Before venturing Into the world of makeup, the idea of slathering anything apart from SPF onto my skin made me sick to my stomach. Maybe it's just my under eye circles needing more coverage than they used to, but these days you wont catch me dead without clear brow gel and concealer in my carry-on. Admittedly, I did keep my makeup bag fairly streamline whilst in Marrakech last week, but that didn't stop me from throwing on a full face when I was out there. Think your skin but better and enough highlight to bounce that Moroccan sun right back off your face. Here are my top picks..
URBAN DECAY CHILL SETTING SPRAY
If I'm wearing makeup, you can rest assured that I'll have doused my face is pints or Urban Decay's Setting Spray before leaving the house - it really is that good. Whilst in Morocco, I took a travel size with me to test out in the 40 degree heat. I wasn't expecting miracles (in fact, I was expecting my makeup to melt off almost instantly) but it pulled through and kept my face on flawlessly all day long.
COVER FX CUSTOM ENHANCER DROPS
I'd like to make an official request here. When I die, I want to be drenched in the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight. Never in my life have I come across such an unbelievably blinding liquid highlighter. Alone it gives a radiant, natural glow, but of course me being me I like to use it as a base for other powder highlighters. Sunglasses at the ready!
ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS DIPBROW POMADE
Pomades are my weapon of choice when it comes to filling in my brows. Usually, I flit between lots of different brands for brow products, but when it comes to waterproof pomades Anastasia Beverley Hills does it best. It's also one of my favourite products to create a faux freckle look with. Create tiny dots across the face and pat down using a finger or beauty sponge. It's an instant age re-winder!
NYX SOFT MATTE LIP CREAM IN MOROCCO
The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams have been a part of my every day makeup bag for over a year now, but I usually favour the more nude tones over anything bright. Each SMLC is named after different cities and countries across the world, so it was only natural I took Morocco with me to, well, Morocco! It lasts hours, layers up on the lips and requires no liner. Definitely a new fave.
MAC GIVE ME SUN! MINERALISE SKINFINISH NATURAL
A new addition to my ever-growing makeup collection, but it immediately became a fave once I swiped it across my cheeks. I'm always very wary of orange-toned bronzers because they tend to make me, well, orange, but Give Me Sun gives me a natural, healthy glow without looking like I'm caked in product and with zero effort - exactly what I'm looking for when out and about on holiday.
TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX WATERPROOF MASCARA
The jury is still out as to whether or not this stuff really is better than sex, but after trying the waterproof version of this mascara in Morocco, I'd say it's a pretty close second. The wand coats all of my lashes, whilst the mascara formula keeps my lashes curled all day long, without transferring onto the lower lash line.