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What's in my makeup bag? Sophie White

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 writer, author and columnist Sophie White. Sophie White is co-host of the just-launched Mother Of Pod, Ireland’s first parenting podcast. Expect gore and more as two vadge-owners who want a refund navigate the mess of parenthood with special guests and nothing informational whatsoever. Non-parents welcome, free sterilisation with every episode.

Listen here: http://www.soundcloud.com/motherofpod (Or find it on iTunes and Stitcher by searching Mother Of Pod).


Her earliest makeup memories

“My first memory of make up is my mum doing hers while driving me to school on her way to work. She’s not good at driving or doing make up so with the two activities combined, it’s truly remarkable that we didn’t die in a car accident and she still managed to look totes gorge.

“My second memory of make up was my cousin promising to ‘do me up as Madonna’ but instead doing me up as a battered wife on Eastenders (I realise this is extremely problematic, everything was problematic in the 80s/90s).

Funnily enough she was later a writer on Eastenders for a while!”

“In secondary school I pretty much skipped base in favour of an all-over-face concealer look. It was logical I guess – I hated my face, and here was a product that claimed to ‘conceal’ it.

“I also liked Placebo and Green Day and modeled all my make up looks on those of boy pop punk rockers. It took AGES to figure out that this did not work.

“Now, I am mostly muddling through with tips from back issues of 1996-97 Kiss mag so my brows are plucked to oblivion and I worship the mini butterfly clip.

“I have been a majorly late adopter of skincare. One of my 2017 New Year’s resolutions was to start taking my make up off at night. I’m generally quite jammy and get sent things (presumably I’ve strayed on to the wrong press list or they think they’re sending the gear to the other Sophie White – Andrea Roche’s baby).”

Her makeup bag and what’s inside

“Here’re some products that I slather on my face skin, probably in the wrong order:


“The pink thing is a vibrating dermis dildo, I loooooove this – it makes my husband nervous.

“The pale green tubes are Liz Earle and they smell amazing. I’ve majorly bought into this brand because of the colour of the packaging.

“I started using this Pestle & Mortar Pure Hyaluronic serum because everyone on Instagram was mad for serums. I’m still 92% sure that I’m not doing the serum-ing in the right order among the other products, but hey ho.

“K-Middy’s Hero Beauty Product Is Less Than €25 And You Won’t Believe What Happened Next … is a click baitin’ headline I once had to write. I’ve never hated myself more but the Trilogy Rosehip Oil turned out to be a surprising hit.


“My make up efforts have gotten more ambitious in the last year. I love Louise McSharry’s beauty column for tips.

I used to just think of make up as colouring in the bit at the front of my head but since joining Insta last year I’ve learned that in fact what you’re aiming to do is draw a new face OVER your actual face.”

“I realise now that my original lip line was really more of a suggestion and that I can actually go about an inch beyond it on all sides, as the old saying goes “why let a natural brow line get in the way of some really fucking insane high def brows” ya know? So I’m totally getting on board with make up these days.

“Getting brushes as per Louise’s instructions was a game changer, these white ones are from H&M and do the job nicely for not too much cash, the goldy Real Techniques foundation brush was a bit more pricey but really good.

“The general spread is a mix of high-low. I love my bits of Chanel (blusher and eye palette); I use MAC Studio Fix liquid foundation which comes in the coveted corpse shade that I require (NW13) and has lots of coverage because I’m usually really spotty and blotchy.

“This Rimmel primer is great for the money. If I’m looking for a lighter base, this L’Oreal cushion foundation compact is actually better than the more pricey Lancôme version. More Rimmel stuff is this liquid liner that I buy over and over, and this heavy-duty mascara.

Catrice is a brand I’ve been trying lately and this brow kit (bottom row) is really good there’s a shaping wax and two powders one matte and one shimmer. I have NEVER used the shimmer brow powder but maybe I need to?????!?

“Lastly I love this Got2B hair powder shit that gives me volume, it’s deadly for people with sad lank hair.


“I had to do lips separately because I am a statement lip devotee. My all-time fave day red is this orange-red from YSL. For evening, the Lancôme deep red is good.

“Sometimes when I’m trying out being a more reserved understated person I try a nude lip but it’s just not me.

Instead of making me more low key, it just gives people a false impression of low key-ness, then I’ll hit them with the story of the time I sprayed my father-in-law’s pant leg with breastmilk (straight from my nip like) and I can tell they feel betrayed by the nude lip.”

“Lately I got on board with the recent matte lip paint craze and this Penneys is a good one but only use if you’re cool with resorting to nail polish remover to get it off three weeks from now. It’s a stage nine clinger.”

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