When it comes to all things beauty, the people who know the most about the industry are the Beauty Buyers of the world. From makeup to skincare and everything in between, they know what’s hot and what’s not, sorting the fab from the fad, so their customers get the cream of the crop (and lucky for you, the House of Fraser Buyers are the best!).
We caught up with our lovely Beauty Buyer Louisa, who specialises in core beauty brands such as Lancôme, Estée Lauder and Clinique. She’s used to trying and buying beauty products, so believe her when she says she’s tried the lot! So, what’s in her makeup bag?
What’s your go-to eye makeup for the evening?
I’m obsessed with the new Lancôme Eye Palettes by Alber Elbaz, which are full of shimmer and pure pigmented colour. I then pop a flick of liquid eyeliner on my eyes for a dramatic sixties look… I love the Lancôme Artliner in Noir. I don’t tend to wear false lashes, as I find I can create the same look with two coats of Dior Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum and the Yves Saint Laurent Babydoll Mascara… I love dramatic eyes!
How do you create a flawless everyday look?
I start my morning routine with my favourite Lancôme Visionnaire Serum, followed by Guerlain Super Aqua Serum Light for a smooth base. I apply Laura Mercier Radiance Primer for a radiant and long-lasting base. My foundation varies between Dior Airflash Spray Foundation during the day (the best kept secret for a photoshop finish!), and Estée Lauder Double Wear Makeup for the night, which has great coverage and is amazingly long-lasting. I finish with a sweep of Givenchy Le Prisme Blush in No 5 for a peachy glow, and a sweep of Chanel Les Beiges to contour and bronze.
What are you top picks for the summer months?
You cannot beat Clarins Suncare! I use the SPF 15 which is super moisturising… I have never peeled using this and the smell is sensational. The Guerlain Terracotta range in unbeatable for keeping your bronzed look all summer long; invest in the Terracotta Spray for an amazingly flawless bronzed look. This can be used on the legs and decolletage too! I am also a huge fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks for quick, moisturising lip colour… my favourite is Oversized Orange. My final summer pick would have to be a fragrance which is a real passion of mine; Miss Dior Eau de Toilette, which is a lighter version of my favourite Miss Dior Eau de Parfum.
What are your must-have beauty products?