Beauty and Grooming

Makeup Bag Essentials

Getting a core collection of beauty products together can be an intimidating task. With so many products to choose from, it can almost be a challenge to pick your everyday makeup bag essentials – those products you couldn’t live without.

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Here at The Hut, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite makeup bag essentials – so whether you’re a beauty beginner or just looking to freshen your cosmetic kit, we’ve got the solution.


Sigma Essential Brush Kit

A versatile set of makeup brushes is a definitive beauty staple – after all, without the right tools, applying your products can be far too difficult.


This Sigma brush kit contains all the brushes you need to create a flawless face of makeup. The Sigma Essential Brush Kit comprises of twelve luxuriously soft brushes, with Mrs Bunny pale blue handles. From foundation to liner, this Sigma brush kit will ensure you’ve got a makeup brush for your every need.


Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

The perfect foundation should glide onto the skin without clogging pores or looking heavy, and this Bourjois foundation ticks all of those boxes.


With a lightweight consistency and vitamin rich formula, the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation is the perfect staple for your makeup bag. A little most certainly goes a long way, as this Bourjois foundation conceals blemishes instantly with minimal application.

Cargo Cosmetics Double Agent Concealing Balm Kit

A great concealer is a girls’ best friend. Able to hide a multitude of sins at the swipe of a brush, a tried and tested concealer is a must-have in every makeup bag.


The Cargo Cosmetics concealer kit contains two invaluable products, ensuring this is the only concealer kit you will ever need. The Cargo Cosmetics Double Agent Concealing Balm Kit has both a powder and cream concealer, specifically formulated to tackle dark circles and erase imperfections.

Contour, Highlight and Blush

Korres Zea Mays Blush

Ensure your skin looks youthful and glowing with the perfect blush. Find the right blush colour for your skin tone by pinching your cheeks when makeup free, and choosing the matching peach- or pink-hue.


Velvety and easy to blend, the Korres blush range is the perfect way to define your cheekbones and add a pop of colour to your skin tone. The Korres Zea Mays Blush is smooth, moisturising and has a luminous finish, ensuring even coverage and excellent colour pay off.

Elizabeth Arden Bronzer and Highlighter

Contouring and highlighting is the hottest beauty trend of 2015. Transform your features with some subtle shading and illuminating, to make cheekbones defined and jawlines sharpened.


The Elizabeth Arden Bronzer and Highlighter trio is a versatile beauty product which should have pride of place in your makeup bag. Sweep a brush over the whole palette for a multi-faceted bronzer, or use the shades individually to contour and highlight – the choice is yours.


DuWop Browwow

If contouring was the hottest trend this year, statement brows aren’t far behind. Ensure yours are tamed to perfection with a multi-purpose brow kit from DuWop.


DuWop Browwow has everything you need for perfectly groomed brows in one handy compact. The DuWop brow kit contains a brow powder, brow pomade and shimmer highlighter, guaranteed to get your brows in check.

Elizabeth Arden Golden Opulence Eye Shadow Quad

Don’t clutter your makeup bag with numerous solo eye shadows – instead, plump for a palette which covers all your colour bases.


This Elizabeth Arden eye shadow quad has four beautifully pigmented shades, which are ideal for creating neutral and statement looks. With nude, peach, khaki and chocolate shades, the Elizabeth Arden Golden Opulence Eye Shadow Quad has colours to suit every skin tone and eye colour.

CID Cosmetics i-Flick Double Ended Liner

Whether you’re a lover of the cat-eye, the wing or the smoky lid, eyeliner is one of the most adaptable tools in your makeup bag.


The CID Cosmetics i-Flick Double Ended Liner is both a liquid liner and kohl pencil liner in one. Create a variety of looks with the flick of a wrist thanks to this Double Ended Liner – the liquid liner produces beautifully crisp lines every time, whilst the kohl pencil is perfect for smudging and blending.

Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara

Enhance your features instantly with a lengthening and volumising mascara.


This Bourjois mascara lengthens, curls and adds stunning volume to lashes without clumping or shedding. The specially formulated mascara wand ensures that Bourjois 1 Seconde Mascara looks flawless every time, brightening tired eyes in seconds.


Elizabeth Arden Golden Opulence Lip Gloss

Easy to apply and requiring minimal touch-ups, a long lasting lip gloss injects some glamour into your everyday beauty routine.

With a delicate shimmer, this Elizabeth Arden Lip Gloss is infused with mango and shea butters to give moisture-rich shine. The Elizabeth Arden Golden Opulence Lip Gloss plumps the lips and is perfect for on-the-go with a built in mirror.

Lily Shepherd

Lily Shepherd

Fashion & Style Editor

Collector of rose-gold homeware, scented candles and quirky photograph frames, I’m a Southern girl living in Manchester passionate about fashion, beauty and interiors. When I’m not writing about beautiful things, I can be found fashion blogging, or exploring my new Northern home.