The perfectly packed Matric dance clutch

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Gorgeous gown √
Dreamy date √
Make-up trial √
Unforgettable evening … Pending

Planning for a Matric dance – or any major event is exciting but it can also be stressful. Lists are helpful, so be sure to start planning ahead. Here are some clutch bag must-haves to ensure your make-up looks perfect throughout the night – and not just while snapping pre-event pictures at home.

1) Catrice All Matt Plus Powder, R74,95 – Perfect for touching up and getting rid of excess shine.
2) Elizabeth Arden Sheer Kiss Lip Oil, R295 – Because, glossy and ultra glam.
3) Orly Color Blast Nail Polish, R119,95 – It never hurts to carry your nail polish with you for those unexpected smudges. Add an extra coat of sparkle if needed.
4) Guerlain Lip & Cheek Tint, R560 – A perfectly packaged lippie and cheek tint. Save space and touch up. Winning!
5) L.O.V Eyeshadow, R134,95 – This tiny compact fits perfectly into your bag. Intensify your smokey eye to get you afterparty-ready.
6) Rimmel Royal Blush, R69,95 – Ultra creamy and blendable, add a pop of colour with this nifty clutch-sized blush.
7) Hair clips from Woolworths, R49,95 – Always carry pins for unruly tresses. These add an extra hint of glam. We love the nod to old Hollywood glam.
8) Maybelline Master Strobing Stick, R138 – Get an extra glow when needed with this nifty strobing stick.
9) Guerlain Lash Dress Mascara, R545 – Layer extra coats of mascara for a false-lash effect.
10)Yardley Liquid Matte in Engine Red, R119,95 – An all-round favourite. This lippie is an event must-have. Choose your perfect shade from the array of colours.
11) Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy, R225 – Pop this perfume wand into your bag for fresh touch-ups and enjoy a delicious scent all night.
12) L.O.V Perfectitude 3-in-1 Prime & Fix Spray, R247,95 – No need to take this along with you, but be sure to apply setting spray to ensure your make-up stays on, even when the clock strikes 12.
13) Palladio Rice Paper Blotting Tissues, R69,95 – Oily much? Get blotting with this tiny lifesaver.
14) MINA The Essential Lip Pencil in 401, R49,95 – A lip pencil is essential to ensure your lipstick stays in place. Line your lips for the perfect pout and get snapping. Lipstick may not always last, but pictures and memories do.

Top tips!

Every bag should be stocked with tissues and gum – a small tube of hand lotion is great too, to keep hydrated and fresh. Our secret weapon? Fragrance wands. They’re very 007 and allow you to spritz on a sweet scent when needed. Throw in your fully-charged cellphone, some money, (a light snack… we like to be prepared!) and a plaster for good measure, and you’ll always be ready for whatever life throws at you. Well, as much as you could be.

Ultimately, space is a major deciding factor when packing your clutch. Luckily, the trend has moved towards smaller sling bags and bigger clutch bags, so be sure to choose yours based on your space needs. We often get carried away when packing a bag, so stick to what’s important to you. Double-duty products that can be used to freshen up and primp more than one feature is always a winner. Investing in long-wear products is great for ensuring less frequent touch-ups, and slipping in those perfectly packaged #makeupgoals products are just a bonus. What better excuse to splurge on ultra glam must-haves?

Let us know which products are on your wishlist in the comments section below.

Written by

Tatum is an all-round digital being with a penchant for lipstick and a slight shopping addiction. After completing her Honours in Communications and Media she was thrust into the world of publishing and has since worked for some of the biggest magazines in South Africa. As a writer, editor and social media consultant, she’s all about spreading body positivity and a revised attitude towards beauty.

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  1. Demishka Maharaj

    The Rimmel Royal blushes are amazing!!! The colour pigments are heaven and my favourite is coral queen

    1 month ago •

  1. Sherezaad Dove

    yardley Liquid Matte in Engine Red, is a must. love it

    3 months ago •

  1. Sashnee Rambaly

    The maybelline master strobing stick
    The rimmel royal blush

    9 months ago •

  1. Nah_oh_me

    My best friend asked me to be her partner to her MD in December, I’m so exited that I’ve started hunting for tips and tricks and this article is pure awesomeness!

    9 months ago •

  1. Melanie Pretorius

    I will definitely use these tips in future. Was actually wearing that Yardley lippie last night as I love the intense colour.

    9 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Awesome! And great choice, Melanie :)

      9 months ago •

  1. Emma Kalis

    What a thorough article! And some very helpful tips for packing a general handbag too!

    9 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      Thank you Emma <3 Which product is on your wishlist?

      9 months ago •

  1. Carla Paulo

    Wish I had these tips when I was in matric! Still, I can use these now :)

    9 months ago •

    1. BeautySouthAfrica

      We know the feeling :) You can still use the same formula for packing your bag for any event – or just an every day bag. It’s good to be prepared for wherever the night takes you.

      9 months ago •

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