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What's in my makeup bag? Karla K

Having a rummage through our favourite faces’ wares.

Each week, we’ll be taking a peek into some of our faves’ makeup bags to see their must-have products, because we’re nosey. This week, it’s the turn of makeup artist and Smashbox trainer Karla K. You can follow Karla on Instagram here.




Her earliest makeup memories

“When I was 5, I used to go into the spare room in our house every Saturday and me and my sister used to pull down this box in the wardrobe of all my mum’s old makeup.

We would apply it on each other and run into my parents room to show ourselves off, to this day the smell of Lancôme lipstick brings me back!

“My favourite was bright pinks. I used to wear them all the time until my early twenties … looking back I still laugh at the hack of me!

“When I was 11 my sister had decided she wanted her first few “real makeup” bits, (She was 14 at the time). My mum brought her to MAC to get some things and I remember spotting this eyeshadow … ‘Electric Eel’ (neon turquoise)

The lady put a tiny bit on my lashline and I just felt like the most unreal thing walking out the door!

“I still use this shade now, and my makeup style has very much evolved with colour – I clearly knew what I wanted even then, that was my first ever makeup product!”

Her makeup bag and what’s inside

“My make up bag – deceptively large #winner. It was given to me as a leaving gift from one of my stores. It’s customised obvs!



“I use the Smashbox Primer Oil for everything! Mortgage issues? Primer oil! Car breaks down? Primer oil! Under makeup, added to foundation, on my hand before I decant product … I don’t go anywhere without this! Leaves a non greasy glow on the skin a fabulous makeup base!


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ is a gorgeous soft gold that works on most fair/medium skin tones. I love this as it’s versatile, it can give you a soft box glow or built up for an INTENSE highlight! Gorgeous on the eyes too.


Maybelline Gel Liner is the blackest black I’ve used with an easy glide on formula. Doesn’t dry out. Cheap as chips! Grand job!


“I was unfortunately born with a squond face (square and round). The Smashbox ‘Step by Step’ contour kit takes a solid stone off my face without being orange! By far the best powder formula contour kit on the market … I’ve tried them all!”


Smashbox Lid Primer in ‘Medium’  is a 2 minute warm neutral eye in a bottle. A bit of this with your favourite blender brush and you are done! Great as well for a transition shade on any eye look.


“My favourite concealer formula bar none is the Maybeline Age Rewind concealer. Perfect consistency, it’s beautiful – everyone needs one in their bag!


Smashbox Matte Brow pencil in ‘Dark Brown’ is the only product I use. The uqestion I’ve most often asked is how I do my brows. Whether structured, defined or soft this product will give you the effect you want.


“Smashbox Always On gel pencil liner in ‘Blank’  is the only eye pencil I’ve used that will stay on my waterline alll day errry day. This and some falsies it looks like I’ve have my life together (in reality it’s absolute chaos).”


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