What's In My Makeup Bag - Louisa Graver

Louisa Graver runs Afro Hair Solutions, which is a natural hair care brand, for today’s health-conscious consumers. Afro Hair Solutions aims to strengthen and grow afro hair. All the products available are tried and tested and aim to help you maintain a healthier lifestyle. She took time out to show us the products in her makeup bag. 

Describe the items in your makeup bag.

Blush by 3” palette by Sleek in Pumpkin. It is in my makeup bag because it is intensely pigmented and shimmery. I love to layer it up to achieve the required intensity. 

To apply my blush I use my E.L.F Kabuki Brush, I use this because it allows for precise application and gives me a full coverage, flawless look that I desire.

I really enjoy using the NYX Professional Makeup Concealer Jar in orange, because I suffer from hyperpigmentation marks, and this is perfect for hiding dark circles and blemishes. I use this under my foundation.

If I’m feeling bold, I will use my vibrant purple from Kisstick in Seductive Damson, I love this lipstick because it stays put the whole day, without any touch-ups. If I want something more intense, I will use my MAC lipstick in Cyber.

For a quick and easy look without using eyeshadows, I will use my eyeliners, which I will smudge around my eyelids, then blend with a blending brush, doing this ensures my eye look will last all day. My favourite is Big & Daring by Avon. If I’m looking for a pop of colour then I will use Wild About Beauty in 06 Kim. This pencil is great because it’s double ended, so one end is an eyeshadow, the other end is an eyeliner.

For lengthening my eyelashes I love to use Cailyn 7 In 1 Dual 4d Fiber Mascara. This mascara is great because it is dual ended. One end is for upper lashes and the other end is for lower lashes. The lower lash wand is smaller, which means you have more control and you can’t mess your mascara up as easily. Other ones I use for lengthening are ANEW Lash Transforming Mascara + Serum and Avon Color Trend Boost It!

Before applying my lipstick, I use Carmex, this allows for my lipstick to apply smoothly and makes for a better look.

Which is your favourite item in your bag?

For me, base is the most important factor of my makeup. For foundation, I use MAC Pro Longwear in NW45, with SPF 10. I love this foundation, because it does not budge. Also, I love the fact that it has SPF in it, for the days that I might forget to put sun cream on. As I suffered badly with hyperpigmentation marks, it is important for me to use this foundation, so my dark patches don’t come back. I like the way my skin looks when I use MAC Pro Longwear. It looks natural and even and makes my skin still look like skin.

Where did you get your makeup bag?

I got mine from Ted Baker about a year ago. I like it because it’s big and fits all my makeup products. Also, the fact that it’s made from PVC makes it easy to wipe clean. I have two makeup bags, one for traveling and one for home.

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