The capsule beauty bag, with Illamasqua

You’ve heard of the capsule wardrobe. Now, meet the capsule beauty bag. Defined (by us) as an essential edit of makeup that won’t tip your tote into “hand luggage” territory, Illamasqua – take it away.

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You’ve got ten minutes to get ready! What’s in your capsule makeup bag?

First, Hydra Veil Primer. This lightweight gel is extremely hydrating: it lets your makeup sit comfortably and it gives skin a soft sheen.

OMG Beyond Liquid Highlighter, can be used in so many ways. The tube will last you a while as a little goes a long way.

We love our Colour Correcting Bronzers. You can use them individually or mix the entire compact together. It gives skin a healthy, satin sheen that isn't too shimmery or too matte.

Elemental Palettes is a collection of earth tones that creates so many eye looks. The golden shimmer shade is great for adding some texture, and you can also use it as a highlighter on the cheeks, nose, and lips.

Lock your base in place with our Hydra Setting Spray. You can also use it for a hydration boost throughout the day.

Antimatter Lipstick in Bang is without doubt our biggest selling lip colour! It a warm brown nude, that works across so many different skin tones.

Let’s talk brushes. If you could only pick one, what would it be?

The Illamasqua Contour Brush. You can apply anything with it because it's angled and fluffy. Since it's also medium-sized and dome-shaped, it covers all the bases.

Which beauty product can transform your make-up from day to night in an instance?

It would have to be lipstick. You can easily update your lips from a wearable nude for the day to a deeper shade for the evening. Of course, carrying an extra lipstick won’t take up too much space in your handbag.

Go for something like Midnight, which is a classic bestselling red shade. 

What are a few multi-use products everyone should be using and why? 

OMG Beyond Liquid Highlighter can be used in so many ways. The most obvious: apply to the high planes of the face, like the cheek bones. Or mix it into your foundation or tinted moisturiser to give your skin look a dose of radiance. You can also apply a small amount to bare skin for an extra glowy look.

Hydra Setting Spray is a hydrating mist, that will lock your makeup into place. It has a soft dewy finish, which always make your skin look and feel healthy.

We love our Colour Correcting Bronzers, they give skin a bronze warmth with a subtle satin finish. You can also can use these bronzers on the eyes for a soft wash of brown.

Antimatter Lipstick in Bang is a great multi-tasking product. It can be patted onto lips for a soft tint or try using it with different lip liners, to play with the colour. It can also be used to give skin a flush of colour. Lightly rub a fluffy brush into the bullet and then buff onto the apples of the cheeks.

Trends come and go, but cult products are here forever. Which one product should we never be without, and why?

Hydra Veil Primer. This has been one of our bestselling products for years now, and not without good reason. If your skin is not properly primed and hydrated, you’ll find any makeup you apply over the top just won’t sit as well. Makeup artists will always say, make sure you’ve prepped and primed your skin well. Hydra Veil Primer can be used alone for not only its skincare benefits, but for a more natural, no makeup look. Follow with small amounts of concealer or powder to finish off your look.

Name a product we’d never think to need, but would use all the time…

Colour Correcting Bronzers. They can be used all the time, regardless of whether you want a natural or dramatic look.. You can apply them just to the apples of cheeks, like blusher they will give your skin life and the bronze shade is a fairly neutral, so it doesn’t matter what other colours you’re wearing.