Whether you consider yourself ultra-low-maintenance, or a 10-step skincare routine sounds like your idea of beauty heaven, everyone has that one product they find themselves reaching for again and again. We asked five Cosmopolitan beauty lovers to share the products they can’t live without right now, from lips to lashes. Better yet, you can shop all these essentials and more from Superdrug.
The products we can't live without
1. Make Up For Ever’s Iconic Super Flexible Mascara in Blackest Black Lids have been knocking about for ages, but this mascara truly is one of the best, thanks to its super-long, super-black formula. 2. Lancôme’s Super Rose Eclat Nude Illuminator Forget getting hit in the eye with a feather when applying your make-up, with Lancôme’s Super Rose Illuminator you can actually feel your skin light up thanks to a tiny sparkle in the formula. 3. Make Up For Ever’s Superhero Waterproof Eyeliner in Blackest Black A proper no-brainer, Make Up For Ever’s Superhero Waterproof Eyeliner will stay put no matter how big or small your smoky eye ambition. 4.
“I have pretty good skin for a 28-year-old, but I've found my regime gets a little neglected if I'm just working and going out and not doing anything special like facials. That's where my Fenty Beauty Light Wrinkle Fusion comes in. I use it as a base to get a glow and then layer any colour I want, whether it's with a cream highlighter, or even just a lip gloss. I love that it's buildable and can be blended outwards so it's really subtle. I'm all about creating a beautiful glow on the face.” – Freja Beha Erichsen, model Read more: The beauty ritual that turns Freja Beha Erichsen into a magical animal Lipstick “Rimmel’s are always the number one! I think they have pretty good formulas that last and they look pretty so you feel good when you wear it.
“I am completely obsessed with my Maybelline Volum'Express Prime Time Lashes Mascara. It is my must-have in any makeup bag and I just cannot live without it. It goes on so fast and is a great way to make my lashes really pop. I apply it after a quick swipe of my eyeliner and mascara on and it gives my lashes a 3D, glowing effect.” – Daisy Parker “I’m obsessed with NARS Concealer, it’s such a good job it’s a drugstore product because it’s so good and easy to apply, easy to blend and I can wear it everyday. I’m wearing the medium shade in the Makeup For Ever Step 1 Deluxe Eyeshadow Palette, and its the one I’m wearing in the picture in the top corner, along with mascara and some orange blusher.” – Sophie Richardson “Concealer is hands down the most underrated of beauty products.
This makeup collection by Saskia from NARS (available from Superdrug now) contains only the best shades. At £29.50, this box of shadows is a steal and contains the two newest NARS palettes: Orgasm and Nude Nude. “This palette is very versatile and can be used on all skin tones. There are an abundance of high-quality shades that work wonderfully with minimal effort. This was very suitable for trying to add colour to my younger-looking face.” Full-on glam Anastasia Beverly Hills brow products are always a favourite. With two products costing just £20, it’s easy to get on the bandwagon for these pigment brow gel and brow pencils. Anastasia’s brow expert Stacy Francis also hosts Anastasia Brow Loft tutorials on YouTube so you can start to achieve the perfect brows at home.
“My favourite lipstick is Urban Decay’s Naked Eye Shadow Palette, it’s got a variety of shades and a great pigmented pigments. I wear it with a nude or mauve shadow and I love the colour of the lipstick too.” Jax Lipstick in Lethal, £14, Debenhams. Foundation “My fave foundation is the Smashbox Glimmer Veil Foundation. I like to use it as a base to even out my skin tone and give me that all-over glow, then fill in my brows, line my eyes and add a slick of mascara.” Smashbox Glimmer Veil Foundation, £32, Selfridges. Mascara “I use Nars Isca Blackest Night mascara and apply it just before I go to sleep. It’s the best for thick, full lashes, and I can actually see it lasting me all night.” Nars Isca Blackest Night Mascara, £25, Net-a-Porter.
“My go-to is Maybelline Great Lash, which is £4 for the travel size. It doesn't smear and stays on for so long.” Nars Orgasm Blush “I can't live without this blush. It's creamy but stays put on the skin for ages and it has such a matte finish.
Just about anyone can use a good red lipstick—just make sure the shade you choose is one that flatters your skin tone and not one that turns your lips red from the sun. M.A.C’s Ultra HD Lipstick in Goddess is the best one-stop solution for those of us who struggle to find the right shade that flatters our complexions. Bonus: this one’s also available in a range of other shades and finishes. $21.00 at Nordstrom.com Shea Butter Love the squish, but don’t love the greasy feel? Try an organic, unscented moisturizing lotion like Origins Roja Real Essential Oil Super Antioxidant Skin Renewal Cream. $42.00 at Sephora.com Lashes Wear your lashes high and glam on top of your lids, or super natural and fluffy?
Beauty analyst Kelly McDavid, 24, says: ‘I have an obsession with highlighters. I am currently using Inglot Cosmetics Super Silver Boost, which I have been using for two years. I have bought it every Christmas but I am a fan of their shade range and their powder formula – I feel like I get enough shine on my skin without a make-up base.’ Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, £21.99, www.narscosmetics.co.uk Lashes Make-up artist Sasha Grisham, 27, says: ‘High lashes have become my signature. My favourite are Pearlie Mae Mink Lashes, in Sugargirl by Anastasia Beverly Hills. My mascara of choice is CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara in black – the brush is so easy to work with and the formula is waterproof.’ Anastasia Beverly Hills Eyelash Curler, £7, www.astasia.
No matter what your budget, there’s something to suit everyone, and these products are everything you need to achieve the perfect look for any occasion. Don’t want to pay full price? These are the best beauty deals this month. Lipstick: YSL Touche Eclat, £29.50 (Superdrug, feelunique.com) Oil-controlling moisturiser: Huxley London Age Rewind Oil Control Tinted Body Gel, £23.50 (Superdrug) Shimmer powder: MAC Pink Glitter Stick, £13.50 (Superdrug) Hair mascara: Jo Loves Double Ended Mascara, £14.99 (Superdrug) Facial: Differin Gel, £2.49 (Superdrug) Lashes: Charlotte Tilbury iconic lashes, £21.50 (Superdrug) Highlighter: Bobbi Brown Glow