The Bare Minimum.

The Bare Minimum.

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If you’re new to the world of beauty, but want to build up your make-up kit then we’ve got you covered. Read on for the essential products you need!














Lipsticks: Stick to neutral hues of warm honey for an easy daytime look. To liven things up try a pretty rose pink and for night time you can’t go wrong with a pillar box red.

Splurge: YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Colour Lipstick SPF15 (R405 at YSL counters nationwide).

Save: Avon Ultracolour Bold Lipstick (R129.95).


Eye Liners: For first time users we suggest using a soft, waxy eyeliner pencil or felt tip eye liner pen in black.

Splurge: Clarins Kohl Eye Pencil in Intense Black (R250 at

clarinscrayonkohllonglastingeyelinermdnSave: Palladio Herbal Eye liner in Pure Black (R49.95 at Dis-Chem).



Eye Shadows: Pick a palette that includes your basic black and beige plus a few wildcard colours like pink or purple. To find out how to create a smokey eye click here.

Splurge: blackUp Eyeshadow palette (R640 at blackUp counters nationwide).

Save: GOSH Smokey Eye Palette (R159 at Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide).


Concealers: The magic wand of the beauty world, concealers are applied under foundation and perfect for touch ups throughout the day. Use to conceal redness, breakouts or to brighten under the eyes.

Splurge: YSL Touche Eclat Concealer (R510 at YSL counters nationwide)

Save: L.A Girl PRO. conceal HD High Definition Concealer (R45.95 at Dis-Chem)


Mascaras: There’s a plethora of mascaras on the market, so the choice is up to you. Opt for black and then decide if you’re after volume, length or fullness.

Splurge: Lancome Grandiose Mascara (R415 at Lancome counters nationwide)

Save: MAC In Extreme Dimension Lash (R230 at MAC stores nationwide).


Bronzers: Perfect for contouring or to add a hint of colour to a pale complexion, bronzers are a must-have for any make-up kit.

Splurge: GOSH Precious Powder Pearls (R145 at Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide)

Save: Avon Glow Multistylo Bronzer for cheeks, lips and eyes (R102.95).


Blush: Add an instant hint of colour to your complexion with a pretty blush.

Splurge: L’Oreal Paris True Match Blush (R169.95 at Clicks, Dis-Chem, Foschini and Edgars stores nationwide.)

Save: GOSH Natural Blush in Melon, Rose Whisper (R115 at Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide).


Foundations: Where would we be without foundation. From treatment foundations to powder formulations, your options are endless. Choose the one best suited to your skin concerns and colour.

Splurge: Clarins Skin Illusion Foundation (R400 at

Save: Justine LUXE Silken Foundation SPF20 (R279).


Make-Up Remover: Nothing is more important than removing your make-up before bedtime. Choose one that is gentle on the eyes too.

Splurge: Lancome Bi-Facil make-up remover (R330 at Lancome counters nationwide)

Save: Johnsons Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes for normal skin (R49.95 at leading pharmacies and supermarkets nationwide).


Brushes: The perfect complement to your products, brushes make all the difference in make-up application.

Splurge: Bodyography 14 piece Brush set including brush apron (R4280.00 at Prana stores).


Save: Duo Hypoallergenic Brush: (R195), Lip/Eyeliner Brush: (R120), Eyeliner Brush Slanted (R140), Round Eyeshadow Brush (R120), Eyebrow/Lash Brush: R110). All by GOSH and available at Edgars and Red Square stores nationwide.





BB Beauties, do you have any or all of these essential components in your basic make-up kit? Tell us below!


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