Hey Newbies — This Is Exactly What You Should Have In Your Make-Up Bag

The only eight products you'll ever really need...


Zinhlezonke Zikalala |

Make-up newbie? Confused by all the options? Don’t fret. Simply use our rock-solid advice and in no time you’ll be a pro at everything from mastering the perfect cat’s eye to telling the difference between a kabuki and a stippling brush.

So, let’s discuss what you need in that make-up bag. Well, first you’ll need a bag, obvs. Try find a small to medium-sized one that will fit into your everyday handbag. Because we sweat and touch our faces (stop doing that!) you’ll need your touch-up equipment at the ready.

Now here’s what you should put inside…

1. A Primer

Primer comes before foundation or powder – and believe us when we say: don’t skip this step. Primers allow the make-up to go on much more smoothly and help it last longer.

Try: Urban Decay Complex Primer Urban Defence SPF 30 (R600) at

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2. Concealer And Foundation

Make-up isn’t really make-up if you haven’t covered up. Well, it is, but you know what we mean… Concealer and foundation are a critical part of your make-up arsenal. Hide pimples, blotches, uneven skin tone, scars – basically anything that gets in the way of a flawless finish.

Try: Sorbet Cover & Go SPF6 Foundation & Concealer (R300) at

3. Eyebrow Pomade/Pencil And Spoolie Brush

To get your brows fleeking, you’re going to need the right tools to achieve whatever level of fleektivity you desire. Eyebrow pomade and the spoolie brush are must-haves here.

Try: NYX Professional Makeup Micro Brow Pencil Taupe (R153) at

4. Eyeliner And Mascara

Nothing gives your eyes more definition than good eyeliner and mascara. These two do the most to make your eyes pop. Like, really pop. Looking for a little something extra? Use the liner to create wings.

Try: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara (R325) and Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner Black (R110) at

5. Nude And Red Lipstick

These two lip colours are magic. Nude and red look good on almost everybody and work for all occasions, whether you’re going to work or hitting the town. Defs worth the investment.

Try:  Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick Matt in Baby Lips (R145) at and MAC Ruby Woo Matte Lipstick (R240) at

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6. Brushes

To do the right ‘things’ to your face, you need the right tools. No compromising. Invest in a set of good brushes, for your foundation, concealer, eyeshadow, brows – the works.

Try: UBU Famous Five Brush Kit 5 Pieces (R240) at

7. Blush And Highlighter

Feel like you’re being a little extra for having blush AND highlighter? TBH, you’re not. Highlighters attract light, creating the illusion of brightness and height – that lit-from-within look. Blush has the power to brighten up your entire face with just a few strategically placed swipes. Get both.

Try: NYX Professional Makeup Cream Highlight & Contour Palette Medium (R285) at and Black Opal Color Fusion Mosaic Raspberry Blusher (R205) at

8. Eyeshadow Palette

Palettes are great because they give you options, and we love options! Get your eyelids popping with whatever colour you feel like that day.

Try: Ciaté 9 Shade Eyeshadow Palette (R515) at Fochini 

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