10 Makeup Tricks That Always Work


Give Botox a skip and use these clever tips to cheat your way to a smoother, slimmer and younger-looking face…


8,0g/Net Wt. 0.28 oz. Fake a facelift Nothing enhances wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet more than caked-on foundation. To avoid this common mishap: Always apply foundation on well-hydrated skin. Use the correct moisturiser and foundation type for your skin (liquid, powder, mousse, etc.) and build up coverage gradually, working from the middle of your face (where we generally need more help!) outwards. It’s time to finally figure out the whole contouring thing.

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If your face feels saggy, use a contouring stick like Palladio The Definer Contour + Highlight Crayon, R139,95, that blends easily to draw a line from the middle of your earlobe to the edge of your lips, then use a brush to buff in. The re are plenty of choices out there when it comes to contouring kits, but our top picks are Clarins Face Contouring Palette, R595; NYX Cream Highlight & Contour Palette, R179,95; Essence Shape Your Face Contouring Palette, R89,95. Chisel your cheekbones As we age, our faces lose definition.

But forget those fillers (phew!) – blusher can upgrade your face in a flash. If you’re looking a bit ashy, consider shades with blue undertones to make your complexion appear brighter. Suck in your cheeks to find the hollows. Shade along this sunken area from the hairline inwards with bronzer until you are nearly 3cm from your mouth. We like The Body Shop Honey Bronze Highlighting Dome, R195. Avoid glittery highlighters – Yardley London HD Highlighter Pen, R109,95, del ivers the ideal hint of shine. Dab onto the highest points of the face – from the top of the cheekbones For creams, use a beauty blender to erase lines, or opt for a large fluffy brush for powder. Finish with a pink blush on the apples of your cheeks. Try Rimmel London Royal Blush Cream in Majestic Pink, R69,95, or Essence Blushplay Sculpting Blush Palette in Play It Pink, R89,95, for powder lovers. If you want to have all your products in one place, use L.A. Girl Blush Collection Glow Palette, R99,95 – it ticks all the right boxes and we love the price, too!

BEAUTY know-how Streamline your nose Not happy with your nose? Surgery isn’t your only option with this nifty trick, you can have a nicer nose in minutes. Draw a line of illuminating concealer down the centre of your nose, from the middle of your eyebrows, stopping a few centimetres above the tip. The stick format of L.O.V Effectful Concealer Pen, R189,95, makes this easy to do. Blend two parallel lines of bronzer on either side of your nose, running from the start of your brows down to the bridge of your nose. Try L.A. Girl Velvet Bronzer Contour Stick, R99,95. Use the Lottie London Kabuki Babe Brush, R215, to blend together. Voila! A slimmer nose in no time. Perk up your eyes Quit staring at those bags and crow’s feet in the mirror, you can blur them out in a matter of minutes…

Use a peach-toned under-eye concealer like Catrice Camouflage Cream Wake Up Effect, R59,95, to counteract the purple shade of dark circles. Dab it on in a V-shape from the inner and outer corners of your eyes, down to the tops of your cheekbones, and then blend. Dab on a pale pink shadow to the inner and outer corners of your eyes only (not all over) and just under your brows. Our current fave is Woolworths Single Eye Shadow in Blooming Perfect, R120. This draws attention to the highest points of your eyes, giving the illusion of lift. Next, use L’Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon in Browny Crush, R159,95, on your top lash line; this makes your eyes look bigger, and is far less harsh than a black liner. Nothing wakes up tired eyes more than mascara. Coat only the ends of your lashes to create an open-eyed effect. You can’t go wrong with Max Factor False Lash Epic Mascara, R205,95. Plump your pout Thin-looking lips will age you in an instant, so give yourself a bolder lip – it’ll distract from any fine lines and wrinkles, and brighten up your complexion, too.

Just be sure to steer clear of a matte finish; it will refect less light and isn’t very flattering on a more mature lip. Start by prepping your lips with a plumping lip cream like L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Filler Renew Anti-Ageing Hyaluronic Replumping Serum, R299,95, before you delve into your make-up bag. Dab a little concealer onto your Cupid’s bow, then use a liner like the Wet n Wild Color Icon Lipliner, R34,95, in a shade that’s slightly darker than your own lip colour and draw it on just outside your natural lip line. Use your finger to blur the colour inwards. Foll ow with a sheer lip gloss on the centre of your bottom lip for a look Angelina Jolie would be proud of! We adore Essence XXXL Nude Lipgloss, R44,95. When it comes to colour, coral is a suits-all option that never fails to reel in the compliments. You can’t go wrong with Clinique Long Last Lipstick in Beach Coral, R320.

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