Holiday season is officially in full swing, which means office year-end parties and spontaneous post-work drinks that most of the time lead to the club. ‘I’ll just go out for one drink’, you say – but in your defence, everyday is a weekend in December and one’s never fully prepared for where the day may take you. This is why a travel makeup kit is so essential. A good quality foundation, eyeshadow, brow pencil, highlighter and lippie is pretty much all you need to transition your beauty look from the office to the club. We round up the best budget on-the-go beauty buys that will help you get ready while en route to your destination.
Best Budget Liquid Foundation
COSMO Winner & Readers’ Choice:
MAYBELLINE Superstay 24HR Foundation.
A medium-to-full coverage foundation that evens out your complexion by diminishing dark spots and redness.
Best Budget Powder Foundation
BLACK OPAL True Colour Mineral Matte Creme Powder Foundation.
A powder foundation that thrives on its colour-balancing formula, providing a skin finish that’s both luminous and natural.
RIMMEL StayMatte Long Lasting Pressed Powder.
A matte pressed powder that’s ideal for oily skin. Apply it with a powder brush or puff for flawless, shine-free coverage.
Best Budget Highlighter Palette
SWIITCH BEAUTY #Shine Wet Glow Highlighter.
This palette combines high-impact, light and dark highlighter shades – ensuring that all glow-getters are catered for.
REVOLUTION Highlighter Palette Beyond Radiance.
This palette remains a cult favourite, blending a trio of highlighter shades that are easy to apply and allow you to layer on your strobes while on-the-go thanks to its in-built mirror.
Best Budget Eyeshadow Quad
ALMAY Eyeshadow Quad (R149.95 at Dischem).
A palette that offers the same eyeshadow shade in four distinct finishes – matte, satin, metallic and glitter. ‘Unapologetic’ (a rose-gold) makes a great blusher and cheek highlighter too.
YARDLEY Colour Quad Eyeshadow.
A quad eyeshadow palette that combines light, medium and dark shades to help you blend out the most stylish eye looks for both daytime and night.
Best Budget Brow Product
L’ORÉAL Brow Artist Maker (R161.35 at Clicks).
A 2-in-1 pencil that allows you to create killer brows on-the-move. Apply the colour in upward strokes then use the kabuki brush to soften and blend.
ESSENCE Eyebrow Stylist (R55 at Zando).
The ultimate budget-friendly brow kit that includes stencils, two eyebrow shadows as well as a miniature angled brush to style your brows to perfection.
Best Budget Metallic Lipstick
AVON True Velvet Luminosity Lipstick (R154.90).
A lip finish that’s a little more understated when compared to metallic liquid lipsticks. It provides gorgeous colour with soft flicks of shimmer that will add a little dimension to your lip look.
NYX Professional Makeup Cosmic Metal Lip Cream.
A liquid lipstick that provides high-impact metallic lip colour that’s both long-lasting and smudge-proof.
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