With it being festival season in South Africa its always a good thing to pump up your makeup. I have Afrika Burn coming up and since its my first time I am on the fence with going pretty or totally crazy. These days there are so many festival makeup options but easiest is to use face glitters and sequins. In this shoot I did back in Jan we kept it really pretty with a touch of face sequins.

This look is the easiest to create all you need is vaseline apply and then apply your glitter or face sequins. Take a large flat brush and apply on cheek bone ands then up into the temple. If you going for the cheek bone keep it to one side of the face otherwise its too much. If you going for eyes then go wild and pop it on both. When it come to the eyes then use an eye glitter glue that will make it last so much longer.

For your festival kit get yourself some stars they sell that at card shops in Cape Town, a sequin glitter set, gem stones for the face, glitter glue and some vaseline. I am still deciding which way to go but here are some subtle to a bit crazier festival looks I am loving.


Its pretty endless with the looks you can create. if you keeping the face glitter/sequin simple then maybe pump up the eyes with a smokey look or bright lips?

Will be posting Afrika Burn Festival posts leading up to April and a festival makeup tutorial will be coming your way.

What’s your festival makeup look?

Happy Friday.

Shahnaz x






There is nothing quite like a dewy highlighted complexion. Its something I do for all my models when prepping their base. A liquid highlighter that you can mix into your foundation gives that fresh glowing look. Which makes the skin look so healthy even when its tired looking. My latest favourite is the Body Shop Drops of Glow Lustre Finish Creator and can be used for face, eyes and lips. Sadly there is only one shade so for the darker complexions this won’t work for you. But check out some of their other products that can definitely work for a darker complexion.

The drops of glow comes with a pipette so there is definitely no wastage. Its got a pink pearly finish so great for light to medium skintones. There are a few ways to use of course mixing into your foundation is perfect for a luminous finish. However you can just apply to top of your cheek bones, cupids bow or apply onto the top of your eyeshadow to give it that extra pop.

You can even mix in with your moisturiser if you are not going to be wearing a base or just going to the beach but still want a glow. Its a great way to refresh your makeup in the day. So pop in your bag and mix in with your foundation any time. For me this will be a great winter product especially when we are all looking a little on the pale side.

Available at Body Shop stores and clicks online the Body Shop drops of glow are definitely worth checking out. Check out their youtube channel  and see some of their amazing tutorials including a tutorial on the glowing complexion.

Sha hnaz x



Looking to create that perfect red lip? Red lips are always going to be on trend its just a fact. Its a timeless classic look that just brings the whole face to life. There are of course lots of different shades to choose from depending on your skin tone. But pretty much most people can pull it off. Not only are there different shades but textures too which also determine how the lip will turn out. Sheer or bold? Blurred or just perfect? In this shoot I went with a perfect red lip that’s perfect for a party night out paired with gold eyes.


Now to create the perfect red lip you need your lip brush, liner and a good red lippie. Remember to make sure lips are hydrated before you apply your lipstick. I used of course a Chanel lipstick for this look the Rouge Allure Velvet no2. I am definitely a more matt type nof girl plus it looks more modern and lasts so you don’t have to reapply as much.

Line lips with a liner this will stop it from bleeding and creates the defition of the lips. Apply the liner onto the edges of the lips not just to the lip itself this will create the illusion of fuller lips. Then take your lip brush if you are doing someone else’s makeup and apply all over. You can go back with the liner once you have applied the lipstick to define again. To really get that lippie to last blot the lips with tissue paper and apply the lipstick again. You can do this 2/3 times this ensures longevity.

A good lip brush is definitely required here. There are different shapes to choose from but one that has flat edges or slightly angled that fits to tthe shape of the lip will really work here. Alternatively apply the lipstick straight onto the lips and then use the brush to fill in the edges.

Here are some of the red lip trends for SS18 from perfect to imperfect:

Happy Friday.

Shahnaz x


We are so used to seeing a normal smokey eye its been a thing forever. But every season we also see the under eye smokey (that’s what I call it). Its actually a lot cooler and great for the younger girls. Normally you see the waterline just filled in. But her you can get bold and work it under the eyes.  To give it a more lived in look you can blend so its a bit more blurred.

This look is as quick and easy that is super pretty and can be perfect for day or night. For the day  pair it with a nude lip for a night look bump up the lips. For this look I used 4 products but really 2 are key for the actual eye not including mascara.

For this look I used my Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Pencil in Roach a gorgeous chocolate liner. Apply the liner and then blend in with a pencil brush to give that subtle smokey look. Its got a really pretty shimmer to it so its gorgeous on its own blended in or on the lash line.

On the lid I applied some shimmer using my creamy Georgio Armani eye tint in no 17. Its truly a favourite of mine and really makes the eye pop and has great staying power. Sadly its not available in the SA  if you can get your hands on one then you in for a treat. Alternatively go for a light shimmer eye shadow or a long wearing cream shimmer shadow. Using dark then light really greats gorgeous definition.

For the crease of the eye I used a taupe shadow from my Smashbox Full Exposure Palette but you can also use any taupe shadow.  Plus add some taupe shadow on the bottom lash line and finish off with mascara.

Remember the easiest way to make your eye makeup last longer is an eye primer.

Finish off the rest of the look by grooming brows, apply a fresh foundation (lots of skincare), highlight, contour, add a cream blush and a nude lip.

Makeup doesn’t have to be complicated and we can all create a simple eye makeup look.


Its gift time again with Elizabeth Arden when you purchase two products that are either a moisturiser, foundation or serum. You get this gorgeous pouch with skincare goodies to take home which is a pretty good incentive if you ask me.  Yet again the brand has come together with the Sparrow Society to make the pouches. If you want to learn more and do a little shopping then click here.The Society creates opportunities to train the disadvantaged giving them skills to create amazing products.

So what do you get in the bag?

My favourite in mini versions the Advanced Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum for the face and one for the eyes. Plus a mini Superstart Skin Renewal Booster.

A mini Plush Up Gelato Lipstick in Strawberry Sorbet its a sheer lippie that is super hydrating and refreshing too.

As well as travel size 50ml Anti-Ageing treatment booster cleanser. I haven’t tried this one yet but super sxcited as am a massive fan of the prevage range.

The gifting started already this month and they are staggering over the next few months in different stores:

15 Jan to 4 Feb at Foschini
12 Feb to 4 March at Truworths
15 April to 6 May at Edgars and Red Square

Definitely a great extra if you looking to get new products adding extra value to your purchase. I love Elizabeth Arden skincare and makeup so really worth checking out.

Shahnaz x

Most people stress when it comes to makeup and how to do a smokey eye and what base to use. Makeup can be really simple and really pretty. As long as your get your skin right everything should fall into place. This look was for a shoot I did a couple of weeks ago. They wanted amazing skin and a pop of colour on the lips. Its definitely a pretty summer makeup look because I have used a bold candy coloured pink lipstick. Plus paired it with a slightly rosy cheek and a pop of light pink on the eyes. The trick is getting your skincare right as well as using a base and highlighter that will illuminate your skin.

Its almost that time of year in South Africa and summer is just around the corner so its time to think about makeup and sunscreen. This post is all about my summer tips for your makeup. For me as it gets really hot I like to keep it light so that my makeup still feels comfirtable and my pores don’t get blocked. Its definitely the time to switch up foundations that are lighter on the skin and sunscreen suscreen and more sunscreen. I love to keep everything fresh and light so working with creams for blush and eyes is also a great way to keep everything light.

The gorgeous Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid lip colour landed on my desk a few weeks ago to the test out by Ruby Box. What I loved about them the most is that they are kiss proof. Now I often shy away from a  bold lip when with my husband because he complains he can’t kiss me. But with these bad boys I can wear my trusty red lip and kiss away. If you didn’t catch my previous post on the ombre lip using two of the lippies then click here or check out the model below to see how gorgeous they are.

I love makeup of course most of us want the high end products and think that’s the best quality but of its just not realistic. I believe that you have should have a mixture of both drugstore and the more expensive products and mix it up. You don’t need to go and spend R1000+ rand on an eyeshadow palette there are great dupes out there that really do the trick. In this post I wanted to share drugstore makeup that I recommend and will not disappoint. There are certain products that you really need to invest in. But when it comes to foundations, concealers, eyeshadows and lippies go check out Clicks, Foschini and Body Shop and you will find a whole load of beauties.