Backstage Beauty with Hannah Martin

Our columnist Hannah Martin is a leading makeup artist, former Pro and Artistry manager at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, with over 15 years experience. Here, she shares some top picks from pioneering British beauty brands, from award-winning cleansers to stay-all-day blushers.

Hannah writes… 

I’m thrilled to say there is a lot of really fantastic skincare and makeup coming out of the UK, created by British industry professionals at the top of their game. While I love all makeup and always take the opportunity to meet and support brand founders from around the world, nothing makes me happier than trying, testing and supporting those who inspire me closer to home.

I met Arabella Preston years ago when she was working as Kay Montano’s first assistant and also as a beauty editor. She has since founded Votary, a natural skincare brand that uses the power of plant oils to nourish the skin and prepare it for makeup. My favourite product in the range is the Rose, Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil.

Delilah Cosmetics was founded by makeup artist Rupert Kingston, beauty buyer Hannah Nicholson and photographer Juliet White. Together, they saw the opportunity to create a boutique British makeup brand. The line isn’t extensive and not widely available (you can find it in Space NK, Fortnum & Mason and some spas) but it is beautiful. The Gel Eye Liner has become one of my favourite products of all time, but I also adore the Time Frame Future Resist Foundation SPF 20. It is lightweight like a tinted moisturiser and blends into the skin seamlessly for invisible coverage. I wear the shade Pebble.

Charlotte Tilbury has well and truly put British makeup (and makeup artists) in the global arena. There hasn’t been a client I’ve met in the last two years who hasn’t heard of, or owned makeup from, her brand. While her range is super-glamorous, with luxury eye palettes and sumptuous lipsticks, it is her skin-enhancing Hollywood Flawless Filter that has excited both consumers and makeup artists alike, thanks to its ability to create fresh, luminous-looking skin, no matter your age or skin type, I simply dab a little over the top of the cheeks, temples and cupid’s bow.

Iconic London is a brand fairly new to the scene. It may appear to be targeting the younger audience with its social media campaigns, but it actually makes a product that looks sensational on skin of all ages. The Iconic Prep-Set-Glow spray is now one of my makeup kit essentials. Sprayed over makeup, it revives the look of ‘set’ makeup and adds a subtle luminosity to the surface of the skin, as well as a little hydration. It really does ‘finish’ makeup wonderfully and I wouldn’t be without it now.

Thea Green founded Nails Inc in 1999, but she recently branched out into makeup too, with her new brand INC.redible. The brand is now best known for its lip range, including the divine Jelly Shot Lip Quenches packaged in traditional lipstick bullets, but each containing a real flower. They’re packed full of vitamin E, avocado and rice bran oils to nourish and moisturise the lips.

Daniel Sandler has had over 30 years of experience in the industry as a world-renowned makeup artist, and now has his own line of gorgeous makeup. My favourite being the Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour. This lightweight blush blends really easily but dries totally smudge-proof and water-resistant, so your blush stays put perfectly all day.

Mascara has always been my desert island must-have and Eyeko has a mascara for everyone.  You can even customise your mascara at Selfridges, where they match your ideal formula and wand. And if you don’t have a desert island tan, there’s always British tanning brands James Read and Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water to give your skin that glow.

Let’s not forget British high street brands like Rimmel who make fantastic makeup at really reasonable prices. While I like Rimmel shadows and lip colours, it’s the Stay Matte Pressed Powder that I carry in my kit as an everyday essential.

Product Information:

Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Water, £18.95,

INC.redible Jelly Shot Lip Quencher, £8,

Daniel Sandler Watercolour Liquid Cheek Colour, £16.50,

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder, £3.99,

Delilah Gel Eye Liner, £22,

Delilah Time Frame Future Resist Foundation, £34,

Iconic Prep-Set-Glow, £20.50,

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter, £30,

Votary Rose, Geranium and Apricot Cleansing Oil, £45,

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