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Which Foundation To Choose?

I get asked pretty much on a daily basis what foundation to recommend and what’s my favourite. Quite a few of my favs are not available in SA like Nars Sheer Glow, Benefit Oxygen Wow Flawless and Georgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation which I am totally in love with and are great for every day and on photo shoots (LOVE)

However there is still a great selection here from budget to pricey here in SA. But remember when choosing foundation you need to match the foundation to your skin type whether its dry, normal, combination or oily. So here is my list of what I love to use on myself and when on a job:

Bourjois Healthy MixFoundation R169.95: I have blogged about this foundation and included in make up tutorials. I am a big fan of this foundation and have been using it on myself for quite a while. I always get such great comments on how amazing my skin looks and that I look like I am not wearing any make up. For me I like to apply with my fingers and really massage into the skin to get that natural finish, you can also build it up by using a foundation brush. Its vitamin rich and boosts radiance and always makes me look really fresh even though I am always knackered!!!!!

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Smashbox HD Liquid Halo Foundation R370: Recently discovered I really do love this foundation. I have tested it out and blogged about it and on Monday filmed a tutorial using the foundation which will be out in the next few weeks. This foundation has light reflecting technology so it blurs out the imperfections and it feels and looks amazing on the skin. It is a sheer to medium coverage so for a more medium coverage press the foundation into the skin using a buffing brush I love using my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. I have added this foundation to my pro kit as I love that much.

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Mac Mineralise Moisture SPF 15 R360: A big hit backstage for AW13 on some of the major shows and a big hit with the make up artists. This foundation is a great  for that dewy healthy glowing skin and even though it has SPF the foundation looks amazing with a flash camera and its one I have used a lot of times on a shoot and I absoloutely love how the skin looks. With a combination of powders this foundation creates an optical blurring effect that helps dimish imperfections and even out skintone. It has a light reflecting natural satin finish creating a beautiful healthy glowing skin (includes Shea Butter and Vitamin E0. Available online www.maccosmetics.co.za (YAY).

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Mac Face and Body R310: This foundation is one of those foundations used by a lot of pro artists as its an amazing product for a sheer glowing finish on the face and great for that no make up make up look, but its also an amazing product to apply on the body for shoots to cheat the tan on the body. The foundation can be very sheer but you can build it up if applied with a buFfing brush. My how to create a healthy glow tutorial will be out in the next few weeks features this foundation. Its a key staple in my kit.

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Bobbi Brown Stick R360: This stick foundation never let’s me down on a shoot especially when I am working with darker skin models. The stick foundation gives medium to full coverage and I use this foundation if the model has pigmentation, uneven skintone and bad skin combined with the creamy concealer. I always prep the skin even before I apply any foundation and once prepped this foundation glides onto the skin and gives a beautiful flawless finish in front of the camera. For the darker skin models I usually use 2 shades as I find they have the most uneven skin tone and the Bobbi Brown shades just really work. Its also won make up awards so you know its a goodie.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage R415: I love this foundation for model’s that have bad skin or have pigmentation plus its great if your skin is a little bit oily. Best tip for using this foundation is to mix with a little moisturiser  as its quite thick and the finish is matt but with the moisturiser it still gives a glow to the skin. It really has great covearge and when in front of the camera under the flash the bad skin is camouflaged and is also a winner for under eyes concealing, when applying under the eyes tap the product in with your index finger.

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YSL  Le Teint  Touche Eclat R540: A little bit more on the expensive side but a beautiful foundation for that luminous finish. YSL describes this foundation as “the illuminating magic light of touche eclat in a foundation”.  I like to use this foundation when the model has great skin and it just melts in when applied with a buffing brush and gives the feel of natural beautiful looking skin. The coverage is from sheer to medium coverage so when applying for more coverage press the foundation into the skin either using a beauty blender or a buffing brush so the product stays on the skin.

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Hope you enjoyed my post. Will be writing about more budget foundations soon. x


I recently got my hands on the new Nars Eyeshadow Outremer which is an amazing Colbalt bright blue colour and I really wanted to create a tutorial using this shade. Its also a great alternative to a black or brown smokey eye and its very modern plus on trend! I also matched it with the Maybelline Colour Tattoo 24 Hr eyeshadow in Electric blue as the base. If you can’t get your hands on the Nars shadow then you can just use the Maybelline cream shadow as its amazing on its own.

Here are the products I used:

Maybelline 24 HR Colour Tattoo in Electric Blue

Nars Eyeshadow in Outremer

Charlotte Tilbury Liquid Eye Pencil Rock n Kohl

Mac Brow Pencil in Fling

Charlotte Tilbury Fat Lashes Mascara

Topshop Glow highlighter in Gleam

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze

Makeup Forever HD Cream Blush in Coral

Maybelline Colour Whisper Lipstick in Cherry on Top

Hope you enjoy the tutorial. x

I recently did a shot and the brief was a road trip/festival vibe. Its been big in Europe and now living in South Africa with Spring upon us the festival season is about to begin with Rockin the Daisies. So what is the look for that is really on trend for festivals? The usual look is usually quite natural with cool textured/tousled hair with maybe a head piece or coloured tips. In the image above we went for a really natural look with beautiful textured hair (my lovely colleague Alet did the hair). Here is how the look was created and I will also give some extra tips for festival beauty:

  • I prepped the skin with moisturiser but if you are in the sun go for a suncream with a high SPF before applying your make up.
  • For the skin I kept it really natural and used the Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation and buffed into the skin. If you want a more natural vibe then go for a BB Cream or Tinted moisturiser instead.
  • For the eyes I used a long wearing cream based shadow from Ellis Faas but its not available in SA so try maybelline Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows in one of the nude or gold shades its a great budget product that is easy to apply and has great staying power.
  • I filled in the brows using Mac Brow Pencil in Fling its a great way to fill brows and make them look really natural but complete your look especially when you are going for more natural make up.
  • For the lashes I applied Benefit They’re Real Mascara but for a festival try a waterproof based mascara that will really last no matter what the weather.
  • I highlighted on top of the cheek bones with Mac irredescent loose powder in Silver Dusk.
  • For contouring I buffed under the cheek bones with Mac Mineralise Skin Finish Natural in Medium Dark.
  • For the cheeks opt for a powder over a cream so it will last longer I used a peach shade this is a perfect colour for lighter skin tones and if you are a dark skin tone go for a deep pink.
  • For the lips I used a nude lipstick but you may just want to apply some lip balm and keep those lips hydrated or pop on some gloss.
  • To set the make up spritz with Mac Fix + or a translucent Finishing powder especially if its hot and you are sweating.

For the hair:

  • Spritz a heat protectant , hair spray and sea salt spray and blow dry scrunching the hair in your hands.
  • To create etexture take one each sections twist the hair and then apply a flat iron up and down the hair to create the tousled look.
  • In this shoot the ends of the hair were coloured this is a great way to give a bit of something to your look. Either spray the ends with colour spray or in this instance Alet used coloured hair chalk.

Nails: If your look is really natural then go for a pop of colour on the nails and if you don’t like too bright try a Cobalt Blue shade its a great way to be on trend.

If you don’t want to go too natural opt for a colour gel liner to make you look pop, or a coloured eye shadow to give a more summery feel or an orange lip.

For your body if you want to add some colour use Mac Face and Body and apply a shimmer down your legs and on your arms.

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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

In a recent beauty shoot with photographer Justin Polkey and model Emma Menteath and we filmed a video tutorial on the last look of the shoot. Emma has her own youtube channel My Life in Pink and is also a very successful model and she asked if we could film a tutorial and a behind the scenes video (this will be live in a week or so).

So here is the video on how to create a smokey eye with black and silver:

Here are the products I used:

Mac Blacktrack Fluidline Gel Liner
Mac Eyeshadow in Carbon Shanaz
YSL Pure Chromotics Eyeshadow Palette in No 10 – Silver shade
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Mac 217 Blending Brush

Hope you enjoy the video. x


Charlotte Tilbury Make Up Line

Charlotte Tilbury UK celebrity make up artist after 20 years of being in the industry has launched her new line in the UK in Selfridges, net-a-porter and on her own site last week Monday. I ordered some goodies online and hit Selfridges to obviously buy some more (beauty addict). What I can say is I absoloutely love the products they aren’t cheap and they are not crazy expensive either but they are amazing products. Charlotte works with the best of the best and has access to all products so of course when she launched her line she was going to make sure that her brand was going to be amazing. As part of the collection she is finally sharing her “Magic Cream” which she herself created and uses backstage on all the fashion week shows she does and on her shoots (I bought one of course) and I am in love with it.

The line consists of 10 iconic looks with an eyeshadow palette for each look and lipstick etc. Here is a link to her youtube channel so you can see how the looks are created and which product she is using. The make up is all about fail safe make up and easy to use products that glide on and to make women feel good about themselves when using the products.

I bought the Golden Godess and the Vintage Vamp eyeshadow palettes, I love the colours and I knew it would be colours I would use a lot especially as they are so on trend. Here is an image of me using the Golden Godess palette, the Wonder Glow under my foundation (illuminator) and the Full Fat Lashes Mascara. The eyeshadows are beautiful they blend in beautifully and the mascara gives beautiful lashes without having to curl them.

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Here are some of the amazing products I got. The packaging is beautiful and very art deco. If you aren’t in London then try get a friend to get for you as these are beautiful products. Definitely going to be using in my tutorials and on my photoshoots. Excited!

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Hope you enjoyed my post. x