Beautiful Makeup Techniques

Flaunt what you’ve got by using light, luminous products that don’t look caked on… Apply a brightening under-eye concealer like Clinique All About Eyes Concealer, R340, plus a tinted primer, moisturiser, or BB cream that still lets your natural skin tone come through – we love Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active BB Cream, R119,95. To give your complexion a boost, try using Essence Strobing Highlighter, R64,95; use the Lottie London Powder Brush, R145, to then sweep it in a C-shape from the top of your cheekbones to halfway above highlighter to your Cupid’s bow.

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Apply a soft wash of nude shadow to your lids (there’s no need to be too precise), and use a light eyeshadow crayon to accent the inner corners of your eyes. To help perk up tired eyes, try L’Oréal Paris Infallible Eyeliner in Flawless Grey, R159,95, along the top of your lash line and on the outer corners, and don’t forget the mascara – whatever the time of day, it’s a miracle worker. Opt for one that does it all, scan the label for promises of volume, Ultimate All-in-One Mascara, R170.

A nude lip done right makes your lips look fuller, but remember: don’t use a shade that’s lighter than your skin, rather opt for a slightly darker blush shade, like L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Matte Obsession Lipstick in Strike A Rose, R179,95; make sure lips are well moisturised – mattes and chapped lips don’t mix well.

Think bold and beautiful – it’s time to up the ante with a bright pop of colour and a sun-kissed glow. Using a stippling brush like Real Techniques Stippling Brush, R199,95, apply a dewy foundation over your lighter, daytime base, then a sweep of bronzer to chisel cheekbones. Our favourites are Maybelline Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation, R99,95, and Clarins Bronzing Duo SPF 15 Mineral Powder Compact, R425.
It’s not all about loading up on dark eyeshadow when it comes to an evening everyone and takes less time to apply. Sweep it across your lid, blending with a slightly darker shade at the outer corners. We really love Essence All About Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, R89,95. Then, take a liquid liner across your top lash line and Skinny Liquid Liner, R199. Don’t layer up your mascara – wet mascara on top of dry mascara = clump fest. If you have time, you can add a few individual falsies.

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