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Leading session MUA and co-organiser of the PB Make-up Competitions Lan Nguyen-Grealis reveals her five can’t-live-without products

As part of PB’s new “In the Kit” series, leading industry experts in skin, make-up, nails and more will share their ride-or-die products and the reasons they love them so much, beginning with MUA Lan Nguyen-Grealis’ five shoot essentials.

Seoulista Rosy Glow Primer sheet mask

This sheet mask smooths, hydrates and minimises pore size to create photo-ready skin in just five minutes.

Why Lan loves it:

“This face mask works so quickly, giving a beautiful skin glow and fresh illumination before make-up application. It calms redness and evens skin tone, feels luxurious on the skin and cuts time compared to a facial – it’s my go to.”

Make Up For Ever Pore Minimiser primer

Make Up For Ever’s Pore Minimiser primer absorbs sebum for a blurring and smoothing effect and claims to be transfer-proof and water resistant for up to 24 hours.

Why Lan loves it:

“I love using this primer to prep skin before make-up – it refines small wrinkles and hides the pores, especially by the T-zone. It gives a natural anti-shine finish and creates a brilliant smooth base for make-up application.”

Chanel Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint

This lightweight, hydrating tint uses micro-droplets of encapsulated pigments which melt into the skin on contact, creating a radiant bare-skin effect.

Why Lan loves it:

“To get the best skin, I like to start with this because it has a slight coverage and feels super light. It evens out the skin, works on all skin types, and can be used as a bronzing tint that goes on the skin so seamlessly.”

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer Illuminating

The multi-purpose product is more than just a primer, with Nguyen-Grealis using it to highlight, and even mixing it with foundation for extra glow power.

Why Lan loves it:

“This highlighter can be used before or after foundation, mixed into concealer to brighten the under-eye, and even along collarbones and arms for extra glow and lift. Plus, it’s suitable for most skin colours.”

Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream

Egyptian Magic’s multipurpose cream hasn’t changed its 100% natural formula since 1991 – and for good reason.

Why Lan loves it:

“This is one of my all-time favourite multi-use products. I use it to add shine, whether I mix with lip products for a balmy finish or with moisturiser for the body. I also use it to remove difficult make-up and fix any mistakes during application. I use it to soften cuticles too.”

This article appears in December 2022

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