Nailing the beauty basics: 10 essentials

If you’re looking to streamline your stash, or need to update your collection with just the essentials, you’re in luck. From a list of over three thousand products currently in stock at QVC, we’ve whittled it down to the 10 essentials everyone needs in their beauty arsenal. They might be our beauty basics for the perfect foundation to any routine, but you’ll soon find out that there’s nothing basic about them!

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

This iconic, top-rated and bestselling cleanser is a hero product at QVC, winning countless awards both from our customers and in the industry from journalists and fans. Launched all the way back in 1991, Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser has the same tried-and-tested formula now as it did back then, with a creamy, refreshing blend of eucalyptus, shea butter, rosemary and chamomile. It works to effortlessly cleanse skin while the pure cotton muslin cloth gently exfoliates. We stock it in a great range of sizes, so there’s no excuse to ever running out if you’re going on holiday or heading to the gym!

Alpha-H Liquid Gold

The hero ‘facial in a bottle’ product from Alpha-H, Liquid Gold is one of the most innovative products QVC has launched in its history. If you’ve never exfoliated before with a chemical-based product (as opposed to a traditional manual/physical scrub), this lightweight liquid will be game-changer in your routine. Enriched with glycolic acid, liquorice extract and silk proteins, it works to reveal a more radiant complexion and encourage a healthy glow, while helping to tackle the look of enlarged pores, age spots, fine lines and other visible ageing indicators. Try it once a week in the evening, then increase to three times the week – always after cleansing and before applying serums and moisturiser.

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream

If you want a moisturiser that will hydrate without a sticky, greasy feel, Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is the product for you. Infused with algae and rose extracts, this quenching gel-cream adds a veil of moisture to skin, while addressing visible signs of skin ageing. The result is a cushioning, silky texture that works beautifully under make-up. You can use it as a night treatment too, however the light and refreshing benefits are best enjoyed on clean skin in the morning.

Laura Geller Spackle Primer 

While we think make-up always looks best with a primer applied underneath, not everyone feels the need to use one. If you do want your make-up to stay on throughout the day, Spackle by Laura Geller is our hero pick. The glycerin-based formula works for every skin type as it lightly hydrates and smooths, while the unique texture works to create a lightweight layer over pores, rough texture and blemishes that’s breathable and comfortable. The result? A more perfected skin look, ready for your favourite foundation or concealer.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream SPF 50+

CC Creams are formulated to colour-correct, however this genius product from IT Cosmetics does so much more. A true essential in any make-up, the high coverage formula helps to conceal redness, blur over pores and blemishes, while adding a dose of moisture and providing fantastic SPF 50+ coverage. All skin types will love it, and a little goes a really long way – perfect if you like a sheer base, or prefer to layer up for a medium-full coverage look.

Gale Hayman Lip Lift

We’ve sold over two million of this smoothing and plumping formula, and Gale Hayman’s Lip Lift is such an essential for one reason: it works! Infused with collagen, vitamin E and aloe, it also helps to protect against UV rays, while hydrating and adding a boost of subtle shine. Apply under lipstick to help enhance the look of lips and keep you feeling confident, or wear alone to ensure lips feel comforted and soft.

Benefit Badgal Bang! Mascara

If you love a full lash look, this gorgeous Benefit mascara is all you need. Featuring aero-particles for a buildable, weightless volume, it creates a dramatic, lengthened look with just one coat. Plus, the plastic bristle brush helps to maximise the appearance of even the shortest, fairest lashes, so it’s perfect for blondes and redheads who can’t get the same effect with traditional mascaras. Whether you typically apply one coat or love to keep layering it on, this mascara will work for you.

Philip Kingsley Elasticizer

Whether you shampoo and condition every day, or prefer a once-a-week approach, this genius Elasticizer treatment from Philip Kingsley is an essential in your haircare routine. Specifically created for Audrey Hepburn who had to deal with an intense styling and colouring routine, this gorgeous pre-shampoo product works to add elasticity, bounce and hydration to locks. It’s fantastic on all hair types and can be applied for as little as a few minutes to the whole night while you sleep. Simply apply and massage in, rinse away and then shampoo and condition as normal. The perfect treat if you’re heading on holiday or have a special event coming up, and want your hair to look glossier and sleeker.

Illamasqua The Elemental Palette

While we love a palette here at QVC, if we had to narrow it done to one essential pick that works on all skin tones and ages, that offers a great selection of shades to work with, it would be the stunning Elemental Palette from Illamasqua. It features both matte and shimmer hues, and a great mix of warm and cool tones, so you can create a subtle daytime look and then switch it up by adding layers of sheen and smoke to amp up the drama. The quality is fantastic – blendable and densely pigmented without being chalky – and you get stunning true white and black shades too, to either lighten a shade for a pastel-effect, or use as a liner. A true one-and-done palette.

Bobbi Brown Beach Metals Bronzing Duo

For a quick flush of colour on your skin, this Bobbi Brown duo will soon be your new year-round go-to. Available in light and medium options, this compact features a bold blusher and a glow-boosting bronzer (without any orange tones), all in stunning packaging we’ve come to expect from this iconic brand. The sleek size is perfect for travel and is so easy to pop in your toiletry bag or clutch. All you need is a slick of mascara and lip balm and you’re done!

Let us know of your beauty basics essentials, and if you plan on purchasing any of these make-up, skincare and haircare must-haves. Don’t forget to check out our beauty department for more inspo too!