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The Times UK: Top 25 make-up products

From Times Online

July 23, 2008

Top 25 make-up products

The Times fashion team pick the best foundations, bronzers and lip glosses
Clinique lash doubling mascara: Long-lasting and easy to use, this never smudges under the eyes and does a great job of separating the eyelashes so that each lash is coated evenly. £12.50 (

Prescriptives Custom Blend tinted moisturiser: Blended to give an exact skin shade match. The formula can be amended during winter and summer months. Sheer on the skin and gives light, even coverage. £38.99 for 30ml (0870 0342566)

Organic Glam concealer: Easy to apply and perfect for disguising shadows under the eyes or blemishes. Infused with tea tree and lavender which help to protect the skin. £23.95 for 4g (

Clarins waterproof eyeliner pencil: Adds great definition to the eye and survives swimming in the sea. Does, however, remove easily with eye make-up remover. £12.50 (0800 0363558)

Lancôme Juicy Tubes: These sheer lipglosses in zingy colours are heavily pigmented and don't dry out your lips. £13.50 for 15ml (available nationwide) Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Provides an excellent sheen under your make-up base and ensures your face has a radiant glow. £28 for 30ml at Selfridges (020-8318 2486)

Guerlain Terracotta Light bronzing powder: A cult classic, brilliant for adding depth to tanned skin and creating a sun-kissed glow. £29 (01932-233887)

Pixi Hydrotint duo: A light tinted moisturiser that offers even coverage and a berry-coloured lipgloss in a nifty dual-action tube that is handy for travelling. £26 (020-7287 7211)

Bobbi Brown make-up brushes: A wide range of brushes that are cleverly shaped for application to different parts of the face. Easy to clean. From £17 (

bareMinerals foundation SPF 15: Easy to use and so light that you don't actually feel you're wearing make-up. The particles are fine, so you never get that caked-on look, plus the minerals provide a natural SPF. £17.50 for 2g; brush £24 (

Shu Uemura eye shadows: A great colour spectrum, these eye shadows contain plenty of pigment so that colour and depth can be built up easily. £13 each (020-7235 2375)

Benefit Cupid's Bow lip-shaping set: A different take on the traditional lip liner: this accentuates the arch of your lips and makes the bottom lip look fuller. £21.50 (

Bourjois Liner Feutre liquid eyeliner Great for precision, and the felt-tip applicator prevents any mess and smudging. Good staying power. £5.95 (0800 269836)

Maybelline Great Lash waterproof mascara The make-up artists' favourite glides on easily, never gets clumpy, and unlike a lot of waterproof products, can be cleaned off easily with make-up remover. £4.99 (available nationwide)

Laura Mercier eyebrow duo compact These come in five different shade compacts and the unique formula may be used wet or dry for optimum control, intensity and finish for different brow types. £20 at Selfridges (0800-123400)

Essie nail polishes The best range of flattering nail shades available, with a great, long-lasting formula. £8.50 each (

Stila Convertible Colour A nifty compact that can be used on cheeks, lips and eyes. Perfect for quick, on-the-go application. £18 at Selfridges (0800-123400)

Boots 17 pressed powder A pleasant-to-use, inexpensive compact that lasts a long time. Great for masking unwanted shine. £3.29 ( YSL Rouge Pur lipstick Creamy texture that is moisturising and easy to apply. Comes in a great selection of shades. £18 (01444 255700)

Chanel Matte Lumière long lasting luminous matte fluid make-up Feels as light as a tinted moisturiser, yet gives substantial, long-lasting coverage. £25 for 30ml (020-7493 3836)

By Terry Rose de Rose liquid blush This sheer liquid blush blends on to cheekbones, highlighting contours and stimulating a natural radiance. £38 for 15ml at Space NK (020-8740 2085)

Estee Lauder Peach Nuance blush compact A soft pink shade that is perfect for pale skin. Easy to apply, it gives a great, natural flush rather than appearing too caked on. £22 (08700-342566)

Chantecaille Future Skin foundation: A creamy, lightweight foundation that glides on, gives great coverage and lasts all day. £49 for 30g at Harrods (020-7225 5758)

MAC paints: A long-lasting eye shadow which is easily applied from squeezy paint tubes to create, bold, dramatic eye make-up. £12 for 6.5g ( NARS Portofino multipurpose stick A great multitasking product in a peachy pink shade that makes cheeks look naturally blushed. £27 (

The best beauty services

Best make-up lesson Mathew Alexander Bespoke Hair and Make-up, £250 for a two-hour lesson 12 Lancashire Court, London W1S 1EY (020-7495 1122)

Best eyebrow threading Blinc, £18 at Harvey Nichols nationwide (0845 0068800)

Best manicure Nails Inc, from £17, nationwide

Best eyelash tinting Bliss, £18 in department stores nationwide (0808 1004151)

Best teeth whitening service The Welbeck Clinic, £695 for laser whitening, 20 Welbeck Street, London W1G 8ED (020-7486 8100)

Win all the products on this page

One reader will have the chance to win all the products on today's pages.

For your chance to win, answer the following question: Which recently deceased model was the face of the Revlon Fire and Ice campaign in 1952? a) Suzy Parker b) Dorian Leigh c) Carmen dell'Orefice Send your answer and contact details to Beauty Top 100/Make-up, The Times, 1 Pennington Street, London E98 1TT. Entries must be received by August 15. The editor's decision is final.

Edited by Carolyn Asome, Hannah Rochell, Alice Olins and Nicola Copping

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