The only 10 beauty products you ever need to own 


The beauty industry is vast. And for good reason. There is no one way to express yourself. There are hundreds of skin tones and millions of tastes to cater for. Yet when I tell women what I do for a living, the questions always hinge on one theme: what is the best mascara/eye cream/moisturiser? 

Instagram is testament to our hunger for edited choice. We follow those in the know in an attempt to cut through the thousands of products that launch each year, hoping to arrive at the very best. The concept of a capsule wardrobe that will survive any trend or season isn’t new. We do it with clothes – classic blazer, white shirt, stripy tee, Gucci loafers, good jeans – so why not beauty products? In fact, ‘skip-care’, the Korean beauty trend of streamlining one’s skincare regime to only include essential ingredients, is beginning to catch on here. 

New make-up line Code8 takes the headache out of choosing the right shade by offering a tightly curated collection of products formulated to suit all skin colours and undertones.

Its co-creator Sophia Chikovani explains, ‘Myself and my friend Nadine Ayache juggle work and family responsibilities, and have often felt overwhelmed by the abundance of beauty products on the market. We felt there was a need for a curated range of beauty essentials: truly streamlined, long-lasting make-up with positive skin benefits.’ 

And on the skin front, Dr Sara Palmer Hussey has created Lumity Facial Oil with Anti-Ageing Skin Nutrients (from £48, After years of studying skin behaviour, she believes this one-stop natural oil is all you need. ‘My passion is to simplify women’s choices by providing really effective, 100 per cent natural go-to solutions. It may not be very commercial to produce a single, one-stop product, but life is complicated enough without a multi-step skincare regime. And using too many products can disrupt the skin’s natural balance,’ explains Dr Hussey. 

Elsewhere, Augustinus Bader is the antithesis of multi-product regimens, with the brand also focused on just one thing: The Cream. Aside from regularly making an appearance on Victoria Beckham’s personal Instagram account, it was also chosen to prep models’ complexions at her autumn/winter 2019 show, because it’s suitable for most skin types.  Keen to wipe the slate clean? These are the only 10 products you need.

The cleanser

Squalane Cleanser, £5.50, The Ordinary ( Melts off make-up while cleansing and hydrating skin – this is the best-value cleanser going.

The moisturiser

The Cream, £205, Augustinus Bader (  Rich in aloe vera and antioxidants, this hydrates without  leaving a slippery finish, making it the perfect base for your make-up.

The blush

5secs Express Lip & Cheek Colour in Miss Saigon, £26, Code8 ( A flattering, warm nude that doubles up over cheeks and lips. 

The brush

Oval 7, £62, Artis (  The Porsche of  make-up brushes, it buffs in foundation for a flawless finish and also works well with blusher or bronzer.

The concealer

Soft Matte Complete Concealer, £24, Nars ( Velvet-smooth, this blends seamlessly under eyes and over minor blemishes for  a natural finish. 

The base

Teint Idole Ultra Wear Nude, £33.50, Lancôme ( SPF19, this gives just enough coverage and a natural matt finish that lasts 24 hours – and comes in 40 shades. 

The nude lip

Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer, £16, Fenty Beauty ( Formulated to suit all skin tones, this grown-up nude gloss looks elegant on everyone.

The balm

The Lip Balm, £52, La Mer (creme  Sea kelp and essential nutrients keep lips smooth, nourished and protected.

The red lip

Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in  Pirate, £31, Chanel (  A bestseller for a reason, this eternally stylish true red will complete any outfit.

The mascara

Lash-Expert Twist Brush Mascara, £25, By Terry ( Like two wands in one, choose a bold or natural look.