What’s (Really) In My Makeup Bag + My 3 Go-To Looks

What’s (Really) In My Makeup Bag + My 3 Go-To Looks

  If you’re anything like me, chances are you have an on-the-go beauty bag fully kitted with emergency face paint for easy adaption to almost any lit-tuation. Chances are, it houses one or two holy grail lipsticks, a multi-purpose palette and a quick-fix setting spray. Chances are, it’s actually meant to be really tiny but alas it’s not and you probably have more than you truly need. Well if you can’t relate, the aforementioned is definitely the case for me so let’s delve a little deeper into what it is (really) that I can’t leave home without.


About three out of the seven days of the week I work from home meaning little to no makeup is actually my norm. When I do happen to be stepping out, whether its impromptu or to grab a quick bite to eat with my S.O, I definitely opt for the little coverup concealer provides, natural-looking brows and a touch of gloss. After cleansing, toning and moisturizing, I fill in my brows lightly with the Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil (5). It’s low maintenance and has a spooly on its opposite end to help brush out any stray hairs. I then of course neaten them up with a little MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NC45) using my The Body Shop Concealer Brush. Using my MAC 287, I then apply concealer (NC50) from my MAC Studio Finish Concealer Duo (NW50/NC50) on areas that have dark marks and excess pigmentation. To finish off, I opt for my MAC Cremesheen Glass (Double Dare).




When events and meetings are on the agenda, I tend to go for a more full coverage face. This means a mattifying foundation, slight eyeshadow work, some concealer, a light contour and a pop of highlight. This look requires a primer so I begin with my holy grail, Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer focusing on my t-zone as this is where I get the oiliest whenever I wear foundation. No fuss cover-up I always opt for is a much-loved drugstore favourite, Revlon ColourStay Makeup (Hazelnut) and I conceal with another holy grail, Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Flawless Concealer (Deep). My eyeshadow look is a look you’re probably familiar with. I use the Stila Eyes Are The Window (Mind) palette – all the shadows are matte and super pigmented. A touch of orange is used as a transition colour and a berry burgandy is placed in my crease while on the lid I use a pale pink or nude shadow. Instead of a heavy contour, I opt to simply bronze with Revlon New Complexion Powder (Cinnamon) and I further blend this out with my go-to everyday blush, MAC Raizin. Of course no look is complete without a soft touch of highlighter so I love to use MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Gold Deposit for this. Finally when it comes to my lips, I have a signature shade which is in fact a combination of MAC Nightmoth Lip Liner and Colour Pop Liquid Lipstick in Beeper.



On the rare occasion that I don’t make it home to freshen up in time for an evening outing, I am able to head to my next location knowing that I have what I need in my makeup bag. The Stila Eyes Are The Window (Mind) palette is incredibly convenient and an easy one to transform any day time look into a more sultry version. All that is required is more intense colour around the crease area and a darker wash of deep purple on the lower lash line. If I wasn’t wearing lashes before, I’ll definitely stick some on now (yes I carry an extra pair of lashes as well as lash glue everywhere with me). My signature lip will probably need a bit of touching up which is easy enough and I’ll gradually build onto my MAC Powder Blush and further intensify my highlight with another blush (surprisingly) which is MAC Sheertone Shimmer Blush in Springsheen.

And there you have it! That’s what’s REALLY in my makeup bag and as you might imagine its heavy so I try to do most of my makeup before leaving the house.

Let me know what’s inside your makeup bag. Is it as busy as mine? Leave your answers in the comment section below…

  • Deedeeh

    I like the post. Actually love everything you write. You make perfect sense and what I love about this is we actually have a peek on what’s really in your bag. Keep on slaying girl

  • Thabile Mhlongo

    I love look three but I can’t apply lashes so look two it is 😉

    Love you blog/blog channel.