We don’t know about you, but we’re a pretty nosy bunch (and see no shame in admitting it), especially when it comes to finding out about what makeup other guys and gals use. So we thought we’d dish the dirt on the war paint the DARE mag team wear every day to work, from the concealer our Ed Tory swears by to the only lip gloss Art Editor Hannah will put on her smackers. Well, when a desk is this inundated with new prods, only the best makes the grade...

Editor Tory


I use Real Techniques Setting Brush for everything. If I’ve got to get ready in a hurry, I like a pop of Collection's Lip Colour on my lips. It makes me feel ‘done’. Tanya Burr Selfie Story Sculpt Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown is a really good colour and lasts for ages – and it has a spoolie at the other end. It’s a good dupe for others three times the price! Rimmel Wake Me Up Makeup Concealer hides dark circles. ’Nuff said. The last thing you'll find is L’Oreal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eyeliner in Black. It’s the blackest black I’ve ever used and the longest-lasting liner that I’ve ever used – and it has a nice spongy applicator that you can get a fine line with.

Collection Collection Lip Colour SPF15 Plum Diva £3.99 Buy Now
L'Oreal Paris L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Superstar Eyeliner Black £6.99 Buy Now

Contributor Natalie


I like a heavy-duty foundation – you know, one that’s gonna give me the skin I wish I’d been born with. Maybelline Fit Me Foundation in Natural Beige is as close as I’ve come. It’s a running joke, but you’ll see me touching up with Banana Powder at least five times a day. It’s super-fine and doesn’t cake your makeup. I can’t skip blusher. I look like a sleep-starved sloth without it. Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Healthy Mix is gold! Likewise, I’m a stickler for sooty lashes. Max Factor Luxe Collection Masterpiece Max Mascara is blacker than black. Finally, while I’m having a love affair with red lipstick, you can’t part a girl from a good nude. Makeup Revolution’s is creamy and doesn’t flake. 

Maybelline Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation 220 Nat Beige £7.99 Buy Now
GOSH Gosh Prime'N Set Banana Powder 002 £9.99 Buy Now
Max Factor Max Factor Luxe Collection Masterpiece Max Mascara Black £10.99 Buy Now
Revolution Revolution Renaissance Lipstick Awaken £4.00 Buy Now

Art Editor Hannah


Rimmel Hide The Blemish is an old school favourite that I’ve been using since I was a teenager. It’s got a non-drying texture that my dry skin seems to love. Nip+Fab Makeup Foundation is silky and lightweight – and barely there, which is perfect for me as I hate too much coverage. I keep being told that gloss is coming back in fashion, and I was never a lipstick girl anyway. The solution? L’Oreal Paris Infallible Mega Lip Gloss in I Got The Power. I like the shimmer in I Heart Blush Hearts in Blushing Heart's pinky blush – it means my skin never looks ‘flat’, and I can top it up if I’m going out after work. I also swear by Max Factor mascaras, and Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara in Rich Black is cheap enough to stockpile. Which I do. 

Rimmel Rimmel Hide The Blemish Concealer Ivory 1 £4.49 Buy Now
Nip + Fab NIP+FAB Make Up Foundation 30ml 10 £9.95 Buy Now
I Heart Revolution I Heart Revolution Blush Hearts Blushing Heart 5g £4.99 Buy Now
Max Factor Max Factor Masterpiece Mascara Rich Black £10.99 Buy Now