I received an awesome hamper from Cosmetix South Africa recently, with some delicious products to review from the Essence beauty range. I’ve always enjoyed this range because it’s light and lets the skin breathe. I find the price is affordable for the target market it’s trying to attract. When I was studying, a lot of my student friends would stock up on Essence products + run through them by the end of the week. It’s great for that busy lifestyle of going out constantly and wanting an affordable range of day-to-day make up that makes you look great quickly. I personally found the blush very appealing. This shade was particularly attractive – it’s light so it looks natural while still giving your skin a rosy-pink feel.
I’ve never been a makeup expert. This changed a little when I got into the film industry 3 years ago. In such a space, us ladies always want to look our best! I’ve needed to learn some basics. Here are a few tips I can pass on to you. One thing I find amazing is the difference a bit of eye shadow can make. It’s crazy how you can make your eyes pop with a colour. These guidelines are great for when in the professional arena or for when you dress up to go out on the town.
Any shade actually works with brown. Lucky you!
+ Dark Greys / Ash (Smokey Eyes)
+ Dark Greens
Local make-up artists for your next special event
- Cape Town – http://corlemakeup.co.za/
- Cape Town – http://yolande.co.za/
- Johannesburg – http://www.erinsmylie.co.za/
- Johannesburg – http://www.wedding-makeup.co.za/
- Port Elizabeth – http://michellemarxmakeup.co.za/
- Port Elizabeth – http://www.makeupbyliz.co.za/
Local make-up schools and training institutes
- Cape Town & Johannesburg – http://www.kohlmakeup.co.za/index.html
- Johannesburg – http://www.facetoface.co.za/
- Durban, George, Cape Town, Johannesburg – http://makeupstars.co.za/#1
- Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town – http://www.saschoolofweddings.co.za/index.html
- Anywhere in SA through correspondence – http://www.collegesa.co.za/Beauty-Therapy-Courses.html
Here’s me trying something a little different during a shoot with Seagram Pearce in Cape Town!
Cover Photo: Death To The Stock Photo
I must admit, I’m a fan of Estee Lauder. I use their products for everything. Everyone may use different products, but there are certain tips that are the same for every girl when applying make-up. Here are the things every girl should know when glamming up:
- Always wash your face and hands before you apply make-up. If you have oily or sensitive skin, do not exfoliate else you will spread bacteria around your face. Apply toner and a light moisturizer afterwards, avoiding the eye area
- Always use a new towel when drying your face.
- If your moisturizer has SPF in it, be aware this is not good for flash photography. If going to an evening event, rather not use a foundation with SPF in.
- Apply concealer to the spots on your face that are redder than others – corners of your eyes, around the nose, under your eyes.
- Apply powder all over the face using a nice powder brush. Dust it off with a paper towel afterwards to get rid of the excess powder and lightly brush across the whole face again. Use a bronzer on your forehead, cheeks and chin for the sun-kissed look.
- Highlight your brow bone (just below the brow) and to the highest part of your cheek with a light powder or eye shadow.
- Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks.
- Line the eyes with black eyeliner. I always apply liner on my upper lids.
- When it comes to eye shadows, remember that the light colours are for the lids and the dark colours are for the crease on the lid. The lightest colour on your palette is for just under the brow bone. Use the larger eyeshadow brush to blend all the colours.
- When applying mascara, I always make the mistake of pumping the brush in and out of the mascara. Apparently this is terrible to do as it causes air pockets. Rather dip the brush lightly once and remember to wipe off the excess on a tissue when you done. Do two coats, starting from the inner part and working your way out.
- When applying your lipstick, always start by applying a lip balm, primer or sealer. This will help your lipstick last longer.
- Make sure that your lips do not look chapped or cracked before you put on lipstick. If your lips are chapped, lightly brush off the dead skin cells with a toothbrush or towel.
- I don’t use lip liner, but if you do be sure to choose a colour that matches your lipstick.
- Try apply your lipstick with a brush so it can spread evenly. Blot your lips with tissue to make the lipstick last longer. Use gloss for a shiny or glittery look.
- If applying both lip color and eye makeup, emphasize one, or the other, never both.
- Make sure you use makeup and mascara remover before going to sleep. It’s very bad for your skin to sleep with it on. I’m terrible at doing this, but I’m trying to be better at taking make-up off before bed! Be sure to wash your face after, apparently that gets off all the rest of the foundation and powder. I actually always just use Johnson’s face wipes – works perfectly for me.
- Avoid applying make-up too often , it will block your pores causing blemishes and pimples.
- Clean your makeup brushes at least once a month with a makeup brush cleaner. Also, try not to share brushes.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m thrilled to have landed the cover of “Photo Comment” Magazine in South Africa! Thanks to the wonderful photography of PE-based Sarah Keogh and her team. Here is another shoot I have done with Sarah, who is very versatile and has a bright future ahead of her in fashion and food photography: Old Hollywood Editorial
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Below are some photos from a beauty/makeup shoot I also did with her.