It's here: 31 days. 31 cities. 31 perspectives. Each day in the month of March, we're profiling an inspiring woman from across the world and asking her to share her beauty routine, products, and wellness secrets. Consider this your firsthand look into the beauty traditions and cultures of your beauty-obsessed counterparts from Thailand, Nigeria, and more (and don't forget to checkВ our InstagramВ for a beauty-themed global takeover each day). Now,В we haveВ Cape Town-basedВ Lisa Brown,В a stunning self-employed hair and makeup artist and owner of an international makeup and hair academy who's sharing how she stays centered when she's on her feet all day long. Plus, find out whichВ store she gets most all her products from (there's no Sephora in South Africa!).В
Name:В Lisa Brown
City, country of residence and how long you've lived there:В Cape Town, South Africa since I was born.
Your beauty icons:В Camila Coelho, Micah Gianneli, Desi Perkins ,and Kim Kardashian.
В The 5 skincare products you can't live without:
1. Nourish CleanserВ ($9) - a pH balanced cleanser that soothes my skin due to having eczema-I don't want anything too harsh or abrasive on my skin.
2. Lamelle Helase SPF 50В (only available in South Africa) - Being outdoors, I need good anti-oxidants.
3. Retin-A (by prescription only), just love to use this once a week to exfoliate my skin and for age prevention for me.
The 5 hair products you can't live without:
1.В Kevin MurphyВ Shimmer Shine ($36)
2.В REF Spray wax
3.В Ghd smooth and finish serum
4.В Kevin Murphy Blond Angel Color-EnhancingВ ShampooВ ($40)
5.В RefВ Extreme Hold Spray ($17)
The 5 makeup products you can't live without:
1.В DiorВ Airflash Spray Foundation ($62).В I make use of it as a bronzer.
2.В NarsВ Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30)
3.В EssenceВ Prismatic Hololighter Stick ($6)
4.В Nyx Liquid IlluminatorВ ($8)
5.В TatchaВ Luminous Dewy Skin Mist ($48)
6.В BeccaВ First Light Priming Filter ($38)
What countries and cultures do you find most inspirational when it comes to beauty and why?
I've been in this industry for longer then 10 years, and I have found the Chinese culture the most fascinating when it comes to beauty. They are always a step ahead, very precise and on-trend when it comes to makeup. They have the most healthy, glowing hair always.
The most popular beauty product(s) and brand(s) in your country right now:
1.В Estee LauderВ Advanced Night RepairВ ($98)
2.В Elizabeth ArdenВ Eight Hour Cream All Over Miracle OilВ ($28)
3.В SkoonВ Essential OilВ (available in South Africa)
The most popular beauty trends in your country right now:
Due to our harsh sun, the bronzer look with highlight cheeks will always be on-trend. With the water crisis that is currently happing in Western Cape, Cape Town, we have to help and save water, so to help with that we make more use of dry shampoo fromВ REF.
Favorite traditional beauty secret from your country:
WhereВ we buy our beauty products. We don't have a Sephora in South Africa, and buying overseas products can sometimes be a problem. I make use ofВ Muse Makeup Boutique-they are found on Instagram and they courier the makeup to your door.
Next up, take a look at the products a NorweigenВ beauty blogger can't stop using.В