Cosmetic Chemistry

High Content’s beauty contributor Mae Guinto gives us her makeup essentials to get your face selfie ready.


Smashbox Photo Foundation Finish Primer

The first primer I ever bought and the reason why I continued to explore this awesome brand. It gives my skin a smoother appearance before applying foundation. Good riddance big pores!


Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

If this is within your budget you need to try this. Not for those who want a cc cream type feeling but if you’re a fan of full coverage you’ll love this. Best applied with a beauty blender for a seamless finish. It isn’t matte nor dewy but a lovely balance between the two.



LOVE. Nothing quite like the original. It blends my foundation, concealer and highlight effortlessly giving a flawless finish. An amazing multipurpose applicator. Just remember to use it damp!


M.A.C Prolongwear Concealer

My go-to concealer. Easy to work with and provides medium-full coverage. It instantly covers my blemishes and redness.


bareMinerals READY® Bronzer

You can never go overboard with this bronzer. If you’re like me and get a bit bronze-happy this will not fail you. Buildable with a true golden brown tone. It also doubles up as my handbag mirror.


Louise Young Foundation Brush

This brush is beautifully made with the softest synthetic bristles and has a tapered tip. This is primarily a foundation brush but it is perfect for contouring with cream products or blending cream blushers.


Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

My brows are embarrassing in its natural state. I have a lot of sparseness and this fixes the issue in a matter of seconds. Super easy to apply with an angled liner brush. Only tiniest amount is needed.


M.A.C Fluidline -Blacktrack

My winged liner is my signature look. Each time I’ve tried a different gel liner I always go back to this. Smooth, creamy, true black and lasts all day. I cannot live without it!


MDMflow Greater Than Mascara

Like my brows my lashes are just as pitiful! If you’re looking for volume this is not for you but it ticks the boxes for lengthening and separation which I tend to go for on work days. Plus I’m a sucker for beautiful and blingy packaging.


M.A.C Spice Lip Liner

Spice looks like an orangey-nude on me -Sophia Loren vibe. Mac lip pencils last the longest on me. I can quickly fill in my whole lips with these and be good to go.


Illamasqua Matte Lipstick – Bare

I waited a long time to get hold if this shade and since I’ve had it I have worn it non-stop. A beautiful pink nude. Matte but not drying and I love to manipulate the colour by using different colour lip pencils.



Photography: Benjamin Backhouse

Stylist: Alice Whiting