Choosing only 10 top makeup products was so much more difficult than I thought it would be! I narrowed it down by the products I use most often, and the ones I definitely cannot live without. Don't worry...all the products listed below ARE available for purchase within South Africa, and are either local brands or locally available. Who has time to wait weeks for an order, and then pay huge amounts on customs? #supportlocal am I right?
OKAY! Let's jump straight in! These items are not in any order at all, these are simply just my general top 10 (don't ask me to pick an ultimate winner, we'll be here for ages).
The first favourite has to be a foundation! I feel like us women spend half our lives trying to find the perfect foundation for our skin types - it's a constant battle, until you find...THE ONE!
This Maybelline Super Stay foundation is that holy grail! The coverage is amazing, the shade matches me perfectly (remember to test colours on your chest), and it's super long-lasting, without being oily, or too matte! (remember to set with powder)
Grab this foundation on Superbalist for only R189.00, also at Dis-Chem.
Next up we've got local brand Essence Lash Princess mascara. I mean, anyone who has used this mascara knows just how good it is!
It's super black, doesn't clump or give you spider lashes, and adds so much volume to your lashes. You can get it for only R88.00 on Superbalist ... are you joking! ONLY R88.00 for the best mascara i've ever used!
You can also grab this baby at Clicks and Dis-Chem. Get ready to transform your lashes!
The next fave is the Yardley Absolute Translucent setting powder. I have been using this for years and at this stage, don't think i'll ever use anything else.
It has no flash-back so you won't get that ghostly white look in photos, it is extremely fine & goes on the skin like a soft veil, and beautifully sets the makeup with a light sheen.
Its only R169.00 on Takealot and also available at Clicks & Dis-Chem. It's just magical, okay. Just take my word for it.
Next in line is a bit of a splurge, I won't lie. But it is so WORTH IT! My boyfriend bought this for me about 2 years ago and I still have about half left, and I use it EVERY time I do mine or someone else's makeup.
It has a combination of bronze, gold and rose gold highlighters that you mix together & apply on the face. It creates the most beautiful angelic glow, unlike any other highlighter i've used. Get it for R714.00 on Superbalist.
I'm sure some of you are thinking "of course her own products are going to be included in the top 10" ..and you're damn right they are!
I wouldn't promote a product, mine or someone else's that I didn't believe in. Since launching this 10 piece brush set on Lotis Beauty 2 years ago, they are the only ones I use.
Being a qualified makeup artist has allowed me to create the perfect brush set, for amateurs to pro's, made from the softest synthetic materials to bring your perfectly blended & flawless makeup. Grab them for only R399.00
Number 6 is the oh-so-famous Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer. They just got it right with this one. Also a bit of a 'treat-yourself' product..
The undertone is the perfect shade for every skin-tone - it creates a natural bronzed contour without being orange or too harsh.
And the little brush that it comes with - perfect for scultping those cheek bones nice and sharply! Get it on Superbalist for R550.00.
Next in line is the new and improved Lotis Beauty Essential palette vol. 2
With 5 matte and 4 shimmer shades, this platte is literally everything you could ever need and so much more!
Cruelty free and vegan, these buttery pigmented shades are essential for creating any look, be it a natural day time loom or a sultry evening glam look, the choice is yours & you can do it all with these gorgeous neutral shades. Get it for only R399.00
Everyone needs a great concealer to...well... conceal! If it's not covering up what it needs to cover up, it's not doing the job!
Essence come through AGAIN! The camouflage concealer is high-coverage and comes in a hydrating & matte formula, perfect for all skin types!
Pimples & blemishes - be gone! Under-eye bags ...BYE! Get it for only R76.00 on Superbalist (also available in Clicks & Dis-Chem).
There had to be a lipstick or lip gloss in this top 10, there just had to be. And it will be none other than the Lotis Beauty Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade Chai.
It's long lasting but doesn't crack your lips like so many other liquid lipsticks do, it's pigmented and smells delicious!
It's the perfect pink nude shade for day or night! Get it at the TIA - This is Africa store at The Zone @ Rosebank (opposite Krispy Kreme)
And last but not least, brows! Where would our makeup game be without beautiful fluffy brows...oh that's right, in 2010.
The Lotis Beauty brow pencil comes in 2 shades, blonde and dark. It's got an angled tip to create precise hair-like strokes. It fills & fluffs your brows perfectly, bringing the whole look together.
Shop it on our website for only R129.00 and say hello to beautiful brows!
And there we have it! My top 10 must-have makeup products! Remember, what works for me might not necessarily work for you!... and that's okay! Stay tuned for the next Top 10 in the series: My Top 10 Skin Care Products. If you have any questions about these products or makeup in general, leave a comment down below & i'll be here to help you!