July 26, 2022

11 Makeup Products Eleanor Pendleton Can’t Live Without

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Photography: Josh Carr-Hummerston / Makeup: Joanna Luhrs / Hair: Taylor Redman

The Gritty Pretty founder and editor-in-chief reveals the products you’ll always find in her makeup bag.

It’s no secret that being a beauty editor comes with some serious perks. Aside from the occasional bouquet delivery or lavish overseas trip, being able to trial new products every single day is at the top of that list. So, with such an extensive list of products at our disposal, it means a lot when a beauty editor forks out their own money to repurchase a product time and time again. 

Here, one of the industry’s most respected beauty editors (and our very own founder and editor-in-chief), Eleanor Pendleton, takes us inside her beauty bag and reveals the 10 makeup products you will always find in her kit. No questions asked.

Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter

One of the more misunderstood products in the makeup market, the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter is one of Pendleton’s favourite for delicately perfecting the complexion and giving that effortless glow. Wear under or over foundation or by itself for a sheer wash of colour and dewiness.

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Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm

A luxurious complexion balm formulated to elevate the skin with a weightless veil of sheer colour and a radiant natural finish, Pendleton is a diehard fan of the Hermes Plein Air Complexion Balm. Lasting for eight hours and full of hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin, this do-it-all product leaves the skin nourished, enhanced and protected.

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Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter

You know a beauty product is good when a beauty editor (*cough* Pendleton) spends their own money on it. Case in point: the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Highlighter. A duo of a highlighting and contouring shade, the palette effortlessly draws light to the face and chisels your best features for a supermodel complexion. Pendleton wouldn’t be caught without it.

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Benefit 24hr Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel

The OG clear brow gel for a reason, Pendleton’s favourite brow product is the Benefit 24hr Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel. An invisible shaping gel that lifts and locks the brows in place for all day hold, this silver bottle of goodness is always in Pendleton’s handbag (not that touch ups are necessary).

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Dior Stick Glow

A blush and highlighter in one, the Dior Stick Glow is Pendleton’s go-to product for a quick elevation of the face. Simply swipe on the cheeks and blend with your fingers for an immediate pop of colour and glow. 

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Dior Lip Glow in 001 Pink

A cult-classic product that lives in Pendleton’s handbag, beauty bag and baby bag all year round, the Dior Lip Glow in 001 Pink is famous for a reason. Hydrating the lips for 24 hours and adapting to the natural colour of your lips to give you the ultimate your-lips-but-better shade, it is one really special product.

Buy now.

Dior Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Pendleton is always looking for a mascara to keep her straight lashes curled all day long. Cue: Dior’s Iconic Overcurl Mascara. Working to define, coat and fan out the lashes for extreme volume and colour payoff, this formula is unrivalled when it comes to giving that false lash effect without the glue.

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Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo

An on-the-go blush and highlighter duo that is enriched with vitamin E to nourish and protect the skin while you wear, it’s no wonder Pendleton is a big fan of the Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo. Super blendable and buildable, this little pot packs a punch.

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Mecca Max Off Duty Glow Stick in Cinnamon

A highlighter-bronzer hybrid that comes in a convenient stick form for easy application, Pendleton is a loyal fan of the Mecca Max Off Duty Glow Stick in shade Cinnamon. Perfect for warming up the outer perimeter of the face or for adding definition to the eyelids, this product is an all rounder.

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CHANEL Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick

Are you noticing a theme yet? Pendleton loves a glowing complexion. For an iridescent yet subtle highlight, she can’t go past the CHANEL Baume Essentiel Multi-Use Glow Stick. Simply sweep over the cheeks and blend out with a sponge (or your fingers) and you’ll be getting compliments left, right and centre.

Buy now.

CHANEL Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in 444 Gabrielle

Pendleton’s go-to red lipstick for when a glamorous makeup look is required, the Chanel Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour in 444 Gabrielle is hydrating and pigmented. Containing three vegetable waxes including mimosa, jojoba and sunflower, the colour payoff is effortless and long lasting. And believe us when we say Pendleton has tried all the lipstick formulas.

Buy now.



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