Let’s take it right back down to the basics. Sometimes when it comes to make-up, less is more. Like most things, make-up too has an expiration date, so the more you have, the less you use.
A palette comes in handy, and is so much easier to travel with than a bunch of singles. If it’s a nude look you’re after, try the legendary Urban Decay Naked Palette, R850, with 12 different earthy hues. For a more dramatic look, we love Catrice Smokey Eyes Set, R79.95 with four shades to suit every eye colour.
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Maybelline The Colossal Go Extreme! Leather Black Mascara, R139.95 and Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara, R365, may be a real pain to get off. But, for ludicrously long lashes that are clump-free and smudge-proof, it’s so worth it.
Big brows are here to stay, and the creamier the better. For ultra-staying power Bobbie Brown Brow Pencil, R290 sure does take the cake.
Clarins Instant Liquid Liner, R275, doesn’t smudge, even on hooded eyes, and has a handy pointed applicator for even the trickiest flick. The liner is long-lasting, so there’s no need for any touch-ups throughout the day.
Creams always last longer than powders, are so soft and sheer on the skin, yet have a fabulous buildable colour. We are smitten with Smashbox La Lights Blendable Lip & Cheek Color, R320. You can pop a bit of it on your lips too for a subtle hint of colour.
Benefit Boi-ing, R275, gives you coverage you can count on. Goodbye dark circles, blemishes and uneven skin tone!
Opt for a multi-tasking foundation – one that’ll leave your skin with a luscious glow, yet silky coverage. Dior Nude Air Foundation, R855 for 30ml comes to mind. It’s lightweight, feels like satin on the skin and leaves you radiant – perfection!
If you’re prone to oiliness and excess shine, a translucent powder will be your go-to product. Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder, R76.95. A bonus – it’s super affordable and sets your foundation, making it last longer.