered, sit back, relax and leave it to a professional makeup artist who has luxury products in their kit.


Browse through my wedding, special occasion and campaign makeup services to learn more. Or if you’d prefer to talk to me directly, get in touch – I’d love to hear from you.

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