make up artist tips


So I filmed some more video tutorials in studio this morning and my first look was a drugstore/budget tutorial and using make up for different areas of your face so as to be more economical and not having to go and buy lots of make up you may not be able to afford. So here are products that have multiple uses:

Lipstick: This can be used on cheeks for that beautiful cream finish that really gives that healthy and natural colour on the cheek. In the video I used a pink lipstick for both my lips and cheeks. So if you want a pop of colour but you can’t afford to spend a fortune double then you can try this out.

Eyeshadow: If you don’t want to go out and buy a brow kit or brow pencil then you can use a matt shdow to fill your brows too. For fairer skin tones you can use a lighter shade like a taupe and for the darker skin girls go for a very dark brown like Espresso from Bobbi Brown or a black for the really bold brow depending on how dark your skin is. Pearly or Champagne Shimmer eyeshadows are great as a highlighter for on top of the cheek bones, on the bridge of the nose and on the cupids bow.

Eye Pigments: I love using matt pigments that would normally be used on the eyes to matt a lipstick, It gives the look an extra dimension that can very cool especially if you going really bright. Alternatively go for a shimmer pigment and pop into the inner part of your lips to create a 2 tone lip with an extra pop.

Bronzers: These are great to use on the eyes into the crease to create real definition while still going the more natural route and a cream contour product can be used on the eyes to which looks amazing with a red lip.

Eye Liners & Lip Liners: These double up as lip liners sometimes and if you want to create the 2 tone lip where the lip is a dark shade on the outside and then blends into a red lip use a black liner or gel to create the outline and then apply the red onto the lips and blend with a blending brush. Lip liners can also be used as an eyeliner obviously not all colours that work on your lip will work on your eye and visa versa but if you going for a maroon or plum shade or even a deep purple lip liner would look beautiful on the eyes.

Finishing Powders: If you don’t want to go out and buy a matt lipstick then take your translucent powder with your fingers and patt onto your lips to make it matt. But remember apply lip blame underneath the lipstick first so your lips don’t dry out.

Hope you enjoyed my tips.

Shahnaz x


Glam Dark Lips By Michael Kors

I blogged a while back about the Michael Kors beauty range that hit SA but I didn’t get my hands on the Glam range until this week. I am very into the dark berry lip because firstly it looks pretty hot if your skin looks amazing and you have lots of mascara and the key thing its a massive make up trend.

I recently posted a video on how to wear the dark lip 3 ways so in continuation from that I wanted to share the Michael Kors Glam Dame Lipstick and Glam Icon Lip Lustre. Firstly they feel great on the lips and really hydrating but what I like about these 2 goodies is that you can wear the trend without it being too much.

Here is me wearing the gloss you can still rock the berry trend without your lips looking way too dark, its pretty shade and looks great with a minimum make up or you can wear with a smokey eye without taking away from the eye:

MK Glam 2The second pic is me wearing the lipstick again the colour isn’t too dark so its really wearable day or night. When applying to get ore intensity you need to apply a few layers:

MK Lip 1The lippes are available at Stuttafords in Cape Town and Joburg but sadly you can’t buy online yet.

Shahnaz x

So I filmed so How To video’s at the women24.com studio’s at the end of last year from how to apply foundation, brows, highlighting and contouring, applying blush, smokey eye and a nude lip. Here is the first instalment with me explaining about foundation and concealer with the lovely Jana from Women 24. When I showed my sister this morning she laughed and said I look just like a TV presenter! I am very serious when in front of the camera. So here is a tutorial on how to apply foundation and concealer.

Hope you enjoy it and will be posting more over the next couple of weeks.

Shahnaz x

So this video was supposed to be edited by my husband before Christmas but due to a hectic schedule its only up now. Its a party inspired look with a gloss effect on the eye to give that extra pop.

So here are the products I used to create the look:

Smashbox Photo Finish Hydrating Primer

Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Eyeshadow Palette

Mac Brow Pencil in Lingering

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Limited Edition 8 HR Cream

Lancome Teint Visonnaire Duo Make Up in no 4

Chanel Healthy Glow Powder no 60

Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in Lightscapade

Mac Blush in Coppertone


Mac Modern Browns Palette

Daniel Sandler Blotting Powder

Hope you enjoy the video. Shahnaz x

Get The Look: Modern Smokey

I think most people think a smokey eye should be a black or chocolate brown but the amazing thing with make up is that it evolves and there are so many ways to do a smokey and it doesn’t have to be a dark shade. In the Jon Galliano show SS13 we saw pops of white mixed with the smokey eye to make the eyes really pop. In this shoot we were shooting Topshop, Forever New and Jo Borkett clothing for Edgars VIP and with the neutral shades we went for a look that would work well with the clothing and also make Emma’s eyes really pop.



So how did I create the look?

Skin: I applied a rich moisturiser so that Emma’s skin was already glowing before I applied the make up, prepping the skin is so key to getting that glowing flawless finish. I used my fabulous Nars Luminous Moisture Cream. The foundation I used was the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk in no 4 and buffed in using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to really work the product into the skin. I concealed under ther eyes using the Mac Pro Conceal and Correct Palette.

Eyes: I prepped the eyes first by applying foundation first to make sure the eyeshadow stays. I blended Mac  eyeshadow in Paradisco and Free to Be  into the socket and winged out and then in the waterline and down to the inner corners of the eye I used my Mac Pro Chromaline in Pure White but you can opt for an eyeliner or a white gel liner. I applied the product on the waterline with a thin eyeliner brush and then with a Mac 263 angle brush I applied the chromaline down in the inner corner of the eye to give a cat effect. For the brows I pplied my trusty Mac brow pencils in Fling and Lingering and then applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara.

Contouring and Highlighting: This was really key in creating this look because it is all about structure which the clothes really had. I contoured using my Chanel Healthy Glow Powders and for the highlighting I used Mac Mineralise Skin Finish in Lightscapade.

Lips: I kept the lip nude so as not to take away from the eyes first I made sure they were hydrated with Carmes lip balm and then I applied Mac Satin lipstick in Siss.

Remember you can play with make up and try anything out. Practice practice practice.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

So I always write about my best beauty buys but I haven’t yet done a post that shows you how you can which budget buys can be used to rock the current SS13 trends here is SA. I went to an event yesterday and everyone either had a bright pink, red or orange lip as well as myself and it got me thinking about doing a trends post on a budget.

In the main image above I have chosen 3 key trends which is the bright lip, smokey at the bottom lash line and the minimal make up beautiful contoured face. So here are my budget picks so that you can work the trends and not break the bank.

Bright Lip: They part of this look is the fresh skin and the pink lip. For thse skin try Maybelline FIT ME Foundation (R150) it has a lovely dewy finish and looks very natural and for the lip try Maybelline Colour Sensational in 904 Vivid Rose (R69.95) its a beautiful pink shade and really hydrating on the lips.

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The Lower Lashline: This look has a focus under the lash line and a soft wash of colour on the lid paired with a beautiful flawless finish and contoured skin. For this look try Catrice Absolute Nude Palette (R64.95) apply the lighter shades on the lid and on the bottom lash line blend in the darker shades and for  the skin opt for Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation (R169.95).

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Minimal Make Up: This look is all about the flawless skin and contouring with a little bit of mascara and a nude lip. For this look try Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream (R89) it has more coverage than most BB creams and feels amazing on the skin and the Catrice Sun Glow Matt Bronzing Powder ( R54.95) for the natural contouring on the face as you want the look to be like you really aren’t wearing anything.

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Hope you enjoyed my post and will be filming some more budget make up tutorials soon. x




Smashbox What’s New

Earlier this week I attended a Smashbox event in Cape Town where their latest products were showcased. I am very excited with what they showed us and am very happy to say that Smashbox products are even better than they were before. I hadn’t been to a Smashbox counter in a while and am very happy to see so many new products.

For those of you who don’t know about Smashbox is an American brand from LA and its the only make up brand that was created with in a studio and tried and tested in front of a camera.  Its all about beauty with and edge and about being picture perfect all the time. Since the arrival of Instagram people are talking selfie’s all the time and we want to be camera ready all the time. Smashbox promise that their make up and especially with their foundations are 100% photo friendly.

So what’s new at Smashbox?

HD Liquid Halo Foundation R370: This foundation is gorgeous and I am very excited to test this out on set. There are 10 shades available from light to dark. I really want to test out the darkest shade and see if it can really work on the darkest skin tone. So the foundation has a new technology called liquid light technology and can be applied with either brush or fingers if you want the foundation to really melt into your skin. See the diagram below:

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The foundation is buildable so you can go sheer or get better coverage by buffing in with a foundation brush but if you suffer from bad skin you will also need to conceal. Its oil free and hydrating which is a big plus for me and it allows the skin to look its best and be natural at the same time as it works with the skin’s natural undertones. Plus its traceless to the eye if blended in properly as well as being sweat and humidity resistant.

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I love the texture and I love how it feels on my skin its very light and feels like you have nothing on. This foundations will definitely go into my pro kit. Here is a pic of me with the foundation and smudged smokey eye using one of their new kohl pencil’s:

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I went for the foundation shade in No 5 which is a shade darker than I would normally go for but my body is darker so I wanted everything to match. I love that with the pencil you can create a beautiful smudged smokey eye.

Always Sharp Khol Waterproof Liners R200: Love love love these pencils. They are great quality and glide on so easily into the skin and you can blend them in so easily to create a smudged smokey eye, a base for your smokey eye or a graphic eye and they come in 8 shades. The biggest selling point for me is that they are self sharpening so when you twist the cap the pen sharpens!!! I tested out the chocolate pencil yesterday creating a smudged smokey eye and then blended in and the pencil lasted from 9am till 9pm when I took my make up off and was still in the waterline so this will be great for a shoot so you don’t have to keep reapplying.

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Check out this video’s on 3 ways to use the pencils:

More Than A Primer R390: So since I last checked out Smashbox they had a few primers which I liked but now they have introduced so many more totalling to 13 primers in total including a luminiser and hydrating primer (need these).

So the one they have recently launched is the Photofinish Blemish Control Primer with breakthrough technology. Smashbox promises that it can banish blemishes in as little as 2 weeks and is a complete treatment for people suffering from acne. Its very light in texture and glides on to the skin so its breathable and soothing to the skin. It has the feel of silicone but is more like water on the skin so those of you that get irritated by silicone then you will be very happy with this primer. its also oil free and controls oil over time. It contains 2% salicylic acid which will treat the acne but won’t dry the skin. Apply on your skin before your foundation.

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For more amazing video’s on their products and how to apply go to their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/SmashboxCosmetics

Hope you enjoyed my post. x

So its not rocket science with the beauty tips I am going to share but there are some ladies out there that still struggle with their beauty regime and make up application etc. So here are my top tips:

  • Exfoliate 2/3 times a week. This is key for a flawless complexion as it removes the dead skin and gives a beautiful glow if done regularly.
  • Moisturise day and night. This step cannot be missed as you need to keep skin hydrated. If you suffer from dry skin then chuck on a night serum too. Make sure you know what skin type you are and use the right moisturiser.
  • When choosing your foundation make sure that is matches your chest area as so many women have a paler face than the rest of their body. Go for a foundation a shade darker then to make sure everything matches and blend the foundation into your neckline.
  • Always wear SPF winter or summer some foundations have an SPF but they are never that high. Go for a light fluid sunscreen.
  • For a luminous glow then add a little bit of a shimmer cream like Mac strobe cream mixed in with your foundation to cheat that healthy glow.
  • When applying blush don’t smile beacuse as we get older everything sags and then once the blush has been applied its at the bottom of the face and not on your cheeks. Apply on the apples of your cheeks working upwards towards the top of the cheek bone.
  • When it comes to applying powder eyeshadow you need to set your eyes first with either a primer, foundation or a cream based shadow otherwise the shadow will not last on your lids.
  • Highlighting for me is essential for a luminous glow remember when highlighting apply on top of the brow bone, along the bridge of your nose and on your cupids bow.
  • Blending is something you need to practice so make sure you first have the right brush go for a Mac 217 brush as it really makes your life so much easier. When blending be light handed and sweep the brush across your crease line like a windscreen wiper. Remember to dust off the excess on the back of your hands before applying.
  • For the older ladies go for matt eyesdahows and not shimmery eyeshshadows as the shimmer highlights the wrinkles!!!
  • Make sure you apply a finishing powder in your T-Zone so you are not shiny in the places you don’t want to be and remember don’t miss the sides of your nostrils.
  • When buying lipstick don’t test on the back of your hand make sure you try on to see if it suits you.

That’s it for now. Will be posting more beauty tips each week!!!

So my latest Elle Magazine Style For Less Editorial is out shot by Justin Polkey and the lovely model Emma Menteath. The clothes were very structured so the ladies from Elle wanted a flawless highlighted and contoured face and then a dramatic eye and brow. So here is how I created the look:

  • Prepped the skin Dr Haushka Light Day Rose Cream
  • Before applying foundation I highlighted the cheek bones with Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate
  • I applied Georgio Armani Luminous Foundation in no 4 (cheaper option is Maybelline FIT ME)
  • I concealed the skin under the eyes, on the cheeks and around the nose with Mac Pro/Correct Conceal Palette and Maybelline Wake Me Concealer.
  • For the eyes I applied Mac Paint Pot in Groundwork and then created the smokey eye using the Mac Veluxe Pearl Shadow in Brown Luxe taking the darkest shade and blending into the crease of the eye and winging it out and using the taupe colour onto the lids. This palette is a limited edition so try the Stilla Natural Eye Palette to create the same effect.
  • For the brows I went quite a few shades darker using the Mac Brow Pencil in Spiked and for the lashes I applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara.
  • I contoured under the cheek bones with the Chanel Healthy Glow Powder in no 40 and I highlighted on top of the cheek bones and into the temple with Becca Skin Illuminator.
  • For the cheeks I lightly dusted Mac blush in Sunbasque.
  • For the lips I applied Carmex to hydrate the lips and then using my fingers I applied a nude Mac lipstick with a peach tone.



I hope you enjoyed my post. x

Get The Look: Bronze Skin and Orange Lip

So am currently on holiday getting a tan! Here is a simple fresh look I did last night for my dinner date with my lovely husband. As the current trend is an orange lip I thought why not. Remember the rule of thumb is if you go for a bright lip or even a dark lip keep the rest of the face really clean. So here is how I created the look:

  • Prepped my skin with Clarins Flash Beauty Balm
  • Buffed into my skin Mac Face and Body Foundation in C5 as I wanted a healthy sheer glow.
  • To cheat the extra colour I buffed in Stila HD Beauty Bronzing Balm in a figure 3 down each side of my face.
  • For an extra bronzing and glow on the rest of my face I buffed in the Chanel Healthy Glow Powder in no 60 and went under my cheek bones ober the Stila to really enhance the contour. I applied on the top of my forehead, down my nose, on my chin and on my jaw line and into my neck so that my face matched my body.
  • I applied a cream shadow from the new Mac Cream Eye Palette SS14 to give a really natural feel and for my lashes used my new Kiko mascara.
  • I didn’t fill my brows but it for this look you definitely can.
  • I applied on my cheeks Forever New Cream Blush in no 8.
  • For my lips I used Kiko lipstick in 508 which is an orange colour.

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Remember you don’t have to use the exact products I used. There is a lot available on the market budget and expensive that has the same effect.

Hope you enjoyed my post. x