There’s never a bad time to get your most important accessory — your makeup bag — in order. Since you’re in this bag everyday, its essential you have the essentials, and that you get rid of the non-essentials.
We’re right here with you to make it as effortless as possible… first off, anything falling apart should take a swift trip to the bin. Yes, even the expensive stuff. Lots of cosmetics come with a Period After Opening or PAO mark — it’s that little symbol on the back of the package that looks like a little jar with a number on it. That number gives you the manufacturer’s estimate for how long after the first use a product will stay in peak condition. Anything beyond that threshold needs to be chucked too.
Really ask yourself which products you love. Which ones would you happily buy all over again? Which ones do you only use a couple of times a year? Which ones are you just holding onto because you haven’t found anything better, or someone gave it to you as a gift, or you spent money on it and you feel bad throwing it out? That’s right, lose that last group, too. Odds are, you’ll be down to a very scant bag, and that’s okay. Now it it’s time to start refilling that baby — with the right stuff this time.
The key to makeup that looks great all day is starting with a solid foundation. We’re talking products that set up your face for cosmetic success. Canal Walk has an extensive offering of specialist beauty counters available to you with experts at the ready, to help you find the right skin products best suited to your skin type.
High-quality foundation and concealer are essential for making the rest of your makeup look its best, so test as many as you need to and find the right formulas and shades for your complexion. Make sure to match them up against the area you plan to use it on — no matter what your mom told you back in the day, your wrist isn’t actually a perfect match for your face.
For specialist beauty counters don’t forget to visit Canal Walk’s Edgars, Truworths, Woolworths and Foschini makeup counters, where you’ll be spoiled for choice.
You don’t actually need a ton of eye shadow shades to get a gorgeous everyday look. A neutral shimmering shadow, is an essential go-to product though and something you will actually use forever. A cream formula is recommended by most make up artists because they’re easy to apply (even for the brush-challenged) and they are super versatile: apply it to the lid for a daily smoky look, or just to the crease to add definition. It’s also a good idea to have a matching matte shadow on hand to layer for a more dramatic evening look.
But for those who crave options a palette is the way to go, as long as you have one with shades that you are actually going to wear – that lime green may be alluring at first, but if you’re only going to swipe it on for Halloween, there’s no need to lug it around with you year-round.
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For those of us who favour a quick make up routine, cheeks often get overlooked, but that’s a mistake. A flushed, healthy cheek looks great on everyone and a cream blusher, which you can apply lightly and buff out for a super-sheer flush, is the recommended way to go. Choosing a brighter shade is a better bet, because while you can tame down an intense colour, it’s more difficult to boost a neutral shade.
Modern makeup brands have moved away from formulas that make a giant set of brushes a must-have. In fact, you can pretty much apply all of the essentials with every make up artist’s favourite tool — your fingers.
But if you are more of a brush babe, there are really only two must-have tools everyone needs in their kit: a small, firm-bristled brush that you can use for concealer and foundation as well as a fluffy one for all of your powder and blush needs. Of course, a beauty blender (to make sure everything looks seamless) and a volume-boosting lash curler never hurt either.
Our beauty products picks
Whether it’s an essence that magically balances oily skin and hydrates dry skin or a drugstore lipstick that rivals its most luxurious counterparts, the beauty world is full of gems that will change your life for the better. You’re welcome!
1. The Beautyblender, R405
This hot pink sponge is in almost every top makeup artist’s kit, so you know it’s worth trying. There are many versions, but the original soft, teardrop-shaped one will forever be the winner. It’s an edgeless, non-disposable, high-definition cosmetic sponge applicator, which ensures impeccable, and streak-free application with minimum product waste.
Just apply water and allow it to expand, squeeze out any excess water, then use it to dab and roll your foundation across your face. The final effect? Your skin, but better.
2. M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+, R300
M.A.C Mist is a good go to product, which can be applied before and after make up application. MAC South Africa make up artist, Michelle Lee Collins, suggests that you “Hold the bottle 10-12 inches away from your face and spray evenly. It is a lightweight mist with vitamins and minerals which, are infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile, and cucumber which gently console and freshen the skin. It settles down your makeup and gives you an instant boost of hydration.” Such a treat!
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3. NYX Matte Lipstick Under, R100
Beauty editors and the general public agree: These R99.95 lippies are as good as their pricey counterparts. One swipe delivers pure, matte pigment that doesn’t budge or flake while remaining relatively non-drying. Pick one up in every shade from Clicks at Canal Walk, choose from bright red-orange to a vampy blood red—or even purple or grey, if you’re feeling daring.
4. Batiste Dry Hair Shampoo, R42
Who says expensive is always better? Batiste reigns above all. It soaks up oil while magically adding volume like a breeze. Just make sure to fully massage into your scalp to avoid any white residue.