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thelittleboy's makeup essentials

my makeup collection, which has accumulated over the course of about five years, is probably worth four figures and I have no shame about that.

over the years, I have developed my favourite items that I swear by, and never leave the country without. some are pretty expensive and definitely an investment, but I'm not sharing anything that I don't think is worth the price.

1. Fenty Beauty PRO FILT'R Soft Matte Longer Foundation in 350 - £27

hands down the BEST foundation I've ever used. I've always been a matte foundation kinda girl and this foundation is perfect. my shade is 350, and it's a perfect match for the full on glam looks as well as the more subtle looks.

shopping at FENTY is always a win win: supporting a black woman's business, which caters to basically every single skin colour and tone and practices what it preaches when it comes to inclusivity in fashion and beauty.


2. FENTY BEAUTY Body Lava Body Luminizer in Trophy Wife - £46

if you want to look like you're dripping in literal gold, this is the perfect product for you. I find it to be a little sticky and the colour is quite harsh when you don't rub it in properly, so I add at least two pumps to some Cocoa Butter to give it more of a "natural summer glow" kind of look.

it would also work with facial moisturiser on your face, but I'd opt for a tiny amount mixed with your usual amount of cream.

definitely a bit pricey at £46, but a little bit goes a really long way.


3. FENTY BEAUTY Stunna Lip Paint in Uninvited - £20

I know a black liquid lipstick isn't for everyone, but if it's not for you then you are missing out. anyway, the quality of the FENTY liquid lipsticks are unmatched. you'll never need to worry about colour bleed or staining, OR that annoying ring on your inner lips where food and drink has wiped off the colour.

it can survive anything, tried and tested.


4. Revolution X Patricia Bright Rich in Life Eyeshadow Palette - £20

I got this palette for free when I worked at Cosmopolitan and I'm so happy I found it. the glitter to matte ratio is perfect, and the shimmery/glittery shadows have a putty - like consistency, with a little going a really long way.

the colours blend effortlessly, and there are shades to compliment every skin tone. the palette is a lot bigger than it looks, so if you don't have a vanity or desk like me, that might cause a problem (although the huge mirror is a plus).


5. Glossier Boy Brow + Brow Flick in black - £29

as much as I really love a bushy brow, these two are definitely overpriced. I used them for about two months before the Brow Flick almost completely dried up, and now I only use the Boy Brow to add a bit of volume on top of my brow pencil. I'm happy I got them on sale, because the price compared to the product sizes is extortionate.

I'd recommend buying the Boy Brow to use with your other brow products, but I don't see myself buying another Brow Flick pen.


6. Benefit Precisely, My Brown Pencil in 06 - £22.50

another definitely overpriced product, but I've had mine for around a year and there is still a lot of product left. it's perfect for everyone who does their eyebrows, whether you like the 2015 Instagram fade brow or a more natural look like me.

there is a good number of shades, so you're likely to find the one for you.

an added bonus is that it comes with the pencil on one side and a spoolie on the other - killing two birds with one stone.


7. Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara - £22

I love this mascara so much (although I bought in in Denmark and didn't realise the price ... I wouldn't have paid £22 for a mascara if I knew it was that much).

anyways, I do think it was money well spent - the formula feels gentle, and it lengthens and adds volume with only a few strokes. it's also huge and has a lot of product, so it'll last. depending on your desired look, one coat is definitely enough to get even the shortest lashes looking like falsies.


8. Dr. PAWPAW Multipurpose Soothing Balm - £8

this universal salve can be used practically anywhere for practically anything. I use it to finish my skincare routine as a lip balm and on my eyelids, and use it for my a glossy eyeshadow look or to add some shine and intensity to a dull lipstick or highlighter.

a tiny bit goes a really long way.


9. Morphe Continuous Setting Spray - £16

the ONLY setting spray I'll use; your makeup won't be going ANYWHERE once you put it on. I've used this spray for parties, days out, dinner in hot holiday destinations and my makeup never budges. it dries matte, so if that isn't your style, I'd try another spray.

the continuous mist means the spray goes on evenly and definitely won't make your makeup blotchy or patty.

100% worth the price.


10. Morphe BLUSHING BABES in Pop of Blush - £12

I have to admit, I had never used blush before late last year. I always thought that it wouldn't suit my skin tone, until I found this one from Morphe. I kind of just put my brush in all three colours and hope for the best, and it seems to work.

it adds a natural looking flush, and is can be built up to work for you easily.


- thelittleboy xo

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