Your guide to looking good on the go

Aberdeen-based hair salon, Linton & Mac’s resident make-up artist, Abigail Westwood , outlines five items you shouldn’t go without.

Abigail Westwood


There’s no wonder this is the go-to make up product for most. Mascara opens and defines the eyes, turning even the wispiest of lashes into something Kim Kardashian would be proud of. If running late, a simple slick of mascara can make all the difference between tired eyes and bright eyes.


A good blusher gives a pop of colour, echoing the natural flush of colour in your cheeks. Blushers now come in many different shades to complement different skin tones.

Cream blusher works best, giving a softer effect. To apply, smile and brush the colour to the apples of your cheek, blending up and out along your cheekbone. For a more intense look, dust a small amount of powder blusher over the top. Remember to use a large brush to avoid the 80’s stripe look - retro can be good, just not on your cheeks.


While there may be some debate over what the “BB” stands for (blemish balm or beauty balm) what’s not in doubt is how popular these creams have become since launching in the UK in 2011.

Think of them as a tinted moisturiser, concealer, sun block and primer all in one, meaning your make up bag is automatically streamlined. Ideal for when you need coverage but don’t want to go as heavy as foundation, these creams will hydrate your skin giving you a glowing, dewy look with just a sheer veil of colour.


No matter how many hours sleep you get, sometimes we end up sporting more bags than Tamara Ecclestone's closet. Some skin types are prone to shadows meaning concealer is a must for them.

The skin under your eyes is relatively thin, so you want to look for a concealer that is light and hydrating, and doesn’t feel like you're dragging it along this delicate area.


Combed through, it can tame your unruly brows, make lashes defined when you don’t have any mascara, and when dotted along your cheekbones and décolletage it leaves you looking fresh-faced.

Patted on your lips, it moisturises and glosses in one go, and at the end of the night, this little pot can also act as a make up remover. Talk about multi-tasking.

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