As the festive season gets into full swing and we start thinking of the parties and get-togethers we’ll be hitting, I decided to give myself a R1 000 budget to buy the makeup products I need to get a full glam look. I thought it would be an impossible task – but I succeeded! I won’t lie, I almost threw in the towel about 10 times because I just hate having a fixed budget when shopping for makeup. I either go all out with the glam or I restrain myself completely – there’s no in-between.
Let me take you through the list in the order that I typically apply makeup. Note: I assume you already have makeup sponges and brushes; that’s the only shortcut I took.
- Primer: Rimmel London Fix & Protect Makeup Primer (R99,95 at Dis-Chem)
It provides an all-round smooth canvas for makeup – plus it contains an SPF to protect skin from harmful UV rays!
- Concealer & colour corrector: LA Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer (R45,95 at Dis-Chem)
There are colour-correcting shades, light highlighting shades and dark contouring shades for ALL skin tones. I personally use the orange colour corrector on my hyperpigmentation and dark scars.
- Foundation: Yardley Oatmeal Light Cover Foundation (R82,95 at Dis-Chem)
I picked this foundation because it’s provides a light coverage that’s buildable, so you can achieve full coverage with it.
- Translucent setting powder: Essence Stay All Day Translucent Fixing Powder (R89,95 at Red Square)
A good translucent powder is key to keeping your makeup in place all day – and it gives you a matte finish, which is great for all those fab selfies.
- Eyebrow pencil: Essence Designer Eye Brow Pencil (R29,95 at Clicks)
I always tell my clients they don’t have to break the bank when it comes to eyebrow products – they’re all pretty much the same wax-based product, so you end up paying extra for fancy packaging and brand name. I like this one because it has a grooming brush attached to it – yes!
- Eye-shadow primer: LA Girl HD Pro Primer Eyeshadow Stick (R89,95 at Dis-Chem)
I know a lot of people forget to apply eyeshadow primer so I insisted on including it (even though you can also use face primer if the budget is extremely tight). Eye-shadow primer ensures smoother application and gives shadow a more vibrant and crease-free appearance.
- Eye shadow: LA Girl Beauty Brick Eyeshadow Nudes (R99,95 at Dis-Chem)
It’s similar to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (R850). I chose this palette because it gives you more than enough colours to create stunning day and night eye looks and get you through the whole Christmas season.
- Eyeliner: Wet n Wild Mega Liner Liquid Eyeliner (R19 at Clicks)
With the tip on this wand you can easily create a sharp wing that could literally cut glass – YES PLEASE!
- False lashes: Eylure Cheryl Lashes in No 114 (R25 at Clicks)
Falsies are optional – but since it’s the festive season, kick your everyday glam up a notch and go all the way.
- Mascara: Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara (R89,95 at Dis-Chem)
This award-winning mascara will forever be a classic favourite. Just get it.
- Highlighter, contour & blusher: Catrice Sculpting Powder Palette (R89,95 at Dis-Chem)
This is my definition of a genius budget buy, because it’s three products in one – three products that could have easily cost me R100 each! It’s easy to slip into your makeup bag for quick touch-ups.
- Lip liner: LA Girl Endless Auto Lip Liner (R59,95 at Dis-Chem)
Lip liner is another step that gets overlooked – but ‘Kylie Jenner lips’ started out with JUST lip liner, people! It helps you blend and manipulate lip colours seamlessly.
- Liquid lipstick: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (R110 at Clicks)
NYX won us over with its wide and affordable lippie range, and the Soft Matte Lip Creams are worth the price tag. They’re long-wearing, and the colours are fun and suit all skin tones.
- Setting spray: Essence Keep It Perfect Makeup Fixing Spray (R59,95 at Dis-Chem)
I had a bit of money left over, so I picked this setting spray to give the full glam a more natural finish so my face wasn’t too matte and overdone.
That gives us a grand total of R992,45.
(Confession: this budget started at R500 … then increased to R700 … then, oops.)