I have pretty serious voyeuristic tendencies, and I’ll shamelessly sift through my friends’ makeup bags and dresser drawers to see what they use regularly.
Here’s what I have in my makeup bag – I have a lot more makeup than this, but it’s the things I use on most days and it’s also all I brought with me for a 6-week visit to Australia.
For makeup-free days I have Bioderma Photoderm Max SPF50+ Tinted Aquafluid, R250 (the name is either changing to BB Cream, or it’s called BB Cream in other countries).
Foundation-wise I’ve become a big fan of Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15, R510. It has a gorgeous dewy finish that has never looked flat, and has really impressed me – I didn’t expect the combo-skin formulation to work on my dry skin.
When I need concealer I use Maybelline Instant Age Eraser Concealer, R180 (SO happy to see it’s available in SA, I’ve been muling it in for years). It blends like a dream, but you may have to set with powder on hot days/if you’re prone to creasing.
For blush I use Maybelline Face Studio Blush in Rose Madison, Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso or Collection Soft Glow Blush in Trouble. Sadly it seems like the Maybelline shade has been discontinued, and neither of the latter two are available in SA. Moving right along then.
While we’re on the topic of products no longer available in SA: I keep a travel sized Becca highlighter in Moonstone in my makeup bag. It’s a gorgeous golden champagne colour, and the glow is phenomenal.
I’ve been using Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyestudio in On and On Bronze/Bad to the Bronze (depending on which country you buy it from) for years. It has a brilliant texture and it’s an amazing pewter/gold shade, and I’ve made it my job to buy it in every country I go to where its available.
With that I sometimes use a deep bronzy, rust-coloured shade. You can get them anywhere, the one I have at the moment is No 285 Tahitian Pearl from the Sephora colour range.
My all-time favourite mascaras are from Maybelline. I’ve tried so many over the years but I always default back to my old faithful. At the moment I’m using The Rocket Volum’ Express which isn’t my favourite-favourite from the range – I prefer the good old Volum’ Express in the yellow tubes.
I bought 6 variants when they were half price on Dis-Chem’s Black Friday sale, which means I stocked up for the next year and a half for under R500. Massive score. They’re R140 at full price, which is still a great value for how amazing they are.
For eyeliner I either use MAC eye pencil in Coffee, R295 (very dark cool brown) or Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Pencil in Zero, R270 (it’s black). I find these are least likely to smudge (Urban Decay wins), and because I mostly can’t be bothered with setting powder I’m fussy with liners.
I always need a brow gel to keep my very unruly eye verandas under control, but I’m not too fussy or brand loyal with this. I recently bought an eyebrow mascara from Pretty by Flormar, a brand I’ve never heard of before (a whopping R80 from Foschini here). The shade is great, and the tiny wand makes it very easy to work with – I’ll buy it again.
I’m not adding lip products here as lipstick is never in my makeup bag – it’s always in my handbag and more often than not I wear lip balm or a lip oil.
Do you have any non-negotiable staples? Please tell us!