I am absolutely obsessed with a glowing complexion. Its my go to on shoots and its why I get booked on jobs. Of course skincare is the major factor in getting that glow.  If you don’t take care of your skin your makeup will NOT look great. As well as a good routine I love to use illuminators mixed in with foundation to really go that extra mile. They really do add the extra GLOW. Beautiful skin just brings all the makeup  together. What I love about an illuminator is that not only do they add extra glow they have skincare benefits as well. So its really a win win situation.

I have lots of illuminators in my makeup stash because I am a bit of a glow junklie. Today I am chatting about some firm favs of mine. So here is my list and why I love them so much:

Ole Henrikson Banana Bright Face Primer: This primer is just absolutely stunning as not only is it a primer that will keep your foundation on longer. It also has a stunning gold undertone that really makes the complexion glow so beautifully. I actually discovered the primer by chance from another makeup artist @namvo on instagraam who is known for her glow. Its a Vitamin C powered illuminating primer that delivers instant radiance. Infused with the must have Banana Powder and brightening pigments that makes you look oh so glow.

Becca First Light Priming Filter: Instantly brightening makeup primer that refreshes dull complexions using Cool Light Technology. Infused with vitamin E and hyaluronic acid, this lavender primer applies sheer on most skin tones to smooth and prep for makeup application. It gives a subtle glow to the skin that I absolutely love making the foundation look amazing.

Mac Strobe Cream: The origional Mac strobe cream has been around a long time. When Mac bought out the different undertone creams I was so happy. I love the Goldlite and Peachlite they really add that extra glow and dimension to the complexion. The creams are the ultimate quick fix for skin. Super-powered with potent botanicals, they boost the look of dull, flat or tired-looking skin with nutritious vitamins and a mega-dose of green tea. Brightens and clarifies with iridescent particles and antioxidants. Adds the softest glow to skin in sunlight to spotlight.

Mac Fix + Pinklite: This face mist can be spritzed before or after makeup to get that amazing glow and hydration to the skin. The new formula is now infused with pearlescent pearls for that ultimate glow, but still carries all the hydrating, soothing and refreshing benefits of the original version. Skin looks so radiant and healthy. They are also great to mist thought out the day if makeup needs a refresh and you just want to add to that glow.

Bobbi Brown Illuminating Balm: This balm is a real go to for me in my pro makeup kit. As well as seriously hydrating it adds such a stunning glow to the complexion. Its not only super hydrating but this illumintor leaves the most beaautiful golden glow to the complexion as you can see below on my model. You an use the moisture balm as a moisturiser, mix in with foundation or use as a cream highlighter and apply on the key points of your face.

With these two models I wanted to show you how gorgeous skin can look with combined skincare and an illuminator. Skin looks healthy and radiant and has that lit from within feel. On shoots I like to use mac face and body foundation because its more sheer. However its too sheer for me to personally because of my pigmentation. However an illuminator mixed into your foundation will give you the same glowing finish.

Shahnaz x

I love playing with eye colours when it comes to makeup as it really makes the eyes pop. This week’s look is a Pretty Purple Eye with Huda Beauty Mecury Retrograde palette. I really love it because you can create so many gorgeous looks. As always her pallettes have a beautiful mix of matte and  foil shades that have such a beautiful colour pay off.  All of the matte shades can be worn on or mixed in wth the foil shades.

For this look I applied the oh so pretty Lilac shade Libra and worked into the crease, inner corner of the eyes as well as the bottom lash line.

Its a shade that really compliments the blue in my dress and looks amazing on its own. You could just finish off mascara or apply a liquid liner if you wanted to amp it up.

For the pop on the eyes I used my fingers as the foil shades work better with the fingers. Here I applied Ultraviolet which actually looks purple in the palete but has a slight blue undertone.

I kept the look simple as that’s my style and I want to make it easy for my readers. Makeup doesn’t need to be complicated or stressful. Here I applied the RVB Lab False Lash Mascara it gives gorgeous looking lashes.

For the glow I used one of my favs the Nars Orgasm Liquid Highlighter its a rose gold illuminator once blended it makes the skin look AMAZING. It blends so beautifully and gives that really natural glow to the skin.

For the cheeks I used the Nars Orgasm Blush this is the limited edition palette but its their cult shade. The blush has a gold undertone so it really adds a beautiful glow and shimmer the skin.

For the lips I kept it nude using the Pat Magrath Labs Fetish 1 Lipstick I kept it nude so as not to take away from the pretty eyes. You can use any nude lipstick that matches your complexion.

I then applied the nude Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Lip Colour in Tulle just add a touch of shine over the matte lippie.

If you love the pretty purple eye and can’t get your hands on the Huda Beauty Mecury Retrograde Palette.  Try the Rimmel Magnif’Eyes Electric Violet Edition and you can create something similar.

Shahnaz x


For those of you who know and follow me I do love an eyeshadow palette. In the recent months I have really updated my stash to include two of the three Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Palettes. I love that they are compact with a mix of matte and shimmer shades. You can go subtle or full on smoke and take it day to night.For the look I used the Light palette as I am obsessing over the pretty colours and it has a more summer feel. The look is super pretty and really easy to create at home. Makeup should be no fuss its really all about enhancing your features.

To create the definition in the crease I took the light matte shade and really defined my eyes. Then took the pretty rust shimmer shade and patted into my eye lid to create the pop.

For more intensity I applied the dark chocolate shade and went back into the outer and inner corners of my eyes. I used fellow makeup artist Tash Pops makeup brushes to create the eye look.

For the shimmer on my brow bone I used my fingers and applied the light pink shade to add that extra pop. Placing the shadow here really defines the brow bone.

I am loving my RVB LAB False Lash Mascara it really coats and adds volume to my very sad lashes. Rich in volumising ingredients, it makes the lashes thicker and more elastic, lengthening and increasing their volume. Enriched with Ceramide 2 to help strengthen lashes and prevent breakage. For a full lash effect apply 2-3 coats.

To complete the look I kept my face fresh and finished off with a nude lip using one of the Rimmel Nude shades.

If you are going for a pretty smokey eye you can keep lips nude or add an orange or red if you are feeling bold. All the Huda Beauty Nude Obsession palette’s are available in SA on Takealot. There is a palette for all skin tones and of course always amazing quality. Huda beauty really have the shimmer and foil shades down absolute perfection.

Shahnaz x



The new Chanel SS20 Makeup Collection is here people and its beautiful. I got a little taster of the whole collection which included the key items such as the eye shadow palette, the illumiunating powder and the gorgeous Baume Essentiel. I kept the whole makeup look in the post using Chanel makeup and I really love the final look. The Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet came launched the end of last year but I didn’t get my shade so wanted to show you how it looked on me.

The collection created by Luca Pica the Chanel Creative Makeup and Colour Designer. Inspired by the way the light hit the landscape and the natural, raw beauty of the desert, Chanel’s ‘Desert Dream’ makeup collection for Spring/Summer 2020 is a palette of bronze, muted pinks, dusty mauves, and soft browns with pops of peach and rosy tones, with both matte and shimmery finishes that celebrate the dramatic desert landscape’s textures.

For the base I used the Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth Effect Foundation Velvet Matte Finish with SPF 15 (R835) came launched the end of last year but I didn’t get my shade so wanted to show you how it looked on me. The foundation leaves my skin feeling silky smooth I really love it. The foundation totally evens out my complexion giving the illusion of a flawless complexion. Its ultra light and looks so natural on, you literally feel like you aren’t wearing anything. If you didn’t read my review check it out here.

The key palette for the collection is Les 4 Ombre’s in Warm Memories (R1000) there is one other but this one is definitely my favourite. With 3 irridescent and 1 matte shades its a beautiful palette to create a few different looks. I started with the matte shade to contour my eye and create the shape.

I then went in with beautiful peachy orange shade its so gorgeous on even on its own. I worked the shade into the creaase to add more dimension.

I then took the darkest irridescent shade and worked it along my top and bottom and lash line and on the outer and inner corners of my eye to add more definition and create a more smokey eye. Then finished off with lots of mascara on my top lashes.

The Limited edition Eclat Du Desert Illuminating Powder (R1020) is so beautiful I was sad that I had actually use it because its so pretty. The highlighter gives the skin a soft illuminating glow inspired by shimmering sand and dunes. The highlighter comes with a fan brush so you can sweep on the top of your cheek bones to get that beautifiul shimmer.

I am so happy that there is now a bronze Baume Essentiel (R775) this one is Golden Light. If you follow me on instagram I have been raving about the origional one in sculpting and now this one. It looks amazing on most skin tones but on darker skin tones it gives such an unbelievable glow. The balm is glossy and can be used on top of the cheek bones as well as your lids on its own. Here I have used it on top of my cheek boes to enhance the glow and make skin look glossy in the light.

I also contoured using a matte chanel bronzer and added a pink flush to my cheeks using a Chanel blusher but both from older collections.

Now the Chanel Ombre Premiere Laque (R590) is a new long wearing liquid eyeshadow with a metallic veil that can be used on its own, over the eyeshadow to give a pop or here I did something different and used on my lips. There are 5 different shades mine is a bronze/gold shade called Rising Sun. Its a matte liquid that is so pretty as a lip shade as well. Thats what I love about makeup you can play and use products in different ways.

This week I will be doing another tutorial on insta stories using the liquid eyeshadow so watch this space. I didn’t get my hands on any of the lipsticks but check out this Chanel tutorial from the collection:

The Chanel SS20 Makeup Collection is in selected Edgars aand Woolworths stores definitely worth checking out. Love Love Love.

Shahnaz x






I started this year taking a break from writing on my blog but some exciting things happened in 2020. I was so excited to host my first ever skincare and makeup masterclass with fellow artist Raine Tauber. Its definitely been an exciting year so far plus I was also featured as a beauty judge in Woman and Home Magazine. Its been a dream of mine to share my tips and tricks especially when it comes to my signature glow. We focused on how to prep the skin to get the glow we all love. Plus I shared a pretty summer makeup look and Raine thatm quick 5 min smokey eye.

As you all know for those who follow me I am obsessed with skincare and a beautiful glowing complexion. I love to layer my products on myself and on models on shoots once you get the skin and base right everything really falls into place. I have favourite skincare brands that vary from Body Shop to Chanel. For the workshop I focused on vegan skincare as well as affordable French Skincare. Avene and Bioderma are real favs of mine and for those lucky attendees they got their hands on a jumbo Bioderma Micellar Water.

I love face mists and the Avene Eau Thermal Spray is a must for everyone for hydration and to soothe sensitve skin. In the skincare part of the masterclass I featured both the Avene Thermal spray and the Hydrance Serum they are an amazing combo. A fav of mine the Eco Diva Liquid Vitamin Hydra Mist was also featured plus the Skoon Glow Drops these are amazing to add into your moisturiser. For prepping lips I use a variety of products but here I used on Esmerelda the Bioderma Restorative Lip Repair. Its really hydrating and adds  glow to the lips.

I love to add either use a strobe cream or illuminating balm with foundation. In the masterclass I blended the Bobbi Brown Ilumination Balm in Golden Glow with Mac Face and Body to really give an amazing all over glow. For highlighter I have so many but here I went with the Dior Backstage Glow Palette.

I really love to use soft brushes for the base as they blend the foundation beautifully with no streaks. My Kit Co are some of my favourite brushes sadly they are not available in South Africa yet. Invest in good brushes Morphe, Mac and Sigma have some amazing brushes for that smooth application.

Concealer is my best friend go for a more sheer to medium coverage foundation if you can then use concealer for the rest. Concealer is a great way to take away the redness, dark spots and darkness under the eyes. I love to use either a blending brush or the Mac 287 duo fibre brush for a seamless finish. Am currently loving the Mac Studio Fix 24 Hour Smoorth Wear Concealer its seamless, creamy and has good longevity.

I love grooming brows with either a clear brow gel or my Soap Brows as they both also add a beautiful shine to the brows as well as groom them beautifully. Invest in good pencil to fill in brows naturally Mac Spiked and Lingering a real goodies.

I always love to keep makeup simple and easy to recreate. On the day of the masterclass we had some makeup artists but the rest were every day women wanting to learn tips and tricks. How to achieve the glow and create a makeup look that adds to the glowing complexion. I love pops of colour on the eyes so here I used Colourpop Baby Got Peach (R390). The palettes are so affordable plus the colours are gorgeous. The palette has a mix of matte’s, shimmers and a glitter to make the centre of the lids pop.

skincare and makeup workshop

I am a massive fan of using creams especially when it comes to blush. if you are looking to achieve the glow cream blushes work a treat. For the workshop I used my Nars Liquid Orgasm Blush but Mac have amazing cream blushes for all skin tones that are amazing.

For the complete glow look glosses work a treat. Here I worked a lipstick by patting in with my fingers and then applying a gloss over.

Super pretty, glowing and fresh here is my gorgeous model Esmeralda with her finished look. The makeup tutorial should be coming your way soon.

The next workshop will be on the 2nd May tickets will go live later this month. We were so lucky to have amazing goody bags sponsored by Bioderma, Filorga, Mac, RVB Lab, Swiitch Beauty and Buttercup Beauty.We strive to give each person amazing things to take home and play with and also share our knowledge.

Will keep you posted on the next one.

Shahnaz x

Baby Take a Brow with the latest Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Brow Perfector. The latest addition to the beautiful colour range I really like these new brow pens. Even though I don’t often fill my own brows (its a personal choice) I always make sure my models brow is looking its best. I am more of a natural brow kind of girl I can’t stand the over done brow that just is too contoured and filled in within in an inch of its life. This SS19 trend is virgin brows so for those of you who already have perfect brows then thats great. However, there are others who need some help and these brow pens are perfect for that.

The Perfect Red Lip needs 2 key elements the liner and of course the lipstick. There are some extra tricks to really make the lip look amazing which I will be chatting about in this post. Here I have used one of my fav liners from Mac the Ruby Woo. You could actually use this liner on its own if you wanted. However, I have mixed it up with the gorgeous Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Fusion to make that perfect red lip.

Its a new season and that means new makeup and times to change things up. Being a 90’s girl myself I love that the 90’s makeup trend is back and its so easy. The key to the look is the lip and the eyes. I kept my take on the look really simple with the focus on the lips using the Mac Paramount Satin Lipstick. I kept eyes simple with a wash of colour and tanned up my skin and added the glow I love.

Intoducing one of my new favs the Chanel Ultra Le Teint Velvet Blurring Smooth Effect Foundation SPF 15. Its the latest in their foundation offering and its gorgeous of course. The origional foundation was the Perfection Lumiere Velvet but its made a comback with a new name and finish. Am waiting to get my hands on my shade so sadly I can’t show you what it looks like on me. I did get to test it out on one of my friends and its truly beautiful on. As it says on the bottle it blurs and smooths the complexion leaving skin looking flawless and radiant. Love it.

The gorgeous Chanel Rouge Allure Ink Lipsticks landed on my desk last week and boy are they pretty. I am definitely  a Chanel girl though and though and when it comes to the lippies I can’t get enough. I got to test out the 3 new beautiful shades of which one is the Rouge Allure Ink Fusion the pink/red shade and the gold and berry shade are the Allure Ink. All gorgeous quality that look so pretty on and are so easy to apply. I love the lipstick packaging with the frosted glass case that just feels really luxurious.