In a world filled with hundreds of make-up products, choosing what to buy can feel a bit overwhelming. Luckily for you, your resident beauty editor is here to give you the ultimate guide of must-haves for your make-up collection this summer. Read up.

1.Best in class: eyeliners

Eyeliner gives the illusion of fuller lashes, and can make your eyes seem bigger or smaller, depending on your eye shape. Here are my favourites:

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner 

What makes this truly stand out, is that it is sweat- and humidity-resistant and has up to 12-hour wear.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner

If you want a liquid eyeliner that doesn’t budge, even through tears, itchy eyes or if you suddenly pass out on your bed after a night out (although you should NEVER sleep with your make-up on), then this is the one for you.

2. Best in class: highlighters

No make-up look is complete without a glimmer of high-voltage highlighter on your cheekbones. Here are my must-haves:

Fenty Beauty 

One of Rihanna’s first offerings from her beauty brand, Fenty Beauty, were her amazing Killawatt freestyle highlighters. Trophy Wife was the colour that got the beauty world buzzing, and with good reason. The glow is high drama and over the top with 3-D Hyper-Metallic Gold. A bonus is that it’s multi-functional, so you can use it on your lips, eyes and cheeks.


Bobbi Brown Highlighting Powder – Bronze Glow

This high-impact, light-reflective powder gives skin shimmering pink highlights and is ideal for strobing. It glides effortlessly on the skin and doesn’t settle into fine lines like some highlighters do. It’s easily a cult favourite.

3. Best in class: lip gloss

Lip gloss has made a major comeback. Nothing screams summer more than a lush and yummy glimmer of gloss on the lips. You can opt to go natural with a subtle pink or brown tint, or add it on top of your favourite lipstick for a bit of glam. The choice is yours. Here are my favourites:

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer

Another fave from Fenty Beauty, the Gloss Bomb comes in a universally flattering rose shade in a non-sticky shine that instantly plumps the lips.

Urban Decay HI-FI SHINE Ultra Cushion Lip Gloss

This hydrating gloss is formulated with vitamin E and peppermint oil and leaves lips feeling nourished and tasting delicious too. It doesn’t feather or bleed and comes in a variety of colours.

4. Best in class: mascara

Even for those no-makeup days, a lashing of mascara will brighten up your face. Here are my best-loved ones:

Chanel le Volume Revolution Mascara 

This is the first 3-D-printed mascara brush, patented* by Chanel. I love that the honeycomb structure of the brush allows for just the right amount of formula that sweeps easily on the lashes. It also gives instant volume without clumping.

Extreme Volume Mascara 3-D Printed Brush
R 635.00

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara

For extra length, volume and defined lashes, try Urban Decay Pervasion Mascara. It does all that with a touch of drama, thanks to its pigmented black colour and ultra-creamy formula.