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Downsize your daily make up bag with travel-sized essentials

If you’ve bulked up a bicep from lugging a ‘full face’ around every day then you need to take heed of these miniature must-haves. Your favourites now come in cute (aaaaaaw!), lightweight, transportable tubes, pots and compacts, so streamline your handbag with beauty for Borrowers…

Uniting their bestselling {Veil Mineral Primer} and {Veil Setting Powder}, Hourglass have brought you this exclusive blurring {duo} to create a ‘filtered’ canvas and extend your make up’s wear time. Lending a ‘soft focus’, lit-from-within look, these translucent formulas fit in the miniest minaudière.

Eliminate the risk of spills with clever stick foundations. We have a swathe of solid formulas to choose from but By Terry’s {Nude Expert} unites a creamy cover-up with a glow-giving dewy balm so you can customise your coverage and emphasise your assets with a whisper of sophisticated shimmer (we say ‘oui’)!

Too Faced’s formidable {Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer} (try saying that five times fast) can be used to disguise your skin sins and create definition for Moss-worthy bone structure. Carry a couple of shades to conceal as you chisel those cheekbones – apply straight from the wand and blend with fingers for a seamless, sculpted look.

Highlight and blusher-or-bronzer in one, Hourglass {Ambient Lighting} confections now come in adorable travel-sized pans. Exquisitely marbled (can’t. stop. gazing…), these subtle, light-scattering colours lend skin a sweet flush or a warm, sunkissed lustre that makes your skin glow. And, they’re dainty enough to be stowed in a pocket if need be!

Enhance your eyes with baby-sized {Ombre Blackstar} in No. 4 – a diminutive stick of smooth, creamy eyeshadow that blends with your fingers for soft, smoky smoulder, then draw a slinky, feline flick with Benefit’s {They’re Real! Push Up Eyeliner}. 

Finish with a quick coat of mascara – we worship {Hourglass Caution Extreme} for phenomenal length and formidable flutter – then add some instant ‘oomph’ to brows with Benefit’s {Ka-Brow} for Polly Pockets (it’s so dinky!).

Lace lips with a slick of nude lipstick (both Huda and Anastasia Beverly Hills have excelled on the mini lip front). Each with four shades to pick from, we rate the former’s {Liquid Matte Minis Sets} but traditionalists might prefer THESE über-cute {Mini Matte Lipsticks} – chic golden bullets which span the whole spectrum of barely-there beige to mauve-rose.


Verity Douglas

Verity Douglas

Content Editor

Verity is our Content Editor and a Cult Beauty veteran. Currently on maternity leave, raising Cult Beauty’s honorary ‘word nerd’, Tabitha, she speaks fluent ‘beauty’ and loves nothing more than the marriage of language and lip balm (and cleanser and candles… ad infinitum). Nothing can stop her from quoting Nancy Mitford, treating herself to yet another Bella Freud candle for her desk or buying that pilgrim-esque collared or heavily fringed outfit she’s been eyeing. You can trust her to debunk widespread beauty myths and dispense invaluable advice with ease…