I don’t have to pay for makeup, but if I did I’d spend it on these

Kelsey Ferencak has made a career out of testing and trialling beauty products, here she shares the products in her makeup kit she’d open her wallet up for.

Being a Beauty Editor basically means I have the tough task of testing and trying pretty much all of the beauty products on the market. There’s the celebrity-endorsed treatments, the new launches with a thousand-person waitlist and all of the trends, wonder-ingredients and cult favourites in-between.

From experimenting with masks for your butt to deciphering whether a $450 face cream is really worth the hype, I’ve tried my fair share of stuff – and it hasn’t all been good. But put all the free goodies aside and there’s always a list of products I know I can count on whether I change careers (or my face flares up). You can read about the skincare I’d happily fork out for here, but today I’m opening up my makeup bag for your perusal.

Foundation

Kosas Tinted Face Oil ($64, at Mecca)
I discovered this tinted face oil after a model told me she wore it, then I heard Gwyneth Paltrow uses it and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I bought it at Goop in New York, but luckily for you (and me) it’s now stocked in Mecca. It’s lightweight coverage and gives a subtle, sexy glisten to skin. You only need a little drop and then blend out with your fingers or a blender.

Blush

Nudestix Nudies Matte All Over Face Colour Blush & Bronze in Sunkissed ($52, at Sephora)
I’ve long been a fan of Nudestix, their formulations are highly wearable, meaning that they make your skin look like skin – just better. I dab this blush onto my cheeks and pat into my face with the pads of my fingers tips for a really natural, sheer finish. Then I dab the remaining colour on to my eyelids and brow bones.

Concealer

Raww Camouflage Concealer Pencil ($19.99, at Raww)
I hate concealer. I’ve always found it super confusing. You’ve got to have two different shades – one for under the eyes and one for spots, and a range of formulas – ones that won’t crease or crack, it’s all too hard. I used to only wear YSL Touche Eclat ($70, at YSL Beauty) as it was sheer and easy to use. But then I found this. It’s like a big crayon concealer that’s super smooth to apply and pretty much melts into the skin. I lightly sweep it under my eyes and blend with my fingers, easy!

Brows

Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Brow-Volumizing Fiber Gel ($43, at Sephora)
I would describe my brows as big, bushy and low-maintenance. When I need extra volume or to fill in any sparse gaps I run this gel up and out towards my temple a few times before combing through the Benefit 24 Hour Brow Setter ($43, at Myer) it gives them enough colour and definition without the hassle (or steady-hand) of using a pencil.

Mascara

Napoleon Perdis Total Bae Own It! Mascara in Jet ($29, at Napoleon Perdis)
If you haven’t checked out my definitive ranking of this year’s best mascaras, you should. Aside from rotating those mentioned, I always come back to this guy. The dual-sided wand works a treat to lengthen, curl and add volume – and just by rotating the tip you can also add a little natural definition without all the extras.

Lips

Olio E Osso Balm Stick in Crimson ($43, at Mecca)
Not only is this stick a dewy dream, it’s a multitasking gem, too. I swipe it over my lips, cheeks and eyes for a super subtle, hydrating gleam. It may seem like a lot of cash for a small balm, but trust me when I say a little goes a long way.