Expert's Top 5: Alex Babsky

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Red-carpet makeup master and Lancôme UK ambassador shares his tools of the trade

  • Makeup Forever 12 Flash Colour Case

    Makeup Forever 12 Flash Colour Case

    The one product I could not live without

    If I really had to, I could do an entire makeup look with this one pallette. I often mix these cream colours to create my own eye, cheek & lip colours. I especially love it for creating a good bronzer colour that's tailor-made to suit the specific complexion I'm making up; I often find that generic ones aren't olive enough.

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  • Lancôme Teint Visionnaire

    Lancôme Teint Visionnaire

    This is currently my favourite base. Rather than looking like you use great foundation, it looks like you have great skin.

    It ticks the two main boxes I look for when choosing a foundation; it gives enough coverage to even out skintone but doesn't leave a visible texture on the skin. It also comes with an integrated corrector exactly matched to the foundation for any troublesome areas.

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  • Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

    Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers

    Shu Uemura lash curlers are by far the best

    People often fall about in shock when I tell them I don't use mascara an awful lot - probably only 50% of the time - but whether I leave mascara off or not, I always curl the eyleashes; it lets more light into the eye & really opens & enlarges the whole area.

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  • Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm

    Sisley Nutritive Lip Balm

    There is, quite simply, no other lip balm like this

    I usually apply it right at the start of a makeup & by the time I get around to lips, even the driest mouth is pretty much treated & ready for lip colour. It's also great on the tops of cheekbones or anywhere else you want to add a touch of dewiness.

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  • Lancôme Contour Pro Lip Liner in 211

    Lancôme Contour Pro Lip Liner in 211

    This quiet little lip pencil looks completely unremarkable at first glance, but it has literally changed my life

    It can undetectably give anyone with fair to medium skin a fuller pout. It's neither too pink nor too warm, so it won't wear off & leave that ghastly brown line around your lips. It's real beauty though, is that it's not too heavily pigmented, which may sound like a drawback at first, but this means that it's impossible to draw on a harsh, exaggerated lip line - you can only use it little by little to build up believably fuller lips. I carry several of these around at a time in my kit because practically everyone I use it on is so taken with the effect that they want me to leave one with them.

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