Buying new makeup is great, and so is supporting local businesses. So imagine if you could do both at the same time? Well, you can! Here are five fabulous South African makeup brands that rival international cosmetics houses and deserve all the love and support from their fellow countrywomen. We love them, and we know you will too. Happy shopping!

1. SwiitchBeauty

A brand that is owning the local beauty space right now is SwiitchBeauty. It was founded by Rabia Ghoor when she was just a teenager, and she has managed to build her brand into an SA empire. The range is massive and includes just about everything you would need for a full makeup look, including blush and highlighter palettes, eyeshadows, eyeliners and more.

2. Red Dot Cosmetics

Another local company that offers a wide range of products and prides itself on being ethically sound but still of a high standard is Red Dot Cosmetics and essentials. It knows that we are already exposed to plenty of toxins in our daily lives and don’t think our makeup needs to be on that list. Red Dot’s cosmetics, which include everything from blush and foundation to lipsticks and eye shadows, aim to make you look flawless the natural way.


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3. Khrome Kosmetics

Khrome Kosmetics is new on the scene and knows that we love glowing skin. That’s why its first product to launch are six shimmery liquid highlighters, which we know are going to be a hit with the South African public, especially with summer around the corner. Its Chrome Illuminating Drops are cruelty-free and suit a wide variety of skin tones.

4. Connie Transform

We love a local brand that not only delivers on its promise but goes even further. That’s the case with Connie Transform, whose line of long-wear liquid lipsticks is just as good as – if not better than – its international counterparts. It also creates highlighters, eye makeup, lip glosses and more, and is so popular that it’s even selling its products across the pond.

5. Pink Cosmetics

Pink Cosmetics has been wowing the local scene with its effective skincare and haircare products for a while now, so we were excited to hear that it recently launched a makeup line. This mineral makeup is cruelty-free and vegan, and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals. On offer are a wide range of lip glosses, highlighters and eye shimmers.

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