Money en-us catherined at cosmopolitan dot co dot za Copyright 2009 5 Beauty Products You Should Splurge On! When it comes to beauty products, some things you can buy at a pharmacy and they work just as well, and then you get other products which you really do need to splash your cash on in order to get the most out of your beauty routine. Here are 5 that you can defo afford to break the bank for.

1) Perfume
You really can tell instantly whether it's the real deal or a cheap knock-off. A fragrance is something you wear every single day and is a huge part of your beauty routine. I don't think I've ever sprayed on my perfume and thought 'wow, I really shouldn't have spent that much on this bottle'. No no, instead i think 'DAYUM, I smell INCREDIBLE.' 


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2) Foundation or primer
If you save on the one you can afford to splurge on the other. A great foundation more often then not won't require a really good primer. Similarily, with a good primer you can create the perfect base for makuep application and therefore use a slightly less expensive brand, as most of the hard work has been done for you already. #Winning

3) Shampoo & conditioner
Ladies, we have to learn to make friends with the pretty bottles in the salons. They are our friends. They will result in us having to spend less on fixing damaged hair, becuase you're actually taking amazing care of it just from using high quality shampoos & conditioners. 
 If the thought of forking out hundreds for shampoo & conditioner still terriffies you, splurge on a high quality hair repairing mask instead and use this every 5 washes. 

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4) Powder
Powder helps make sure that the last pain-staking hour of your life you spent putting on your makeup (that by the way you'll never get back) will all be worth it. Powder helps set your makeup in place and make sure everything stays looking the way it's meant to look. These powders can either be loose or compact, just make sure it's the correct colour tone for your skin. 
 If you're not confident at picking the right shade, try a translucent powder instead.  


5) Eye shadow
There is nothing worse than buying the most gorgeous looking eye shadow, to then put it on and it's a mixture of transparent with a hint of gold. Good quality eye shadows require good quality pigments. Plus, because it'll contain higher pigments, it'll mean you'll use less, and therefore it'll last longer, and yay, there's your excuse! 

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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Hilary Duff And BFF Get Matching Tattoos! Matching tattoos.... the millenial way of expressing your undying love for your BFF! Hilary Duff and her best friend, Alanna Masterson, decided to get tatted together ... of a cartoon ghost. Hilary posted a photo to her Instagram of Alanna looking slightly uncomfortable in the tattoo chair. What are your thoughts? I mean, we know we all love our besties but would you get matching ink? ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200 7 Awkward Makeup Mistakes We All Made in Our Teens Our teenage years were awkward enough, and then we had to deal with the art of makeup? Well that was always going to end badly. Here are our top 7 awkward makeup mistakes. 

1) Body glitter.


2) Overdose of glitter in general. Whether it was that cheap and nasty shimmery bronzer, or  glitter eyeshadow. I'm pretty sure I even stole glitter from school once, to methodically attach to my eyelids for a disco. 


3) Lip gloss, lip gloss, lip gloss. Too much lip gloss.


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4) Over-plucking your eyebrows. Thank goodness they grew back.


5) Clumpy lashes from caking on the drugstore mascara.


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6) Experimenting with all the colours of the rainbow ... on your eyelids.


7) Never knowing where your cat eye was meant to end, and instead you extend it to your hairline because hey, I've got a makeup palette big enough to paint my entire face. 


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Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Makeup Hacks To Take A Model Worthy Selfie! If models know anything, it's how to take a good selfie! Here are our 5 makeup hacks to get you looking like a model on your Instagram.

1) Lips
Everyone loves a good pout, but if you're lacking slightly in the pout department, this simple and easy trick can help you fake the pout you've always wanted. All you'll need is a lip liner and some high-shine gloss.


2) Eyes
The perfect cat eye never goes amiss, and will get those Instagram likes rolling in. 

3) Cheek Bones
When it comes to faking model-like bone structure, contouring is your best friend. Click on your face shape to find ALL the tips you need to master this, oval, round, square or heart-shaped face. 

4) Hair 
Youc an never go wrong with a bit of volume to your hair, and it definitely finishes off any look you're wanting to pull off. We've found the perfect tutorial by salon experts at Marc Anthony to show you how.

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5) Confidence
And last but by no mean least, the most important component of ANY look is confidence. So go ahead and sprinkle your look with a little girl power!
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Things You Should Never Say To Someone With A Massive Pimple! Having THE biggest zit on the side of your face is worse enough without having to deal with your friends' reactions. Here are 7 things NOT to say, i repeat NOT to say, to someone whose having the misfortune of experiencing a pimple. 

1) OMG WHAT is that?


2) It's Massive!


3) Is that sore?


4) Have you tried to get rid of it?


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5) I don't think makeup will cover that.


6) Ewwwwwww


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7) Is it that time of the month?


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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Beauty Mistakes You Think Men Notice, But They Don't! the mistakes that we've made with our makeup or hair that other women would notice. But the truth is, they really don't. Here are 5 mistakes you can relax about:

1) Un-shaped eyebrows
OMG, my biggest obsession is definitely my eyebrows. But if I think about it, I'm the only one that really cares about my brows... I like it that way!


RELATED: 5 Contouirng Mistakes You Might Be Making!

2) When you've used an entire bottle of dry shampoo in the last couple of days
Unless It looks greasy or smells gross, he really won't know. So carry on with your hair flicking. 


3) If your pedicure is looking less than fresh.
Pedicure? What's a pedicure? 


RELATED: Fake A Spa-Perfect Pedicure

4) If your fingernails are different lengths
This is one that constantly bothers me. My right hand always grows faster than my left and it always leaves me feeling like an inadequate human being. But to be honest, my manicurist probably hasn't even noticed so why would our men? 


5) If you're concealer is now too light because you've just had a spray tan. 
If he notices that you have a spray tan then that's awesome! But that's probably where his observations will end. Not even your girlfriends will notice/care that your concealer is a little too light, so relax :) 


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Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
A Look At The 4 Mistakes That We Make When Washing Our Faces Could you be doing more harm to your face than you think? Here are some common skin-care errors that you need to look out for:

It best to avoid using soap – it can strip the skin of its natural oils, which is likely to cause irritation. Instead, look for cleansers that are formulated for sensitive skin.


While exfoliation is good for your skin if you do it too often you could end up damaging your skin. By doing this, you’re essentially removing all the natural oils, which of course will irritate your skin and allow it to become dull. Exfoliate only two to three times a week. The best time to do this? At night as your skin is in renewal mode. It’s definitely the best time to remove all those eeky dead cells before bed!

Not washing off your makeup before bed
I’m sure that we’re all guilty of this one, but going to bed while still wearing make-up is a no-no. Still wering makeup while you sleep diminishes the chances of your skin cells regenerating, leaving your complexion looking dull and your skin easily irritated.

Rinsing with hot water:
Winter is the season of dry skin and washing with hot water can dry it our even further. Instead, wash your face in a basin that is filled with luke-warm water (not too hot and not too cold).

Make sure that you follow these tips in order to enjoy healthy skin all year round !

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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Contouring Mistakes You Might Be Making! Contouring is hard. We don't always get it right. But try to avoid these 5 #awkward mistakes and save yourself from some embarrassing Facebook un-tagging.


1) Your contouring colour is way too dark!
The most crucial step to correct contouring is the colour you choose. You want it to be dark enough so that it creates a shadow effect, but not so dark that it looks like mud smeared on your face. The trick to picking the right shade is to stand in natural light, and make sure the shadow or concealer is one or two shades darker. 
TIP: If you're a newbie at this, pick a shade only one shade darker!


RELATED: How To Get Kylie Jenner's Pout!

2) Bad lighting
Lighting is so important when it comes to applying makeup in general. For example, if you are sitting in a spot where the sun is only hitting one side of your face, you're going to have one side of your face more heavily contoured than the other. This creates an imbalance and makes you look asymmetrical. To avoid this mishap, choose somewhere that's well lit with natural light that is hitting both sides of your face equally.


3) Wrong tools
Imagine trying sketch an intricate portrait using thick paint brushes? Now apply this theory to your makeup. Your tools are ultimately what helps you perfect your makeup. If you have the wrong tools, no matter how much expert advice you get, you'll never manage to perfect your skills. When it comes to contouring, you want two things. A slanted medium-sized brush that's not too stiff, and a big, fluffy brush. The slanted angle of the first brush will help you create accurate contouring lines, whilst the big fluffy brush will help blend out any harsh lines that you may have created. Both are equally as important and equally as necessary!
TIP: For tricky areas like the nose, use an eyeshadow blending brush and blend out these lines properly. Remember, not everyone needs to contour their nose, so rather forego if you're not majorly concerned.


RELATED: 5 Ways To Colour Your Smoky Eye!

4) Using a shimmery bronzer
We see WAY too many girls contouring with shimmery bronzer. It's an easy mistake to make, as you go into the store looking for a bronzer and about 80% of the selection are shimmery. But this is a big fat NO NO. The shimmer in the powder is going to draw too much attention to the parts of your face your trying to push backwards (for example the hollows of your cheeks). Shimmer should only be used as a highlighter on areas like the top of your cheek bones, under your brown bones, along the bridge of your nose and on your Cupid's bow.


5) Wrong placement of product
Each face shape requires slight adaptions of the original 'contouring plan' (For these steps click here for oval, round, square and heart-shaped faces). But the key for most looks is to not extend the contouring of your cheeks past the outer corner of your eye. So basically it should line up with the outer corner of your eye. If you extend too far forward, it becomes too harsh and too obvious!


TIP: Keep contouring for the evenings mostly. It can sometimes be a little too much for during the day. But you can channel your inner Kim K, with your new tricks, during the night ;)

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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
Check Out Miley Cyrus's Brand New Tattoo! Miley Cyrus paid tribute to her adorable pup, Floyd, who passed away three months ago. She's had Floyd tattooed on the side of her chest, right underneath her heart. A spot that's more than fitting! We love it Miley! What do you guys think? 

Oh and did we mention, Miley wasn't the only one ot get this tattoo? Wow. 

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Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
How To get Kylie Jenner's Pout! Kylie Jenner has been under the firing line with accusations that she's had her lips done (FYI we definitely noticed an increase of her pout size). What are your thoughts? In the meantime, here's how to get fuller lips the easy way!

RELATED: Rumours Swirl Around Kylie Jenner's New Lips

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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Ways To Colour Your Smoky Eye! 1) Turquoise is creates a subtle look perfect for night and day!


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2) Loving this pink/purple eye. It's like you've got a pretty sunset above each eye. so cute!


3) Blue is the perfect colour for a gorgeous night look that isn't too dark! So stunning.


RELATED: 7 Makeup Tips To Make The Most Of Your Gorgeous Freckles

4) Another pretty smoky eye for girls looking to go with a colour a little less harsh on their eyes than black.


5) A smoky eye in soft browns is always stunning and suits every eye colour! Also makes for an easy transition from a day look to a night look! Genius.


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Mon, 07 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Things You Shouldn't Ever Say About Someone's Makeup 1) Your skin looks good today! (So what, my skin looks awful every other day? Thanks.)


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2) Wow, are those your real eye lashes?


3) I like your foundation (not a good sign. This clearly means you have too much on!)


4) Are those your real eyebrows?


5) That mascara totally makes your eyes look bigger! 


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6) That concealer is doing wonders for your under-eye bags.


7) You look good. You should wear makeup more often!


8) Is that the look you're going for? Oh, ok. Yeah it looks good.


9) Your bronzer makes you look so much more tanned.


10) That eye shadow really draws my attention away from your nose. 


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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Makeup Tips To Make The Most Of Your Gorgeous Freckles 1) Bronzer
One of the biggest misconceptions is that you shouldn’t use bronzer. This is totally false! A subtle bronzer will help add some depth and dimension to your face and help even out your skin tone. Apply the bronzer to all the areas that the sun will naturally hit like the apples of your cheeks and your temples.
TIP: Avoid shimmery bronzers as this can detract away from your gorgeous freckles

2) Cream blush
Cream blush is a great way to add colour to your face that looks natural and glowy due to the formula being very sheer. Using your fingers, tap the blusher on to the apples of your cheeks and blend every so gently.

3) Sheer foundation
When it comes to cover up and foundation, you want to choose lightweight, sheer formulas which will help even out your skin tone while giving you and your freckles an overall glow. Use something like a BB cream, tinted moisturiser or CC cream.
TIP: Make sure to choose something with an SPF


4) Highlight
Similar to bronzer, illuminators are often considered a no go! But again, this is sooo false. If you have very fair skin, use a pearl-coloured illuminating dust and sweep over your cheekbones, bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow and under your brown bones. It will help add to your overall glow!

5) False tan
If you have slightly more olive skin, try using a lightweight liquid bronzer and apply to your face. This will add to a sun-kissed glow which will just make your freckles ten times more amazing!

6) Soft lips
When choosing lipstick or lip-gloss, go for something that’s not going to detract away form your freckles. Choose a soft pink that will draw all the attention to your glowing skin and freckles.

7) Feeling left out?
Are you reading this and wishing you had freckles now? Grab yourself a a light brown eye pencil or eyebrow pencil and scatter a few dots concentrating around your nose and cheeks. Seal the liner with a light dusting of eye shadow in the same brown powder over the dots to make sure they stay all day!

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Wed, 02 Jul 2014 12:00 +0200
7 Tips For Tired Eyes! We interviewed makeup artist Victoria Baron, who shared these genius pearls of wisdom for you to use after an all nighter or horrible early flight. 

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1) Metallics make puffy eyes look worse. Use matte brown shadow or liner. This helps flatten the area.

Drink an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory juice with coconut water, kale and blueberries. This will help fight puffiness.


Use a metal eye-cream applicator to gently massage using outward strokes to calm puffy eyes - this will drain fluid and reduce swelling.

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Curl your lashes! A puffy lid tend to push the lashes straight out more than normal. Curling make a difference - it opens the eyes.

Don't over conceal. In puffy times, women over-apply concealer. This just highlights the area. Instead, conceal the inner corner to take away any darkness.


There's a crease on the outer part, where the lower lid meets the upper lid. It can go red when tired. A touch of concealer lifts the eye.

Eye drops can do wonders - not only at reducing the red of the eye, but also the red water liner. Refresh eyes with drops, and then rest tem for a minute or two.


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Fri, 27 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Makeup Tips To Play Up Your Best Features!


1) Your smile
Smiling not only makes you look younger and more attractive, it's also a huge mood booster! So if your fave feature is your smile, you definitely need to enhance your cheeks. 

How to: Place blusher on the apples of your cheeks (find them by smiling in the mirror and looking for the round apples near the centre of your face) with a medium-sized brush. Avoid using bronzer, as pretty blush colours will help give you a young, fresh-faced look.

RELATED: New Obsession: Hair Chalk Mermaid Hair!

2) Your bone structure
If you were born with model bone structure, then you definitely need to be making the most of highlighting these features.

How to: using a highlighting pen or concealer, highlight your cheek bones, along the bridge of your nose, under your brow bone, the centre of your chin and just above your lip.

3) Your skin
If you have a flawless complexion - the skin a million girls would die for, then you'd be crazy not to want to make the most of it. Less is definitely more when it comes to glowing skin.

How to: If you don't require too much coverage, you can just conceal and lighten areas under your eyes, around your nose and on any blemishes you may have. Apply a small amount of powder to your T-Zone. Finish with a shimmery powder or illuminating pen along the tops of your cheek bones.

RELATED: 10 Beauty Tricks You Need To Master Before You're 30!

4) Your Eyes
Have you been blessed with gorgeous, big peepers or long curly lashes? Then you definitely need to make your eyes the centre of attention!

How to: Apply mascara to both your top and bottom eye lashes to open up your eyes.To maximise this even more, use an eye lash curler and clamp down 5 - 7 times before applying your mascara. Finish with a shimmery gold eye shadow and white shadow to the inner corners of your eyes. Anything shiny will attract people's attention to that area.

5) Your Lips
Do you lips resemble those of Angelina Jolies? *sigh* We all envy you, so play them up to get the most of your gorgeous blessing!

How to: Highlight your Cupid's bow (that pointy part of your lip right underneath your nose) using a higlighting pen. Lipgloss is great for all lip shapes and colours because it uses the same 'highlighting' technique we mentioned above with the glimmery eye shadows. The gloss will reflect the light and draw everybody's attention to your gorgeous pout!

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Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Beauty Tricks You Need To Master Before You're 30! There are a few crucial things that all females, no matter how limited you may feel your makeup skills are, must master before they are 30. Here are our top ten you should know, and if not, master them ASAP!

1) How to wear lipstick without getting it on your teeth.


2) How to do a cat eye.


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How to contour properly. Whether it be for square, oval, round and heart shaped faces.


4) How to apply blusher correctly.


5) How to apply mascara correctly.


6) How to do a smoky eye.


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How to line your lips.


8) How to apply concealer properly.


9) How to use all your makeup brushes(well the basics, because we know we're not all Picasso)


10) How to highlight your cheek bones.


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Wed, 25 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Things Only Girls With Oily Skin Will Understand! 1) Blotting papers? How about you pass me a hand towel.


2) Sun screen? It's like polish for a bald head. We just look 10 times shinier.


3) Your pores feel like they're the size of golf balls.


4) You constantly have the urge to wash your face.


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5) You've probably always suffered with breakouts or acne.


6) Therefore you have your dermatologist on speed dial!


7) You've been told at least once that your skin is 'dehydrated'. And you ask yourself, how that's even possible?


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8) Most if not all of your skin care products are branded with 'For oily skin'


9) You never leave home without your compact powder. Powder is your BFF!


10) But on the plus side, we will show signs of ageing a lot later in life.


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Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Get Your Mermaid Inspired Eyes Now!
1) OMG OMG OMG. Genius! 

Recreate: Do your classic smokey eye and add a shimmery blue to the middle of your eye lid. Next take a piece of netting, and in the same shimmery blue eyeshadow, brush over the top right corner of your upper eyelid. 

2) For the slightly less adventurous

Recreate: This look is great because all it takes is an aqua liquid eye liner. Create a natural eye with a hint of gold shimmer (we'd suggest using a cream eye shadow to give more of a vibrant colour). Using your blue liquid eyeliner (we like L.A. Colors Glitter Liner (R45.95) Peacock) and trace a long your upper lash line and extend into a cat eye.

 The Mermaid Hair Trend  

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Mon, 23 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Unique Eyeliners to Try For A Friday Night Out!  1) The catwalk line. So simple, so different!

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2) Perfect for almond-shaped eyes. 

3) A new and innovative take on the Cleopatra eye.


4) Obsessed with this simple rendition of the cat eye! Perfect for any eye shape.

5) Variations of the classic cat eye. Go wild!


RELATED: The Perfect Winged Eyeliner For Round Eyes

6) A unique way of attracting attention to your eyes using a simple dot. This is definitely for the more adventurous. 

7) This might take a few tries to get right, but once you've got it down to a fine art we know it'll look ah-mazing!

8) A nice way of combining a cat eye and a smokey eye. Tracing the area where you'd normally place the darker eye shadow, with eyliner instead. 

9) OMG. Speechless. We're obsessed!

10) A simple addition of one extra joint line to a cat eye completely reinvents this look!


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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Perfect Winged Eyeliner For Round Eyes


The Trick
Applying eyeliner to the outer corners of your eyes and leaving the inner corners untouched.

Why it works
This helps draw attention to the outer edges of yoru eye making them appear to be longer and wider.

Step 1) Apply eyeliner to your top lash line, as close as you can get to your lashes. Create a cat eye by flicking upwards and outwards at the end of your eye
TIP: this 'flick' should be at the same angle as your lower lash line, so use this as your guideline.

Step 2) Start from the outer corner of your lower lash line and trace inwards to about half way.

Step 3) finish with several coats of mascara.

RELATED: The Perfect Eyeliner For Small Eyes

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Contour And Highlight For An Oval Face face shape and you've determined that it's oval, we've got just the tips for you and how to contour and highlight

RELATED: The Perfect Eyeliner For Hooded Eyes

RELATED:  How To Contour Amd Highlight For A Square Face

Remember: If you have an oval face, you don't really need to correct anything. Instead you can 'slim' and highlight other features.

Step 1) Apply countouring product (which can be anything from a matte bronzer to a foundation one or two shades darker than your skin) under your cheek bones and down the sides of your nose.

Step 2) Next you want to take your highlighting product (anything from a foundation one or two shades lighter, concealer or a highlighting stick) and highlight the bridge of your nose, under your eyes, along your cheek bones, the centre of your forehead and the middle of your chin.

Step 3) For added highlighting, apply above your lips and eyelids.

Step 4) Blend out all lines using either a sponge ( if you used liquid products) or a brush (if you used powder products)

Step 5) Apply blusher to the apples of your cheeks.

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Thu, 19 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Perfect Eyeliner For Hooded Eyes
The Trick:
Thick, winged eyeliner.

Why it works:
This is perfect for hooded lids as you can draw the line up to where it is required to lift and open the eyes.
TIP: If you're using liquid liner, which we suggest, make sure to keep your eyes shut for a few seconds to allow the liquid liner to dry and not smudge.

We love: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Intense Black (R224,95)


RELATED: The Perfect Winged Eyeliner For Close-Set Eyes

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Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Contour And Highlight For A Heart Shaped Face face shape and you've determined that it's a heart, we've got just the tips for you and how to contour and highlight!


Key Point: Heart shaped faces often have a very wide forehead and a narrower chin. Through contouring and highlighting you can narrow the width of your forehead, soften a strong jaw line and draw the eye away from a strong or prominent chin.

Step 1) Take your contouring product (which can be anything from a matte bronzer to a foundation one or two shades darker than your skin) and apply to your temples and to the hollows of your cheek bones.

RELATED: 5 Ways To Cheat The Bone Structure Of A Model

Step 2) Take your highlighting product (anything from a foundation one or two shades lighter, concealer or a highlighting stick) and apply to the top of your cheek bones, centre of your forehead, under your eyes and on the centre of your chin.

Step 3) Blend out all the lines so you have no harsh lines where your contouring shade meets your highlighting shade. You can do this with a big fluffy brush (if you used powder products) or a sponge (if you used liquid foundation).

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Step 4) Apply a small hint of blusher to the apple of your cheeks. 

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Wed, 18 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Contour And Highlight For a Square Face face shape and you've determined that it's square, we've got just the tips for you and how to contour and highlight!


RELATED: How To Work Out Your Face Shape

REMEMBER: The key to contouring for square face shapes, is to soften your hairline and jawline to give the appearance of a more oval shape.

Step 1: Start by contouring your hairline, temples, jawline and along your nose. Use a powder that is one shade darker than your skin tone.

Step 2: Next you want to highlight the centre of your forehead, along the bridge of your nose and along your cheek bones and the middle of your chin. Use a concealer/ highlighting pen.

RELATED: The Perfect Eyeliner For Small Eyes

Step 3: Blend the contouring and highlighter stripes with a brush until all harsh lines are gone.

Step 4: Dust cheekbones with blush, but not too much as this will accentuate your jawline and the angles of your face.

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Tue, 17 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Beauty Bargain: Woolworths Mascaras What is it?
The new Volume (R130) and Double Ended Mascaras (R160) from Woolworths 

RELATED: Five Tips on How to Shop For Makeup

Would do we think?
I love the brushes on both of the mascaras! My eyelashes are very 'picky' when it comes to mascara and so I found that my lashes definitely liked these styles of brushes. I tried the double ended one during the day (for work) and loved that it came with a primer! The primer allowed me to build my mascara for the perfect defined lash!

I then used the Volume mascara for night time and LOVED it! It made me look like I was actually wearing false eye lashes. Amazing! Totally obsessed.

Would we buy it again?
I would definitely buy both again! I think it's a great idea to use two different mascaras for two different purposes, and the fact they're so affordable, means I don't mind buying both.

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Fri, 13 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Beauty Bargain: Dove Deeply Nourishing What is it?
Dove Deeply Nourishing Beauty Shower (R21,99)

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What do we think?
I love that this is a way of combining shower wash and moisturiser together in one product. It minimises my beauty routine and really makes it a lot more efficient. I have very oily skin, so I don't really suffer with dry skin even during winter, but I definitely noticed a difference in the silkiness of my skin. I also have very sensitive skin so I have to be extremely careful about what I put on my body, and I had no adverse reactions to the product. My skin definitely benefited from this clever product and most importantly, it's left me with time to lip sync in the shower!

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Would we buy it again?
Definitely! It's efficient, smells great and is super affordable. What is there not to love?

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Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Perfect Winged Eyeliner For Close-Set Eyes
The Trick
Double winged eyeliner. i.e. winged eyeliner on the top and on the bottom. It gives off a very glam, 60s feel.

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Why It Works
This is a super fun look and is great style to try if you have close-set eyes. A winged end will draw attention towards the outer edge of the eye, making them appear wider apart. And of course if we do double the liner .. hello, we get double the effect! Love.

We've found our favourite double winged eyeliner look from Pinterest, inspired by Marilyn Monroe, for some inspiration

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Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
July Beauty Mapped: Orchid Eyes And Luminous Skin Follow this step-by-step video tutorial by our beauty assistant, Megan, on how to achieve our July Mapped Look - Orchid Eyes and Luminous Skin.

Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
The Perfect Eyeliner For Small Eyes eyes to make them seem more prominent. 

The Trick
Line only your top lash line. 

Why It Works
This will help open up your eyes by drawing attention to the top of your eyes, making them appear bigger. Curl your lashes for even more effect. Just remember to keep liner as close to the lash line as possible and not on the inner rims as this will cancel out the effect. 

Want To Master The Winged Eyeliner?
Take something with a straight edge like a credit crad or brush and place along the same angle as your bottom lash line. Trace with your liquid liner or eye pencil and voila! You'll have a perfectly straight cat eye every time!
TIP: For small eye, skip the lining of your bottom lash line. This will make your eyes appear smaller 

RELATED: How To Work Out Your Face Shape

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Work Out Your Face Shape! face shape is the first step to properly contouring and highlighting your face. Follow these easy steps to workout which face shape you have:

Step One: Pull all your hair off your face and tie into a ponytail. 

Step Two: Stand in front of a well-lit mirror. Don't stand to far away or too close!

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Step Three: Using a lipliner (or any other liner that you don't mind using) or a whiteboard marker trace the outline of your face. 
TIP: Try and have as steady hand as you physically can. This will help narrow down your outocme because there isn't a face shape called cloud.

Step Four:
Once you've traced your face shape, stand back and look at your masterpiece A.K.A face shape! 

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These are the four main types of face shapes:

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
How to Contour and Highlight For a Round Face face shape and you've determined that it's round, we've got just the tips for you and how to contour and highlight!

KEY POINT: The key to contouring and highlighting a round shape is to highlight the middle of your face which will help bring these features forward to detract the eye away from the width of your face.


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Step One: Highlight the centre of your face by highlighting two upside down triangles under each eye. Make sure it extends down the length of your nose and as wide as your eyes (don’t extend past the outer corner of your eye).

Don’t forget to highlight the lower middle region of your forehead , the bridge of your nose and the centre of your chin. Blend out well.

Step Two:
Contour in a C shape from the your hair line to the hollows of your cheeks. Repeat on the other side making sure they’re even and match accordingly.

RELATED: How To Work Out Your Face Shape

Step Three:
Create a similar C shape pattern starting you’re your along your jaw line up to where your previous ‘C’ shape finishes. Again, blend out well!

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Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Beauty Bargain: Pond’s Flawless Radiance Visible Even Tone Daily Lotion What is it?
Pond’s Flawless Radiance Visible Even Tone Daily Lotion (R89.99)

What do we think?
Flawless and radiant skin is a huge must have nowadays. More and more people are buying into the ‘no makeup makeup’ trend, so great skin care and even skin tone is even more of a must. This day cream is meant to help even skin tone and reduce blemishes or dark spots. After a few weeks of testing the product, I definitely noticed a slight decrease in marks and a more even skin tone. I also noticed immediately that my skin was a lot more ‘glowy’ and ‘radian’t after applying the cream in the morning. I don’t wear a lot of makeup to work (hardly any in fact) so having a flawless and radiant complexion is very important to me.

Would we buy it again?
I would definitely buy this product again and the fact it’s so affordable makes it even more of a desirable purchase.

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Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Genius Tips For Oily Skin Darker skin tones often suffer with an oily complexion due to the fact that their skin has more, and larger, sebaceous (or oil) glands. Here are our top five tips to help you take care of an oily skin type:

1) It’s really important to make sure your skin is clean at all times. This will help eliminate excess oil clogging up your pores and causing breakouts. Make sure you was your face at least twice a day (once in the morning & once in the evening) using a gentle cleanser. Look for a cleanser that is oil-free and contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil.

2) It’s a good idea to get into the habit of exfoliation at least once a week. Again, this is to make sure you don’t have any build up of excess sebum and dead skin cells that will clogg your pores. But remember to be gentle!

RELATED: Reduce Shine And Tighten Pores With Fresh Tangerine And Lime

3) After exfoliating, follow with a face mask. Go for one that contains oil-absorbing ingredients such as Kaolin, Bentonite clay, Sandalwood and Fuller’s Earth.

4) Always follow a cleanser with an alcohol-free toner. Try a toner with tea tree oil as it’s a great natural anti-bacterial ingredient and won’t be too harsh on your skin.

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5) Always make sure you moisturise no matter how oily your skin is. Your skin can quickly become dehydrated and cause the sebum glands to produce even more oil loeading to more breakouts. Even the oiliest of skin can get dehydrated. 

TIP: Use a daily moisturiser with an SPF in it. It’s vital to protect our skins against UV damage! So will you be skipping that moisturiser ever agin? We think not.

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Mon, 09 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Apply Concealer Like A Pro!
Lucky for you, we’ve narrowed down the biggest concealer no, nos and given you the fixes that will transform your makeup routine. It’s a pleasure.

DON’T Loading it on
Heaping on concealer leaves you looking cakey and accentuates fine lines.

Try a colour correcting concealer first to tone down dark or blue shadows under your eyes. Follow with foundation. If you still need a bit of help, top with a light-reflecting concealer.

DON’T Double up
Using the same concealer for under your eyes and your pimples are one of the biggest concealer mistakes you can make. Your needs for each are different for each concern, so you need different products.

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Choose a lighter shade for under your eyes to add light, but when covering a pimple, the concealer has to be an exact match to your skin.

DON’T Get highlighter happy
Ok, repeat after us: ‘A highlighter pen is NOT a concealer!’ When it comes to coverage you need something with packed pigments. Highlighters are great for highlighting and brightening, but pop that bad boy on a spot and no one will miss it.

DO: A highlighter pen and a concealer are two different products, with different functions. A pen can be used under the eye to add light and defuse darkness, but applying it to a pimple is pointless. You need a heavier pigment to cover a pimple and for that concealer wins every time.

DON’T Get highlighter happy
Your purple bags do need a bit of lightening up, but going too light will cast a tone that looks ashen and wash you out.

DO: Choose a shade that is one shade lighter than your skin tone.

DON’T Be too heavy handed with the green
Smart girls know that green counteracts redness, with makes it ideal when covering an angry spot. But if you get it wrong, no amount of blending will cover that green undertone.

DO: Pat (and we mean pat, no rubbing) it on under your base with your foundation on top. Set with powder.

DON’T Stroke it!
Rubbing or even gently stroking your concealer on is doing you no good. In fact, you’re only rubbing the pigments around and breaking the coverage.

RELATED: Help I've Just Slept In My Makeup!

DO: Apply it with a steady tap of your ring finger to buff the concealer onto your skin – it takes longer, we know, but it does help create that airbrushed look.

Try these:
Revlon ColorStay Concealer (R145)
Sisley Phyto Cernes Eclat Eye Concealer (R857) - Only in our dreams!
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes (R325)

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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Beauty Bargains: Rimmel Apocalips What is it?
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer 

How much is it?
Only R99,95!!

Why do we love it?
I love a good lip gloss! It’s quick, easy and can get you ready for a meeting in less than 30 seconds. The Apocolips has great staying power and lasted even after I’d had a bite to eat. My favourite colour is the Midnight Thunder – a gorgeous clear gloss with a hint of sparkle. Perfect for any occasion, because who doesn’t like a bit of sparkle? Works with all skin tones, I’d recommend this to any girl looking to vamp up her lips and even her lipstick!

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Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Malificient Inspired Makeup Looks I’m sure we’re not the only ones slightly obsessed with Angelina Jolie in Maleficient. With those killer cheekbones and a new rendition of the smoky eye, what’s not to love? We’ve found our top five makeup looks inspired by Maleficient











Keen on giving this look a go? MAC have got an ENTIRE Maleficient collection. Here in the beauty office we have the Maleficient Eye Shadow x4 (R410) & the Maleficient Lipstick (R210) 

Check out our gorgeous beauty ed, Juana, wearing the Maleficient lipstick 

We are totes going to watch this movie!! In case you haven't seen the trailer ...


Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
ADVERTORIAL: Reduce Shine And Tighten Pores
With a refreshing scent of tangerine and lime, it’s sure to add a zingy uplifting kick to your daily cleansing routine!

NEUTROGENA® Visibly Clear® Pore & Shine works in two ways:
• It cleanses deeply and helps tighten pores for visibly refined-looking skin
• Mattifies the skin and removes 77% of excess sebum*

Available in a refreshing facial wash and a scrub with exfoliating beads.

*Sebumeter measurement immediately after application, average value on 20 subjects
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Thu, 12 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Skin Fixes: 5 Fab Tips to Make You Look Better on FaceTime
1) It’s a space thing
It’s all about distraction. Find a cute spot that will make a cool background. If there is something happening behind you, your face (and every single feature of it aka your enormous nose or pimple) won’t be the main focus.

2) Light it up
Standing in the shadows will only make you look like you are filming a low budget horror story. So rather stand in a well-lit area, the brighter, the better.

3) What your good side?
We all have a good side. And we are willing to bet money it’s the side you automatically go to for the perfect #selfie. Plus, it’s the perfect excuse to practice your #selfies!

4) Bat your lids
You want your lashes bold enough to show up on screen. We love CK One Volumizing Mascara (R240) to instantly add fullness and definition.

5) Play with colour
FaceTime tends to wash you out, so you want to add just a touch to warm up your complexion. Add a pop of pink on your cheeks and a slick of colour on your lips (we like coral best) for a pretty glow.
Try Gosh Velvet Touch Lipstick (R110) Flirty Orange

Clarins Blush Prodige (R360) Soft Peach

Wed, 04 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Treatment Test-Drive: Dermaceutic Milk Peel What is a peel? Simply put, it is controlled and sped up form of exfoliation to remove the dead or damaged outer layers of the skin with the use of a chemical agent.

About the Milk Peel: A gentle, yet medical grade peel that targets fine lines, dullness and uneven skin tone. Using an effective combination of glycolic acid, lactic acid and salicylic acid it helps to restore luminosity, boost collagen production and improve the appearance of your skin.

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Juana’s Take
Peels are often misunderstood and they sound scary. Me, I love a peel. The benefits and results are incredible and a fantastic way to maintain your skin. So I jumped at the opportunity to experience the Dermaceutic Milk Peel, especially as there is no down time needed after this treatment.

I was lucky enough to have my peel done at Chelsea Aesthetic Centre in Wynberg, Cape Town. The spa is absolutely beautiful and they have the most comfortable treatment beds I have ever had the pleasure of lying down on (and take this from a beauty ed who has spent many and hour on a treatment bed!).

Melanie, the owner and also my therapist for this session, quickly chatted me through the ins and outs of the treatment and also asked me various questions about my skin, what my skin concerns where.

My face was cleansed and prepped for the peel to be applied. Once suitably clean, Melanie applied the peel over my face, neck and décolletage and shoulders. You do experience a slight burning sensation as the peel activates on your skin, but I was warned about it and was very manageable with very little discomfort – it does help that you are being given a lovely foot massage… After about 5 minutes the peel was removed and Melanie applied serums and moisturisers to nourish and settle my skin.

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It’s been a week since my peel and my skin is visibly smoother. I had a few spots (hormones and stress are a lethal combination) and they cleared up nicely. I experienced a little bit of dryness around my chin, but no visible peeling (but that differ from one person to another, as this is can be expected after this treatment). I countered the dryness with a bottle of Dermaceutic RegenCeutic Skin Recovery Cream (R535) that is specifically formulated as a post aesthetic treatment cream.

Would I do it again? Absolutely!

Why we love it:
• It improves the appearance of skin texture and tone
• It helps to reduce the appearance of large pores
• It softens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
• It improves radiance and glow
• There is no down time (recovery time that you have to stay home) with this treatment.

Cost: From R450, depending on where you have your treatment done.

DID YOU KNOW If you are often going for treatments, such as peels or suffer acne, scarring, very sensitive and dry skin, you should invest in a treatment foundation. We got our hands on Oxygenetix Breathable Foundation (R820) that boasts a breakthrough formulation that does not only cover, but helps to heal and minimise scarring. Read what we thought about it here.

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Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Five Tips on How To Shop For Makeup


1) Go when you’re in a rush or in-between doing something else. This way you’ll be forced to only spend the minimum time shopping for necessities & hopefully not walk out with five different blue eye shadows.


2) Know exactly what you need, how much you need, the brand, the colour etc. This way you can perform this act like a military mission. You’ll be in and out of that store before you know it.


3) If you’re buying foundation, bring your old one along with you in your handbag so that you know pretty much which colour worked for you before hand. Also remember to always test along your jaw line, so maybe wear a tinted moisturiser that day so that you match it perfectly to your natural skin tone.


4) If someone offers you help, politely decline. Unless you are really helpless and can’t tell the difference between concealer and mascara… then maybe you do need help. For the rest of you, see these people as Medusa and don’t make eye contact. This way you won’t be dragged into a sales pitch.


5) Start shopping online. Brands like MACInglot & Clinique allow you to shop online meaning you can shop without the stress AND you don’t have to queue; the wonders of technology. Yay!


Tue, 03 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
ADVERTORIAL: A Skincare Classic, Reloaded
The renewed LUX Classic Collection, infused with delicate floral notes and skin-softening SilkEssence™, has transformed LUX body washes. They gently cleanse skin and scent it as you lather, so you leave the bath or shower feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and really, really sexy. Just a few drops of this indulgent beauty treat will leave your skin softer, smoother and more seductive – and add a spark to your attitude, leaving you with the confidence to be your most fabulous self, every day!

LUX Classic Collection beauty soaps start at R5,99 and body washes at R18,99 for 200ml.

*LUX Spark Research of 3 000 women in six countries.

Thu, 05 Jun 2014 12:00 +0200
Mapped: Bronzed Eyes, Red Lips

Thu, 29 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Top Five Tips To Apply Foundation Like a Pro Foundation has come a long way since the days of our moms' generation and we’re very grateful (no offense moms). Foundations are lightweight, better matched to skin tones and generally just work better. Here are our top five tips to getting flawless foundation every single time.

RELATED: Help I've Just Slept In My Makeup!

1) When choosing a shade, always stand in the daylight and apply to your jawline.

2) Decide on whether you want a sheer or matte finish.

Sheer: gives less coverage but gives a glowy finish.
Matt: gives a heavier coverage and is best for those who have slightly more blemishes to conceal.

TIP: you can always apply both. For example, if you have blemishes only along your jawline, you can apply your matte foundation to those areas and a sheer foundation to the rest of your face. This gives you the best of both worlds!

3) Prep your skin with a primer or moisturiser and leave to sit for at least five minutes before applying your foundation.
TIP: Primers are great for creating an even skin tone and creates the perfect base for foundation.

RELATED: Our Top Five Winter Habits For Your Skin

4) Choose your “tool” wisely. For example, if you want little coverage use your fingers. For slightly more coverage use a sponge. We love The Beauty Blender as it gives absolutely INCREDIBLE finish every time. For even more coverage you can use a brush, but make sure that you’ve blended away any lines that the brush can leave.

5) When applying concealer, it’s best to apply afterwards and blend away. The foundation creates great staying power for concealer. Just makes sure you choose the right shade by only going one shade lighter than your foundation. Anything too light can look flaky.

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Wed, 28 May 2014 12:00 +0200
ADVERTORIAL: Give Skin A Boost With The Cleansing Power Of Grapefruit
The range contains Microclear® technology: the NEUTROGENA® secret for breaking through oil and penetrating pores to help clear spots and prevent new ones from forming, leaving skin free of blackheads and blemishes. At the same time, NEUTROGENA® Visibly Clear® Pink Grapefruit cares for skin with special conditioners that help improve the skin’s moisture content, leaving it softer and smoother. All this, plus the invigorating burst of grapefruit fragrance, is bound to uplift your senses – and your skin!

The NEUTROGENA® VISIBLY CLEAR® Pink Grapefruit Range Includes:
Daily Scrub   Exfoliating microbeads help to unclog pores.
Facial Wash   The refreshing gel formula, enriched with grapefruit extracts, leaves skin looking clear and feeling fresh.
Oil-Free Moisturiser   The light, oil-free formula hydrates skin for up to 24 hours without clogging the pores. It leaves skin feeling smooth and soft, and helps to reduce and prevent spots.

Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Treatment Test-Drive: Oxygenated Foundation

For me, this has been a lifesaver. When experiencing breakouts, the last thing I want to do is make it worse by clogging my pores with foundation or concealer. So this is the perfect in-between. It provides all the coverage you need without feeling heavy or damaging to the skin.

I apply it only to the areas I wish to conceal and it immediately counteracts the redness and gives my skin and overall even finish. It stays on for the majority of the day and I don’t even feel like I’m wearing makeup – it’s great!

I definitely recommend this to anyone wanting to just conceal those monthly breakouts without wanting to clog your pores; but also for those with sensitive or breakout-prone skin. It’s such an amazing alternative to foundation or concealer!

Did you know, it's the only makeup safe enough to use after medical/cosmetic procedures and laser skin removal. It is also used to treat skin injuries, wounds, rashes, cracked, dry skin, acne scars, rosacea and other skin conditions.

Thu, 15 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Fave Neutral Looks
1) Olivia Wilde looks stunning in this 'barely-there' makeup look. It's effortlessley chic and we love!

2) Emma Watson looks pretty in pink with a soft neutral eye and liquid liner to match.

3) Khloe Kardashian looks radiant and perfectly 'dolled' up. We love neutral makeup because it's not too over powering but it's enough to still complete your overall look without looking underdone. 

4) Olivia Palermo knows how to wear the nude look and does it well. We love the little touch of pink on her lips and the subtle brown liner for just enough definition!

Wed, 14 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Our Top Five Winter Habits For Your Skin Here are our top five beauty habits that you should definietely build into your routine so that we can all face winter together and be like...

Moisturise more
This is pretty obvious but you might not realise that you also need to adjust the moisuturiser you’re using. The same moisturiser that works well for you in spring/summer may not work so well in winter. Choose miosturisers that are oil-based instead of water-based. But chose oils like avocado, mineral or primrose as these have anti-clogging factors

Use sunscreen
Your skin doesn’t suddenly develop an anti-UV ray power just because it’s cloudy. UV ray damage can happen all year around so it’s important to stick to your sunscreen routine even during the colder months

Hydrate your skin
I know we’re always being told to drink water and then drink some more, but the benefits for your skin really are endless. During the colder season we are actually likely to dehydrate just as much due to all the artificial heating. So keep that water bottle on you 24/7.

Give a helping hand
The skin on your hands is very thin and is normally the first parts of our bodies to become dry really quickly. So pop an intensive, rich hand cream in your bag so that you always have it!

Its also important to exfoliate routinely to make sure you’re not breaking out due to all these intensive moisturisers. Go for an exfoliater, which has small, soft micro beads, or even an enzyme-based exfoliater, which won’t necessarily contain beads and is more suitable for sensitive skin.

Mon, 12 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Treatment test-Drive: JetPeel Facial
The JetPeel is a form of ‘face peel’ that uses saline water to exfoliate and purify the skin. It works using a high-pressure triple nozzle hand piece, which shoots out water at an incredible speed of 200m/s, which is 720km/h.

I was taken into one of the gorgeous rooms of the Mount Nelson Spa and had the JetPeel technology explained to me before my beautician started. I was quite hesitant when I heard about the speed of the water but I can honestly say it wasn’t painful in the slightest. I have extremely sensitive skin; so if I didn’t find it painful, then trust me, no one will!

It not only made my skin feel smoother, but it looked more radiant AND moisturised, funnily enough. It was the most refreshing facial I’ve ever had and I could definitely see that all dead cells had been removed to reveal this underlying, new skin.

The beautician explained that the process prepared the skin to be in a ‘receptive state’ so that supplements and nutrients would be easily delivered into the skin.

I would definitely recommend this facial to anyone looking to keep their skin well cleansed for smooth and healthy looking skin! I loved it and would definitely go again!
Thu, 08 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Skin Fixes: Help! I've Just Slept In My Makeup

For the morning after:

Step One: Remove your makeup with face wipes.

Step Two: Take a hot shower. The steam will do wonders for your skin and open your pores up to make sure you unclog them properly

Step Three: Using a gentle cleanser, wash face

Step Four: Apply a face mask

Step Five: If you have any breakouts forming, apply a spot cream
Fri, 02 May 2014 12:00 +0200
Five Ingenious Ways to use Coconut oil

1) Makeup remover
Coconut oil is the perfect way to remove makeup whilst being gentle and soothing the skin. Add some of the oil to a cotton pad and hold over your eye area. This will allow the oil to breakdown your mascara, eye shadow and concealer etc.. TIP: Our eye area is one of the most sensitive areas of the skin so coconut oil is amazing for our eyes as it’s gentle and even nourishing for our lashes.

2) Deep conditioning hair mask
Apply to your scalp and through the length of your hair. Leave on for at least two hours (the longer you leave it on the better your results)
TIP: If you want to take this treatment to the next level, add some heat. Heat up the oil to a relatively hot temperature, but one that you can still touch, and then put on a plastic shower cap. Next wrap a towel around your hair. This will help keep in the heat. Leave on for at least two hours and then shampoo and condition hair afterwards as normal.

3) Body scrub AND body lotion
Simply mix some coconut oil and sugar – and this becomes your DIY scrub. Gently massage the skin and you’re body will thank you ten folds with the soothing and smoothing properties of the oil.

4) Face moisturiser
Coconut oil is known for it’s anti-ageing properties. Now to make sure your face isn’t super oily after having used the oil, simply apply some to your face, leave to soak in for 5-10 minutes and then splash face with cold water. This will make sure that the skin has absorbed the oil but you’ve washed off the oily residue from the surface.

5) Healing scalp treatment
Because of the awesome healing properties in coconut oil, it’s perfect for a DIY scalp treatment and can help soothe flaky, dry scalps. Gently massage the oil into your scalp in circular motions.

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Three Fool-Proof Party Makeup Tricks These tips will instantly turn you from:


You're welcome.

Number One:
Want to instantly highlight your eyes but don’t have too much time to spare? Simply whip out your liquid eyeliner, look down and trace your upper lash line and extend outwards. It’ll instantly draw attention to your eyes, and take that day look to a sexy night look!
TIP: If you’re not too confident with the liquid eyeliner, trace the line with a pencil first and go over in liquid!

Number Two:
Don’t want to smudge your lipstick? Before you drink from the glass, quickly lick the cup where your lips will touch, as your purse your lips. This will stop your lippie coming off onto the glass.

Number Three:
Want to have the boys falling at your feet tonight? Use some highlighter along your cheekbones and a shimmer lotion to your collarbones. Then sweep a gold shimmer eye shadow along your eyelids. You’ll have the guys at your mercy in no time.

Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Johnson's Gives Us Every Reason To Take a #NoMakeUpSelfie So you know those selfies we take with no makeup, and hashtag them #NoMakeUpSelfie - don't stop now, because Johnson's have pledged to donate R10 towards breast cancer awareness for every photo posted with the hashtag #NoMakeUpSelfie. So if you were thinking there is no point in posting a selfie towards breast cancer awareness because you weren't sure how it actually raised awareness, think again.


Help Johnson's spread awareness and challenge others to donate towards the Pink Drive. 

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Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Here's What Guys Really Think About Your Lipstick!
The Classic Red
This lip colour says I’m confident, I’m daring and I’m not afraid to put myself out there! Guys like a confident woman, and this lipstick will definitely work to your advantage. Only downside? Men kissing you will leave them looking like a clown. But hey, who cares!

Guys say: 'Red lipstick comes across as seductive and flirtatious, but could also make girls look like they're trying too hard to get our attention.'

The Pink Lip
This shows that you’re still quite confident and like to be adventurous. You’re probably a lot of fun and don’t take yourself too seriously. A good way to go if a red lip isn’t really your thing but you still want a bold pop of colour! Just be careful what shade you choose, as the wrong shade can seem garish.

Guys say: 'Bright pink can sometimes look tacky and cheap'

The Dark Lip
This shows guys you’re a risk taker! That you’re probably quite edgy and mabe a little challenging, in a good way! (It’s also a fab colour to wear in winter!)

Guys say: 'Dark on some people could be very sexy and mysterious but could also look slightly emo, depending on her complexion.'

The Neutral Lip
A cool, low maintenance look, or the perfect contrast to a statement or smoky eye. Make sure your lips are nude or light pink, and not lighter than your skin: nobody loves the corpse look. 

Guys say: 'I'm trying to picture nude and realised it's quite similar to pale pink. Pale pink is cute, playful and looks natural.' Well done on that clever deduction, boys!

The Orange Lip

This lip shows you’re not afraid to try something a little different and you think outside the box. Guys love this carefree attitude, but don't expect them to understand why a lip should be orange.

Guys say: 'Orange would seem quite strange to us, almost alternative and possibly off-putting.'

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Avoid Those Dreaded Lipstick Mishaps!
The Lipstick Teeth
This one is super easy – simply place your index finger in your mouth, close your lips and pull it out whilst gently sucking. And voila!

Badly applied lipstick
For this one, it’s mostly about practice. To help with precision, use a lip brush. Take your lip brush and gently scrape some lipstick from the stick. Start by tracing the outer lines of your mouth and then fill in.
TIP: If you’re not too confident, start slightly further inwards than the outside line of your lips. You can always go back over it taking the line further and further out.

Faded/patchy lipstick
Apply a layer of lipstick. Take a tissue, and place over mouth. Dab some loose powder on top of the tissue making sure to cover all areas of your lips. Remove tissue and apply another layer of lipstick. Repeat this process a few times.
TIP: You can finish off with a layer of lip-gloss to really seal the lipstick in place!
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Why You Shouldn't Share Your Lippy!
Sharing lipstick with a friend who could potentially have herpes is a huge risk. They could be developing cold sores and not realising it yet and then before you know it, you’re also starting to get them. Sharing makeup is almost part of our DNA. We go everywhere in ‘packs’ so it becomes only natural to want to share your lipstick every once in a while with your BFF. So, in order to make this a healthy habit amongst girls, here are our top suggestion on how to prevent catching anything from any of your friends… and visa versa!

Always wipe the top layer of lipstick with a tissue before applying.

Unfortunately, this can’t be done with a lip-gloss ☹. So instead, travel with a mini lip brush and apply the lip-gloss with your own lip brush.

Lastly, to prevent ever needing to borrow lippy, make sure you keep one in each bag – this way you won’t ever leave the house without a lipstick/lipgloss and then problem solved!

Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:00 +0200
Want To Be Pretty Powerful?
With the launch of Bobbi Brown’s new mascara – Pretty Powerful Mascara, available from the 7th April, all proceeds from the sales will go towards the charity Heartbeat. A charity that cares for the emotional well-being of orphaned and vulnerable young women and girls suffering from the impact of HIV.


So come on girls, get out there and buy your Pretty Powerful Mascara (R310), it’s not only a great excuse to buy a new mascara (even if you’ve only just bought one like two weeks ago) but it’s also an amazing way to give back! Because like Queen B quite rightly says, girls DO run the world! 
Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Beauty Tips To Boost Your Mood Instantly
1) Mani & Pedi
There’s nothing better than catching a glimpse of your perfectly conditioned hands and toes. You don’t necessarily have to go to the spa if it’s too much of a mission. You can easily create your own by following these super simple steps.

2) Spa day
Who doesn’t love a good massage? After a stressful week, take a trip to your nearest spa to indulge in being pampered. Chill out, relax and enjoy!

3) Salon blowout
Oh my goodness, you LOVE that feeling when you leave a salon after having your hair done? Your hair hasn’t ever had so much bounce to it and has NEVER looked so shiny! You catch yourself staring at your reflection in every reflectable surface possible. It’s simply the best.

4) Spritz some of your favourite fragrance
Smelling good not only makes you feel great, it’s also a huge self-esteem boost. When you get a comment that you smell great, um hello isn’t it amazing?

5) Go shopping
And if all else fails, go shopping!

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Tips To Keep Healthy Skin During Winter
1) Sleep with a humidifier on
Because the air humidity drops during the colder months, we need to make sure our skins stay hydrated. The air humidifier will help prevent our skins from drying out during the night especially (when you can’t drink as much water).

2) Drink LOTS of water
This is the best way to keep your skin hydrated and happy. It helps flush out all the toxins in the body and keeps your skin moisturised.

3) Moisturiser is your best friend!

After taking a shower or bath, apply moisturiser all over your body within three minutes to ensure you lock in all the possible moisture that you can.

4) Always carry lip moisturisers with you
Get yourself a few lip balms that contain moisturisers and keep one in your handbag, one in your car and one at home. This will ensure that your lips stay moisturised no matter where you are.

5) Use sunscreen
Don’t skip the sunscreen just because it’s winter. Harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin. You may not be off to the beach, but your skin is susceptible to harmful UV rays all year round.
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Look Flawless Post-Workout

1) Count to five as you splash cold water of your face and wrists. This will instantly cool you down and soothe any redness.

2) Take an ultra quick shower by using a two in one shampoo and conditioner only on the greasy parts of your roots. Let the water distribute the shampoo and conditioner down the lengths of your hair. Next use a two in one body wash, like Nivea In-Shower body moisturiser (R29,99). This way, you cut out having to moisturise after your shower.

3) If you’re still perspiring after your shower, apply a deodorant to anywhere where you have sweat glands basically.

4) Now it’s time for your makeup. Choose a sheer liquid foundation or CC cream, which will instantly even out your complexion and hide any redness. For your eyes, opt for liquid eyeliner and dot it along your top lash line for definition. Apply a coat of mascara when you’re back at the office (your skin is still a little moist and can cause even waterproof mascara to smudge along bottom eye lashes). Finally pat a lip balm or lip stain on lips in a pinky colour. Avoid red, as you’re already red enough.

5) When your hair is concerned; either leave it to dry naturally (much quicker and easier) or blowout until fully dry. Don’t quit halfway through as this sets your hair up for ultimate frizz. Not a great look for the office.

Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Ways To Cheat The Bone Structure Of A Model
So none of this ...

And more of this ...

Step One: Using a cream highlighter, tap lightly onto the top of your cheekbones (from the apple of your cheek outwards, to directly under the outer corner of your eye) in a straight line with your fingertips.
TIP: Use a highlighter in a pearl-like shade if you’re fair skinned, and a highlighter with more golden tones if you’re darker)

Step Two: Using the same cream highlighter, tap lightly along the bridge of your nose, Cupid’s bow and under your eyebrows. These are all the places on your face where the sun is lightly to catch your makeup.
TIP: Use a cream highlighter as opposed to a shadow highlighter as it tends to have longer staying power on your face.

Step Three: If you want a more defined jaw line, take a contouring brush (a brush that has a flat angled edge), dip it into a loose powder that is one or two shades darker than your skin tone and run it long your jaw line from behind the base of your ear to the start of your chin. Repeat on the other side.
TIP: Remember to blend it down your neck to prevent any demarcation

Step Four: Hollow out your cheeks by making a fish face. Take your contouring brush and the same colour powder you used to define your jaw line, and now place the powder in the hollow of your cheeks in a line all the way to wear your ear joins the side of your face. Blend out well to make sure it’s not a sharp line.
TIP: To get the correct angle, place your brush in a line from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth. This is the angle you will use to contour. Repeat on the other side

Step Five: If you want to make your collarbones pop, take a shimmer bronzer and brush, and trace the top of your collarbones.
TIP: Hunch your shoulders forwarded so that your collarbones are more pronounced, and then apply your bronzer. This will make the contouring process easier!

And here are a few of our favourite celebs with gorgeous bone structure that we're all envious of at the COSMO office *sigh*


Tue, 11 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Beauty Commandments You Must NOT Break
1) I shall get plenty of sleep... at least eight hours a night! It'll help you keep energised, motivated and your skin will feel renewed and refreshed having enough time in the night to regenerate. Sleep is crucial!

2) I shall always take my makeup off before going to sleep. Sleeping in your makeup is like sleeping on a dirty floor. You're basically sleeping in dirt and not allowing your pores to breathe. Instead, it's soaking up all that oil and dirt on the surface of your skin! If you're super lazy when it comes to this, remove your makeup with some gentle exfoliating wipes.

3) I shall wear sunscreen everyday. It's crucial to look after your skin now and you'll be hella glad you did when you're older! To help you remember, try and buy a foundation or moisturizer with an SPF. This way you don't have to remember to apply a separate sunscreen. No excuses guys!

4) I will invest in a proper skincare routine... Including face wash, toner and moisturiser. Gone are the days when it was acceptable to wash your face with only water. Get yourself down to your nearest Dis-chem or Clicks and invest in some awesome skin care products! Listen, we're basically giving you an excuse to spend some cash on yourself. You're welcome.

5) I shall always blend my makeup properly. It's never been OK to wear patchy and un-blended makeup so stop! Always do your makeup in the natural light to prevent looking five shades darker than your natural colour and always blend foundation down your neck. No time for turtleneck foundation.

6) I shall NOT skip the conditioner in the shower. Our hair is by far the one thing that you probably damage the most owing to all these amazing styling tongs that allow you to change everything you've ever hated about your hair whether it be curly or straight. This is something that you're unlikely to stop, however, if you invest in a good quality heat protectant AND condition your hair regularly (including a hair mask once a month) you'll be fine.

7) I shall moisturise my body daily. Walking around with dry knees and flaking skin is quite the ego killer. If you really can't ever remember to apply the body cream, invest in the AMAZING Nivea in-shower body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner (R39,99). It's a moisturiser/body wash that you can apply in the shower! 

8) I shall not wear chipped nail polish. It never looks good ladies and you know it. Instead, read these awesome tricks to fixing a chipped/broken nail! 

9) I shall stop squeezing my face. You know that by touching that little spot on your forehead just makes it worse, and more red and then suddenly you have an angry volcano. So instead, count to ten, sit on your hands, do anything except touch it! Wait till you get home and can wash and exfoliate your face properly and apply a spot cream to dry the little bugger out. Touching it just transfers more dirt and can lead to infections.

10) I shall not over-tweeze my brows. As tempting as it is, put the tweezers down and step away from your mirror. Didn't you get the memo? This season it's all about the fuller brow. So embrace it and let them grow out a little bit. If you're worried about keeping them in shape, take a trip to the beauty therapist and get them shaped properly.

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
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Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:00 +0200
Why You Should Invest In A Lip Balm

2) They often contain an SPF which will automatically help them from being dry and chapped and obviously protect them against harmful UV Rays

3) Prevents dry and chapped lips and will help your pout stay supple, soft and selfie-ready.

4) Your lipstick looks a thousand times better when applied over a moisturising lip balm.

5) It helps your skin heal better. It can help seal up any cracks on chapped lips and prevent infection, as well as any irritation.

6) Having moist lips can help you appear younger? We'll take one fountain of youth, thanks!

7) Have you seen how UNBELIEVABLY CUTE THEY ARE?

We love the Maybelline BabyLips (R24,95), because hello, have you seen how UNBELIEVABLY CUTE THEY ARE? They come in:

Blue – Hydrate 
Yellow - Intense Care
Green – Mint Fresh
Orange – Cherry Me
Pink – Pink Punch
Purple – Peach Kiss

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
Teen Acne Vs Adult Acne And How To Treat It

So what is the difference between teen and adult acne?  

Teen Acne:
• Acne is now becoming more prevalent in children 7-12 years old.
• Acne affects 80% of people 11 to 30 years old.
• It is the most common complaint by teens.
• By mid-teens, more than 40% of adolescents have acne or acne scarring.
• Breakouts appear mainly on the cheeks and forehead but can appear on chest and back as well.

Adult Acne:
• Chronic stress caused by our fast-paced, busy lives
• This stress sauses over-active sebum (oil) glands
• Adult cases of acne are often more persistent than teenage acne, which can be particularly frustrating for those who were spared breakouts as teenagers.
For women it can happen during pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause

Don't panic just yet! Here are some ways that you can help prevent acne and post-teen breakouts:

1) Cleansers: Avoid too-strong gels and products containing beads or granules, which can irritate and worsen sensitive skin. The worst thing you can do to your skin is to rub it raw and break the skin!

2) Creams and lotions: Use an over-the-counter retinol product to clean pores and help reduce fine wrinkles. Use products that contain salicylic and glycolic acids. Products containing benzoyl peroxide, are great for using when you're having a breakout as they help to kill bacteria.

3) Prescription medications: You can get prescribed antibiotics to help treat an infection and to lessen the effcts of the acne. You can slo get topical antibiotic creams and gels to do the same job.

4) High-tech solutions: Laser and intense pulsed light treatments mainly target scars, but blue light therapy treatments kill acne-causing bacteria. 
TIP: this should probably be last resort as these treatments are PRICEY! But, if you've tried everything else then you should definitely give it a go as you only get one skin so it's definitely worth it!

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Times You Absolutely MUST Wear a Red Lip

1) To dress up a fairly plain and simple outfit just with a red lipstick. 

2) To help you feel instantly sexy

3) To transition from your office look to your Friday night out with the girls

4) When you've scored a second date, of course you need to break out the red lipstick! No questions asked.

5) When you've got relatively subtle makeup on, add a red lip and you can instantly brighten up your look.


We love Bourjois brand new Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick (R125,95) because it's lightweight, easily applied and is long-lasting. It's a nice red to start with if you're a new girl on the Red Lipstick block as it comes in the form of a gloss but with the rich intensity of a lipstick.

And three times when you definitely shouldn't:

1) When you're wearing a smokey eye. You'll end up looking like a class A hooker, sorry.

2) At a funeral. Like c'mon, do we need to explain? 

3) Meeting the parents for the first time. It's like wearing a red lipstick on the first date - it'll look like you're trying too hard. Plus, you want to come across as the perfectly inncoent young woman that all parents wish but secretly know you aren't.

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
10 Amazing Ways You Didn't Know You Could Use Vaseline

Weird facts about the dude who invented the jelly:
Chesebrough, the guy who invented Vaseline, was so confident in his product that he used to delightfully burn himself to then spread over the jelly and reveal its magical healing powers. A little extreme, but each to their own I guess.
Chesebrough used to eat a spoonful of the stuff EVERY DAY. Now THAT'S commitment... or stupidity, one of the two.

Cool ways to use the jelly:
1) To remove makeup like mascara, eyeliner, lipstick AND powder.

2) Stop the dreaded lipstick-teeth by rubbing a thin layer on your teeth.

3) Remove chewing gum from your hair.

4) Stop the lid of nail polishes from sticking shut.

5) Prevent shampoo from running into your eyes (apply a layer to your eyebrows and it'll slide off to the side. Genius).

6) Apparently, it helps your eyelashes grow ... apparently.

7) Rub a little vaseline on your skin before you apply your perfume and you'll smell delicious for longer.

8) To help mask split ends.

9) Prevent hairdye stains on your skin... because that's never a good look.

10) Ever struggle to put in earrings? (the struggle is real ladies) Rub some vaseline onto your earrings and they'll slide right in.

What do you use your Vaseline for? Let us know by leaving a comment :)

But STAY TUNED as some BIG news is comign soon from Vaseline!
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Avoid Break-Outs During That Time Of The Month unsightly zits by now but period related pimples are actually very common in adult women. ‘They’re the result of hormonal changes, such as an increase in production of testosterone (which all women have in small amounts) during the days before your flow,’ says Dr David Leffel, a professor of dermatology and surgery at Vale School of Medicine. That testosterone change tells your skin to produce more pore-clogging oil. When your period comes, the clogged pores could morph into whiteheads or blackheads.

The solution? Apply a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic-acid product as directed (usually twice a day), says Leffell. Avoid exfoliating as this will likely irritate inflamed skin. If your period pimples are really bad, consider going on the Pill. The hormones in oral contraceptives reduce the hormonal changes that cause break-outs in the first place, says Leffel. ]]>
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
What’s Your Makeup Personality? YOUR LOOK: CITY BABE

Your routine: ‘I don’t spend more than 10 minutes on my skin and makeup.’

Pro Tips: ‘Save time by applying a brightening serum to your face, followed by a tinted moisturizer: This will even out your complexion,’ says Michelle-Lee Collins, senior makeup artist for M.A.C South Africa. ‘To emphasise your eyes, rim them with a metallic-bronze pencil and smudge with a brush. This is quicker than using your finger, and won’t rub colour off.”


Your routine: ‘I like looking polished and won’t leave the house without my hair and makeup done.’

Pro Tips: ‘Apply an eyelid primer before applying eye shadow,’ says Lauren Engelbrecht, training manager for Smashbox South Africa. ‘This way you’ll get a flawless sweep of colour along the lid and the lower lash line.’ She recommends using a bullet-shaped eye-shadow brush to vary colour intensity. ‘You don’t want the same depth of colour all around the eye – it should be darker on the outer corners and softer towards the inner corners.’


Your routine: ‘I prefer little or no makeup and fuss-free hair.’

Pro tips: ‘Since you don’t use makeup to cover up your natural skin, invest in a great moisturiser to combat dehydrated winter skin,’ says Cape Town makeup artist Algria Ferreira. ‘You might also benefit from an eye cream that brightens dark circles and combats puffiness – simply tap on and go!’
Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
6 Essential Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them 6 Essential Makeup Brushes and How to Use Them

Use to apply loose, sparkly powders and eye shadows to the ‘bulb’ of the eyelid.
WE LOVE Black Up Sponge Applicator (R170)

Use to contour the crease and along the lash line.
WE LOVE Burst Studio Brushes ES 02 Medium Dome Eyeshadow Brush (R125 at

For blusher or bronzer application, or for smaller areas such as under the eye.
WE LOVE Dior Backstage Brushes Professional Finish Blush Brush (R530)

Define and fill in lips using the point of the brush on the lip line to create a neat edge.
WE LOVE Justine Retractable Lip Brush (R75)


Fill in sparse brows with brow powder or create neat, defined lines along the lash line with liquid liner.
WE LOVE Avon Eyeliner Brush (R49,95)

For applying loose face powder. Tap off the excess before you apply to your face so you don’t look floury.
WE LOVE Catrice Powder Brush (R59,95)

Fri, 17 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Your Sexiest Lip Colour
Every girl should have a bright lipstick as part of her makeup kit – and the trick to picking the right bright for you is shopping according to your skin tone and the desired intensity.

1) If you’re dark and warm... A fire-engine red is striking on chocolate-brown skin.
TRY Avon Color Trend
Lipstick (R49,95) Heartbeat Red

2) If you’re medium and cool... A mauve lippy will enhance cool, medium-toned skin.

TRY Estée Lauder Pure
Color Velvet Lipstick
(R265) Violet Crush

3) If you’re fair and warm... An orange-toned pink looks great on warmer fair skin.
TRY CK One Color Shine Lipstick (R200) Twisted

4) If you’re medium and warm... A bright orange will flatter golden-brown skin.
TRY M.A.C Lipstick
(R180) Morange

5) If you’re dark and cool... A deep violet pops on dark skin with a blue undertone.

TRY Lancôme Rouge
In Love Lipstick (R270)
Violette Coquette

6) If you’re fair and cool...
A pink with a blue undertone is great for cooler skin tones, adding colour to otherwise pale skin.
TRY M.A.C Lipstick (R180) Candy Yum-Yum

For minimum hassle and a high-impact face, bright lipstick is an easy go-to product. Bright lips have the ability to draw instant attention – and keep it focused on you.


M.A.C makeup artist Michelle- Lee Collins’s tips for finding a bright lippy that complements your eyes:

1) Most brights work with brown eyes.
2) If you have blue eyes, choose lipsticks with orange undertones.
3) If you have green eyes, pink and purple-toned lipsticks will make the most of them

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
These Mascaras Give You Mila Kunis Eyes  The new generation of mascaras offers a multitude of ways to give you a perfect set of real lashes. No need to be overwhelmed by the different brushes and formulas – just read on.

1. If you want beautifully defined lashes

TRY Avon Super Drama Mascara (R110)

2. If you want thick lashes with loads of volume

TRY Almay Intense i-Color Volumizing Mascara (R145)

3. If you want to add sunshiny colour to your lash tips

TRY Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara (R355) Zest

4. If you want long and lush lashes
TRY Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara (R99,95)

5. If you want deeply pigmented but matt- looking lashes

TRY Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Smoky Eyes Mascara (R121)

What’s in a wand?
• A flexible fan-like wand gives great shape and definition.
• A brush with short bristles picks up less mascara, giving a more natural look without clumps.
• Longer bristles distribute more mascara onto lashes.
• A slender brush reaches even the tiniest of lashes.
• A fat wand deposits more mascara at the roots.

Mon, 13 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
A Foundation for Beyoncé-Beautiful Skin
‘Base’ has come a long way in recent years. But with so many options available, shopping for one can leave your head spinning. We’re here to help!

1 For full coverage and easy application

TRY Era Everyday Aerobrush Makeup (R750)

2 For a complexion perfector that hydrates

TRY Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream (R355)

3 For a palette to match the different shades of your face
TRY Black Up Concealer Palette (R330) 02

4 For something lightweight and illuminating with anti-ageing benefits

TRY L’Oréal Revitalift Total Repair 10 BB Cream (R190) Medium

5 For long-lasting coverage and a luminous finish

TRY Clarins Everlasting Foundation (R360)


Clarins national makeup artist Kirsten Maarschalk defines the basics:

1. A ‘blemish balm’ (BB cream) is a multitasker used to soothe and protect
skin, treat blemishes, give light coverage and prepare skin for makeup application.

2. A tinted moisturiser has a lighter texture than a BB cream. Its primary function is to keep skin moisturised.

3. A ‘colour correcting’ (CC) cream has an even lighter texture and is more specifically targeted at treating uneven skin tone.

Sat, 11 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
How to Remove Your Makeup
It shouldn’t take longer to remove your makeup as it did to put on, but you should still be thorough.

• Easy on the eyes. Mascara and liner are the hardest to get off, but you don’t want to scrub, since the skin around the eyes is sensitive. Cotton balls leave fibres behind, so use a cotton pad and either an oil-based (for waterproof products) or dual-phase (for everything else) remover specifically for the eyes. Presoaked pads are fine; close your eyes and hold them over your lids and lashes for about ten seconds to give the remover time to dissolve the waxes before wiping.

• Break it down. Your daily cleanser should be sufficient to take off foundation and blush. Massage the cleanser over your face and let it sit for 15 seconds, and don’t forget your hairline, under your chin, and around your eyes. Then wipe with a wet, white cotton washcloth, so you can really see that all the makeup is gone. If your foundation is long-wearing or you use a face brush, go over your face with remover first.

• Stop Raccoon eyes. Get rid of oily remover near your eyes with a pad. This will prevent mascara circles in the morning and improve your makeup application the next day.

TIP: A cotton pad soaked in liquid or cream makeup remover should take off most lipsticks.

Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Tight Lining Eyeliner Trick
Tight lining eyeliner trick
Get lushes lashes and sexy eye definition instantly!

• Gently lift your upper lid upwards and, using an angled liner brush, press cake eyeliner right underneath and into your lash lines. (A brush feels lighter on sensitive lids than a liner pencil. No cake liner? Mist the brush with water and use black shadow, or grab a super creamy pencil eyeliner)

• Look down and hold your upper lid taut, then using the same liner brush, press cake liner (or whatever you’re using) in a fine line right on top of your lashes to make them look thicker.

• Curl your lashes with a crimper at three spots: base, centre, and tips

• Coat top lashes with at least two coats of mascara to really make your eyes pop.

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
A-List Eyelash secrets Brace yourself for some clever, expert tips

• They Combine Black and Brown Mascara.

“I apply black from the roots to three quarters up the lashes, then coat the tips with brown,” says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. “The diffused colour makes lashes seem naturally thick and long”.

• If Two Mascaras Sound like a lot, Skip this Tip!

“I use at least three or four different mascaras,” says Pati. Her cocktail: full brushes for the longest, upper lashes; a thin brush for the inner corners and lower lashes; and a precise wand to separate. Phew!

• And There are the Naturalists.

Makeup artist Diane Kendal brushes eyeliner pencil between the lashes when she wants a minimal look.

• Stars Love Coloured Mascara.

“I do black nascara on the upper lashes and burgundy over the tips,” says Pati. “It brings subtle attention to the eyes.”

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
How to Remove Your Makeup Easy on the eyes. Mascara and liner are the hardest to get off, but you don’t want to scrub, since the skin around the eyes is sensitive. Cotton balls leave fibres behind, so use a cotton pad and either an oil-based (for waterproof products) or dual-phase (for everything else) remover specifically for the eyes. Presoaked pads are fine; close your eyes and hold them over your lids and lashes for about ten seconds to give the remover time to dissolve the waxes before wiping.

Break it down. Your daily cleanser should be sufficient to take off foundation and blush. Massage the cleanser over your face and let it sit for 15 seconds, and don’t forget your hairline, under your chin, and around your eyes. Then wipe with a wet, white cotton washcloth, so you can really see that all the makeup is gone. If your foundation is long-wearing or you use a face brush, go over your face with remover first.

Stop Raccoon eyes. Get rid of oily remover near your eyes with a pad. This will prevent mascara circles in the morning and improve your makeup application the next day.

TIP: A cotton pad soaked in liquid or cream makeup remover should take off most lipsticks.
Thu, 09 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Tight Lining Eyeliner Trick
1)Gently lift your upper lid upwards and, using an angled liner brush, press cake eyeliner right underneath and into your lash lines. (A brush feels lighter on sensitive lids than a liner pencil. No cake liner? Mist the brush with water and use black shadow, or grab a super creamy pencil eyeliner)

2)Look down and hold your upper lid taut, then using the same liner brush, press cake liner (or whatever you’re using) in a fine line right on top of your lashes to make them look thicker.

3)Curl your lashes with a crimper at three spots: base, centre, and tips

4)Coat top lashes with at least two coats of mascara to really make your eyes pop.

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
A-List Eyelash Secrets  Brace yourself for some clever, expert tips.

They combine black and brown mascara.
“I apply black from the roots to three quarters up the lashes, then coat the tips with brown,” says makeup artist Pati Dubroff. “The diffused colour makes lashes seem naturally thick and long”.

If two mascaras sound like a lot, skip this tip!
“I use at least three or four different mascaras,” says Pati. Her cocktail: full brushes for the longest, upper lashes; a thin brush for the inner corners and lower lashes; and a precise wand to separate. Phew!

And there are the naturalists.
Makeup artist Diane Kendal brushes eyeliner pencil between the lashes when she wants a minimal look.

Stars love coloured mascara.
“I do black nascara on the upper lashes and burgundy over the tips,” says Pati. “It brings subtle attention to the eyes.”

Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Mascara Tips We Swear You Haven’t Heard Before Get bombshell lashes instantly

Hold your curler longer
First, be sure you squeeze your lashes in three places- at the base, in the middle, and at the tips. Now here’s where things go all high maintenance: Every time you squeeze, hold for three seconds or the curl won’t last.

Start applying at the inner corners
This is the only way to make sure your mascara reaches the tiny lashes you probably don’t even know you have. (Just tissue off the wand first so you don’t get a big clump).

“If your lashes are fine, don’t weigh them down with product,” Pat McGrath says. Instead, swipe two coats – max- from the roots to the tips in one continuous motion.

Load up at the roots.
If your lashes are long (waaaah, poor you), avoid overcoating the tips, which looks spidery.

Back off the bottom.
Unless it’s for a runway show, McGrath leaves the bottom lashes bare: “It makes the top ones really stand out,” she says. If your lower lashes need definition, she suggests brown mascara, which is softer and looks more natural.

Mon, 06 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
5 Steps to Plump up Your Lips
 If your lips aren’t as full as you would like, try these tips!

Apply a thin line of highlighter along your Cupid’s bow (directly above the centre of your top lip) so that light can bounce off it and play up the curve.

Dab some lip gloss on the centre of your bottom lip. It will give it a beautiful bee-stung look.

Line it Up
Lip lines with a liner that matches your lipstick and then smudge it out for a more natural look.

Limit Yourself
Never apply more than two layers of lipstick or else your lips will just look lost.

Choose Wisely
Lighter shades will make your lips look fuller. Darker lipsticks tend to make lips look smaller.

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
How To Make Your Facial Last Longer

1) Use the right cleanser for your skin. You don’t want anything that’s going to dry out your skin
TIP: Most salons offer the products they have used in the facial, so why not buy the facial cleanser that the beautician used.

2) Stick with alcohol-free toners. Most toners include alcohol as it kills bacteria, but it also dries out your skin way too much. Rather try an exfoiliating toner or one that contains aloe to lock in the essential oils that you need for your skin to stay healthy.

3) Do at home facials in-between professional ones to make the effects of a facial last longer.

4) Invest in an exfoiliator and use it once a week to get rid of dead skin cells. You should mix your routine up slightly between exfoiliators and smoother, softer cleansers to ensure the perfect balance in your skin care routine.

5) Wash your pillowcases at least once a week. You must change your pillowcases regularly as skin cells regenerate the most when we are sleeping. Don’t subject your beautiful clean skin to a ten hour nap in dead skin.
TIP: If you don’t have time to wash your pillow cases once a week, you can try freezing them. Leave them in the freezer for about twelve hours and the process will kill all bacteria

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Unusual Kitchen Beauty Quick Fixes
Smokey Eyes
Light a match and then blow out the flame. Wait for it to cool and then rub a makeup brush across the tip. You can use the soot as an eyeliner on your outer rims only.

Foil Facial

Place a sheet of foil in the freezer. Once its ice cold, poke holes for your nose and mouth so that you can breath and lay it over your face. Its great for red and puffy skin!

Icey Eye Pencil
Place your eyeliner (with the lid on) in the freezer or in a cup of ice for half an hour before you use them. After they have hardened, they will give you extra definition.

Curly Lashes
Press a teaspoon against the back of your lashes. The metal rim will give you a sexy curve if your eyelash curler has gone missing.

Boost Your Hair
Pour lemonade into a spray bottle and spritz on damp hair. The sugar will give your hair grip and texture!

Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
Top Lip Tips Summer is coming up and you will want to follow these tips for beautiful looking lips!

1) Prep your lips with a moisturising lip balm before applying lipstick. This will keep your lips soft but it will also help the colour guide on more easily.

2) For intense colour, apply a lip stain with your fingers. For a more natural look, rub a foundation onto lips and then apply a mixture of a lip stain and a lip gloss.

3) For intense colour and shine, mix a matt lipstick with gloss on the back of your hand before applying. Use a lip brush to get a precise application.

4) Strong colours look beautiful on dark skin tones while soft petal like shades look good on fair skin.

5) Dark colours make our lips look thinner. This is great for woman with full lips but should be avoided by woman with thin lips.

Sat, 04 Jan 2014 12:00 +0200
3 Ways to Make Your Eyes the Centre of Attention Make your eyes the talk about town with these sneaky little tricks.

Eyelash Curler:

Use an eyelash curler, which will open up your eyes by curling the eyelashes upwards and out. Finish with three coats of your favourite mascara
Tip: Grab your eyelash curler and take your blow dryer to heat it up for a few seconds. Be careful not to burn yourself obviously!


Eyeliner is a girl’s best tool. Whether you feel like you have small eyes, narrow eyes, any type of eye can be altered with cleverly placed eyeliner. (read … to find extra tips on how to make the most of your eyeliner). Instead of lining your entire lash line, only line 2/3 a long the bottom from the outer corner.
Tip: If you want to use liquid eyeliner but struggle, first draw a line using a pencil and then use this as a guideline for your liquid eyeliner.

Shine On
Instead of using matte eye shadow, go for something with a bit of shimmer to draw attention to your gorgeous eyes. Finish off your smoky eye with a shimmery silver on the inner corners of your eyes or go for a more laid back gold which sparkles.
Tip: Always go with a colour your comfortable with. Don’t go for a bright purple if you’re not confident enough to wear it, instead try a neutral color. The shimmer will still make your eyes pop!

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
DIY Body Wrap
Step 1
Dry-brush your body using exfoliating mitts or a loofah, brushing upwards with long sweeping strokes, then use a salt-or sugar based scrub to exfoliate your body from your feet upwards.

Step 2
Smooth a clay mask all over your body, like you would a body lotion. Start at your feet and work your way up to your neck.

Step 3

Wrap large pieces of cling wrap securely around your thighs, waist, stomach, chest and arms. Relax for an hour to allow the mask to penetrate.

Step 4

After an hour, remove the cling wrap and wipe off the excess body mask with a towel. Rinse off thoroughly in the shower.

Step 5
Finish off by massaging a rich body butter into your skin.

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Three party styles for curly hair Blended Bangs:
This soft wavy look is perfect for any style and any face shape because they’re soft and not too short. Ask for very light layers and bangs that blend softly to the side that fall to he mid-brow. Use a sea salt spray before blow drying and use a ghd to create some soft curls to shape your face.

Long Wavy Layers:
Keep layers below the chin to keep the curls from getting too bouncy. Use a light spray gel to keep the curls but one that won’t weigh your strands down. Apply a leave-in frizz serum while hair is damp

Tight Curls and Steep Layers:
Go big girls, you were given curls for this reason, to flaunt it! For those of us blessed with curls, add a serum to damp hair and then blow dry hair with a diffuser.

Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Five Ways to Make Your Manicure Stay COSMO’S five tips to ensure your mani stays for as long as humanly possible.

• Take a cotton pad with some nail polish remover on, and gently remove any oil or debris on nails
TIP: Wash your hands with soap and warm water before this step for even better results.

• Rather than applying thick layers, apply thin smooth layers and add more until desired colour strength. This will help prevent blobs and quicken drying.

• Always start with your thumb first and work out towards pinky.

• A couple days in, apply a top coat again to protect from any damage.

• Unfortunately, nail polish will chip. But don’t stress, simply buff down the area that has chipped and apply a thin layer of same nail polish colour & then a top coat. Good as new!

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Five Easy Steps to Apply False Eyelashes COSMO’S simple and easy ways to applying false eye lashes

STEP ONE: Use a very small amount of glue and dip the lash strip gently into the glue. Blow onto the strip of lashes to dry lightly

STEP TWO: If using strips of lashes, first check to make sure they fit your eyelid. You may need to cut the ends if too long.

STEP THREE: Use tweezers to place the strip of lashes onto the lid against the lash line and press with your fingers for a few seconds to make sure they stick to your lid.

STEP FOUR: Apply mascara on lashes once they are applied to blend your eyelashes with the false ones.

STEP FIVE: Use eyeliner to conceal glue if the glue is still noticeable

Sat, 28 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
How to Get The Perfect Brows
1) The start of your eyebrows should be aligned with the upper bridge of your nose.

2) Create guidelines by filling in your brows so that you visualize what you want. It should be 2/3rds horizontal and 1/3 out towards the top of your ear.

3) Brush hair upwards using a mascara wand .

4) Start by tweezing stray hairs. Never tweeze above the brows, always underneath. By tweezing above you bring down your entire brow.
Also periodically step back from the mirror to check what it looks like.

5) Now fill in using a slanted brush and powder or a pencil in your correct brow color, to fill in any gaps.

Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Let's Talk About False Lashes There’s more to gorgeous fake lashes than meets the eyes, so if you want lash extensions, do your research first.

If you don’t go to a properly trained therapist who uses reputable, high-quality products, things can go wrong. ‘In some cases, untrained therapists use hair-extension glue instead of lash-extension glue, which can cause an allergic reaction around the eye area,’ says Cape Town lash stylist Nicola-Belle Tyson. She warns that if lash extensions are regularly applied incorrectly over several years, it may hamper the growth of the natural lashes. So make sure you get referrals from happy clients.
The application process is relatively simple and painless. The therapist separates the eyelashes using tweezers, places an extension in the extension glue and then applies it to the individual lash. It takes about two hours to complete the process. Avoid getting your extension wet for the first 10 hours after application and sleep on your back for the first night to avoid damaging them.

1. If you choose to continue using mascara, wear a brand that’s specifically designed for extensions.

2. Only use oil-free makeup remover and oil-free eye cream, which won’t break down the bonds.

3. If you’re an active person, remember that sweating and lots of contact with water cause extensions to fall out faster.

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Wed, 25 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Three Sexy Makeup Looks to Try This NYE Make sure you’re looking your best for New years eve.

Subtle Lip with Sultry Smokey Eye
Prep eye with an eyeshadow primer or concealer. Apply the softest colour all the way to your brow. Take the next darker shade any apply on your eyelid up until your crease. Add darkest colour to outer half of your eyelid and to crease. Apply a line of eyeliner to top and bottom eyelash line. Finish with a coat of mascara.

Golden Goddess
We love: MAC eyeshadow in All That Glitters (R180)
Tip: You could do a smokey eye like above, but use a mix of gold colors instead for a sexy twist.

Let the Lips do the Talking
Use a neutral brown palette for the eyes and finish with a line of black/brown eye liner on top and bottom of lash lines. Then apply your super, sexy red lipstick.

Et Voila! You’re ready to party the night away in style.

Tue, 24 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Smell Fabulous the COSMO Way! Everyone wants to smell not just good but great. Here are COSMO’s top tips on making yourself smell irresistible!

• Key places to spray are your heat points such as your wrists, back of neck, the inside crease of your elbow and the back of your knees.

• Don’t rub your fragrance in after spraying. It takes away the top note so you’re only left with the middle and base notes.

• Carry gum with you everywhere if you get a dry mouth. No Mr Garlic Breath over here please!

• If you suffer with smelly feet, carry a travel-size foot spray in your bag.We suggest: Avon Foot Works odour neutralizing foot spray.

• Wash your hair when it gets greasy to avoid having hair odor (trust us, it’s a thing!)

• Keep a perfumed sachet in your lingerie drawer… it’s probably the best feeling ever putting on lavender or sweet scented underwear ;)

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
The Perfect Party Cat Eyes • Bottom Heavy
Tool: Extra-creamy eye pencil
Trick: Line inner rims and lower lash line and flick out outer edges. Smudge if you want a heavier look

• Rocker chick

Tool: Shadow-stick liner
Trick: Line upper and lower lash line, including inner rims. Extend outer edges outwards in a V-shape, and smudge for a messy, grunge look.

• Classic Cat eye

Tool: Liquid liner
Trick: Start at the inner rim of your eye and trace your top lash line. Stop just before you get to the outer edge of your eye. Now change the direction and bring it upward (this line should be at the same angel as your bottom eye line). Apply more pressure as you go along for desired thickness. Line lower lash line making sure to join the inner rim as well.

• Total Blackout
Tool: Eye crayon
Trick: Line everything including your creases and lid and bring corners to a point.

• Flat Cat

Tool: Felt tip liquid liner
Trick: Starting at inner corner, trace upper lash line and extend outwards in a straight line applying more and more pressure as you go along to thick the line for that dramatic finish.

Mon, 23 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
How to Apply Make Up on the Go! make up then in the car.

• Make sure you have everything that you’ll need in a bag that’s easy to carry to and from the car and put it down on the seat next to you
TIP: If you can get a bag with different compartments then that’s even better as you can train yourself to know exactly where to reach as each product has it’s own specific compartment.

• Use a concealer in liquid form that comes in a pen or with some for om applicator so that it’s easier to apply.
TIP: Try and apply your foundation and primers at home as it’s a lot harder to cover a bigger area whilst driving. Let’s not get too confident on the road.

• Apply a pressed powder to seal your concealer. Your powder will also act as an easy surface to brush off any eyeshadow that falls onto cheeks.
TIP: Don’t use a loose powder in the car, unless you’re keen to redecorate your seats.

• Use the same brush to apply blusher to the apple of your cheeks. Or even better, use a cream blush and dab on the apples of your cheeks and blend with finger.
• Try and coordinate eye shadow application with a red robot because although we may think we can all drive with one eye open, it’s not clever. Stick to neutral colours for the base and sweep across eyelid. Add a darker colour on the outer edge of your crease for a bit of definition.
TIP: I wouldn’t recommend doing a hectic black smokey eye in a moving vehicle, unless you like the abused panda look. Rather just apply darker shades and as many layers as you like to achieve a more fierce look.

• Apply a thin layer of eyeliner along your top lash line. Instead of doing a straight line, rather apply it in brushstrokes, as it is easier to control and will allow you to watch how the eyeliner is progressing.
• Whip out your mascara. Apply it by coating the lashes with the wand from side to side, and then brushing in an upwards motion
• Add your finishing touches like lipstick, lipgloss for the less advanced.

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Six Festive Eyeliners That Aren’t Black Bring a little more to your eyes this season.

• Cool Blue
We love: Revlon Photoready Kajal Intense Eyeliner & brightener (R130) Blue Nile

• Get it on in Green

We love: CK One Liquid Eyeliner Marker (R185) Psycho Candy

• White

We Love: NYX Eye Pencil (Rxxx) Pure White

• Glitter This Season in Gold
We Love: Rimmel Scandal Eyes (R89,95) Bulletproof Beige

• Far From Boring Brown
We love: Clarins eye pencil (R205) in Brown

• Pretty Playful Purple
We love: Clinique Quickliner for eyes (R215) in Violet

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
3 Steps to Softer Lips Polish
Exfoliate your lips twice a week to get rid of dry, rough or flaky patches. You can use a rich lip balm and a toothbrush to scrub your lips.

Apply a small amount of hydrating lip balm on your lips before you put on your lipstick to ensure a smooth application.

The skin on your lips is very thing and needs protection. The sun can easily target it. Use a lip balm with a SPF in it during the day.

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
3 Beauty Looks to Rule Party Season
To create smoky evening eyes, be imprecise in your application. Using you finger instead of a brush, apply a darker shade close to the lash line, outer corners and crease, and a lighter shade on the inner lid and brown bone. Line top and bottom lashes with a black pencil and buff with brown eye shadow – or add extravagance by lining with a glitter-tipped pencil. Keep browns natural yet full by using both dark and light pencils for feathering.


Another trendy incarnation of the smoky eye is all about vibrant colour. While smudged blacks and charcoals have always been the cornerstones of sultry night looks, the development of new, ultra-blendable pigments has made it easy to experiment with bright and unexpected hues. ‘Build’ the look in sheer layers to avoid colour overload.

Crimson, scarlet and berry lips will rock the party look – especially if you ‘smack’ your lips to make the shading even but not perfect, and pair them with a pastel shade on nails. The trick is to keep the rest of the makeup down to a minimum, with strokes of shimmer powder over the décolletage adding impact to a polished skin.

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Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
4 Eyeliner Looks You Need to Try Tonight DARK ANGEL
A black-rimmed, smoky look flatters every woman, says Lottie, an artist for Make Up For Ever, who created this look for one of US designer Mara Hoffman’s shows. It forms a contrast to the rest of the face, so it really accentuates the eyes.

Navy-blue shadow is a summer-night staple – and a sultry, seductive take on the classic smoky eye. Adding gold under the lashes shakes (and lightens) things up so you stand out from the crowd.

Retro cat eyes are this look’s inspiration but the squared-off shape makes them more modern and playful, says international makeup artist Pat McGrath, the genius behind a similar look at Lanvin.


Night-time makeup is no longer about veils or washes of colour, but rather about working strong, bright shades in bold blocks or graphic lines.

For more info on Beauty click here.

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Get The Look- Blue Liner, Pastel Lips ]]> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200 Wake Up Those Sleepy Eyes With Some Olay
I don't know about you, but I will shamefully admit iIve tried the tea bags, (didn't end well, I ended up creating dark circles... on my white shirt), I've also tried sleeping earlier ... but instead, laid in bed for another extra hour on my phone. So Olay is here to help, thank goodness. 

Introducing the Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum (R199,99) and Three point Cream (R259,99). 

The Serum helps firm and visibly lift skin appearance around the entire eye, and also restores the skin's natural glow. TheThree Point Cream is Olay's first super cream, containing their most concentrated amino-peptide formula ever. Its Long lasting moisture and nourishment targets fragile zones around eyes, jaw and neck. 

COSMO beauty office love both products and here are a few extra tips on how to use your eye serums: 

1) The skin around your eyes are fragile and very thin, so take care when applying eye cream by not applying too much force

2) Apply cream by using your ring finger and do the cream in a circle around your eye area and gently tap in until it's been absorbed.
3) Moisturise entire face first and then use eye cream
4) Apply before you go to bed as this is when the skin regenerates

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
5 Sunburn Remedies That You Can Find in Your Kitchen The summer sun can be tough on your skin. Here’s what to do if you catch the hot end of it

Even if you’re religious about your daily SPF30 routine, chances are you’ll miss a spot and the summer sun will get you when you least expect it. Even worse – it’ll probably get you when you’re out of after-sun lotion. These five home remedies will help to soothe the parts of your skin that have been on the losing end of a sunny battle.

Baking soda
Dissolve four tablespoons of baking soda in one litre of cold water, then soak a facecloth in the solution and apply it to sunburnt skin.

Peel and wash a large potato, cut into chunks and blend in a food processor until it’s liquid. (Add a bit of water if you need to.) Apply the pulp to sunburnt areas, wait for it to dry, then wash off in a cool shower.

Grind a cup of plain rolled oats in a food processor, add to a cool bath and hop in for a long soak. This will soothe an all-over burn.

White-wine vinegar
It’s not the most pleasant of smells, but a bit of white-wine vinegar dabbed over sunburnt skin will soothe the pain immediately and for up to half an hour. Make sure your skin is not blistered or it’ll have the opposite effect!

Mix equal parts full-cream milk and water in a bowl, add a few ice cubes (the cold will constrict blood vessels and bring down swelling), and soak a facecloth in the solution before applying it to skin for at least five minutes. You can also try natural yoghurt – but be prepared for a messy time!

Find seven more ways of soothing a sunburn here.
Not a fan of the sun but want that golden glow? Learn how to apply fake tan like a pro!

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Travel Secrets from Supermodels
Lyndall Jarvis, model and former COSMO cover star, reveals her in-flight tricks. 

'I make an effort to look good while flying - most times I have to go straight to a shoot from the airport'. 

Her checklist of essentials looks like this:
1. A rich body moisturiser
2. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream
3. Eye drops
4. An eye mask
5. A neck pillow
6. A huge bottle for water (note that some airlines don't allow this so get a disposable bottle at the airport in case you have to chuck it)

Her real trick is this one: 'I always make sure to remove any make up and layer on moisturiser before I fly. Just before landing I use eye drops and apply concealer under my eyes. I also apply a touch of cream blusher and some Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to my lips and cheekbones to look a bit more alive!'

She also makes sure her hair is washed and blow dried before the flight, and makes a loose bun or plait, so that she lands with soft, natural waves. 

Bonus pro tip: Keep some earbuds on hand to clean up under eye mascara if you do wear makeup on the flight.

Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
3 Ways of Applying BB Creams Beauty Balm as the BB cream is also known as is an all-in-one facial cosmetic product that can be worn alone as a tinted moisturiser, over serum and moisturiser as a regular foundation, and under powder, depending on the desired amount of coverage. Here are 3 ways of applying BB creams.


This is the best method if you have very sensitive skin. Brushes and other makeup tools can irritate the skin and cause unnecessary redness or even dryness.

How to: Start by squeezing a R5 coin sized amount on the back of your hand. Apply five dots to the forehead nose, cheeks and chin and blend using your fingertips. Gently rub the cream into your skin in a circular motion. Start with your forehead and then cheeks and finally your nose and chin. When applying the cream around your eyes, lessen the pressure and be careful, as this skin is sensitive and much thinner than other areas of your face.

TIP: Don’t forget to blend along the edges of your face

This type of application is most suitable for people with oily skin, because if you apply cream with your fingers you potentially add even more oil to your skin.

How to: Start by squeezing a R5 coin sized amount onto the back of your hand and use the same ‘five dot’ method as previously mentioned. Making sure the dots are equal in size. Take your sponge and rub into skin using firm, even strokes in a circular motion again. Start from the forehead and then the cheeks and finally the nose and chin. Again be careful around your eyes, as they are sensitive areas.

TIP: before you start, spritz a moisturising facial mist onto sponge to help control the moisture levels of the skin.

This method is perfect if you have very dry skin and works especially well with liquid BB creams.

How to: Squeeze a R5 coin sized amount onto the back of your hand or alternatively you can do it onto the palm of your hand (which ever works best for you). Again, use the dotting technique using your middle finger to apply even dots in those five areas – forehead, cheeks, nose and chin. Take your brush and use firm outward brush strokes to spread cream. Start at the centre of your forehead and work outwards. Brush the cream on your nose vertically, and horizontally on your chin.

Tip: For the area around your eyes, apply with a patting motion or you could switch to your fingers for this area.

Page 18 of the January issue of Cosmopolitan has everything you need to know about BB and CC creams. 

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Apply Fake Tan Like A Pro!
Shave those legs.
Before you even exfoliate, make sure you shave your legs. This’ll save you from destroying your fake tan by shaving afterwards. No one wants their legs to look like pieces of streaky bacon ok.
We love: Gillette Venus & Olay Razor R199,99

Exfoliate is the magic word.
When it comes to getting ready-to-tan-skin, exfoliating is key! By gently scrubbing the skin free of any dead skin cells, it leaves an even, smooth, brand new layer of skin that will adhere to the fake tan and prevent patch-work limbs.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!
Before getting all tanned up, don’t forget to lather your body head-to-toe in moisturiser especially on the wrists, ankles, soles of feet and anywhere else that dries quickly. Make sure to leave it enough time to sink in before applying the tan.

Cover your mitts.
Get into the useful habit of always applying fake tan with either latex gloves on or an applicator mitt, to ensure your body isn’t the canvas for the next CSI fingerprint test. It’s a telltale sign that you have cheated your way to a bronzed body! Ladies, don’t give the game away so easily & cover up those hands!

Vaseline up.
Apply Vaseline on your brows and along the hairline when applying tan to your face to ensure a natural looking tan. No one wants to look like Mr Blobby.

Buff, buff and away.

Listen, no one is expecting you to be a fake tan expert, so lucky enough for us, companies like St Tropez have come up with a handy little tool to help eradicate varying shades of color and uneven application. It’s called a buffer. Simply slip on the glove and gently buff away any areas with a build up of product.

Loose and dark clothing
In order to make sure all your hard work has not gone to waste. Wear loose, dark clothing afterwards to make sure you don’t start painting everything around you orange.

Mon, 09 Dec 2013 12:00 +0200
Skin Care Benefits of Acid
1) Salicylic Acid - Salicylic acid is a naturally occurring beta hydroxy acid derived from the bark of a willow tree.
Skin Type: Both oily & dry skin (as long as it's used with a hyrdator for dry skin)
Acts as an exfoiliating agent
Great for getting rid of acne
Effectively helps get rid of stretch marks, ageing skin and scars
Can be used to reduce blemishes

2)Ferulic & Alpha Lipoic Acid - extracted from Rice Bran Oil, is one of the most powerful natural anti-oxidants.
Skin Type: Any skin type
Ferulic Acid has been known to show benefits as a topical anti-oxidant
Protects skin from UV damage
Alpha Lipoic Acid is a powerful antioxidant
Helps keep the blood floww efficient meaning the skin gets the nutrients it needs to stay healthy

3)Alpha-Hydroxy Acid - AHAs are a collection of compounds made from failiar food products. The most widely known are glycolic acid (from sugar cane), lactic acid (from sour milk), malic acid (from apples), citric acid (from citrus fruits), and tartaric acid (from wine grapes)
Skin Type: Can be used on any skin type depending on concentration. The more sensitive the skin, the lower the concentration must be.
Treats acne
Can reduce acne scarring when applied in a cream or lotion
Used in the majority of face peels for improving the appearance of photo-aged skin, and firming and smoothing skin
Can treat extremely dry skin like xerosis
Great exfoiliators
Increase blood flow which helps minimize wrinkles
Lightening of dark spots

4) Hyaluronic Acid - Is a natural acid found in the skin and has many important functions.
Skin Type: Extremely dry skin
Retains moisture in the skin
Providing cushioning
Aiding in tissue repair
Holding together the skin's natural components like collagen and elastin

Mon, 25 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Sore feet? We Have The Solution! After a night out in sky high platforms
Standing around all night in high heels will affect the ball of your foot. This will leave your foot sore and tense. The next day, stand facing a wall and place the ball of one foot against the wall. Keep your heel on the ground to stretch the ball of the foot. Stretch it for about 30 seconds and then swap.
If your lower back hurts, stand with both feet flat on the floor and squat. Swing your hips from side to side, and then stand up. Repeat this 10 times.

After walking all the way home in pumps

You are most likely to have pain in your shins after this. Kneel and sit down on your heels so that your feet are tucked under your bottom. Clasp your hands behind your back and straighten your arms so that your shoulders roll backwards to counteract your rounded upper back. You might look a bit strange while doing this but it will definitely be worth it!

After a long day of shopping in heeled thigh high boots
Your blood supply to your feet will be pretty low after a day like this. To improve it, grab one foot in both hands and give it a good massage. Then swap. Getting your man to do this for you would be even better!
If you have a resistance band, loop it under your foot and stretch angst it. Then rotate your foot clockwise and anticlockwise, 10 times each way.

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
How to Get The Most Out of Your Massage
1) Relax and BREATHE. We promise you'll love yourself for going.

2) Schedule your appointment in advance and make sure you leave time in your calender so that nothing conflicts. If you want to schedule it for the weekend, which is the most popular time, make sure to book at least a couple weeks ahead of time. 

3) The whole point of a massage is to get you relaxed so chose your treatment according to your needs:
  • HINT:If you're body is feeling stressed and run down, go for a body treatment to relieve the tension in your muscles 
  • If you're feeling like you're looking tired an your facial skin is in some serious need of some TLC then go for a facial. These treatmenst are amazing as the beauty therapist is able to adapt it to your specific needs. 

4) Calm your mind before your treatment. There's no point spending energy on stressing, relax and enjoy it. 

5) Make sure you bring you swimwear and a spare pair of underwear just in case you fancy a dip in the pool after your treatment. 

Wed, 13 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Beauty On a Budget Have you ever run out of a makeup item just when your bank balance hits zero? We know we have! Here's how to use what you've got to make something new. 

Water + Dark Eye Shadow = Budge Proof Eyeliner
Scrape off some eye shadow into a dish and add a drop of water. Mix well and use an eyeliner brush to apply.

Foundation + Moisturiser = Tinted Moisturiser
Sometimes, you do not want to have a heavy coat of foundation on your face. Add a few drops of moisturiser to your foundation to create a lighter coverage foundation.

Sugar + Toothbrush = Lip Scrub
Sprinkle a little bit of sugar on a damp toothbrush and gently massage lips in a circular motion, then rinse.

Red Lipstick + Loose Powder = Lasting Lip Colour
After applying your red lipstick, dot the upper and lower lip corners with loose powder. Brush off the excess with a small brush.

Unscented lotion + perfume + long lasting fragrance
Not all perfumes come with a corresponding perfume. Once you have spritzed on your perfume, apply lotion over it and spray some more perfume. This will layer the scent and make it last all day. ]]>
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
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1) Pop two painkillers like ibuprofen(check with your doctor before taking any new medication)

2) When you’re ready to shower, make sure the temperature is cool and gently dab your skin dry

3) Apply fresh, refrigerated aloe or an aloe gel to the burn to help soothe and prevent peeling.

4) Dairy is also a great remedy for sunburn. Bathe in a mixture of water and whole milk for 20 minutes. You can also apply whole milk or plain Greek yoghurt directly to sunburn for five minutes. The fat in the milk is what soothes the burn so don’t use skimmed milk.

5) Don’t pile makeup on, rather use powder for the first couple of days and then move up to concealer and then only when burn has finally healed can you use foundation.

6) Avoid anti-ageing ingredients and other harsh chemicals in your skincare products. The skin is very sensitive so you the last thin you want to do is aggravate it.

7) Most importantly… DO NOT PEEL, scratch or pick your burn. Make sure it keeps hydrated and let the peeling process happen naturally!

NOTE: If burn is accompanied with blisters, fever, nausea or the pain is severe then consult a doctor.

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
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After what felt like THE longest and coldest winter, summer has finally arrived and It is time to dust off those sun hats and throw on that gorgeous new bikini. But before we do, here are some last minute tips to make sure you're looking in tip top condition after those cold, harsh months.

Let’s start with the cheapest and easiest remedy in the book, water! Pure, good old fashioned water. It is important to hydrate your skin from the inside out. When you give your body what it needs, it gives you healthy beneficial results in return. So drink up ladies.

Sunscreen: It's time to crack out the sunnies and protect our skin whilst being exposed to harmful UV rays. We don't get second chances with our skin!

Our choice: Dermalogica Oil Free Matte Finish SPF30. A product specifically designed to be lightweight and ultra-sheer to reduce the appearance of a shiny skin whilst still protecting against harmful sun rays. [R595]

Deep Nourishing Hair Treatment: Our hair can become brittle and weak after being exposed to harsh, cold and dry winds.

Our choice: Dove Nourishing Oil Care Treatment. Designed to trap moisture at the cuticles and replenish the hair using weightless nutri-oils, to give us smooth and replenished locks all season long. [R46,99]

Moisturiser: We’re all very susceptible to dry and cracked skin during winter which is why it is necessary to maintain a hydrated and moisturised skin.

Our choice: Nivea Intensive Moisturising Body Cream containing new HYDRA IQ technology. It moisturises the body from within the skin’s natural water channel to promote a non-stop supply of moisture. [R29,95 for 250ml & R39,99 for 400ml]

Exfoliate: Our bodies have been hidden behind knits and sweaters for the past couple of months so it is vital to make sure we say goodbye to any dead skin that may have accumulated under your Max Mara knit wear.

Our choice: Clarins Toning Body Polisher containing salt crystals from Camargue, sugar to exfoliate and deep cleanse, as well as Hazel Nut Oil and Sheer Butter to soften and nourish those gorgeous bodies. [R430]






Mon, 11 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Top Five Spas to Try Out
 1. The Spa at The Oyster Box Hotel, Umhlanga
This award-winning spa offers a vast selection of spa and beauty treatments, from African ritual therapies and traditional touch therapies, to anti-ageing facials and body boot-camp treatments.
Contact details: call 031 514 5072, e-mail or visit

2. The Twelve Apostles Hotel And Spa, Cape Town
Located in undoubtedly one of the world’s most beautiful settings, the spa is dedicated to restoring the body, mind and soul. Apart from traditional spa therapies, you can unwind in one of the outdoor mountain gazebos or the hydrotherapy bar.
Contact details: call 021 437 9060, e-mail or visit

3. Langaro Lifestyle Centre Spa, Cape Town
Langaro Spa aims to improve your quality of life with a selection of relaxation therapies and beauty-enhancement treatments.
Contact details: call 021 437 1690, e-mail or visit

4. Be Spoilt Beauty Salon at Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort, KwaZulu-Natal
Head to the Drakensberg for a weekend getaway and treat yourself to a rejuvenating full-body massage or Indian head massage after a day of mountain biking or hiking.
Contact details: call 076 875 7500, e-mail or visit

5. The Africology Spa at The Maslow Hotel, Johannesburg
Africology offers a range of massage treatments, facials and body wraps and all its products are made from natural ingredients and are free of chemicals.
Contact details: call 010 226 4688, e-mail or visit

Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
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Raccoon eyes
Please ladies, unless you want to look like you’ve had one awfully rough night and decided to then skip washing your makeup off, don’t do this.
Tip: Use an eye primer, water resistant eye liner and mascara. If it's too late, use an earbud to remove excess liner/mascara/shadow and dab some concealer under your eyes

Messy lipstick
Don’t give the impression that you’re not only wearing your lipstick but also eating it; it looks great on your lips, leave it at that. 
Tip: Avoid this by using powder to set your base and then lipliner, which sounds old school but it really works. Or, alternatively choose a matt lipstick as they tend not to budge

Wrong shade of foundation
This is probably the most common make-up crime. Take the time to make sure you’ve matched and blended your foundation to your skin tone. It’s there to enhance and create and even skin tone.
Tip: Before purchasing your foundation, test it by rubbing some along your jaw line and standing in natural light (you could even use it as an excuse to take a selfie). Always remember to blend your foundation down your neck to prevent creating a foundation line. 

No one wants to look like they’re the new cast member for Jersey Shore. We want to look sun kissed not orange.
Tip: Add a light dusting of bronzer to your face, by dipping your bursh into the bronzer and shaing the excess off the brush.

Too much makeup
There’s nothing worse than looking overly-done. Stick to the “less is more” approach.
Tip: Always apply your makeup in natural light and not artificial light, because colours will seem less obvious in artificial lighting therefore causing you to apply way more makeup than is actually needed.

Fri, 01 Nov 2013 12:00 +0200
Win With Bio-Oil!
The scars we’ve developed are unique to each of our lives. Each one tells a story, holds a memory and reminds us how far we’ve come, through good and sometimes not so good times.

Through Bio-Oil’s new Facebook campaign, My scars, my journey, you can share your story and stand a chance of winning one of the weekly Bio-Oil hampers. Every story will be automatically entered into the draw to win one of two Apple iPads.

You won’t be the only winner. For every story shared on the app, Bio-Oil will donate R10 to one of three charities supporting vulnerable women, children and babies. Recipients include the Saartjie Baartman Centre for Women and Children, the Baby Moses Child Sanctuary and the Robin Hood Foundation’s Love the Babies project.

Got to and follow the tabs to share your story and stand a chance of winning.

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
The Clarins Spotlight
Watch the Clarins Spotlight videos featuring beauty It girls: beauty editor of Marie Claire, Mathahle Stofile; radio personality and emcee Bailey Schneider; actress Zakeeya Patel and publicist Lorinda Voges

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Watch Mathahle's video below:

Watch Bailey's video below:

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Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Seven Steps to Help Prevent Those Dreaded Breakouts Wash your face twice a day
Look for products that contain salicylic acid, which has a drying effect on the skin meaning wit doesn’t become oily. Try using the Garnier Oil Control Complete Deep Clean Face Wash

Don’t touch your face too often

Exfoliate once a week
Use a gentle exfoliating scrub like Neutrogena Visibly Clear Daily Scrub once a week, which contains micro-beads to clean your pores.

Change your pillow case once a week

Never sleep with your makeup on
This only clogs your pores further and it’s never a good look in the morning!

Always wear suncreen
Look for sunscreens that say ‘non-comedogenic’. This means that it won’t clog your pores.

Eat healthily and drink plenty of water
Take plenty of antioxidants such as Vitamin E and C and selenium. Plus plenty of the good stuff we call h20, to keep your skin hydrated and looking fresh.

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Five Steps to Beautiful Skin

STEP ONE: Diet: Make sure your diet includes lots of fresh fruit and vegetables and food sources high in vitamins and anti-oxidants. Cut out all the refined stuff that we all love but should learn to sadly eat less of.


STEP TWO: Water: Keep your skin hydrated and moisturized naturally through drinking plenty of water. The daily amount of water that we should consume is two liters.
Tip: Put some aloe concentrate (available at most chemists) in to mask that ‘water’ taste.


STEP THREE: Skin routine: Develop the habit of getting into a daily skin routine. Make sure to wash your face every morning and every night. Stay away from harsh scrubs and products that might leave your skin feeling dry and sore. Never a good feeling!
TIP: Also wash your sheets and pillow cases at least once a week. Bacteria on your sheets can cause breakouts. 

 Sunscreen: We’re only given one chance to look after our skin, and none of us want to look back wishing that they’d taken better care of their skin. Apply an SPF of at least 30 everyday to make sure your skin maintains it’s youth for as long as possible.


STEP FIVE: Exercise: It helps promote great circulation which helps keep your skin vibrant and healthy by carrying oxygen and nutrients to the skin’s cells. And it’ll give you an excuse to buy into the fab sneaker trend!

Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
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Batiste Dry Shampoo – R36,99 (50ml)
Keeping hair looking clean and fresh after travelling has just become a whole lot easier with the miraculous invention of the dry shampoo

O.P.I Avoplex High-intensity hand & nail cream R130 (50ml)
Keep your hands and nails feeling soft and silky with the O.P.I Hand & nail cream…. Plus it smells amazing!

MAC Prep & Prime Beauty Balm R380 (40ml)
This is the best all in one product that gives you a quick and easy cover including an SPF 35. Keeping you looking like you’ve slept in silk sheets from Paris.

Dermologica Daily Resurfacer R770 (52ml)
Perfect for a quick on-the-go exfoliater with the handy applicators. No fuss, no mess!

Black Up Eye contour gel R315 (15ml)
Black up is here to make those baggy eyes seem young and rejuvenated again. And is perfectly sized for your handbag! Two quick pumps of this gel and you’re finito.

Avon – Mega Effects mascara R189
This cool new mascara is a little different to most, and comes with a a ‘paint-brush-like’ applicator. Nice and small, easy to hold and great for quick application.

Dirty Works Face wipes R39,95 (10 wipes)
These yummy-scented face wipes are perfect for all skin types and leaves your face feeling clean and loved.

Eucerin intensive lip balm R59,99 (10ml)
Dry & cracked lips no more. Just simply pucker up your lips with this lip balm and you’re ready to go.

DMK –Direct delivery Vitamin C serum R802 (30ml)
This awesome new product delivers everything you need after a draining flight to combat any signs of a sleepless, uncomfortable journey.

Thu, 24 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200


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Get a dose of daily inspiration as we sound our rallying cry of Do:More. We’ve compiled success stories of strong women, motivational features, practical advice and lifestyle tips to share your potential with the world.



Mon, 28 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
6 Must-Have Beauty Tools to Have in Your Makeup Bag Tweezers – Even though bold and beautiful brows are in, this doesn’t mean they can look unkempt. Make sure your tweezers have a slanted edge, which makes it easier to grip onto smaller hairs.

Eyelash curler – For those stubborn, straight eyelashes that refuse to cooperate. Simply clamp them and there you have it – luscious, long lashes instantly.

Powder puff – For applying loose powder, toning down your blush and fixing any eye-makeup mistakes; a handy little quick-fix tool.

Paddle brush – The go-to-brush for anything and everything.

Earbuds – Don’t underestimate these little bad boys. They actually have way more uses then just cleaning earwax. Use them to wipe up eye-makeup mistakes, lipstick/lip-gloss smudges and other general cleanup operations.

Bobby pins – Great for when you need to style your hair and if you need to pin an accessory in place like a scarf or beanie.

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
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Beauty Magic’s Oil-defense complex is perfect for anyone who suffers from oily, problematic skin. It’s designed to remove excess oil without leaving your skin feeling stripped and dry like some other harsh products available. As well as removing oiliness from the skin, Beauty Magic is enriched with Vitamin E and glycerin helping to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized throughout the day.

We love it because it helps to prevent blemishes for a radiant, mattified complexion, which ultimately leads to a more confident you. Yay!

For more amazing beauty products, click here to check out the latest from the Dirty Works brand.


Tue, 22 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
The Look – Naked Eyes, Two-Toned Lips


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Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Dirty Works
Inside were Face Wipes (R39,95), Overnight Facial Lift Cream (R94,95), a Detox Mask (R64,95) and Eye Cream (R64,95). I used all four products and it left my skin feeling smooth and loved! Each product is infused with a yummy fruit scent leaving your skin smelling as good as it looks!

And with the retro, cool packaging how could you refuse? It’s simple, chic and looks oh so wonderful on any girl’s counter. Oh, and it’s trés affordable, available at Clicks stores.

Mon, 14 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Like all other Elizabeth Arden products, you can expect the best quality. Beautifully incased in a golden box, the bronzing powder is lightweight and smooth, allowing for effortless application. I love the mix of pink, gold and cream colours as it makes it suitable for most skin tones.

The range also includes Green Tea Honeysuckle EDT Spray, Nail Lacquer Duo in Purple Orchid, Eye Shadow Trio in Violet Bloom and Bold Eye Pencil in Terra. Inspired by the vibrancy of spring colours, this collection is a definite must-have for an effortless transition into spring.

For more information, visit Available at cosmetic counters nationwide.

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Riri's M.A.C Collaboration
M.A.C announced this collaboration earlier on in February, but this isn’t just any collaboration, oh no, this is Rihanna we’re talking about. M.A.C is releasing four brand-new collections from the sultry star and has named her a creative partner.
We love that the collection is intense, different and just so damn Rihanna!! It includes M.AC Eye Shadow Quad (R450) Her Cocoa,
M.A.C Lashes (R150) and M.A.C Pro Longwear Lip Pencil (R210) Ruby Woo.

Available on shelves from 3 October and is limited. So make a mental note, beauty bugs!!

Wed, 02 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Behind The Clarins Spotlight Clarins Spotlight set with the beauty It girls: beauty editor of Marie Claire, Mathahle Stofile; radio personality and emcee Bailey Schneider; actress Zakeeya Patel and publicist Lorinda Voges.

Clarins Spotlights are beauty tips from your four new besties Mathahle, Bailey, Zakeeya and Lorinda and their fave skincare and make-up brand, Clarins.

Stay tuned for their tips right here!

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Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
What's Causing Your Breakout? Your cellphone It can trap oil and makeup which, when it’s glued against your cheek, may cause pimples. SOLUTION Twice a week, clean your phone with an alcohol-soaked cotton ball.

Your conditioner or hair oil The fragrances and oils in some of these can cause a breakout along your hairline. SOLUTION Switch brands or use less of the product.

Your sun screen If you have sensitive skin, chemicals in some can cause allergy-driven breakouts. SOLUTION Look for labels listing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as sunscreens.

Your prescriptions Steroids that are found in prescription medication like contraceptives can result in an acne breakout. SOLUTION Check with your doctor what prescription will work better with your skin.

Your beauty routine Certain creams, lotions and makeup can cause breakouts. If you regularly apply makeup on pimple-prone areas like the face and neck, and go to bed with the makeup on, it’s possible to have a breakout. SOLUTION wash your face every morning and night before you go to sleep, and clean your makeup brushes at least once a week to keep them clean and face-friendly.

Touching your face When you touch your face a lot of the oil on your palms gets transferred. An increase in oil production causes the skin to clog up and will likely cause a breakout. SOLUTION Wash your hands often, and even then try not to touch your face too much.

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Behind The Clarins Spotlight Clarins Spotlight set with the beauty It girls: beauty editor of Marie Claire, Mathahle Stofile; radio personality and emcee Bailey Schneider; actress Zakeeya Patel and publicist Lorinda Voges.

Clarins Spotlights are beauty tips from your four new besties Mathahle, Bailey, Zakeeya and Lorinda and their fave skincare and make-up brand, Clarins.

Stay tuned for their tips right here!

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Want a video make-up tutorial? Click here.

Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:00 +0200
Mask 101
Preparation is everything when it comes to applying your mask. Start by cleaning your face and steaming it over a cup of hot water or pressing a hot washcloth to your face. The heat will soften any debris in your pores, giving you more bang for your buck.

An Oily-Molly
Does your face sometimes feel like a donut by 2pm? Opt for a clay mask that works to exfoliate and draw out impurities in the skin. A clay mask can leave your skin feeling a bit dry, so remember to rehydrate it with your normal night moisturiser. (Leaving your skin dry and thirsty will only make it produce more oil, restarting the whole vicious cycle again.) Also try to wash off the mask before it completely dries – the dry-phase of a mask is when it draws out moisture from the skin’s surface. We like Young Solutions Charcoal Mask (R15,99).

A Dry-Dora
Nothing is worse than struggling with dry and itchy skin. Calm it down with a cream-based hydrating mask. Stay away from harsh or rough particles that are likely to irritate your already annoyed skin. Try Clarins HydraQuench Cream-Mask (R365). It contains active ingredients like hyaluronic acid that helps skin maintain its moisture reserves and katafray bark that prevents dehydration.
You can also whip up an at-home mask with Greek yoghurt and a teaspoon of honey. The yogurt contains enzymes that will get rid of any flaky dead skin, while honey is a natural moisturiser and packed with antioxidants.

An Acne-Amy
Treating acne-prone skin can be like stepping into a minefield. Try and avoid masks with fragrances, added dyes and alcohol. Deeply clean your pores with a Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Absorbing Mask (R270). This mask will help shrink enlarged pores and blackheads while anti-inflammatory agents reduce redness and irritation caused by acne.

A Sensitive-Sally
Eczema, rosacea and psoriasis are skin conditions that dramatically impact a person’s life. Whether it is physically or psychologically. If you suffer from any of these skin conditions it means your skin always needs some extra TLC. Stay away from perfumed and coloured skincare products as this can only lead to further inflammation and irritation of angry skin. We love the !QMS Relax-O-Firm Mask (R730). This masks will calm and soothe stressed skin, strengthen the skin’s own defenses and is intensely moisturising.
An oatmeal and Greek yogurt mask will also calm and rejuvenate irritated skin.

Disclaimer: If you are suffering from any serious skin conditions it is always advised to first check with your dermatologist before using any new products.

Thu, 19 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
Oil Up
Argan oil is derived from the kernels of the Moraccan Argan tree. It can be used for hair, skin and nail care, massage, improving scars and stretch marks and the treatment of numerous dermatological conditions. It’s definitely one of our favourite beauty multitaskers!

But what makes this oil so versatile and effective?
- Argan oil is high is essential fatty acids, which means it has antioxidant and moisturising properties plus it aids in the repairing cell membranes. In other words, it has very potent anti-aging qualities.
- It’s high in vitamin E, which also acts as a powerful antioxidant that protects against free radicals and inflammation. It strengthens capillary walls, too, and prevents moisture loss from the skin.
- Carotenoids and ferulic acid protects your skin against UV rays.
- Argan oil is also quickly absorbed .
- It is safe for use by eczema, psoriasis and acne sufferers.

We love DermaFix’s Argan Oil: it’s 100% organic, has been awarded the EcoCert stamp of approval and it’s a Natrue organic-certified Oil.

DermaFix Argan Oil: R395 for 50ml.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
Beauty Review: Dr Perricone Blue Plasma Dr Perricone Blue Plasma (R1995)

What is it? A daily peel that targets dead skin cells and works to lift surface debris, unclog and purify, while also rebalancing the skin’s hydration levels.
What makes it special? It is non-acidic, so you are promised all the benefits of a traditional peel (think smoother and more radiant skin) but without the redness or irritation.
How does it look/feel/smell? This bright blue liquid feels like a light serum. It has a very slight odour (thanks to the ingredient DMAE), but it lasts seconds and then disappears.
Why we like it? Like? It is safe to say I loved this product. After a week of using it there was a visible change in the texture in my skin. I also noticed a change in the hydration levels of my skin. I used it like a serum – every night after cleansing I would pop it on and wait about 5 to 10 minutes before applying my normal moisturiser over it.
Try it if… Your skin needs a boost or radiance pick me up.
Fri, 13 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
Tricks of the trade: Primers
Besides giving your base staying power, a primer can:
- prevent eye shadow creasing or smudging by absorbing oil. (Gently apply primer around your eyes and eyelids.)
- give you thicker and fuller eyelashes. (Layer eyelash primer under your regular mascara.)
- stop lipstick feathering or settling into those fine lines. (Dab a bit of primer onto your lips.)
- work as a highlighter. (Apply to your cheekbones and the bridge of your nose.)
- cover unsightly bruises. (Apply a yellow-based primer over the bruise. The yellow neutralises the blue tones.)

Try some of our favourites:
Smashbox Photo Finish Colour Correcting Primer R355
Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector R230
M.A.C Prep + Prime Lash R190

Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
VIDEO Get the look: Platinum Eyes, Pink Lips

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Bombshell Lashes
2 Swipe your mascara on like this: middle lashes up towards your forehead; inner lashes towards your inner brows and outer hairs out towards the temples. This creates a beautiful ‘fanned’ effect that is full and thick.

3 Hold the mascara vertically and tap the wand against the lower lashes. This will give them just a little touch of fullness, without taking away from your upper lashes.

TIP: Make your lashes look even bigger by drawing a thin line of black liquid liner as close to your lash line as possible. This fills the tiny spaces between each of the hairs.

- Estée Lauder Lash Primer Plus R255
- Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Smoky Mascara in Black R120.95

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Wed, 11 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
Five Steps To Sexier Legs STEP ONE: Exfoliate legs with a loofah or exfoliating gloves using long, upward strokes from your ankles to your thighs or use a body scrub to boost skin’s natural glow.

STEP TWO: Massage a moisturising body butter into your skin to soften dry areas and give legs a subtle gloss.

STEP THREE: Using a body foundation slightly darker than your skin tone, conceal marks and scars. Once it’s dry, spread a thin layer over your entire leg for a flawless finish.

STEP FOUR: Blending well, apply bronzing or shimmer lotion from your feet up.

STEP FIVE: With a large brush, apply bronzing powder along the outside of your thighs for a slimmer effect.

Good to know
• Make sure you blend in bronzing powder well – to avoid an unnatural stripe down your legs.
• If you have pale skin, use a golden shimmer lotion rather than a bronzing lotion for a subtler effect.
• Dark skin looks great with extra gloss on legs. Smooth a little body oil along your shins for a sexy sheen.
• Mix bronzing lotion with a firming body cream and massage this into your thighs to tighten skin temporarily and give it a natural glow.
• If you don’t have time to shower but want to shave your legs, use baby oil to moisten skin.
• If you’re wearing a mini or shorts and want your legs to appear longer and leaner, apply extra shimmer in a shade slightly darker than your skin tone along the centre of your legs.

Mon, 09 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
Brighter Skin hands on Elizabeth Arden’s new Skin Illuminating range.

What can you expect? A more even skin tone that is brighter and smoother.

This innovative range of products will work hard to target dark spots and
uneven skin tone, help the skin reflect light, and hide those little spots and lines you would like to keep as your little secret.

The range consists of seven products
(, our
favourite being the Skin Illuminating Brightening Night Capsules (R595).
These work their magic as you sleep, thanks to a host of ingredients that fights off environmental damage and assists your skin’s natural collagen and elastin structure. You wake up to skin that is clear and smooth.

On sale at leading cosmetics counters nationwide.

Wed, 04 Sep 2013 12:00 +0200
8 Steps to Stop The Clock
Build Up Skin’s Barrier
‘A damaged lipid barrier is a a major cause of ageing, so protect and fortify it constantly,’ says dermatologist Dr Adam Geyer. ‘It insulates the skin from pollution, allergens, climatic change and even mental and emotional stress.’ Use mild cleansers to clear away dirt without stripping skin’s natural lipids and healthy bacteria. Follow with a moisturiser rich in barrier-building ingredients – look for cholesterol, omega-3, -6 and –9 fatty acids, ceramides and niacinamide in the list of ingredients.

Don’t Overuse The Big Guns
Many creams contain retinoids and AHAs, which have been proved to fade lines – but at a cost. ‘They make skin sensitive and dry it out unless combined with the correct protective ingredients,’ says skin specialist Ole Henriksen. Some promise the benefits of retinol with less itching and flaking, but can still make skin photosensitive. ‘Always add an SPF of at least 15.’ Also, alternate regenerating creams with more nourishing formulas.

Go Natural
Many of today’s skin serums contain natural ingredients. The freshest kid on the block is dill extract – in the ingredient formula, it’s proving promising at targeting the production of elastin, which gives skin its bounce.

Eat Well
Great skin is also an inside job. Creams containing vitamins, minerals and essential fats will be useless if you’re not getting the same nutrients from fish, chicken, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Clinical studies have shown that specific supplements can benefit skin; so if your eating habits aren’t that great, speak to a doctor, pharmacist or dietician.

Roll With It
‘There are many at-home devices that help products work better through micro vibrations and roller action,’ says Greyer. These are a subtler alternative to salons’ lasers and needles.

Eliminate Blotches
Studies show that uneven pigmentation resulting from sun damage can make you look up to 10 years older, so new products focus on lightening and brightening the complexion in non-irritating ways.

Blitz The Bags
Persistent dark circles (which can be hereditary) are the result of thinning skin, which leads to capillaries becoming more visible near the surface. Concealer is your best option. Use a concealer that’s one or two shades lighter than your skin tone, and has a yellowish tinge to help disguise under eye fatigue. Apply with a finger or a brush; using pressing movements to blend. Eyes can also be more prone to puffiness as water builds up under the skin. To prevent this, sleep on a high stack of pillows and cut down on your salt intake to minimise water retention. You can also reduce puffiness by placing ice-cold cucumber slices soaked in milk over eyes for 15 minutes, and then dabbing on a cooling eye gel.

Anti-Age Your Genes
‘The future of anti-ageing skincare is in inhibiting the genes involved in ageing,’ says cosmetic surgeon Marko Lens. Lancôme Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate and Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex were among the first to apply groundbreaking research in this field. But because everyone’s gene profile is unique, Geyer believes we will eventually have personal ‘gene chips’ that tell us which ingredients our skin needs.

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Tue, 27 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
Can You Be Addicted To Wearing Makeup makeup. Are these women determined to always look their best or trying to cover up more than just uneven skin tone? Could be the latter, say experts. Feeling so insecure that you refuse to be seen without makeup by others shows low self-esteem. ‘Just as a toddler clings to her blankie, makeup can become something an adult uses to feel more secure; worse, it can serve as a mask behind which they hide,’ says Durban clinical psychologist Sherona Rawat. ‘While makeup addiction may appear innocent, it can actually have sinister roots that can become a significantly pathological condition if left unattended.’

Warning Signs
‘For something to be considered an addiction two criteria need to be met,’ says Cape Town clinical psychologist Sheldon Brandt. ‘First, the behaviour or substance use needs to be out of an individual’s control – they can’t stop even if they want to. Second, at least one area of their life – work, relationships or emotional wellbeing – is affected negatively by their behaviour or substance use.’ If you find yourself in distress without your makeup bag fully stocked and with you at all times, or lie and manipulate to get your hands on products, you may have a problem. Like any addiction, a dependency on makeup (whether it manifests as being unable to resist a cosmetics counter or never allowing your partner to see you au naturel) can take its toll. ‘It takes emotional energy away from things that should have priority and can negatively influence your personal relationships,’ says Brandt.

Addressing Addiction
If friends and family regularly comment on your obsessive makeup behaviour, take what they say seriously. Ask yourself the following questions to determine whether or not you may need professional help:
Can you go a few days without wearing makeup? Brandt suggests setting yourself the challenge of not wearing makeup for a period of time.
Do your friends have the same habits as you? Ask them what they do when it comes to makeup to better gauge what’s normal, says Brandt.
Is the need to be made-up impacting your life negatively?
Do you experience internal distress when you forget your makeup bag at home?
Are you prepared to go to extreme lengths to ensure people don’t see you without your heavy makeup?

The answer to the last three questions should be ‘No’ in case you’re wondering. If you answered yes to even two of them, you may have self-esteem issues. Chat to a counsellor and tease out what makes you so hard on yourself. You deserve better, COSMO girl!

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Tue, 20 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
VIDEO Get the look: Bright Eyes, Tangerine Lips

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Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Look Amazing on Skype Artificial lighting, especially overhead, casts dark shadows under your eyes. Choose a spot next to a sunny window – natural light is far more flattering.

2 Glow Now
Due to pixilation from your web cam, your skin can end up looking flat and dull. Counter it with a skin perfecting foundation like Stila Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer (R395)

3 Less is more
Give very intense and bright hues a miss. Computer screens tend to over accentuate colours, so your sexy red lip might end up looking a bit clownish! Rather opt for sheer tints and blushes.

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
Get your glow on
Many a makeup artist will tell you a good highlighter is their secret weapon to perfection. This one single product adds glow, hides circles, lifts cheekbones and plumps lips. How does it do all of this, you ask? The pigments in these products catch the light giving your bone structure more definition, hides flaws and imperfections while leaving your skin looking gorgeous!
To apply, blend your chosen highlighter (liquid or powder) over the parts of your face that would naturally catch the light:
• Over the highest part of your cheek to highlight your cheekbones
• Down the length of your nose to slim it
• Above your brows for an instant eyelift
• Under your eyes to make you look like you slept for eight hours
• Just a touch in your cupid bow to make your lips look fuller
Good to try: ck one Skin Illuminator (R245)
AMC Multicolour System Highlighting Powder (R269)

Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
5 Winter skin essentials 1 Extra Exfoliation
In colder months you are bound to suffer from a duller complexion.
Our choice: Salicylic acid
It gently lifts dead skin cells and is great for oily skin helping to keep oil production at bay.
Clinique Turnaround Instant Facial (R455)

2 Antioxidants
They fight off nasty free radicals (molecules that attacks and breaks down collagen that keeps skin plump and smooth) in your skin causing fine lines and wrinkles.
Our Choice: Vitamin C
Not only is it the superman of antioxidants, it helps fade pigmentation from sun damage.
SkinCeuticals C E Ferulic Combination Antioxidant (R1 790)

3 Sunscreen
Yes, even in winter!
Our choice: Titanium dioxide
More often than not sunscreens only protect against UVB rays and not the full spectrum of UVA rays (the rays that are cancer causing). Titanium dioxide covers you for both.
Nivea Sun Light Feeling Daily Face Sun Fluid (R89.99)

4 Retinoic Acid
Derived from Vitamin A, this hard working ingredient helps to increase cell turn over, erase fine lines, fade spots and improve skin texture.
Our Choice: Retinol creams
These over the counter solutions are less concentrated than the prescription versions, but still a great choice to solve minor skin problems.
Neutrogena Anti-Wrinkle Deep Wrinkle Daily Moisturiser (R149.95)

5 Moisture
It’s a fact, parched skin will produce more oil (can you say breakout!) to try and compensate for dryness.
Our Choice: Hyaluronic acid
It Works like a sponge to absorb water (from your surroundings) into your skin and keep it there. Plus, it’s not oil-based so it works like a charm for shine-prone skins.
We like: Nanoblur Hydraluron (R399)

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Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Wear: Bright Lips
Neon Pink
Works best on: Light and dark skin tones
You want to mimic your ‘just exercised’ or ‘or in from the icy cold’ flushed look. A true neon pink is sans orange tones and can make paler complexions look dull.
Wear it with: taupe and nude eye shadows and lots of black mascara.
We love: Estee Lauder Pure Color Vivid Shine Lipstick (R265) Magnetic Magenta

Orange Crush
Works best on: Medium to dark skin tones
This bright will instantly bring out the golden tones in your skin. Avoid pink under tones in orange. They can look a bit artificial and can age you.
Wear it with: copper toned shadows and skip the blush and rather opt for a bronzer. It will make your lips stand out more.
We love: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick (R110) Orange Flip

In the Red
Works best on: all skin tones
Choose a red that is a true red (think stop sign red). The darker your skin tone, the more colour your skin tone can handle and the more the red will pop.
Wear it with: choose softer pink and peach toned blushes. They will balance your makeup without making you look overdone.
We love: Mavalia Lipstick (R179.95) Physalis

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Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:00 +0200
VIDEO Get the look: Winged Eye and Pink Pout

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Makeup Brushes 101
Why oh why?
When you use your brushes, bits of make up, dirt, oil and even bacteria can get trapped in the bristles. So even though this task may seem a bit tedious or excessive, it can save you from clogged pores, streaky makeup application and even breakouts.

Some cosmetic companies do have specially developed brush cleansers, but baby shampoo works just as well.

Here are some tips to follow:
Use luke warm water, rather than scalding hot or cold water.
1. Try not to put the whole brush into the water, especially where the bristles are clamped as this can loosen the glue.
2. Gently lather the soap into the brush, concentrating on the tip of the brush.
3. Check if the brush is clean by running it under the tap water. Lather and repeat until it runs clean.
4. Give your brushes a few hours to dry, preferably up side down or at least with the bristles at a downward angle. This will also keep water running down towards the glue and loosening the bristles.
5. Try and clean your brushes after you’ve applied make up, as it is better to let them dry naturally.

It really is as easy as that. An added bonus is that cleaning your brushes correctly and regularly will also make them last longer – saving you money!

How regularly do you clean your make up brushes? Or do you have any tricks for cleaning them?
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
5 Foods for Better Skin
This super food should not only be Bugs Bunny’s favourite snack. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene that’s converted into vitamin A once ingested. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that will protect your skin against sun damage, premature wrinkles, acne, dry skin, and pigmentation. Interesting enough boiled or roasted carrots contain more beta-carotene than raw carrots. 

Oily fish
No we don’t mean fish that’s been deep-fried and dripping with oil. Sardines, salmon, pilchards, herring and kipper all fall in the category of oily fish. Oily fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and fights inflammation in your body and skin. It will also keep your skin supple and moisturised. 

Blueberries and strawberries are at the top of the list when it comes to skin boosting food. Both are packed with anti-oxidants like vitamin C that promotes the production of collagen, which improves elasticity and keeps your skin supple.


These nuts are a major source of vitamin E that once again acts as an antioxidant. Vitamin E helps clear the body of toxins and protect your skin against free radicals caused by sun damage and other environmental factors that speeds up the process of aging. 

Next time you’re in the super market, don’t walk past this super fruit. Kiwis are rich in vitamin C and E. These antioxidants will keep your skin bright and the wrinkles at bay. 

Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Makeup Magic To make cheekbones look more prominent, use a small, angled brush to apply bronzer just underneath them. Start from the hairline and work towards the apples of the cheeks. Blend well to avoid streaks.

Apply a liquid-based concealer a few shades lighter than your skin tone along the cheekbones and pat it with your fingertips.

Make a broad or round face appear narrower by brushing bronzing powder along the hairline on the sides of the face and down along the jawline. Leave the chin bronzer-free.

Make a long forehead look shorter by dusting bronzer along the hairline, blending well.

To slim down a wide nose, apply the bronzer down the sides of your nose. Use a highlighter down the centre to emphasise the slim shape.

Good To Know
‘For these makeup tricks you are using the bronzer to disguise and give depth to certain areas,’ says Cape Town makeup artist Gerhad Naude. ‘The highlighter is used to bring forward and emphasise certain parts of the face. Eyes will be drawn away from the bronzed areas.’

Always use a matt bronzing powder without too much shimmer, he says. ‘Start with a little on your brush and build it up gradually.’

‘A highlighter can be anything that is a few shades lighter than your skin tone. You could use a liquid concealer, a powder or a shimmery eye shadow,’ says Naude. ‘Make sure it doesn’t have too much shimmer – you don’t want to look greasy.’

‘Use your fingertips to apply a highlighter to your brow bones and to the inner corners of your eyes – this will brighten eyes instantly,’ he says.

If you don’t have bronzer, use a darker shade of foundation.

Fake a plump pout by dabbing a pale highlighter on the top of your Cupid’s bow.

Want your nose to appear shorter? Shade the bronzer across the tip of the nose.
Thu, 11 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Beauty Myths: Fact or Fiction True or false?
You should start an anti-ageing routine before your first wrinkle.
True: According to Emma Hobson from the International Dermal Institute in the UK, your wrinkle prevention should start before you notice any lines – with sun protection. ‘Sunblock is the key to stopping premature ageing,’ she says. Also, antioxidants, vitamins and collagen in beauty products will improve skin’s texture and tone, whatever your age.

True or false?
The way you sleep can cause permanent creases.
False: ‘This is a myth. You wake up with facial lines, but your pillow is not causing permanent damage,’ says Hobson. ‘More important than the pillow is the amount of sleep you’re getting. It’s imperative to get enough sleep, as it allows your body and skin to rejuvenate.’ If waking up with lines bothers you anyway, use a silk or satin pillowcase to limit them.

True or false?
Sugary treats can speed up ageing.
True: ‘Sugars and proteins bond in the body and thicken collagen fibres. This process hardens everything, from arteries to skin,’ says Hobson. If you do indulge in sweet treats, combine them with fresh food that’s high in antioxidants. ‘Even better for the skin are essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6,’ says Hobson – so eat foods such as avocado and salmon.

True or false?
Fine lines will be less noticeable if you exfoliate.
True (and false): ‘Gently polishing the skin on a regular basis will leave skin smoother,’ says Hobson. But overdoing it with vigorous scrubbing, using a coarsely granulated product, will have the opposite effect – it’ll dry out your skin and could speed up the ageing process.

True or false?
Sugary treats can cause acne.
False: ‘Sugar does not have a direct effect on acne,’ says Hobson. ‘That said, a recent study has linked a low-GI, high-protein diet with reduced acne.’

True or false?
Pricey creams are more effective than the cheap ones.
False: ‘Creams that carry a higher price tag often have more in-depth research behind them, come in posh packaging and generally contain better-quality ingredients, but this is not a rule, and doesn’t apply to all products,’ says Hobson.

True or false?
Alcohol can damage your skin – for good.
True: A glass per day is okay, but after a huge night out the dehydration sucks all the life from your complexion. ‘Excess alcohol can cause sensitivity of the skin, redness, puffiness and rosacea,’ says Hobson.
Tue, 09 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
3 Ways to Disguise Large Pores 1. Pores for thought
Different approaches are necessary for different skin types. Oily skin has larger pores dues to trapped dirt and oil and dead skin cells – which stretches and enlarges the pores. The most helpful product for oily skin will therefore be an oil-control cleansing regimen. Dry skins with larger pores will respond well to a skin-resurfacing range of products.

2. Scrub up!
Exfoliation is the key to minimising the appearance of large pores. Along with helping to clear out clogged pores, it also evens out skin texture.

3. Cheat Sheet
Make up can help too - using a primer before applying base will aid the appearance of smoother skin. Cream foundation will give extra coverage, and loose powder will absorb the excess sebum that draws attention to pores.
Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:00 +0200
Fab Beauty Timesavers

After you’ve showered, wring out your hair with a towel. Work in a lightweight mousse to provide traction for your brush. Ensure you only apply half the mousse you normally use. Pin the top section and blow-dry the lower half on a high heat. Forget perfecting the underside – no-one sees it. Release the top half and smooth with a round brush, spending time on the hair around your face. Finish with a blast of cool air to stop frizz.

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Wed, 26 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
VIDEO Get The Look: Subtle Eyes and Nude Lips

Mon, 24 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
The New Beauty Timesavers
If you have 20 minutes, a cooling mask is ideal. If not, brew two black tea bags; let them cool (chuck them in the freezer to speed up the process), then press over your eyes for a minute. The caffeine constricts blood vessels and reduces puffiness. Apply an eye cream with chamomile or one with light-reflecting particles.

Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
Your How-To Guide For Amazing Lashes

Mascara is the most conventional way to emphasise your lashes. ‘What makes a mascara do what it does is based on two main factors,’ explains Nigel Stanislaus, makeup artist for Maybelline New York. ‘Firstly, the brush and then the formula. A big brush is guaranteed to grab every lash, and a thick, creamy formula will give you volume.’ To apply it like a pro, ‘Wiggle the mascara wand from the root of your lash to the tip. Zig-zagging the mascara wand helps deposit more product on the lashes and separate them better,’ says Stanislaus. A precise line of black liner on the top lash line will also create a fuller look.

Fri, 07 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
The Scents That Turn Him On

Your perfume triggers conditioned response in your partner – his brain associates the scent with getting close to you, so he’s automatically enthusiastic when he smells it, says Dr Hirsch. Try spritzing a little perfume onto his pillow. It will not only boost his arousal when you’re cuddling, but also spark fantasies about you when you’re not there, building his anticipation for when he sees you next.

Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:00 +0200
The Hottest Make-Up Hues for You

Since light complexions (ranging from porcelain to bisque) are so translucent, you need to pay close attention to your undertones. Here’s the deal: If you have more blue in your skin, stick with blue-based (cool) hues. A more yellow cast means you should use yellow-tinted (warm) shades.

Base Basics
Pale skin tends to have some redness, so it’s best to stay away from pink-toned foundation shades. Instead, choose a yellowish or beige hue which will neutralise the red.

Champagne, plum, and soft pastels (like lilac) shadows are most flattering on fair skin since they add colour but don’t look too harsh. Also, instead of severe black eyeliner, go for slate gray.

Step up your natural lip colour with neutral pink or mauve. For a bolder look, cool-skinned girls can slick on a bright fuchsia or a cherry red. Warm complexions are foxiest in sheer wine tones.

All fair women should pick a pearly highlighter. For blush, girls with yellow undertones (warm) look best in a pinky-gold hue. If you have bluish undertones (cool), choose a rosy or berry shade.

Wed, 29 May 2013 12:00 +0200
Beauty Q&A
Q: Should I take off my undies when I get a pro massage?
A: ‘You’ll be draped with sheets or towels, so you won’t really be exposed,’ says Julia Petrini, V.P. of Global Spa Operations for Bliss, ‘but feel free to keep them on if it makes you more comfortable.’

Q: My lashes are so short and stubby. Is there any way to make them grow longer?
A: Yes. Rapid Lash, a serum which promises to make your eyelashes grow, sounds too good to be true, but it actually works. It’s available at selected beauty salons across SA. Or, as celeb makeup artist Carol Shaw advises, use a mascara that contains hair-like fibres which act like mini-extensions.

Q: How can I paint my nails like I’ve had a professional mani?
A: Crib these pointers from Dana Caruso, a Sally Hansen manicurist. First, wipe any excess polish from the brush onto the inner rim of the bottle. Now paint a stripe down the centre of your nail, followed by one on either side. Finish with a thin strip across the very tip.

Q: My guy has backne. Is there any way that he can get rid of it?
A: Tell him to use a salicylic-acid spiked body wash on a loofah mitt. Suggest he also pick up a blemish-zapping body spray so you don’t have to dab acne cream on his blemishes (ewww).

Q: Is it okay to use face lotion as eye cream?
A: Yes… if your moisturiser is fragrance free, says Ava Shamban, dermatologist. But eye creams are better, because they’re more emollient and less irritating.

Q: Why do some women douse on the perfume?
A: People who always wear the same aroma can be desensitised to it and over-apply, says Rochelle Bloom, president of the Fragrance Foundation. If the offender is a friend, get her something new for her birthday.
Wed, 22 May 2013 12:00 +0200
How to Look Younger for Longer
Q. At what age should you start using anti-ageing products?

A. Many women don’t think about using anti-ageing products till they’re in their late twenties, but when it comes to prevention, the sooner you begin using the right products, the better. Ideally, between the ages of 18 and 21 is a good time to start with an anti-ageing regime.

Q. Have there been any breakthroughs in anti-ageing techniques?

A. Stem Cells are the new buzz word in skincare. These are unprogrammed cells which can differentiate into cells with specific functions. As we get older the number and activity of our stem cells is reduced. Products such as Skin Science contain PhytoCellTec Malus Domestica (apple stem cells) which have been proven to slow down skin ageing by protecting and repairing the most valuable skin cells - the stem cells. So, choose a product that contains stem cells.

Q. Is there anything you can do to slow the visible signs of ageing?

A. Yes. While your genes play a big role in how your skin ages, keeping your skin moisturised, always wearing an SPF of at least 20, getting enough sleep and drinking plenty of water will make a difference to the appearance of your skin. Smoking and alcohol also accelerates skin ageing. Keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and stop smoking!

Q. My skin is dry, but I can’t afford an expensive night cream. Is there anything else I can use to keep it moisturised?

A. A lot of people swear by good, old-fashioned olive oil. Instead of using a makeup remover when you get home at night, put a bit of oil on cotton-wool and wipe your makeup off. If too much oil remains, use a warm, wet facecloth to dab off the excess. Come morning, your skin will be soft and dewy. If you don’t fancy using olive oil on your face, almond oil (available at any pharmacy) is a bit lighter.
Wed, 08 May 2013 12:00 +0200
Get Gorgeous While You Sleep Total Skin (Hyperion). 'So it's the ideal time to apply treatments that improve your skin, because the active ingredients will penetrate deeply and work better.' Although simply hitting the hay sounds pretty great on its own, check out how good it feels to score an even bigger beauty boost.

Wake Up Glowing
Massage in self-tanner that won't stick to your sheets and contains soothing lavender to help you relax and sleep soundly. You'll be golden and glowing by morning.

Soften Your Hands
Rub on cream while you're relaxing and it won't smear off. You can don the oven mitt-like gloves to help absorb the ingredients, but it's not essential (and your palms might become sweaty).

Get Foxier Legs
Save your shave for the evening. when you're less rushed and won't nick yourself. Then, apply rich cream - it does a better job at night, since your body churns out essential oils during periods of rest.

Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
ADVERTORIAL: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream This miraculous perfecting cream melts into the skin for a smooth, even and luminous complexion.
Clarins provides a threefold promise for a BB cream that is 'unlike any other.'

1. Evens skin tone: The '3D Radiance' light-correcting pigments work like magic to optically brighten dark, shadowy areas and even out all skin tones. Perfectly balanced for optimal coverage to hide imperfections and reduce the look of redness.

2. Revitalises: Organic kiwi extract helps to energise dull and tired complexions with anti-fatigue and antioxidant benefits. The formula also contains Katafray, the flagship ingredient of Clarins' HydraQuench skin care range, to keep skin perfectly moisturised.

3. Protects: It offers threefold protection against external aggressors with Clarins exclusive anti-pollution complex, 100% mineral sunscreen and anti-free radical protection.

At selected Clarins counters.


Mon, 08 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Crazy Beauty Tips That Work blemish to softening your skin - that totally does the trick. Call it word-of-mouth beauty. Sure, these tips might sound strange at first, but there's a logic to them. We rounded up a few pointers. Here are the gems.

1. Cure Calluses With Vaseline
Slather on petroleum jelly, and put on socks before bed to dissolve tough calluses overnight.

2. Spot-Treat Smudges
Dip a cotton swab in eye makeup remover, and trace it along your lids to erase any slip-ups when there's no time to redo your whole look.

3. Soften Your Body With Avocado
Take a ripe avocado, remove the pit and skin, and mash it up in a bowl. Slather it all over your body, let it sit for 20 minutes and then rinse off. Your skin will be sooo soft - avocado is a natural moisturiser.

4. Superglue a Nail
Instead of tearing off your nail when it breaks, put a tiny dab of Super Glue over the split, and paint a generous layer of your favourite nail polish shade over it. Go for an opaque option (like red, purple or coral) to camouflage and seal the crack.

5. Use Makeup Remover On Stubborn Lipstick
Don't try to rub off red lipstick (which makes it smear across your mouth - not so sexy). Instead, take a cotton ball or tissue, dip it in makeup remover, and just dab to erase the dark stain.

6. Tame Brows With Eye Cream
Pat any kind of rich eye cream over brows to help keep them hydrated and banish those icky white specks that look like dandruff.

7. Buff With Baking Soda
If you find yourself streaking (not glowing) after applying self-tanner, put some baking soda on a loofah, and scrub away the stripes.

Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Asked & Answered

A: Coat lids with a primer. 'It absorbs oil and creates a matte base that makeup will stick to,' says makeup artist, Lori Taylor. (Don't put it under eyes; the delicate skin will wrinkle.) Then stroke a waterproof liner on the outer rims of your eyes where lashes grow - since the inner rims are moist, colour easily vanishes.

Wed, 03 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Bigger Is Better

'Lush lashes have an innocent, yet flirty effect,' says Chanel makeup artist, Kate Lee. Dust loose powder over your lashes first - it'll absorb oil and help your mascara stick. Then squeeze an eyelash curler as close as you can get to your roots, and work your way up. Coat on volumising mascara. To stand out, attach a small section of false lashes (just a bit longer than your natural ones) for a dramatic flutter every time you blink, says Lee.

TRY: Maxfactor Volumizing False Lash Effect Mascara in Black (R129.95)


Wed, 27 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Get Sexy Eyes Love Signals: A Practical Field Guide to the Body Language of Courtship (St. Martin's Griffin). 'When you feel a connection, your pupils dilate, which is a signal to guys to come closer.'

Depending on your mood, you can reel him in with a look that shows you're bold and adventurous, mysterious and intriguing, or laid-back and easy to be with. And scoring those gorgeous gazes is easier than you'd imagine.

Flattering jade tones set off all eye shades with an unexpected streak of colour. 'The look is sexy, cool and confident,' says makeup artist, Molly R Stern. 'It says you're not afraid to take risks.' Begin with a beige-olive shade on the lids, and then layer a rich emerald shadow over it.

Next, line lids with a green pencil, smoking it out with a pointed cotton swab for a sultry style. And don't forget to swipe on dark mascara. 'When you're attracted to someone, you flutter your eyes more,' says Givens. 'Deep black lashes intensify this message.' To balance things out, go for red lips but keep your cheeks bare.

TRY: Clarins Mono Eyeshadow in Jungle Greem (R240)

Wed, 20 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
What Partying Does To Your Looks

Alcohol has a dehydrating effect on your entire system, so if you're drinking a lot on a regular basis, the skin all over your body will eventually get parched and tight. A long-term consequence is premature wrinkles.

Wed, 13 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Quick Questions Answered

A: If you do a hard wax - the kind that sticks to your hair only, not your skin - you can, since the redness will be nil, says salon owner, Carmen Arias. Hot-wax strips, on the other hand, adhere to your hair and skin, so the post-treatment inflammation usually takes a few days to go down.

Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:00 +0200
Get The Perfect Pout

'Lips have no oil glands and lip skin is very thin so it needs help to stay fully hydrated. Slather on a balm with ingredients like a macadamia-nut oil and beeswax to keep them soft and plumped up. To prevent tightness and wrinkling, apply an anti-ageing lip cream with a sunscreen, vitamin C and E (to soften and protect), hyaluronic acid (to hold moisture) and ceramides (to build up the natural moisture barrier), morning and evening.'

TRY: Environ Sun Care Lip Balm (R89)

Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
Suit-Your-Mood Scents

The fragrance you wear in the office influences the way you'll be perceived, so choose wisely...

First impressions count at a job interview. You're being evaluated on your work qualifications, but equally important is the way you present yourself - through clothes, grooming and your scent. 'Choose a fragrance that's subtle, pleasant and clean. (TRY: Burberry Body EDT, R695 per 60ml) Don't wear something that's heavy and sensual,' warns fragrance expert, Catherine Mitchell. Think fresh, not loud.

'Dress code differs from one work environment to another, and the same goes for the fragrance,' says fragrance expert, Adele Robertson. If you work in a corporate environment, like a bank, you want something crisp that makes a statement but doesn't get in the way of business (TRY: D&G Light Blue EDT, R1 030 per 100ml).

In a creative environment, try something upbeat and modern, but stay away from anything too rich.

When you've been wearing the same perfume for a while, you stop noticing it and the temptation is to wear more. Try to spritz on the same amount each day to avoid overpowering people - if your co-workers recoil in the lift, you know you've applied too much.

Wed, 13 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
How To Care For Summer Skin

It would be beneficial to add a pre-cleanser to your cleansing regime, which will assist in dissolving any excess surface oils.

Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:00 +0200
Cheat's Guide To Flirty Lashes

'Prevent your lashes from drying out and breaking by rubbing a little Vaseline into them overnight, or try a special lash conditioner with panthenol to help strengthen them. Using eye cream daily will benefit lashes, too, as some of it will seep into the lash roots. Aggressive eye-makeup removers will dry out lashes, so use a gentle, oil-based one (TRY: Lancôme Bi-facil Non Oily Instant Cleanser for Sensitive Eyes, R285). Allow mascara time to dissolve and never 'pull' it off.'

Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:00 +0200
Look Sexy All Night Long
Now that you've planned your outfit to perfection; don't forget to put the same thought into your makeup look. It too requires going bare or adding layers in all the right places. Start with healthy, hydrated skin. Makeup applied on top of dry skin will flake right off, so exfoliate first. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff also suggests applying a water-based mask to soften skin. And remember, even if you're heading to a smoke-free bar, there can also be high levels of pollutants outside bars, according to one study. So create a barrier with a protective serum.

'Dim night-time lighting is forgiving, so there's no need for heavy foundation,' says makeup artist, Tina Turnbow. Apply primer to help makeup stay put. Follow with a tinted moisturiser, and tap on a long-lasting concealer (TRY: Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kits) to mask redness.

Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00 +0200
Brilliant Little Beauty Tricks
We're all forced to be recessionistas at the moment. But skimping a bit here and there doesn't have to cramp your style. Looking great while staying on a beauty budget is all about making small changes (like buying your favourite shampoo in bulk and getting more uses out of your foundation and perfume) that save you a lot of money in the long run. To show you how easy it is to look sexy without feeling like you're making big sacrifices, try these cheap beauty tricks.

• Prolong Your Shampoo: 'Most women only need to wash their hair every other day. Not only does this save on shampoo, but it also keeps your hair healthier since overwashing can dry it out. Pat baby powder on your roots to absorb any oil in between sessions.' - Hairstylist, Dennis Lanni

• Plump The Natural Way:
'Cinnamon is the active ingredient in many expensive lip plumpers - cinnamon oil, which you can get at natural-food stores, is a lot cheaper and does the same thing.' - Makeup artist, Lori Taylor

• Buy In Bulk: 'Always purchase shampoo and conditioner in big sizes - they are more cost-efficient and usually come with a pump, which makes them so easy to use in the shower.' - Celeb hairstylist, Kristin Ess

• Get More Life Out Of Bronzer and Bases:
'My trick is to buy a slightly darker tint than you'd normally wear for your foundation or self-tanner and then mix it with an affordable moisturiser to extend it's life. It'll give you enough of a sheer glow, and you won't run out as fast.' - Lori Taylor

• Don't Go For a Fully 'Done' Face:
'It's better not to apply a heavy amount of products. Guys generally like a more natural look anyway. Just focus on the key areas, like lips and lashes, and you'll look put together.' - Lori Taylor

• Skip Your T-zone When You Moisturise:
'Most women tend to be oily in that area, so this keeps your pores from getting clogged, and your face lotion will last longer.' - Skincare expert, Kate Somerville

• Smooth Skin With Olive Oil:
'Use regular olive oil to get skin super-soft. Put a few drops on a cotton ball, and dab onto flaky spots, avoiding any breakout zones. Then steam your face over a hot bowl of water to help it sink in.' - Skincare expert, Jennifer Buchina

Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:00 +0200
Burning Beauty Questions

A: Makeup can definitely help. Here's your game plan from celebrity makeup artist Chase Aston: Suck in your cheeks like a fish so that you can find the hollows; then, accentuate them with either a matte bronzing powder or taupe blush. Next, sweep a lighter, pink blush and - ta da! - insta-slim.

Wed, 19 Dec 2012 12:00 +0200
Surprising Zit Culprits still break out? Find out what could be causing the trouble.

You shouldn't. Bacteria can accumulate on the cloth and clog pores. Use clean hands to lather up your face instead.

Thu, 06 Dec 2012 12:00 +0200
How Do I Do Pretty Goth?
'Fair-skinned girls should focus on either the lips or the eyes,' explains makeup artist, Cassie Lomas. 'Medium skin tones suit heavy eyes whereas dark tones can pull off heavy black eyes and dark, striking lips.'

'Think velvety, natural-looking skin,' advises makeup artist, Lee Pycroft. 'A translucent face powder will leave a seamless texture without it looking chalky.'

'Use a black kohl eye pencil on eyes' inner rims, then blink and it'll smudge itself,' says makeup expert, Terry Barber.

Makeup artist, Aimee Adams uses a spongy eye-shadow applicator to press dark shades onto eyelids to 'make colour more intense.'

For a softer look, use mascara on top and bottom lashes, and a dark shadow under bottom lashes.

Fri, 23 Nov 2012 12:00 +0200
Sexy In Seconds
Here's one beauty habit you won't mind cutting back on: the time spent doing your makeup. And there's no better source to learn from than the makeup artists and hairstylists who work backstage at fashion shows. They've got to move their brushes and wands at warp speed to get models ready. Save time, they say, by following this cheat sheet.

Soft and Glowy In Five Minutes
The key is to make your complexion look smooth and even, since it's what most people notice in broad daylight. Then stick with using the same rosy shade on your eyes, lips and cheeks to help light up your face.

Two-Minute Face Fix
What To Do
Instead of applying layers and layers of foundation and blending, which can easily look overdone, just dot concealer over any red areas (like your T-zone) or sallow spots (around the eyes). Tap with your finger to help the product melt onto your skin. Powder the rest of your face to even out everything; try a mineral powder that gives you an airbrushed effect with a shot of SPF to keep your skin protected outside.

One-Minute Eyebrow Enhancer
What To Do
Sounds like a small thing, but neat, tidy brows really make a big difference in pulling your look together fast. To make sure you get a nice arch, hold a pencil diagonally over your brows (position the tip of the eraser at the base of brows), and tweeze any hairs that fall above and below the pencil. Flip it once you reach midway, and repeat on the other side.

Two-Minute Rosy All Over
What To Do
Warm the tip of a pink lipstick with a hair-dryer for five seconds, then swipe it over your lips - the heat melts away any dry flakes and locks the colour in place. The colour doubles as your cream-based eye shadow and blush: Rub the softened tip over your lids and swirl on the apples of your cheeks, blending with your ring finger for a soft finish. Swipe on mascara to finish.

Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:00 +0200
Your Quick Beauty Q&A

A: 'To play up your eyes, pick a contrasting colour,' says makeup artist, Melissa Silver. If you have green eyes, go for plum shadows; blue-eyed girls should choose gold hues, and if your eyes are brown, midnight blue will make them pop. Or look for palettes made for specific eye colours.

Thu, 08 Nov 2012 12:00 +0200
Max Out Your Shower Time

Kick off your perfect shower by getting soapy. Choose a moisturising body wash (formulated with a neutral pH, unlike many drying bar soaps) with hydrators like glycerin high up on the ingredients list. It's up to you whether you wash with a loofah, washcloth or a sponge, but don't forget to toss loofahs and washcloths into the washing machine and sponges into the dishwasher every week. 'The moist bathroom air and sloughed-off skin that collects on these make an ideal breeding ground for germs,' says dermatologist, Marsha Gordon.

Save time by scrubbing only the areas where body parts meet and dead cells collect: under arms and breasts, around your neck, and in between your legs. The rest of your body will get clean from the runoff of the bubbles as you rinse, says dermatologist, Anna Chapas.

Now, thoroughly soak your strands before you apply shampoo. 'Hair must be completely wet in order to distribute shampoo evenly,' says US stylist Antonio Prieto. 'If the shampoo gets stuck in one spot, that area will be weighed down and flat.' Squeeze a smallish dollop of shampoo into your palm, rub your hands together, and run them through roots, massaging from forehead to nape and ear-to-ear for 30 seconds. Then rinse immediately. 'Shampoo can by drying, and since it's just there to remove surface dirt and oil, there's no reason for it to soak in,' says Chapas.

Tue, 30 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
The Power Of Colour
Here, we explain what each hue does for you (and those looking at you), when to rock it, and how to wear it.

What it does: Vibrant pink is a stimulant, both for you and whoever happens to be looking at you. 'The colour can actually increase heart rate, blood pressure and respiration,' says colour expert, Kate Smith. 'It's also very inviting, even more so than red, which can come across as aggressive.' In other words, it doesn't just make you feel sexy and energised; it'll cause your guy's pulse to race the second he lays eyes on you.

When to rock it: At a party or when you're being super-social.

How to wear it: Bright pink works best on lips and cheeks, where it accentuates your natural flush. But, avoid it on your eyes - you'll look insanely tired or sickly. To make your mouth pop, apply a hot pink shade on the fattest part of your lips with your finger, blot by pressing lips together, and then spread the colour out to the edges, says makeup artist Jillian Dempsey. Stick to cool pinks if you have fair skin and warmer tones if you're darker. Pat any leftover colour from your finger onto your cheeks for a sexy tint. Just remember to rub it in well so it doesn't look like war paint.

Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Make Dark Circles Vanish
The Pro: Bobbi Brown - makeup artist, author, and founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

The Prep: Apply SPF under your eyes every single day since sun exposure can increase melanin levels, making dark circles more dramatic.

Pat on a quick-absorbing eye cream to smooth out your skin so your concealer will go on evenly. Just avoid any lotions that leave a film or have a thick texture - like a rich night cream - this will cause your makeup to cake and peel.

Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Quick Beauty Q & A

A: Use a disposable mascara wand, says Dior makeup artist, Ashunta Sheriff. Dip it into an eye-makeup-remover bottle, and comb through your lashes to get rid of any build-up (flakes) that has accumulated. Give yourself a fresh base. Let lashes dry (about 30 seconds), then apply a fresh coat of mascara.

Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:00 +0200
Stress and Your Skin

1. Your zits don't budge.
A stress-induced spike in cortisol weakens your skin's barriers, so it's easier for bacteria to enter and clog up your pores. On top of that, when you're under constant pressure, your immune system becomes compromised which makes it more difficult for your body to clear up acne.
Fix: Use a gentle exfoliator, like Biore Pore Unclogging scrub, to slough off dead skin, and apply a salicyclic-acid spot treatment twice a day to dissolve tough blemishes. In the meantime, cover up zits with an acne-fighting foundation.

2. You have tired eyes.
When you're anxious your blood vessels constrict which slows circulation. That, in turn, can lead to fluid build-up under your eyes. Emotional duress also drains the colour from your complexion, making purplish undertones more visible.
Fix: Apply a cooling eye gel with caffeine to shrink inflamed areas, and pat a pink or peach-based concealer - or even cream shadow - under the lower lids to counteract darkness.

3. There's no life to your skin.
Your system functions less efficiently when you're under pressure, so skin layers build up, causing your complexion to appear dull. And if you're working late nights, you might not be taking off your makeup, leaving residue on your cheeks and forehead.
Fix: Wipe your entire face with a pre-moistened towel that contains vitamin C, an antioxidant that brightens and rids excess build-up. Then rub on a vitamin C serum.

Thu, 20 Sep 2012 12:00 +0200
How Do I Apply Bronzer?

1. Apply bronzer to the areas that catch the sun: cheekbones, the dimple of the chin and curves of the forehead.

2. Bronzer should be a veil of colour, not a mask. Tap the excess off the brush to avoid overdoing it.

3. If you have a round face, use the number '3'. Start applying at the temple, then down and across the line of the cheek, then back and down the jaw-line.

4. If you have a long face, a touch of bronzer on the chin will help shorten it, and dusting it along the hairline will help narrow a large forehead.

Fri, 31 Aug 2012 12:00 +0200
The Best Beauty Time-Savers

'A salon manicure can take up to 30 minutes to fully dry because of the thick coats applied,' explains manicurist Jin Soon. Hurry things up at home by choosing a pale shade, like baby pink rather than a dark hue that takes longer to set. Wipe the excess polish off the brush against the mouth of the bottle, then apply three thin stripes, working left to right on your nail. Seal with a quick-drying topcoat, and blast nails with a blow-dryer on the cold setting for several minutes.

Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:00 +0200
What Your Gloss Says About You

The sweetness has a calming effect on the brain and is often associated with childhood memories (your first stick of gum). Fans of this scent tend to be optimistic, and crave simple comforts.

Mon, 06 Aug 2012 12:00 +0200
Are You Overdoing Your Beauty Routine?

A: Once a day if you are flaky; twice if oily.

Wed, 01 Aug 2012 12:00 +0200
Winter Beauty Solutions

Chances are you're sleeping more now since the days are shorter. And if you're lying down for too long, fluid can pool under your eyes, leading to swelling and raccoon-like rings, explains Fusco.

Beauty Solution
The quickest way to send under-eye bags packing is to prop up your head on a pillow at night to help the fluid drain. 'You can also apply cold, seeped black-tea sachets over your eyelids for a few minutes in the morning - the tannin in this tea shrinks swollen blood vessels,' adds Fusco. Then treat darkness around the eyes by patting on a few pea-size dots of eye cream (you don't need much to treat this area) containing a mild acidic ingredient like vitamin C to even out your skin tone. If that doesn't do the job, dab on a brightening foundation with light-reflecting pigments. Set it in place with a dusting of loose powder.

Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:00 +0200
Quick Celeb Beauty Tips

'I've always liked a nice pout. Once, I saw a makeup artist with great lips, and I pulled her aside and said, 'Show me how to make my lips like yours!' She taught me how to always use lip liner, and now I'm addicted! To make my lips look fuller, I trace the line a little bit outside my natural lip line.'

Thu, 05 Jul 2012 12:00 +0200
Make Your Lips Fuller

Dab on a berry lip stain, blending it into the inside of your mouth (the soft part next to your teeth).

Mon, 02 Jul 2012 12:00 +0200
Beat Stress and Look Beautiful

Murphy's Law as applied to beauty: Whenever you have a lot of big-deal events - whether they're high-profile work meetings or back-to-back social obligations - you seem to start sprouting pimple colonies. The reason: Stress causes a flood of the flight-or-fight hormone cortisol into your bloodstream which helps you perform under pressure. But an elevated amount of cortisol leads to the production of a type of testosterone that increases your skin's oil production and leads to acne, says Audrey Kunin, dermatologist.

Wed, 27 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Fragrance Facts

A: 'Applying a body lotion or cream with the same scent as your fragrance followed by applying the fragrance itself will make the scent last longer without it becoming too strong or overwhelming,' says US-based Estée Lauder expert, Karyn Khoury. 'I've had people do the layers on one arm and spray the fragrance alone on the other and compare. They always see the difference in the strength and longevity with the layering technique.'

Mon, 25 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
How To Fake Big, Fat, Long Lashes
The Pro: Julie Harris, celebrity makeup artist in New York City.

The Prep: Let your moisturiser dry fully before working on your eyes to prevent smudging. Dust a light powder over your under-eye concealer.

The Technique:

Position an eyelash curler as close to the roots of your lashes as possible without pinching your skin. Clamp down gently, and hold in place for a few seconds.

Move the curler a little further out, and very lightly press again. Repeat once or twice more, each time moving the curler incrementally closer to the ends of your lashes. Then, if your lashes are thin, brush on a coat of primer.

Take a creamy mascara and hold the wand at the base of your lashes. Wiggle slightly from side to side, then brush straight up through the ends of lashes. Apply two or three coats to each eye, allowing about two minutes to dry in between.

After each coat of mascara, brush the top quarter of your lashes with an eyelash comb. This creates a feathered look. To avoid smudging, finish with one coat of a waterproof formula.

If you want even more volume, glue a false eyelash flare onto the outer corner of each eye, right at the lash line.

THE COSMO TEAM SUGGESTS: M.A.C. False Lash Mascara in Black, R195.

Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
How To Use Bronzer Jersey Shore. When it comes to bronzer, less is always more. For a perfect (understated) glow, read on.

If you have normal to oily skin, a powder-based bronzer like Pure Romance's 'Sun Of a Beach' pressed powder is the way to go. Powdered bronzer is also easier to apply, so it's a great starting point for beginners. Liquid bronzer is a better bet for dry skin, but cream- and gel-based types can leave you looking streaky if you're not careful. So, be prepared to spend a little time perfecting your technique before you head out the door with your newly sun-kissed skin.

Thu, 14 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Quick Beauty Shortcuts

You can skip the hour-long facial but still make your skin gleam on the go. Hollywood aesthetician, Sonya Dakar, tells her star flock (which includes Drew Barrymore and Eve) to exfoliate with an ultra-soft face scrub that contains gentle buffing beads to dissolve dead skin cells. Slather on a thick layer of a hydrating mask next, and let that sit for about five minutes (during which time you can brush, floss, and rinse). Splash the mask off with water, apply your regular moisturiser, and… hello, gorgeous!

Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00 +0200
Make Your Perfume Stay Put

Mist yourself while you're still damp from the shower, since scent sinks better into skin that's wet and warm rather than dry and parched. Then, rub on an unscented body lotion - this will help 'lock' the fragrance into skin.

Wed, 23 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Do It Yourself Sometimes

Tip: Use your regular facial scrub to exfoliate your bikini area before and after waxing to prevent nasty in-growns.

Wed, 16 May 2012 12:00 +0200
The Makeup Q&A Revlon's Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman. Here are her expert (and very handy!) answers:

1. How do you choose the perfect foundation for your skin?
A good tip is to test it on the back of your hand. There are instances where the skin on your hand might be darker than the skin on your face, but usually you can see if it's the right tone for your skin.

2. What are the most important things dark-skinned women should know about makeup application, and what should they watch out for?
I suggest watching out for ashy finishes when using a foundation or powder that is not yellow enough. Your foundation needs to have enough red and yellow in them to blend in with darker skin and not have a grayish tone, which hides the skin's natural luminosity. Using the wrong tone detracts from the beauty of the skin instead of enhancing it.

3. What are the tips and tricks for achieving a contoured effect on dark skin?

You just need a colour that is two shades darker than your own skin, and apply it under the cheekbone. For highlighting you can use a sheer gold or sheer pearlescent luminiser. Avoid using powder, though.

4. What is the one key trend for Autumn/Winter 2012?
I love the new nail appliqués.

5. Tell us about the latest makeup trends.

It's neon! Nails, lip colours, pops of bright colors, glosses and juicy lip textures. I also love flawless skin mixed with bright, poppy-chic colours. And lashes - lashes are big for winter.

6. What skin care tips should every South African woman know?
It's very important to exfoliate often. If you find a gentle product that you like, exfoliate your body every day because it gets rid of the layer of dead skin. It's important to close your pores before you put on your sunscreen (a toner helps), and find a light sunscreen so that it doesn't make your pores larger. It can be either a mineral powder or a lighter texture, but nothing thick so that your skin can still breathe.

7. What are 2012's hottest lipstick trends?
Different tones of reds - blue-reds, orange-reds and deep reds, as well as fresh, bright peaches and corals.

8. Some women are new to makeup and are nervous about trying it out. What are a few foolproof, unintimidating products that they can start out with?
They should start with more neutral colours - earth tones and nudes, and sheer lips like Revlon's Just Kissable Balm Stain. Choose user-friendly makeup that has an easy-to-touch texture to get a sense of how much to put on.

9. What is one sure-fire way of perking up your makeup routine during winter?
Get used to using a primer because that creates a really nice, even skin tone. And then on top of that, work with a luminiser and blusher to achieve a porcelain look.

10. What is your top tip for wearing red lipstick (as opposed to red lipstick wearing you!)
You want to keep it from bleeding as much as possible. It's good to exfoliate your lips with a hot towel or a lip scrub, and then apply a little bit of lip balm. Go around the natural line of your lips with a little bit of concealer, which will work as a barrier so it won't bleed as easily. You can also put a touch of translucent powder on top of that with a very thin brush. Then, after you have applied your lipstick, blotting and lightly powdering the top of it also helps it stay put.

11. Do bronzers work for darker skin tones? Which kind is the best to use - cream or powder?
Yes. Powder is easier to use; just make sure it's darker than your own skin.

Thu, 03 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Get Juicy Lips

Fair Skin Tone
Go for: Peach makes you glow without overpowering your look.

Medium Skin Tone:
Go for: Watermelon brings out the rose in your complexion.

Olive Skin Tone:
Go for: Raspberry dazzles against the rich pigments in your skin.

Dark Skin Tone:
Go for: Grape 'pops' against your deep complexion and works day or night.

Wed, 02 May 2012 12:00 +0200
Keep Breast Skin Beautiful Acne Attacks
Heal and conceal existing pimples by applying a benzoyl-peroxide cream, then dabbing on a pimple-busting concealer containing salicylic acid. Avoid future breakouts by washing with a mild salicylic acid cleanser daily and after workouts.

Allergic Rash
Red and/or itchy patches are probably caused by the fabric of your bra, your washing powder or even your perfume. Apply hydrocortisone cream and try to suss out what sparked it by replacing all synthetic bras with cotton ones and switching to hypo-allergenic products.

Stray Hairs
Since shaving and waxing irritate sensitive breast skin, the safest way to get rid of hair is by tweezing: Pluck each hair at the base in one quick motion.

Stretch Marks
These permanent red or white streaks form after weight gain, weight loss or pregnancy. You may be able to make them less visible with a prescription Retin-A cream or laser treatments. In the meantime, see a dermatologist for more info.

Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:00 +0200
Find Your Perfect Eye Shadow

To highlight the natural beauty of blue eyes, use a shadow that's part of the opposite colour family: orange. This group includes earthy colours like chocolate brown, neutral colours like taupe, and punchier shades like tangerine, explains Leatrice Eiseman, author of The Color Answer Book (Capital Books). First, line your upper and lower lash lines with a brown pencil to define the shape of your eyes. Then, sweep the coral shadow onto your lids several times, especially in the creases, to create depth.

Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:00 +0200
Makeup Frustration
'I hate it when… my daytime makeup looks great inside, but scary in the sunlight.' 'To keep a fresh face throughout the day, say for the races or a daytime wedding, focus on your complexion and lips. If you do your makeup outside in natural light, you'll achieve the correct balance. Avoid doing too much on the eyes, (as it can smudge after hours in the sun) and always use a waterproof mascara, liner and eyebrow pencil. Always use a pressed powder to fix your complexion, and concentrate the colour on your lips, as you can always retouch them.'
- Chanel makeup training coordinator, Dominique Papadopoulos.
'I hate it when... my eyeliner ends up under my eye.'
'I hate it when... I get mascara on my eyelid and it ruins my shadow.'
'I hate it when... cream blush slides off an hour after I apply it.'
'I hate it when... my under-eye concealer cakes up.'

Wed, 14 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
How To Wear White
'When applying white eye shadow, less is more. A sheer wash of shadow from the lash line to the brow will open eyes and make them stand out. Another tip when applying white is to take the shadow to the inner corner of your eye, near your nose. This will brighten your eyes, making them pop,' says Melissa Elvin-Jensen, Clinique education manager.

'This look is definitely romantic, with an angelic quality. If you're starting to develop fine lines, I'd recommend keeping away from the pearl or frost shades. Stick to matte textures,' says Rae Morris, L'Oréal Paris makeup director.

'It's best to make the face quite bronzed to avoid looking washed out. Apply bronzer around the hair line, brow bone and nose, because this is how the face would naturally tan,' says Morris.

Finish by framing the eyes with lashings of black mascara for contrast. Dress up lips with a warm nude or soft pink gloss, lipstick or stain.

Wed, 07 Mar 2012 12:00 +0200
1. Buff Like You Were Born To Do It First things first: Using a body scrub for a few seconds in the shower is as effective as meditating while yakking on the phone. That's why aestheticians get truly Zen about exfoliating. Cornelia Zicu, owner of Cornelia Day Resort in the US, spends a full five to 10 minutes on each body part, starting at the shoulders and ending at the toes. 'It may seem excessive,' she says, 'but it takes that long to get noticeably smoother skin.' The pros also have a unique way of rubbing to remove flakes. 'I use slow, circular motions and apply pressure with my thumbs until the skin ripples,' says spa owner, Gretchen Monahan. (And to really silkify yourself, apply your exfoliator on dry skin to create more friction and blast away dull layers.)
2. Double The Size Of What You Apply
3. Skip The High-Tech Supplies
4. Masks Should Go All Over
5. Lounging In That Robe Is Crucial

Wed, 22 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Scent and Seduction
Your Perfume Pick Can Make Him Feel Special 'If you wear a fragrance you know he likes, it demonstrates that you're paying attention to his tastes and making an effort to please him,' says perfumer, Christopher Brosius. The easiest way to find a perfume he likes: Take him shopping with you. If you can't get him to a perfume counter, rip out a whole bunch of scent strips from a magazine and make him smell them one after the other to see which one he likes best. Give him a cup full of coffee beans to sniff between whiffs to cleanse his olfactory system. Showing you care about his opinion will stroke his ego, and wearing a perfume he loves ensures he'll always want to nuzzle your neck.
His Scent Can Help You Decode His Personality
His Fragrance Can Make You Feel First-Kiss Butterflies Even After Months Of Dating
Your Scent Can Stir Up Your Inner Sexpot
Certain Aromas Can Help Him Recognise How Hot You Are

Wed, 15 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Look Hot at Any Hour
WEEKEND Your strategy: Keep it soft and sheer during the day. At night, experiment with an ultra-glam look. Celeb makeup pro, Matin created these awesome styles.

AM: Bronzed and Breezy
• Sun-Kissed Skin: Extra sleep on the weekend helps restore circulation, making under-eye circles less obvious. So, just use a tinted moisturiser with SPF and top with bronzer, says Pati Dubroff, a celeb makeup artist for Dior.
• Radiant Cheeks: Chances are you're already rosy since you're getting more outdoor activity and vitamin-D exposure now than during the week, notes NYC dermatologist, Francesca Fusco. Opt for a sheer blush with a powder base - it will last for hours.
• Shimmery Eyes: Simply touching your eyelids feels soothing, says psychologist Andrew Williams, author of How Do You Compare? (Perigee Trade). So, stroke on a soft shadow with your finger to maintain your relaxed mode. 'Then dot liner between your lashes,' says makeup artist Mally Roncal. 'It defines your eyes without you needing loads of heavy mascara.'
• Peachy Lips: When you're out having fun, your serotonin levels may spike, which causes your lips to swell from the boost in circulation. Skip plumpers and go for an orangey-pink gloss - the warm hue matches your happy mood and golden skin tone.

PM: Seductive and Sexy
• Iridescent Skin: Many women have an instinct to connect with guys at night, explains Williams. That means you want to reveal more of yourself, skin included. To really glow, top your foundation with shimmer powder. 'Your skin will glisten in a club or the moonlight,' says Roncal.
• Tawny Cheeks: Adjust to the darkness with a deeper blush than you'd wear by day, says Matin. But apply it before you go out. Bar lighting is cave-like, so you could over-apply by accident.
• Intoxicating Eyes: 'Smoky eyes are sexy for evening,' says Matin. 'And using rich, blue shades is less predictable than black.' Apply a wash of cobalt shadow, concentrating it at your upper lash line. Drag some shadow along your lower lash line, and finish with two coats of mascara.
• Luminescent Lips: Offset your dramatic eyes with a low-key, kissable pout. 'Pale, beige lipstick looks spectacular,' says Matin. To help it stay put, dab your lips with concealer first, then pat the lipstick on with your finger instead of swiping it straight from the tube.

Wed, 08 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Cheap But Chic Beauty Tricks
HOTTER LIPS Turn Old Into New: Instead of buying all new lipsticks, layer your existing shades to create new, fun options. Combine brown and pink to make a sultry rose, red and purple for plum, and coral and red for fuchsia.

Make Your Red Lipstick Racier: Apply pressed powder in between coats to intensify your everyday red lipstick. 'The powder pulls out the oil from the lipstick, so you're left with a deep, matte stain,' says M.A.C. senior makeup artist, Chantel Miller.

Outline Your Pucker With a Brow Pencil: To prevent your bold lip colour from creeping past the corners, 'rim your mouth with a flesh-coloured brow pencil - its waxy formula is great at preventing any smudging,' says Neutrogena cosmetic-science expert, Matin.

Pat Foundation Over Your Lips: With the nude, modern lip, you don't even need any lipstick to pull it off. 'Just dip a makeup sponge in foundation, press it to your lips, and let it dry for a few seconds,' says Dior global makeup adviser, Shane Paish. 'Finish it off with a clear lip gloss to add some shine, and you're good to go.

Wed, 01 Feb 2012 12:00 +0200
Overnight Beauty Tricks
Applying Deodorant Since your skin is calm and dry at night, deodorant can penetrate deeply into sweat ducts. It'll continue to block wetness the next day (even if you shower).
Slathering On Self-Tanner
Dotting On Zit Cream

Wed, 11 Jan 2012 12:00 +0200
The Secret To Stunning Eyes
Low Maintenance: Makeup Moves Rule one: Always curl your lashes first. Also, rim your lash lines with a black pencil to make them look extra lush, says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. When applying mascara, wiggle the brush into lash roots, then zigzag it as you swipe it through. 'A lot of mascara comes off with the first stroke, so start at your outer corners where you want lashes to look thickest,' adds makeup artist Vincent Longo. And go for two coats.
Medium Maintenance: Falsie Finesse
High Maintenance: Lash Extensions

Wed, 21 Dec 2011 12:00 +0200
Suit-Your-Skin Summer Makeup
Sexy, Shiny Eyes City Chic
A sheer wash of pale blue, lavender or mint looks breezy and bright. Avoid looking bridesmaid-like by choosing formulas with a touch of sheen. Sweep eye shadow over the upper and lower lids, then apply mascara. Stick to muted pinks on lips and cheeks.

Beach Babe
Rich, metallic shades of purple and turquoise are the best way to put a summery twist on smoky eyes. Concentrate colour along the upper and lower lash-lines, then brush out over the lid. For more intensity, use a matching eye pencil to line the inner lids. Finish with a peachy blusher and a slick of lip balm.
Luscious Just-Been-Kissed Lips
'Guess What I've Been Up To?' Glow

Wed, 07 Dec 2011 12:00 +0200
Supplements and Your Skin
Flaxseed Oil For Dry Skin Bottle Says: It's a rich, vegetarian, organic source of omega-3, -6, and -9 fatty acids, which are vital for healthy skin and hair. It may contain an anti-inflammatory action and may be beneficial for heart health.

Expert Says: 'Fatigue, cracked nails, and dry and lifeless skin, hair, eyes and lips can be linked to a deficiency in essential fatty acids (EFAs), which are vital for locking moisture into the skin cells. Flaxseed oil is a complete source of EFAs; think of it as an internal moisturiser, leaving your skin soft, your hair shiny and your eyes bright.'
Zinc For Damaged Skin
Vitamin C For Dimpled Skin
Vitamin E For Reducing Scars
Vitamin A For Rough Skin
Fish Oil For Acne-Prone Skin

Wed, 30 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Beating Beauty Jet Lag
Revive Your Skin 'Once you've arrived at your destination, treat your skin to a thorough clean, as it's bound to have become grey and sluggish. Cleanse with an invigorating face-wash, then exfoliate with a gentle cream scrub for super-smooth results. If you're going out straight away, try a skin-booster for hide-the-flight radiance - these products contain ingredients that temporarily tighten and pep up a flagging face. Apply a thin layer and get ready to glow.'
Keep Hydrated
De-Puff Eyes
Makeup Tricks

Mon, 14 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Makeup Tips From The Pros
In the past few decades makeup has become so sophisticated and user-friendly that achieving a look that is both beautiful and natural is easier than ever before. In order to make sure you always look your best, Elizabeth Arden makeup artists Gina Myers, Melissa van Zyl and Nthato Mashishi have a few simple makeup tips to help make your face your fortune.

Never skimp on quality. Since makeup is something you use on your skin every day, don't be tempted to buy a wide range of cheap products. Rather, keep your selection small and invest in only the best brands.

The most important product of all is your foundation, says van Zyl. If you have the right colour for your skin tone it forms the perfect palette for whatever other colours you choose to wear.

Make sure your foundation is suited to your skin type. If you're inclined towards oiliness, an oil-based product will clog your pores and lead to breakouts, while a very matte product could make dry skin look flaky. If you're not sure of your skin type, ask a cosmetics consultant for advice.

Remember that makeup is there to enhance your natural beauty and emphasise your best assets, says van Zyl. Beautiful, full lips? Rock them with a sexy gloss. Nice bone structure? Highlighter and blush are your BFFs. Pretty eyes? A bit of clever shading and lashings of mascara will make them even more irresistible.

Makeup trends come and go, but the trick is to incorporate them into your own personal style in a way that optimises your look, advises Myers. If you love the 'cat eye' look, for example, it's a good idea to have a makeup artist show you how to do it first, and advise on whether this look is, actually right for you. Ditto on the use of bold, 'risky' colours such as bright green, yellow or aquamarine. They can either look amazing, or completely wrong. It's much more important that your makeup work with you rather than follow trends.

Like your clothes, your makeup needs to be appropriate. Cautions Mashishi, 'A look for a business executive is totally different to one for a ramp model or night out on the town. When you buy your makeup, choose a palette that is versatile enough to create the right looks for the any occasion.'

Use the duos - today, a lot of eye shadow comes in a set of two or three colours, making it super-easy to do your own shading. For daywear, or if you're in a hurry, just apply one of the lighter shades. For evening, or if you have a bit of extra time, use two or three shades for a seductively smoky eye.


Our makeup pros suggested you try the following Elizabeth Arden products:

Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation
for its natural-looking coverage and wide range of shades, especially for darker skin tones.

Intervene Makeup SPF 15: Its creamy texture not only gives great coverage, but also contains active anti-aging ingredients.

Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant for its versatility. This is a cult product that been around since 1930 and is a standard tool-of-the-trade and ideal for eyebrows and lips.

Wed, 09 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Smooth and Sexy All Over
A Firm Chest and Neck Your chest and neck are often left out of your skincare regimen, but these delicate spots are constantly exposed to the elements, says spa owner, Joanna Vargas. Plus, they have few oil glands, making them prone to dryness. To keep both areas soft, use a gentle scrub once a week. Glide your hands back and forth instead of rubbing it on, which creates too much friction. To moisturise, extend your daily application of SPF and anti-ageing face lotion down your neck and chest, advises spa owner, Carmen Miraglia. 'A rich cream is too heavy and won't be absorbed.'
Smooth Arms
A Sexy Stomach
A Bump-Free Back and Butt
Silky Legs

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Wed, 09 Nov 2011 12:00 +0200
Cellulite-Free Summer
Did you know that applying a self-tan cream can help reduce the appearance of the orange peel effect? Try it - it works. (TRY: Guinot Self-Tanning Body Cream, R538)

Use a body brush every day in the shower, making sure to do circular motions upwards towards your heart. This helps with sluggish circulation by stimulating the lymph and blood circulation. (TRY: The Body Shop Round Body Brush, R150)

Exfoliating three times a week on the area of concern also helps with improving sluggish circulation. Try using ground coffee (a great anti-cellulite ingredient) with salt and a bit of olive oil to create your own body exfoliator.

Using a detoxifying body mask at least once a week helps with fat metabolism. Slather the mask on, and then wrap over with cling wrap. This gives a thermal effect, opening the pores and giving better product penetration of the active ingredients. (TRY: AHAVA Natural Dead Sea Body Mud, R80 per sachet)

After a warm shower, blast on the cold water for a quick rinse - sounds daunting, but the coolness after a warm shower boosts circulation and brings radiance to the skin.

Lather on a cream that contains cellulite-busting ingredients like Retinal A, Algae, Green Tea, L-Carnitine and Caffeine. (TRY: Nivea Good Bye Cellulite Gel-Cream, R99.99)

Massage can help fight cellulite, improving circulation and drainage. Book a lymph drainage massage or aromatherapy at your nearest salon, asking for a blend of detoxifying essential oils. You can even do it at home by massaging the area with firm, upward strokes using an anti-cellulite body oil. (TRY: Clarins Anti-Eau Body Treatment Oil, R440)

Make sure you're getting enough fresh fruit and veggies in your diet, avoiding food high in fat, salt and sugar, as well as limiting your alcohol intake. This all decreases the amount of toxins you are putting in your body, which eventually build up and get stored in unsightly places.

Cellulite is simply fat stored in a lumpy way. By upping your exercise routine to include a rigorous combination of cardio and toning exercises you will lose weight, thereby reducing cellulite.

Drink up! If you know you haven’t been drinking enough water, now is a good time to start. Particularly after a workout, H2O keeps your body hydrated and helps to flush out toxins.

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 12:00 +0200
Summer Skin
While everyone is getting ready for the beach, you're petrified at the thought of exposing your pasty skin. Here, a few self-tanning techniques to get your skin bronzed, glowing and bikini-ready.

To start, get rid of all unwanted hair. Once you are bronzed, removing hair also removes your self-tan leaving you with an uneven application.

Give yourself a full-body scrub, concentrating on areas like your elbows, knees and feet. This helps to remove all dead skin, creating a smooth canvas to work on.

Lather on moisturiser, focusing on knees, elbows and feet, which tend to be drier. Soft, hydrated skin allows the self-tan to blend in naturally and last longer.

Before starting your self-tan application, make sure you have plastic gloves, a headband and loose-fitting clothes to put on once you are done. If you don't have gloves, make sure to wash your hands often during application and scrub your fingernails afterwards.

To get a naturally sun-kissed tan, apply more self-tan cream to areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the front of the legs, tummy, outer arms and chest.

When it comes to the face, inner arms, knees, feet and hands (areas that are lighter), mix half a teaspoon of self-tanner with half a teaspoon of body moisturiser and apply. This is more natural, and avoids the fake, orange look.

Self-tan cream is one of the easiest types of self-tanning products to use, but make sure to rub it into your skin completely to avoid streaking.

To prolong your glowing tan, avoid exfoliating and be sure to apply a body moisturiser every night to keep your skin well hydrated.

Re-apply self-tan cream every five days or, when applying your daily body moisturiser, mix in half a teaspoon of self-tan to prolong your radiant glow.

Wed, 12 Oct 2011 12:00 +0200
The Pill and Pigmentation
Why It Happens Pregnant women often develop a condition called chloasma (or, the 'mask of pregnancy') whereby areas of skin on the face become dark, most often the upper lip, forehead and cheeks. The way the contraceptive pill works is by delivering a series of hormones that 'trick' the body into thinking it's pregnant, and these same hormones can cause hyper-pigmentation in women taking the pill. As Dr Dasoo explains, 'Some women have a predisposition to developing chloasma, and this can occur when they are exposed to oestrogen and, to a lesser extent, progesterone – both of which are found in the contraceptive pill.'
What To Do
Other Options

Wed, 21 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Sexy Eyes
Silver Corners 'Putting a splash of light-reflective shimmer in your inner corners is the fastest way to brighten up your eyes and make them look bigger and wider,' says New York City makeup artist Tracy Murphy.
Dab a cream or powder silver shadow right in the inner corners of your eyes.
Then, blend the colour outward along the top and bottom lash lines. 'You want it to be concentrated in the corners, then gradually fade out,' she explains. Finish with two coats of mascara.
Navy Liner
Shades of Bronze
A Lilac Wash

Wed, 28 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Vajazzle Your Vajayjay
The Regular This is the most common of styles where hair is removed only along the panty line. 'This is also referred to as a 'Swimsuit Wax', and is the most conservative way of neatening up, as it literally means the removal of pubic hairs that stick out of a normal panty or swimsuit bottom,' says Mans.
The French
The Brazilian
The Hollywood
The Tiffany Box

When waxing, always make sure that the therapist uses hot wax (the harder type of wax) and not cold wax with strips. As Mans explains, 'It's not professional at all to use strip wax (cold wax) on sensitive areas such as the face, bikini area or underarms. Strip wax should only be used on tougher skin and large areas such as legs, arms, back or chest.' To prevent those dreaded ingrown hairs, use a soft-bristle brush and liquid cleanser in a circular motion to dislodge the tips of ingrown hairs, get rid of dead skin cells and clear follicles to allow hairs to surface unimpeded.

After having your wax, make sure to exfoliate twice a week to manage any ingrown hairs. To reduce redness and bumps after waxing, apply an un-perfumed lotion that contains chamomile, as perfume can irritate the sensitive waxed area.

Thu, 08 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Makeup SOS
When it comes to specific products, Leanne Harrison, Inglot makeup artist, says 'Foundations and concealers should be kept no longer than six to 12 months, and wand-applicator concealers should be tossed within six months since they're likely to grow bacteria. Stick, twist-up tubes, or compact concealers can last up to 12 months; lipstick or gloss can be kept for six months while eye and lip pencils can last a year or longer if you sharpen them every few days.'

On the other hand, facial powder, blush and eye shadow can last up to 18 months, whereas cream eye shadow and blush stay okay from between six months to a year. Mascara should be replaced every three to four months, and avoid 'pumping' the wand in the tube because this allows in air and bacteria causing the mascara to dry out, which increases your chances of developing an eye infection. If an eye infection does develop you will have to throw away any used eye makeup to avoid re-infecting yourself,' says Harrison. Makeup brushes are particularly prone to accumulating dirt and bacteria, which can lead to breakouts. As Harrison explains, 'It's important to wash them at least once a week with your facial cleanser under warm, running water and then allow to air dry. If you like using makeup sponges, only use them once and then throw them away; sponges can become very unhygienic therefore replacing them often is better.'

Some general tips on keeping your makeup safe before it expires: if you apply makeup with your fingers, always wash your hands first. Don't add water (unless advised to do so) or saliva to dilute the makeup as this introduces bacteria into the product, which can cause a host of problems. Keep cosmetics in a dry, cool place, away from direct heat or sunlight. Most importantly of all, don't share your makeup - swapping germs will cause your products to expire very quickly.

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Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:00 +0200
Make Your Eyes Pop
SMOKY 1. 'Apply concealer all over your lids up to the brows, blending into inner corners of the eye where shadows are cast,' says Margaret Fisher, Max Factor training manager.

2. Blend a neutral base shadow all over the lid. Next: 'Blend black or grey shadow from the lash line up to the eye crease,' says Fisher. Use a soft shadow brush to blend from the crease line up, slightly softening the edges of the shadow. Sweep under the bottom lashes and blend.

3. Draw liner along the lashes ending in a slight upward wing at the outer corners. Line the bottom inner rim. Finish with mascara on pre-curled lashes.

Wed, 24 Aug 2011 12:00 +0200
Fake Flawless Skin
Step #1: Selecting Your Formula 'Consider your skin type, the amount of coverage you want and the finish you like,' says Rae Morris, make-up director for L’Oréal Paris. 'Dry skin needs light moisturising foundation; oily skin needs an oil-free formulation,' adds Isabella Schimid, makeup artist for Elizabeth Arden.
Step #2: Finding Your Shade
Step #3: Apply In Sections
Step #4: Conceal
Step #5: Finish

Fri, 12 Aug 2011 12:00 +0200
Groom Your Brows
STEP 1: To DIY, first determine where the brow should begin by combing your brows up and outward. Next: 'Hold a pencil diagonally against the outer corner of your eye pointing up to the brow bone. A brow should extend slightly beyond the top of you eye, at which point it should taper slightly down,' says brow expert, Robin Evans.

Thu, 04 Aug 2011 12:00 +0200
Caring For Ethnic Skin
Contrary to popular belief, ethnic skin often requires gentler treatment and more care than other skin types. Because of the melanin pigment present in ethnic skin, blemishes and scarring caused by pimples are more visible, and can play havoc with your complexion.

Connie Matutle, a 21-year-old drama student from Cape Town, has suffered with acne since she was 13-years-old. 'Having acne has always been part of my life. The older I get the fewer breakouts I have, but the dark scars caused by the spots are still very visible,' she says. While she uses foundation to cover them up when she goes out, Connie would like a longer-lasting alternative because she doesn't like using makeup all the time. 'Some women see good results with treatments such as chemical peels and laser treatments, but they must be administered by a dermatologist or a qualified skin therapist', says Maryanne Ibekwe, R&D expert from Unilever. 'We have had many women achieve great results from the Ponds Flawless Radiance range, which contains a powerful complex VAO B3 that gets to work quickly on dark marks,' she explains.

The harsh conditions of winter often cause skin to lose moisture, which causes dryness and, for some, flaking of the skin. Ibekwe advises on always using a good moisturising cream or lotion. 'Stay away from oil-control products, which dry the skin out, and exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin cells', she says. 'The Ponds Intense Moisture Nourishing Cream was specifically developed for dry skin (it contains omega 6). It transforms skin moisture levels and leaves skin visibly more supple and soft,' she adds.

Generally, those with darker skin tones are able to tolerate exposure to the sun without getting burnt. However, this doesn't mean that prolonged exposure to the sun won't be harmful to your skin. The common misconception amongst darker-skinned people is that they do not have to use sun protection. This is what Sivu Cawe, a 23-year-old publicist from Johannesburg, has always believed. 'I came across an article last year about a dark-skinned women who suffered premature ageing because of sun damage. She was only 28-years-old, but looked like she was my mother's age!' she says. Only then did she realise the importance of protecting her skin from the sun - even in winter.

Using sunscreen on ethnic skin is very important. 'It's a simple step that so many women neglect to add to their regime,' says Ibekwe. 'Wearing sunscreen protects against sun- induced pigmentation, dark marks which cause uneven skin tone and sun-induced premature ageing,' she adds. In a sunny climate like South Africa, where we get sun all year round, this protection is vital to the ongoing health of your skin.

Fri, 29 Jul 2011 12:00 +0200
Flake-Free Winter Skin
Dull, Flaky Skin Drinking too much coffee dehydrates you, as does the lack of humidity.

Beauty Solution:
Don't scrub the flakes - they'll fall off on their own, says dermatologist Anita Domenicone. A better strategy is to slather on potions with antioxidant-rich citrus acids; this will gently dissolve peeling and boost hydration. And swap caffeine for at least six glasses of water a day.
Puffy Eyes
Cracked, Dry Lips
A Pale, Tired Complexion
Chapped Hands and Brittle Nails
Itchy, Bumpy Skin

Wed, 20 Jul 2011 12:00 +0200
Get Luscious Lips More Alive With Color (Capital Books). 'Just looking at them can turn you on.' Take a peek at the three options we show here, which you can wear either day or night. 'Layering will make any colour more or less intense on you,' explains makeup artist Denise Markey. 'So it's really just about having fun.' Sweet!

A Taste Of Grape Of all the hues, grape is the most mysterious, according to Eiseman. 'It has a darkness to it that can be incredibly exotic and intriguing,' she points out. Don't paint on heavy purple though - go for a soft grape stain that lets your natural lip colour come through a bit. 'This way, the shade will accentuate your skin tone and won't seem too severe,' says Markey. Make sure your mouth is a good canvas by smoothing on a balm to loosen dry flakes and give you extra plumpness. Rub on a purple stain with your fingers, starting in the centre and spreading it out to the edges. Finish by gently smushing your lips together. 'This sets the colour in a way that's not too perfect or precise,' explains Markey. 'The effect should be lived-in, like you've been kissed.'
Very Berry
Wild With Cherry

Tue, 12 Jul 2011 12:00 +0200
Smoother Skin *ADVERTORIAL*
Like masters of the ancient study of Zen, we have dedicated ourselves to the never-ending pursuit of beautiful skin. The first step is finding balance. The Ionzyme range of skincare products has been scientifically perfected through years of research and dedication to deliver the perfect balance of vitamins and antioxidants. By working from the outside in, the effective ingredients restore natural harmony and create the appearance of younger looking skin - helping you master the beautiful art of skincare.

The Ionzyme® C-Quence range contains essential vitamins, antioxidants and peptides, and with the aid of advanced technology, daily application of these products will give you the appearance of a smoother, more even skin tone and texture, as well as a radiant, healthy glow.

The range comprises products to complete a skin care regime to suit every skin type and includes:

IONZYME® C-QUENCE CLEANSER - a luxurious, hydrating cleanser that contains specially selected ingredients effective in cleansing, nourishing and hydrating the skin.

IONZYME® C-QUENCE TONER which work in synergy with the Ionzyme® range of skincare products to help nourish and refine the skin.

IONZYME® C-QUENCE SERUMS 1 TO 4 – a unique vitamin A and C step-up skincare system, scientifically formulated to address the visible signs of ageing to reward you with the healthy glowing skin you've always wanted.

C-QUENCE CRÈME formulated to complement the visible effects of the C-Quence Toner and Serums.

C-QUENCE EYE GEL employs the latest cosmetic technology, with a unique combination of three peptides in a light gel formulation.

C-QUENCE ENERGISING MASQUE is particularly beneficial for sun-damaged and mature skins, which will appear refreshed and revitalised almost immediately.

For details of your nearest Environ stockist call tollfree 0800 220 402, e-mail or visit or
Wed, 15 Jun 2011 12:00 +0200
Star Spa Secrets
Max Out Your Facial Mask Before applying a deep cleansing mask, Lorencin-Northrup, who counts Tyra Banks, Selma Blair and Naomi Watts among her spa's clients, massages a few drops of olive oil into dry skin. 'It gives the mask an extra-hydrating kick,' she says.
Re-Energise Your Eyes
Illuminate Your Lips

Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:00 +0200
Keep Your Skin Healthy
Healthy Skin Tip #1: Your Body Has Another Cancer Danger Zone Your legs are the number one spot where melanoma strikes. But a study has found that women are also much more likely to develop melanoma on the chest, stomach, and back than they were a generation ago. 'Because of low-rise jeans and halter tops, a woman's middle racks up exposure to the sun like never before,' explains dermatologist Sandra Reed. Just as you slather sunscreen with an SPF of 15 on your legs and arms, rub it onto your mid-section as well.
Healthy Skin Tip #2: A Healthy Meal Plan Makes a Difference
Healthy Skin Tip #3: HPV Is a Skin-Cancer Culprit
Healthy Skin Tip #4: Caffeine Can Repair Damaged Skin
Healthy Skin Tip #5: A Long Commute Sets You Up For Sun Damage
Healthy Skin Tip #6: Stress and Skin Cancer Share a Connection

Fri, 17 Jun 2011 12:00 +0200
Be a Makeup Pro
Flaunt a Flawless Face, Every Day …with assistance from professional makeup artist, Elsa Morgan.

How To Get The Dewy, Glowing Look

1. Massage some rosehip oil onto your skin, then apply a small amount of skin perfecter. This gives you a glow that'll show through foundation.

2. Apply a small amount of sheer, liquid foundation (using your fingers) on areas that require coverage, then dab concealer under the eyes and over imperfections.

3. After your eyes, cheeks and lips are done, pat a shimmer cream (gold on darker skin, silver on fair skin) on to the browbone and cheekbones.

4. For a natural, non-greasy finish, apply a light dusting of powder.

How To Get The Velvety-Matte Look

1. After moisturising, apply a full coverage, matte foundation all over the face using a foundation brush to control application. (You can contour and highlight with blush/
illuminators later on.)

2. Apply a creamy concealer under eyes and around the nostrils, then hide any imperfections with a waxy concealer.

3. Lightly dust your foundation with powder for a perfect, polished look.
Get Faultless Lips Every Time You Apply
Get Perfect Blush, Every Time
Make Sure Your Mascara Is Working For You
Two Eyeshadow Looks That'll Take You Anywhere

Thu, 09 Jun 2011 12:00 +0200
Hot Night, Hotter You
Try Pulse-Raising Red Lips You already know that the colour red epitomises love and passion, but get this: Studies have shown that when people look at a crimson hue, their pulses actually speed up and their respiration rates increase, explains Lisa Herbert, executive vice president of Pantone. 'Red is extremely energetic and sends the message that you are sexy and exciting,' she says. So, what better hue to wear on your lips to (literally) make your date's heart race? But instead of going for a classic creamy formula, try a high-shine sheer gloss which looks really juicy and sexy. Since glosses tend to wear off easily (especially if you're smooching) apply a rosy lip stain first, says US-based makeup artist Melissa Silver. This will give the gloss something to grab on to. Then layer on a sparkly red gloss.
Bronze Your Body
Look Luminous
Go For Golden Eyes
Pick a Delicious Floral Scent
Practice Bewitching Body Language

Thu, 02 Jun 2011 12:00 +0200
Tricks Worth Knowing

1. Find The Perfect Foundation
This is one of the potentially trickiest buys. Everyone needs two shades: a light one for winter and a slightly warmer one for summer. If you have these two, you can combine them to get the perfect colour. (Mix them in your hands before applying, not on your face!)

2. Concealer Is Your Best Friend
But applied in the wrong way, it can also be your worst enemy. If you're wearing only a little makeup, apply it to the inner corners of your eyes to brighten. If you're wearing a full face of makeup, then brush from the inner corners all the way out.

3. Big Lip Trick
Trying to make your lips look bigger with liner is a road to disaster. Unless you don't drink/eat/talk/kiss, your lipstick will wear off. To plump up lips, use a pale lip-gloss - and remember, natural-looking, small lips are a hundred times more attractive than fake-looking big ones.

4. Brow-Disaster SOS
You've plucked and just didn't know when to stop, and now - oops! - you have a bare patch. Choose a pencil or shadow (to apply with a specialised brow brush) that's a shade lighter than your brows for the most natural-looking fill-in.

5. When Clean Is Too Clean
If your skin feels really tight after you've washed, stop using whatever it is you are abusing your face with - right now! After cleansing, you should feel fresh but not stripped.

6. Too Much Powder Is Ageing
Applying powder all over your face is too mask-like, so pat it only where you might get oily, such as on your forehead, nose and chin. Nobody needs powder on their temples, cheeks or the under-eye area. A bit of sheen is more natural.

7. You Can Never Wear Too Much Mascara
But to avoid a clumpy mess, learn how to apply it like a pro: use the wand like you would a round brush when you blow-dry your hair - really get it into your roots and then pull it through to tips, lifting the lashes as if you were trying to curl them. Applying a waterproof mascara to the lower lashes is guaranteed to prevent that grubby racoon-eye, late-smudge.

8. Foot Rescue
Out of sight... out of mind. Our poor feet often don't get the attention they need. Get rid of dry heels and neglected soles with this quick-fix solution: Cut a lemon in half and rub over any areas of thickened skin. The acidity will act as a natural exfoliate.

9. Hair-Colour Tip
A few days before colouring your hair, give yourself a deep-conditioning treatment. Well-nourished hair locks in pigment better and more evenly than dried, porous strands. Your colour will stay vibrant and last longer.

10. Fix a Fake-Tan Disaster
Before resigning yourself to wearing pants for the next week, try exfoliating the area gently, but don't scrub until your skin goes red. Take a matt liquid bronzer and dot over the lighter areas to disguise any marks.

Fri, 29 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200
On Trial: Blush
1. Powder Most likely created around the same time as the wheel, powder blush (or 'rouge', as your grandmother likes to call it) is the most common and easy to apply. This is great, because it can be applied over matte foundation and translucent powder. It’s best to start lightly and build up the colour over a few well-thought-out strokes.
2. Cream
3. Liquid
4. Mineral

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200
Celebrity Scents
Whether you prefer a feminine, floral fragrance like Britney Spears' Radiance or the musky aroma found in Kate Moss's Vintage Muse, browse through our photo gallery and take your pick. Then, get your boyfriend to treat you...

Wed, 20 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200
Caring For Winter Skin
As the days get shorter and cooler and shoe-string straps are slowly replaced by chunky knits, some people notice a change in the texture and feel of their skin. This is because during the heat of summer more sweat and oil are produced and, even though the air is warmer, the skin remains more hydrated. As autumn and winter roll on, humidity in the air decreases, and drier air can have an effect on certain kinds of sensitive skin, making it red and flaky. While it seems logical to switch from a lighter to a heavier moisturiser and use a milder cleanser in the winter months, is it in fact necessary to change your skin-care routine or use different products when the season changes?

'For most people, changing products is not necessary,' says Environ Scientific Advisor, Dr Ernst Eiselen. 'Some individuals experience a drop in metabolic rate during the winter months which means that they require less vitamins to obtain the same effect as higher doses in summer. In this case, usually products with one strength lower of vitamin A are appropriate.' Some people are affected by seasonal acne, in which case a gentler cleanser can prevent the skin from becoming irritated. A humidifier also helps prevent the skin from drying out. 'If the skin feels drier and seems to need additional moisture, a product like Environ's Super Moisturiser is a good one to include in your cleansing and moisturising routine,' advises Dr Eiselen.

More important than changing your products when the weather gets cooler is making sure you use a product that is suited to the South African environment, explains Dr Eiselen. While there are countless products on the market, it's important to use a product specifically designed for skin exposed to the harshness of the South African climate. Environ was developed for South African conditions and is therefore suitable for most people, as opposed to products developed in diametrically different climates.'

The best products to use through summer and winter are the Original range and the Ionzyme range, the latter being a little more high-end. 'What makes the Environ choice is the fact that its products work equally well in the summer and the winter months, which makes the range flexible and easy to use,' says Dr Eiselen. Keep an eye on your skin – if you notice a change and it seems as if your products are not delivering what they should, consider a step down in strength in your moisturiser for winter to accommodate a slower metabolism, or supplement your regime by adding a good, light night cream with low vitamin A if you don't use one already. In summer, switch back to higher strengths.

Tue, 12 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200
Flawless Skin
PRE-MAKEUP PRIMERS Primer is the buzzword for makeup artists everywhere, but what on earth is it? The pre-makeup primer is your answer to seamless foundation application. It's the last step in your skincare and the first step in your makeup routine. Like hair conditioner, it actually works by hydrating and smoothing the skin. It also prevents makeup sinking into lines or pores and helps to prolong the life of foundation.

Fri, 01 Apr 2011 12:00 +0200
The Best Beauty Tips Ever 1. Why wait until bedtime to take off your make-up and leave the gunk and free radicals wreaking havoc on your skin all evening? If you're not going anywhere, take your makeup off as soon as you get home and let your skin breathe a sigh of relief.

2. Rescue hard, hobbit-like bits of skin on your feet by rubbing lemon all over the problem areas; it will naturally exfoliate and soften soles.

3. If you like the feeling of tightness after washing your face, rethink your pleasure principles. It means that you've over-cleansed your skin, stripping it of the oils that keep it flexible and protected from spot-causing bacteria. Stick to gentle cleansing products instead.

4. Sensitive souls should look for products that contain less than 10 ingredients – this means there are fewer preservatives which can irritate skin.

5. You poor body is so often neglected when it comes to moisturiser – and then you go and blast it with a boiling-hot shower. Save your skin (and the environment) by turning down the temperature dial a couple of notches.

6. Your eyebrows are sisters, not twins, so don't spend hours trying to make them look the same, or you'll run the risk of over-plucking.

7. To find your perfect foundation colour, try a few shades on your jaw-line, grab a mirror, then step outside into natural light. Never trust fluorescent shop lights.

8. If you favourite mascara has become a bit dry, liquefy it again by placing the sealed tube in hot water.

9. Fake a manicure by applying a coat of ridge filler – its pinkish tint mimics sheer polish and it dries smooth in seconds.

10. Steer clear of magnifying mirrors when you're applying foundation; you'll see all the tiny flaws and be scared into slapping on too much. Instead, stand about a metre away from an ordinary mirror and dab on where it looks like you need it, then go up close to blend.

11. If you don't want to draw attention to those dark circles under your eyes, keep your lower lashes mascara-free. Black, cloggy eyelashes will just make shadows look worse.

Tue, 01 Mar 2011 12:00 +0200
Burlesque Beauty Burlesque is about sexiness, decadence and unleashing your inner vixen. To recreate the Burlesque look, Smashbox has brought out the Burlesque Limited Colour Collection (R565) which includes everything you'll need to recreate this high-glam look at home. We asked Smashbox representative Lauren Engelbrecht to show us how.

EYES Step 1: Pat a light shade of pink over your entire lower lid, says Engelbrecht.

Step 2: Generously apply purple eye shadow into the natural crease of your lid, she says. The aim, she adds, is for there to be a distinct difference between the pink and purple shades, so be bold with your colour.

Step 3: Use a shimmery beige shadow over the existing purple shadow for a professional finish, suggests Engelbrecht.

Step 4: To highlight your eyes, use a fan brush to dust shimmer powder under your brow bone, she says. (TRY: Smashbox Fan Brush #22, R145). Go over your entire eyelid for a glamorous finish, she adds.

Step 5: Apply liquid liner along your upper lash line, boldly extending it on the outer corner of your eye in an up-and-outward direction, she says.

Step 6: Using a smudge brush (TRY: Smashbox Double Ended Smudge Brush, R240), apply cream eye shadow and charcoal liner along your lower lash line. To create a sexy, smouldering effect, she recommends gently smudging the silvery charcoal blend, instead of making a harsh line.

Step 7: Finally, apply generous coats of black mascara on both your top and bottom lashes, she says. (TRY: Smashbox Hyperlash Mascara in Black, R180).

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 12:00 +0200
How Do I Wear Purple?
Shrinking Violet?
Tips For Purple-Phobes
• 'Rub the colour on the centre of your eyelid only, so it's visible when you blink,' says makeup artist, Daniel Sandler.
• 'Smudge bright purple liner into the roots of your lashes, then load up with black mascara,' explains celebrity makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge.
• 'Mix a touch of purple with buff and brown tones to dilute the brightness,' says makeup artist, Lee Pycroft.
• 'Swap black mascara for an aubergine colour, or slick on lip-gloss in a lavender pink or plummy shade,' adds Eldridge.
Purple Pitfalls
Shade Secrets
Why We Love It

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 12:00 +0200
Bright Eyes
1. DEFLATE 'The most telltale sign of sleep deprivation is bloodshot eyes. I keep eye-drops in my makeup bag - and make sure they’re fresh. Choose whitening, hydrating or glossing eye drops. You can also reduce red eyes by removing your makeup before you go to bed.'

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:00 +0200
Bright Eyes
1. DEFLATE 'Reducing puffy eyes is easier than you think. I use my middle finger to lightly dab eye gel under the eyes from the inner corner out. The gentle massage combined with the cooling effect of the gel quickly deflates puffiness. Water or gel-filled eye masks also reduce swollen skin - put one in the fridge before a big night out. Or try cold chamomile tea bags or thin slices of cucumber straight from the fridge.'

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 12:00 +0200
Bad Skin Day?
Surprising Saboteur #1: Your BlackBerry or Cell Phone Why It Is Bad For Your Skin:
You may have thought the only drawback to your wireless gossip sessions was the bill. But a study by Howard Murad, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at UCLA, found that having fewer face-to-face conversations with your friends, combined with the pressure to keep up with the increasingly fast pace of life, can cause what he calls cultural stress. And as you may know, stress is often responsible for many physical annoyances, like excess oil production, reduced circulation, and water loss in your skin-cell walls, all of which can lead to breakouts, dullness, and dehydration, says Dr. Murad.

What You Can Do:
Ward off stress by carving out at least two hours once a week to bond with your buds in person, says Dr. Murad. Also, in addition to a stellar skin-care routine, Dr. Murad recommends eating lots of fruits, veggies, and fish. These foods possess anti-inflammatory properties, which help to keep your complexion under control, even when your life isn't.
Surprising Saboteur #2: The Windows in Your Workplace or Car
Surprising Saboteur #3: Going to a Bargain Facialist
Surprising Saboteur #4: Your Love of Exfoliating Scrubs and Peels
Surprising Saboteur #5: Saved Skincare Products
Surprising Saboteur #6: Your Afternoon Double Cappuccino

Fri, 10 Dec 2010 12:00 +0200
Most Wanted: Full Brows
Brow-Beauty Tip 1 Start with a professional brow consultation to work out the best shape for your face.
Brow-Beauty Tip 2
Brow-Beauty Tip 3
Brow-Beauty Tip 4
Brow-Beauty Tip 5
Brow-Beauty Tip 6

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 12:00 +0200
Flushed Cheeks
Where Do I Put It? Along your cheekbones
It'll look more sophisticated here and help elongate a round face. Work the colour out from your apples towards your ears, but not as far as your temples or you'll look a bit Dynasty.

On Your Apples
'Smile and brush the colour onto the area where your cheeks 'puff' out, but don't put it right up to your nose,' advises makeup artist Caroline Barnes.

Under Your Cheekbones
Yikes! Don't use bright colour for this. Sweep a matt bronzer or skin-toned blusher in the hollow under your cheekbones to chisel them.
Texture Tips
Beat Blush Boo-Boos
Choose Your Hue

Thu, 25 Nov 2010 12:00 +0200
Party Lashes
From feathered and colourful to sparkling and classic black, here are a few options for you to choose from.

Thu, 28 Oct 2010 12:00 +0200
Melrose Makeup
Stephanie Jacobsen Step 1: Use tinted moisturiser instead of foundation or powder to give your skin an even tone, says Kryolan make-up artist, Leigh Richardson. (TRY: Kryolan Tinted Moisturiser 4, R420).

Step 2: She suggests using a shimmery eye shadow on the inside corner of your eyes and blending it all the way up to your eyebrows. (TRY: Kryolan Shimmer Highlight Eye Shadow, R93). Use a peach-toned shadow on the outside of your eyes and blend it into your blusher, she explains.

Step 3: 'Use a liquid eye liner to line your eyes, starting with a thin line on the inside corner of your top lid and applying it more thickly towards the outside of your eye.' (TRY: Kryolan Liquid Eye Liner, R135).

Step 4: Use a dark brown pencil on your eyebrows , she says. (TRY: Kryolan Eyebrow Pencil in Classic K901, R93). 'Don't forget to use a light coat of black mascara on your lashes.'

Step 5: Apply a soft rose-red lipstick, Richardson suggests. (TRY: Kryolan Lipstick in L496, R125).
Katie Cassidy
Jessica Lucas

Thu, 21 Oct 2010 12:00 +0200
NYFW Looks
The videos follow official makeup sponsors of New York Fashion Week, Maybelline, and their artists, Charlotte Willer and Gato, as they pair looks with the ranges of renowned designers, including Zac Posen, Vivienne Tam, L.A.M.B and DKNY.

Z Spoke by Zac Posen
NYFW Spring 2011

Vivienne Tam NYFW Spring 2011

Michael Angel NYFW Spring 2011

L.A.M.B. NYFW Spring 2011

DKNY NYFW Spring 2011

Carlos Miele NYFW Spring 2011

BCBGMaxazria NYFW Spring 2011

Custo Barcelona NYFW Spring 2011

Mon, 04 Oct 2010 12:00 +0200
Bewitching Looks The Vampire Diaries hardly ever wears makeup, the star herself loves to experiment with over-the-top looks… and we love it.

Here, Kryolan make-up artist, Leigh Richardson, shows you how to recreate two of Graham's colourful looks. All recommended products are available from Kryolan.

Before you apply any makeup, says Richardson, you need to cleanse, tone and moisturise you face. Smear foundation over the eyelids, lips and ears (if visible) and contour your cheekbones, forehead and nose with a foundation that is three shades darker than your natural colour, she says. (TRY: Ultra Foundation Cream, R170) Apply loose translucent powder over your whole face and brush off any excess with a powder brush, she explains. (TRY: Translucent Powder Puff, R187)

Eye-Catching To get Katerina Graham's eye-catching look, follow these four easy steps.

Step 1
Apply powder eye shadow on the top your eye, along the lash line and going up into the crease of your eye, says Richardson. (TRY: Anthracite Eye Shadow, R93)

Step 2
For highlighting purposes, use a satin powder slightly above the crease on your eyelid, she says. With the same colour, line the inside corner of your eye, as well as three-quarters of the way along the bottom of the eye, she explains. (TRY: Silver Satin Powder, R105).

Step 3
Use a dark satin powder to outline the bottom of your eye, taking it out at the corner to elongate your eye slightly, she recommends. (TRY: Anthracite Satin Powder, R105)

Step 4
Apply black liquid eyeliner, using a thin brush for easy control, says Richardson. Next, she explains, apply black mascara to separate your lashes. Lastly, define your brows with a black pencil, she adds. (TRY: Black Eye Liner, R135, Long Lash Mascara, R207 and Classic Eyebrow Pencil, R93)

Wed, 29 Sep 2010 12:00 +0200
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Mon, 20 Sep 2010 12:00 +0200
Even Steven
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Mon, 13 Sep 2010 12:00 +0200
Evening Looks
These videos will give you tips on how to perfect stylish evening looks… quickly.

Smashbox – Day To Night

Lead makeup artist, Lori Taylor shows you how to go from day to night using the two L’s: liner and lips.

Bobbi Brown – Evening Look
Paul Herrington, director of artistry for Bobbi Brown, thinks perfecting the eyes should be your main focus when you’re heading out on the town.

Max Factor – Day To Night
Max Factor’s celebrity makeup artist, Caroline Barnes shows you how to transform a simple day look into something spectacular for the evening.

Tue, 31 Aug 2010 12:00 +0200
So, we asked the top beauty brands to give us their best-selling mascaras. On page 40 of the September issue of COSMOPOLITAN we've selected a few, but we've also included more online. It’s up to you decide which one you’d like to try.

Mon, 23 Aug 2010 12:00 +0200
Bobbi's Best Tips
Here are my prescriptions for your most common cold weather beauty woes.

Five Steps to Beating the Winter Blahs
1. Self tanner
2. Intensive moisturiser
3. Creamy concealer and foundation
4. Cream blush
5. Lip gloss

Flaky Patches Be gentle and use a product with alpha-hydroxy acids to help encourage cell turnover and remove dead cells accumulating on your skin’s surface. Use manual exfoliators (scrubs with beads or grains) less frequently. After cleansing, moisturise with a super-rich face cream. To reap the biggest benefits from your moisturiser, apply it while your skin is still slightly damp. Creamy makeup formulas are a dry skin’s best friend because they are moisture-based. Look for moisturising foundations, tinted creams and cream blush (in a stick or compact). Use powder sparingly or skip it; when cream formulas are applied over powder they don’t spread evenly and can end up looking cakey.
Sallow Skin
Rosy Cheeks
Eye Blues
Lasting Liner

Mon, 19 Jul 2010 12:00 +0200
The Future of Beauty
Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lift Age-Correcting Crème (R2 250)
They’re calling it the all-in-one super cream. Packed with unusual ingredients like Rock Of Life algae, the Silketare sea plant and South Sea Pearls, this cream is meant to repair, recharge and restore your skin, leaving it looking radiant and fresh.
Combining the above with scientifically tested Life Re-Newing Molecules and the energising mineral, Black Tourmaline, it’s been said this cream can give your skin a lift natural by assisting in the production of new collagen.
Launch Date: October 2010

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturiser SPF15 (R235)
This oil-, talc- and fragrance-free moisturising foundation will add a glow to your skin this winter. Available in four shades (fair, light, medium and deep), this product appears to be crammed full of revitalising ingredients. Microlight minerals get rid of fine lines, while antioxidants, dionysis extract and vitamins A, C and E protect, and olive-enriched squalane and jojoba extracts take care of your moisture-deprived skin.
Launch Date: Mid-July 2010

Garnier PureActive Exfobrusher (R84.95)
With 180 flexible micro-bristles, this handy, clinically-tested product can help you clear up any undesirable imperfections, including those awful pre-date pimples that always seem to pop up at the worst moments. Made to cleanse, reduce excess sebum and get rid of dead skin cells, pimples and other marks, the Exfobrusher helps to fight bacteria and speed up your skin’s cell renewal, so your face looks fresh and blemish-free.
Launch Date: June 2010

Yardley Lash Plumper Super Volume Mascara (R79.95)
When you’re applying your makeup, the last thing you want to deal with is clumpy mascara. But with this lash-maximising product, you’ll get the volume without having to worry about the clumping.
Using advanced technology, including Yoghurt Powder for that glossy effect, this mascara can plump your lashes up to 19 times the volume of any other product.
Launch Date: May 2010

Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Bronzing Power (R230)
If you need a quick, sun-kissed-skin fix, try this practical little compact and say goodbye to pasty, pale, winter skin.
The powder contains seawater minerals for strengthened skin, mica for added luminosity, silica to soften blemishes, aloe to soothe and vitamins A, C and E to provide extra protection against uncontrollable environmental factors.
Launch Date: Mid-September 2010

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Wed, 14 Jul 2010 12:00 +0200
Elma Kapelma Studio 1 host and 5FM DJ Elma Smit spills her secrets to great skin and hair.

SUPER SMOOTH ‘I love exfoliated skin. Exfoliating makes your skin feel new, soft and supple – and come on, who doesn’t love that?’
Elma recommends: Oil of Olay Regenerist Thermal Skin Polisher (R119.99). ‘It heats up when it comes in contact with wet skin. Both the heat action and grainy consistency leave your skin looking and feeling polished, smooth and clear.’

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Wed, 30 Jun 2010 12:00 +0200
On-Screen Secrets The Verge, on Vuzu TV, you wouldn’t expect hard-core gamer Pippa Tshabalala to be into beauty routines much. But after all the hours she spends on set wearing full makeup, she knows how to take care of her skin. Pippa shares her beauty secrets with us.

SUNNY PROTECTION ‘I have been using the Environ skin care range since I was 16,’ explains Tshabalala. It has high doses of vitamin A and was formulated specifically to treat sun-damage, which in our climate, is a huge factor, she says.
Pippa recommends: ‘Any product from the Intensive range.’ Visit for more information about this line of products.

Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:00 +0200
Planet-Saving Products
It seems everything is ‘certified organic’ these days, but Caro Copeland, CEO of Tocara Skin and Body Science and an international trainer for Dr. Hauschka warns you to be wary of this guarantee. A product can only be considered the real deal if the whole product including all of its ingredients has been certified by a legal body, says Robyn Astl, founder and co-owner of Faithful To Nature.

‘There seem to be different requirements from different boards on the percentage of organic matter required in order to be certified organic,’ says Copeland. Make sure there is a reputable certification board’s logo on the box of a product stating whether it’s certified natural or organic before you buy it.

Melissa Whittle from Clarins believes the most important aspect to consider when buying an organic beauty product is to check what percentage is actually organic. ‘Most products only need a small percentage of organic ingredients to be labelled organic or natural.’
‘Organic claims don’t need to be verified, so be vigilant of conventional products trying to pass as organic,’ agrees Esse Organic Skincare representative, Dee Steyn. ‘Some include the smallest percentage of an organic ingredient and trump the claim.’ She suggests educating yourself on ingredient listings so you can understand product’s labels. ‘Get in touch with companies and ask questions: honest, sincere suppliers should have no trouble giving you the low down.’

Some product ranges claim to have ‘organic active ingredients’, adds Copeland, but what they add to these active ingredients to keep them preserved is a little perturbing. This marketing strategy is misguiding, she says, as you will see ‘organic active ingredients’ typed in bold, but underneath it you’ll find all sorts of synthetic chemical preservatives, fragrances and colourants.

Astl agrees. ‘Synthetic skincare products do not have any therapeutic value and come hand in hand with many undesirable effects.’

We’ve found a few organic products which are safe to invest in.

Clarins Gentle Soap (R225)
‘This is our first organic product,’ says Whittle. Certified natural and organic, this soap contains 99% natural ingredients, including organic shea butter and hazelnut oil.
Available at: Visit Clarins to find your nearest stockist.

Trevarno Nail Conditioner (R115 per 15ml)
‘Trevarno’s certified products are at least 95% organic for their creams, with the other 5% comprising of the purest natural ingredients,’ says Astl. ‘Oil products in the range are 100% organic.’
Available at: Faithful To Nature

Esse Rich Moisturiser (R285.50 per 50ml)
Contains anti-oxidant and omega-6 enriched marula oil, as well as olive leaf extract, which improves the skin’s elasticity. It is 100% natural and 77% organic.
Available at: Visit Esse Organic Skincare for your nearest stockist.

Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream (R370 per 30ml)
Natural rose wax and rose hips can repair, soften and nurture your skin.
Available at: Dr Hauschka

Wed, 09 Jun 2010 12:00 +0200
Cute-Sexy or Sexy-Sexy?
Recent research suggests that ‘cute’ qualities stimulate the same pleasure centers in the brain that are aroused by sex, according to Stephan Hamann, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Emory University. Read: Whether you’re sexy or cute, you have the potential to drive a guy wild.

While a sexy-sexy woman appears fertile and powerful and a cute-sexy woman seems more innocent and flirty, they both can be very attractive, says Lionel Tiger, PhD, a professor of anthropology at Rutgers University. Take this quiz to pinpoint which pretty party you’re a member of, then scoop up the tips that’ll play up your features the most.

Grab a mirror, then answer these quick questions to find out which one best describes you.

1. Do you have round, wide-set eyes?
(a) YES | (b) NO
2. Are you lips really full and lush?
(a) NO| (b) YES
3. Do people ask to pinch your cheeks?
(a) YES | (b) NO
4. Can you see the lines of your cheek-bones without sucking in your cheeks?
(a) NO| (b) YES
5. Is your natural brow shape more softly round than angular and archlike?
(a) YES | (b) NO
Mostly As
Mostly Bs

The features that drive your look home most are your cheeks and eyes. Here, we show you how to foxify them.
Colour your cheeks: Dab a creamy petal pink blush only on the apples of your cheeks, says Eric Sakas, creative director of Kevyn Aucoin Beauty. Blend well in a circular motion, and use just a bit, otherwise, you could look a little too cute, like a Raggedy Ann doll. Polish it off with a dot of highlighter on the center of each apple. It will give your cheeks a fresh, flushed glow, says Sakas.
Open your orbs: ‘Rim the outer halves of your upper and lower lash lines to make your eyes appear rounder,’ says Jodie Boland, a makeup artist. Go for brown or gray pencil – they’re softer than black. Next, blend a girlie shadow colour, like baby blue or lavender, over the liner, suggests Boland. Apply one coat of lengthening mascara, and maintain a slightly rounded brow shape.

Your bone structure and lips are your standout features. Highlight your hotness by cribbing these tips.
Chisel your cheekbones: First, brush a warm, tawny blush onto the apples of your cheeks, then sweep a slightly darker bronzer in the hollow underneath the cheekbones. Using two different shades will add extra depth and dimension, explains Sakas. Contouring can go from subtle to overdone in seconds (think early '80s), so go lightly. Finish by blending a highlighter on the highest part of your cheekbones, he says.
Amplify your pout: Line and fill in your mouth with a flesh-toned pencil (as close to your natural lip color as possible) to enhance the Angelina-styIe shape of your lips, says Surratt. Then, apply a lipstick that’s two or three shades darker than your lips, says Boland. Finally, dot shimmery, gold-toned gloss on the center of your lips to catch the light and leave you with a full, pouty look, says Sakas.

Fri, 04 Jun 2010 12:00 +0200
Why It's a No-No: Torn cuticles lead to hangnails and infections, says Jessica Vartoughian, owner of nail clinic in Los Angeles.
Rehab: Keep the skin around your nails moisturised, says Vartoughian. 'If it's hydrated, you'll have fewer snags and be less tempted to pick at it.' Rub a thick cream or oil into your cuticles daily and massage them with an exfoliator every few days. Also, push overgrown skin back with a cuticle stone after showering, when they're soft. You can also try a bitter-tasting nail polish designed to discourage the habit.

Why It's a No-No: Trading your hair tint occasionally is okay, but dyeing it too often can make it weak and lead to an identity crisis. Sure, celebrities constantly switch up their hair hue, but they do it for a movie or to capture attention on the red carpet. And they put in major money and extra TLC to undo or hide the damage.
Rehab: First, try diverting your desire for novelty from hair colour to makeup, since it’s easier to experiment with lipstick and eye shadow on a weekly basis. And when you get to the point that you just have to colour your coif, take this advice from Pantene celebrity colourist Rita Hazan: Be a smart blond. Bleach is the most damaging and drying ingredient. It's okay to hit the bottle once every six weeks if you're only brightening up a shade or two. lf you want to be lighter than that, use a bleaching kit once a month, going one level blonder each time until you reach your desired hue. Going darker is less damaging. Adding colour to your hair isn't as stressful to your strands since you aren't stripping away any natural pigment. You can use a permanent dye every four weeks and an ammonia-free semipermanent formula every three weeks. Use a conditioning regimen. Post-colour, apply the kit's deep conditioner. Also, use a hair mask twice a week.

Why It's a No-No: Sleeping with mascara and eye makeup on can cause you to wake up with puffy bags and maybe even an infection, says celebrity dermatologist Dr Patricia Wexler. And layers of foundation, concealer and blush will stop your skin from breathing and clog up your pores, making your complexion acne-prone and dull-looking. Even if you didn't wear makeup during the day, your skin accumulates oil and dirt, both of which can also lead to pimples if not washed away in the evening.
Rehab: Keep a pack of premoistened face wipes next to your bed. This way, no matter how tired you are (or how many cocktails you've had), you can swipe away your makeup in seconds, without rinsing.

Why It's a No-No: Ultraviolet-A rays (the kind emitted primarily from tanning-bed bulbs) are called aging rays for a reason – they penetrate your connective tissue, causing premature aging and the proliferation of free radicals. Plus, UVA rays have been linked to skin cancer and can suppress your immune system, says Dr. Wexler.
Rehab: It's so easy to fake a safe and believable tan from a bottle, thanks to the latest body lotions that are spiked with just a hint of self-tanner. But unlike regular moisturisers, apply this variety to totally dry skin, since excess water can cause the colour to develop unevenly, says Cindy Barshop, owner of a beauty salon. After 24 hours, assess your glow. lf you're craving a more golden look, rub on another coat, and repeat daily until you reach your desired level of bronze.

Why It's a No-No: Wielding a hair dryer, curling iron, or flatiron daily (or a combo of any of the above) will dry out your locks, leaving them dull, frizzy, and weak, says Joico artist Anthony Morrison, owner of the Londoner Salon in Los Angeles.
Rehab: While blowdrying, stick to a medium heat and speed setting and keep the nozzle a few inches away from your hair, says Morrison. When using a flatiron, quickly slide the iron down a section of hair in one smooth motion. Any pauses along the way will create dents that will require another run-through with the iron to fix. If you're curling your hair, release the coiled section after no more than five seconds. It's also a good idea to keep your heat-styling sessions to a minimum, only blasting your locks with a dryer a couple of times a week instead of daily. When you wash your hair, use a moisturizing shampoo to keep strands supple.

Why It's a No-No: Your pearly whites can only get so bright, no matter how many times you bleach them, so any treatments you do after reaching your maximum level of whiteness (they shouldn't be bluish or whiter than the whites of your eyes) are more hurtful than helpful, says Cyrus Tahmasebi, a dentist with BriteSmile. 'Constantly applying hydrogen peroxide to your teeth can leave them ultrasensitive and prone to chipping.'
Rehab: If you're going to a professional, you can expect your teeth to whiten up about eight to nine shades (think the subtle difference between colours of paint). On the other hand, if you're using an at-home kit, you'll probably see about a four-shade improvement. Be sure to follow the instructions on the box carefully, and don't re-bleach until at least six months later, says Dr. Tahmasebi.

Why It's a No-No: You should maintain a strict hands-off policy when it comes to your pimples. Can't resist? How's this for motivation: Messing with a pimple can extend its staying power to seven to 10 days instead of the normal two to three, since the dirt from your fingers can force bacteria into your pores and cause an infection, says Dr. Wexler.
Rehab: Practice patience and apply either a benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid potion twice daily – in three days, it should be clear. In the meantime, squirt a cotton swab with redness-reducing eyedrops, then place it on your pimple. Follow with a dab of concealer.

Fri, 21 May 2010 12:00 +0200
Beauty Brushes
'The right tools are just as important as the makeup itself,' says international makeup artist, Bobbi Brown. 'Invest in a good set of brushes and you'll find that with proper care, they can last for years.'

If don't know what to look out for, take note: 'A good brush should feel soft against your skin and its bristles shouldn't fall out,' says Brown.

Before you buy anything, says Clarins representative, Melissa Whittle, get a beauty consultant at your local makeup counter to show you how each brush is used.


Before you apply your eyeshadow and start blending, you'll need to use this brush to make sure your eye liner application stays accurate, says Whittle.

This brush will create a precise and even line, says Brown, especially if you're applying dark eyeshadow.

Helpful hint: If you want to go for a smoky effect or need to blend your eyeliner, this smaller, more precise brush is your best option, suggests Whittle.

Thu, 29 Apr 2010 12:00 +0200
Tattoo Tester TatMash is a new website create for individuals who aren't exactly sure what to get inked, or where to have it done. And it's really simple; upload your design or choose from an extensive list of generic tattoos before uploading a picture of yourself, or at least the area where you would like to get your new tattoo.

'The site was created because I was trying to help a friend who wanted a tattoo,' says the California-based founder of the TatMash, Bob Nebrig. After using Photoshop to show his friend what her ink would look like, he decided to create a website. 'I realised there had to be an easier way to do this and that there were probably many people like my friend who would like to try on their tattoo ideas without the complications of Photoshop', he says.

'I also thought that a lot of people who would never get a tattoo would have fun seeing what they might look like with one. In order for this to be accessible to everyone, it had to be easy. So, we created a website that would be very simple to use.'

After only three weeks, the website has blown up, says Nebrig. In the past week, they've had more than 250 000 visitors from Brazil alone. 'We were surprised that people all over the world are excited about using our website.'

'TatMash is an electronic fitting room. There are many choices that will affect how a tattoo will look on a particular person,' says Nebrig. The site allows you apply your tattoo designs to your photo and 'a user can try out different designs on various parts of their body, and tattoos can range from very large to very small.'

If you don't have a specific idea in mind, TatMash has thousands of tattoos for you to browse through, and every day, hundreds more are posted. 'Our tattoo library is starting to mushroom,' says Nebrig.

'The language of tattooing is worldwide and the site is simple enough that people from all over the world are able to use it,' says Nebrig. Plus, it's free!

So before heading down to your local tattoo shop, test your tat. It can't do any harm. ]]>
Mon, 12 Apr 2010 12:00 +0200
Autumn Lips apply dark lipstick perfectly, so here are a few important do's and don'ts you should keep in mind throughout the new season.

Buy trendy colours like plums or deep reds in the smallest quantities possible, so you have enough for one season only, says makeup artist Leigh Richardson. You don't need old lip colours filling your draws. If you're on a tight budget, invest in the classics: a true red without blue or orange undertones, a nude and a light pink lipstick will always see you through.

• Always apply base and powder to your lips before you put on dark lipstick, says Richardson. The base will ensure your lipstick stays on for longer and the powder will make sure the base doesn't come off.
• Use a brush. This way, she says, you'll ensure the lipstick fills in any crevices not covered by the base and powder.
• Always blot with a dry tissue, she advises, as it will absorb the oil in the lipstick. 'Just remember, the better the lipstick, the less oil it contains,' she adds.
• Opt for moist lipsticks, says Johannesburg makeup artist Ana Pompa. 'They look better than matte lipsticks.'
• Use lip liner for darker lips; it creates a plumper effect, says Pompa. Richardson agrees and adds, 'If you choose to use a liner, apply it on top of the base and powder.' You can use a nude pencil, or one that is a shade lighter than the lipstick you're wearing because you don't want it to be visible.

• Avoid applying gloss over dark lips – the colour will bleed and run over the lip line, says Pompa.
• Stay away from dark eyeliner and eye shadow; you don't want to look like a teen goth. Either the eyes or the lips must be the focus of attention, says Richardson, not both.
• Never use brown lipstick, says Pompa. 'If you think brown is your colour, choose copper instead.' Dark brown drains your skin colour and makes you look aged, she says.

If you're heading out for the night, add a little glitter to your dark lips, says Richardson. In terms of colour, red is always good if you want to appear outgoing and attract attention, she says, but if your party frock is pink, stay clear from red lipstick. Her number one tip: make sure your makeup matches your clothing.

For evening drinks, pink and copper are good as long as they match your clothes, say Richardson and Pompa. 'You can't go wrong with neutral shades.'

Don't use dark lipstick when you're at work, and avoid dark lips at all costs during the day, says Pompa. When it comes to work colours, it's good to keep it neutral, advises Richardson. She recommends using nudes and light pinks.
Tue, 06 Apr 2010 12:00 +0200
Wisdom From a Tattoo Artist's Chair
'When I was in Scotland doing my apprenticeship, we did all sorts of awkward, funny things, including plenty of genital tattoos,' says Laka. People would just bear it all, she adds. 'The most hilarious tattoo I've ever done though was the word "Bang'" on a dude's pubic area,' she says. And the silliest? 'Braille,' she says. These guys were not blind, she explains, they just thought it made them look cool. Not so much.

If you're thinking of getting inked, these are the questions you shouldn't ask a tattoo artist. Read Laka's answers to the questions she gets asked almost every day:

Q: 'Does it hurt?'
This warrants a sarcastic answer: Uh, no. But of course it hurts. Basically, it's nothing excruciating, it's more of an uncomfortable feeling.

Q: 'Has somebody ever stopped halfway and couldn't handle it?'
Of course they have!

Q: 'Can you numb it for me?'
Heck no…

Q: 'So, you do the ladies?'
Because I'm a woman, people ask questions like this. No, I do dogs, cats, pigs, anything.

Q: 'Do you watch Miami Ink?'
Artists hate being asked that question. Yes, we've seen it. I must say, the programme has helped break down some tough walls and serious opinions when it comes to tattoos. But now we have pessimists getting tattooed and justifying their new ink with the death of a family member, an illness or their religious beliefs. Moms are letting their young kids get tattoos simply because it's a cross or the name of deceased family member.

Q: 'Do you do penises too?'
I tell them yes, but I charge a handling fee. On a serious note, South Africans are very conservative, so since I've been back in the country, I haven't had much of that.

Q: 'How much will a full back tattoo cost?'
This is a silly question. Tattoos vary by design size and intricacy, so giving a quotation based on a question like this is almost impossible. It's best to work on a design first.

Q: 'So, you tattoo? How do you do it?'
When they ask this, they do so by looking at me with such awe and wonder. I begin my education seminar with: A needle and a tattoo machine.

'I've decided to charge for each question,' Ethel laughs. 'All said and done, not all customers ask silly questions.

When you walk into a tattoo parlour, you should feel welcomed. People should be treated with respect and customers shouldn't pay anybody for being rude to them. ]]>
Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:00 +0200
I-Don't-Care Beauty
Before you begin, always make sure your face is clean, advises Johannesburg makeup artist and image consultant, Isabel Sutherland. Then use concealer to hide any blemishes or dark shadows. Sutherland recommends Kryolan Ultra Foundation Brush-On Concealer (R294).

Mix a liquid foundation like Metropolitan Cosmetics' Make Up Forever Face and Body (R420 per 50ml), with your daily moisturiser to give your skin a more natural finish, says Johannesburg makeup artist, Ana Pompa. The liquid foundation will even out your skin tone, adds Sutherland. Use a small sponge for application.

Now use translucent powder to set your makeup, advises Sutherland. TRY Kryolan Translucent Powder (R187 per 60g).

'Brush through your eyebrows and fill in any gaps with powder or pencil,' says Sutherland, but be careful not to go too dark. We recommend not going darker than two shades your hair colour.

Apply a natural colour highlighter (Smashbox has a great product for R135) to your entire eyelid. 'Include the inner corners of your eyes, as it opens them and gives you an "awake" look,' says Pompa.

Use a light-coloured and medium-toned eyeshadow and build from the lids to the brow, allowing the colours to blend into each other, advises Sutherland. 'Start with a light colour that almost matches your lid and blend the lighter shade up to the brow bone to highlight. Follow with a soft, neutral colour in the crease of the eye,' she says. Then use a little bit of the darker shade under the outer corner of the eye and blend well.

If you want to make a huge difference to the frame of your eye, says Pompa, use thin eyeliner, such as Studio Make Up Cake in Black (R110), as close to the upper lash line as possible. This way, she says, it doesn't really look like you're wearing eyeliner.
Sutherland suggests smudging the liner a quarter of the way in, but agrees that you should focus on the upper lid only.

'Apply a light coat of mascara to the top lashes only,' advises Sutherland. She suggests trying either black or brown Kryolan Volumising Wand Mascara (R144). Pompa recommends wiping off the excess amount of mascara from the wand before you start.

Apply a minimal amount of liquid or cream blusher to the apples of your cheeks, says Sutherland. TRY Kryolan Micro Liquid Blush (R330 per 15ml).

A light lip gloss, like Studio Make Up Light Lip Gloss in Nectar (R169), will perfect and finish your look, concludes Pompa. ]]>
Thu, 04 Mar 2010 12:00 +0200
Inside Out COSMOPOLITAN's March issue, we've found five more of the most delicious DIY spa treatments for you to test. Just try and avoid eating the ingredients before you begin applying them.


Banana and Honey Mask
• 1/2 mashed banana
• 1/4 cup oatmeal, cooked with milk
• 1 egg
• 1/2 tablespoon honey
How: Okay, so covering your face with egg does not sound pleasant, but this mask will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. After you've mixed the ingredients together, apply to your face using slow, circular motions. Paint your nails or water your indoor plants while you let the mask do its job for 15 minutes. Once the time is up, rinse off with lukewarm water.
Why: This mask is suitable for all skin types, says Sue Dolan from the Skin Resource Centre. Oatmeal cleanses and heals the skin and is packed with nourishing vitamins and minerals, she says. Bananas are high in vitamin A, eggs contain the softening properties of lecithin and honey helps to protect the skin's natural acid layer, explains Dolan.

Strawberry and Buttermilk Facial
• 5 strawberries
• 3 teaspoons honey
• 1/2 cup buttermilk
How: Unlike covering your face with egg, strawberries seem like a much more appealing option. After you've finished pureeing them, add the honey and buttermilk to your mixture. Blend the ingredients together and after applying, leave on your face for 20-30 minutes, according Sounds delicious…
Why: Strawberries help prevent oily skin and leave your face glowing and feeling fresh.


Avocado Hair Mask

• 1 small ripe avocado
• 1 tablespoon yoghurt
• 1/2 tablespoon honey
How: Mash the avocado and mix with the honey and yoghurt into a creamy paste. Separate your hair into sections to ensure you cover your entire head, advises Priya Chauhan from The Green Diva. 'Leave it on for 30 minutes – preferably with an old shower cap on to maximise penetration by keeping heat in.' After you've carefully rinsed your hair, shampoo and condition as you normally would.
Why: The healthy fats found in avocados can revitalise your hair if it's lacking its natural, glossy shine. And when we say shine, we don't mean grease. Avocado is easy to wash out, says Chauhan. And don't worry about smelling like the green fruit because it doesn't leave an after-scent.


Pumpkin Body Butter

• 1/2 cup pumpkin puree, preferably organic
• 1/2 cup solids from a can of coconut milk
• 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
How: Blend the ingredients together and, using gentle, circular motions, apply the mixture to your entire body. Make sure you've showered beforehand, as the skin needs to be clean before you begin the process, says Cait Johnson, author of Witch In The Kitchen: Magical Cooking For All Seasons (Inner Traditions Bear & Company). After 10 minutes, rinse your body off with warm water.
Why: This simple skin recipe may sound odd (pumpkins?), but according to Johnson, 'Pumpkin puree has enzymes and antioxidants that offer results similar to gentle alpha-hydroxy action: It removes dead dull cells, while its beta-carotene-rich antioxidants nourish your skin.' As for the coconuts and cinnamon? 'Coconut solids are a lovely, natural moisturiser, and ground cinnamon is stimulating and antibacterial,' says Johnson.

Mango Scrub
• 1 mango
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoons full-cream milk
How: Mix ingredients together until you're left with a smooth, creamy batter. Rub the body butter over your entire body. Wash yourself off with warm water at first, before moving on to a lukewarm rinse-off.
Why: According to Danielle Sims of, a mango scrub will leave your skin feeling soft and super smooth. ]]>
Mon, 22 Feb 2010 12:00 +0200
Bright Spark • Do you smoke?
• Do you exercise enough?
• Do you eat healthily?
• Do you drink enough water?
• Do you get enough sleep?
• Do you expose your skin to too much sun?
• Are you using the correct beauty products for your skin type?

Smoking, drinking and too many late nights can leave your skin oxygen-deprived, says beautician Claire Gould, from the Constantia Health and Beauty Clinic. She suggests using a gentle exfoliator everyday, such as the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (R695) to keep your skin smooth and bright.

Johns agrees: ‘Exfoliate and get rid of dead skin cells to expose healthier, fresh cells underneath. This will allow for better absorption of products and increase microcirculation, which brings new blood and oxygen to feed the cells.’ Try Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub (R390).

Carrying around unnecessary stress can also affect skin by aging it prematurely, says Gould. Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Masque (R560) contains Vitamins A and C which will give your skin the boost it needs.

In terms of your diet, Gould recommends plenty of red berries like cranberries, blueberries and raspberries – the antioxidants fight off free radicals and leave your skin looking brighter. Eating nuts and fish oils (rich in Omega 3) will nourish your skin with the essential oils needed to keep your skin supple, hydrated and wrinkle-free. ‘And as always, drink plenty of water to flush out your system and keep your skin hydrated from the inside. This is your best beauty secret.’

Water isn’t the only way to hydrate your skin, says Johns. Try Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Mask (R480). Investing in a good serum, like Dermafix Vit C Serum (R335) or Environ Hydrating Capsules for dryer skin (R317) will also fight free radicals as well as feed the skin.

If you’ve had a late Puza Thursday and your skin needs a pick-me-up, Johns recommends Smashbox specialised primers, such as Photofinish Clear Foundation Primer (R305) or one of their three Colour Correcting primers (R315 each) for a quick-fix cosmetic finish. ]]>
Mon, 15 Feb 2010 12:00 +0200
Skin Deep
‘As a child I was told by a young family friend that I was lucky I was clever because no one would ever want to marry me because of the way I looked.’

Only after numerous surgeries did Fulson's scars (physical and emotional) begin to fade.

‘The scars took a drastic toll on my self-esteem, but it has made me a much stronger adult and I like to think that it has made me a much more compassionate and sensitive human being. Any form of defect has a humbling effect on the soul.’

In Fulson's case, surgery was the most extreme (but necessary) option, but there are other ways to treat scars.


While many people use Vitamin E oil to help remove scars, research shows there is little evidence to prove it has any effect at all.

‘Dermastine, an elastine cream normally used to prevent stretch marks, increases the elasticity of the skin and is therefore better for scar treatment,’ recommends dermatologist Dr. Dagmar Whitaker.

According to Whitaker, tissue oils don’t really work because they don’t penetrate the skin deep enough. Plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Des Fernandes, agrees.

‘Numerous researchers have shown that at best, it does nothing at all. If you want to improve a scar with cream, or to prepare skin before it gets scarred, use topical Vitamins A and C.’

With the guidance of a trained skin care therapist, says Fernandes, you can use prescribed low dose creams and eventually, stronger products to allow the skin to adapt before vitamin A and C penetration.

‘You can also enhance the penetration of Vitamins A and C by using a special needling device that punctures the superficial layer of the skin, which allows the vitamins to literally fall through into the lower levels where they are needed to improve scars.’

In Fernandes’ opinion, needling is the best way to treat already established scars because it regenerates the scar tissue. Using something like a tattoo gun, the needles break down the collagen that is bound to the scar tissue and in the process creates collagen that smoothes and plumps up the skin.

‘In general, needling has set the gold standard for treating a scar,’ says Fernandes. ‘However, I should point out that needling skin has to be accompanied by daily nourishment of the skin with vitamins A and C.’

‘I don’t think you ever truly get rid of scars,’ Fulson concludes. ‘They might not be as noticeable or visible, but it is something that stays with you for the rest of your life. They stay there because they tell a story and they contribute to the person you are today.

‘I wouldn't be the same person if it weren’t for my scar. So many memories, struggles and human qualities sprang from a place that I had so long tried to conceal... and now I don’t hide. Now I’m grateful.’

*Name has been changed

Wed, 20 Jan 2010 12:00 +0200
Get-Sexy-Now Beauty 1. I Shall Always Blend My Makeup
Foundation should match your skin tone. Apply it in natural light, blend with a brush on the forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, jaw and neck, then dab on concealer and dust with loose powder.

2. I Shall Exfoliate
Exfoliation gets rid of dead cells and oils that can block pores. For a luminous glow, exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week, normal skin once or twice a week, combination skin once a week and oily skin every seven to 10 days.

3. I Shall Wear Concealer
Concealer is a bit like a G-string: it should never be seen. Using fingers, dab concealer under eyes and over red areas. If it’s too dark or light, it will draw attention to the area you’re covering.

4. I Shall Moisturise My Body Daily
For skin that’s beyond soft, always slather lotion on after stepping out of the shower. Top up moisture levels by taking flaxseed, linseed or cod-liver oil daily.

5. I Shall Not Wear Chipped Nail Polish
Like a guy with his shirt half hanging out of his trousers, chipped nail polish is a total turn-off. But don’t just peel off the rest – you could remove the top layers of the nail bed, too. Remove polish immediately after the first chip using quick nail-polish remover wipes. Rehydrate cuticles by massaging in cuticle oil.

6. I Shall Leave My Spots Alone
Squeezing can push bacteria deeper into the skin and spread infection, so the only way to touch your spots is with a zit-zapping solution. Choose a quick-heal salicylic acid or one with antibacterial properties, like tea tree oil and rosemary.

7. I Shall Protect Against Wrinkles
Use a moisturiser all year round that protects against UV rays. UVA can cause long-term skin damage and premature ageing.

8. I Shall Not Skip Conditioner
Conditioner eliminates tangles, smoothes hair cuticles and adds shine. Avoiding the roots, comb through to the ends with a wide-tooth comb and wait a few minutes before rinsing.

9. I Shall Moisturise Every Night
When you sleep, your skin repairs any daytime damage. Use a night moisturiser, as it tends to have a higher concentration of ingredients than a day cream to boost cell renewal and replace lost moisture.

10. I Shall Stop Only Using Water To Cleanse My Face
According to beauty company St Ives, 54% of women never use cleanser, yet it’s essential to remove oil and makeup. Cream cleansers are great for all skin types, but rinsing with too-hot water can strip the skin of natural oils, giving you a dry complexion. ]]>
Wed, 06 Jan 2010 12:00 +0200
Easy On, Easy Off
‘Gently remove your makeup with a damp cotton disk soaked with eye makeup remover,’ says Sutherland. TRY Kryolan Dual-Phase Eye Makeup Remover (R209). Use a repetitive downward motion, from your brow to your cheek, and across the eye from the inner to the outer corner, until all traces of mascara have been removed. ‘Trace an ear bud along the ridge of the eye to remove any traces of eyeliner.’

If you find residue underneath your eye, Pompa says remove it with an ear bud soaked in eye makeup remover. TRY Uriage Eau Thermale Hypo-Allergenic Eyes & Face Makeup Remover Water (R125.95). ‘If your mascara is waterproof, it’s trickier to remove,’ Pompa continues. ‘Use a tiny bit of baby oil and cotton wool; it’s more effective than normal makeup remover.’

Apply a small amount of cleanser on a damp cotton disk and using small, circular motions, remove lipstick, says Sutherland. ‘For those stubborn, or darker colours, a little makeup remover can be used.’ TRY Matis Paris Youth Response Biphase Eyes & Lips Makeup Remover (R233 per 125ml).

When getting rid of makeup on your face, begin by rinsing with warm water to loosen dirty and open clogged pores, says Sutherland. ‘The key is to let the warm water and cleanser dissolve as much of the makeup as possible before you start removing it.’

Apply dots of cleanser suitable to your skin type over the entire area (avoiding your eyes). TRY Placécol Soothing Cleanser for Dry/Sensitive Skin (R125), or Placécol Cleansing Emulsion for Normal/Combination skin. ‘Massage the cleanser into your skin, starting under the throat, using a gentle, upward motion; and continue up to the forehead, using your fingertips.

‘Gently massage over the bridge of your nose onto the forehead, working out towards the temple area,’ says Sutherland. Use your index finger to massage cleanser over your chin; this area is particularly prone to blackheads and breakouts. Allow the cleanser to penetrate the skin for two or three minutes before removing cleanser (the same way you put it on), with tissue pads, a damp cotton disk or a sponge, says Sutherland.

If you’re in a hurry and can’t follow the full routine, says Pompa, you can use facial wipes. TRY TLC Facial & Eye Daily Cleansing Make-Up Remover Wipes, R39.99 for a pack of 60. ‘It’s always recommended to wash the face afterwards, as using a facial wipe won’t remove all of your makeup, only most of it.’ ]]>
Tue, 22 Dec 2009 12:00 +0200
Proactive Products
The Body Shop and the ECPAT network have joined forces to help alleviate human trafficking with the new Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream (R65). All profits from sales will be donated to the international organisation that fights against child pornography, prostitution and trafficking. The cream is non-greasy, and through the use of Community Trade organic olive oil and Angelica extract, it conditions and soothes your skin, leaving your hands feeling fabulously silky and cared for.

Innoxa will be assisting various local charities through their Circles of Women campaign by donating 10% of the beauty company’s profits when any product from the new Bath & Shower line (creams, scrubs and spritzers) is sold. You can choose from the ‘Calm,’ ‘Exhilarate’, ‘Restore’, ‘Enrich’ or ‘Balance’ ranges, all of which have soothing and rejuvenating qualities specific to your needs. Each month a new charity is chosen – in January 2010 the profits will go to the Amabele Belles Dragon Boat racing team, all of whom are breast cancer survivors committed to uplifting their communities.

The Clarins Eau Dynamisante Collector Spray with Golden Heart Emblem (R440 for 100ml) will launch early next year in South Africa. For every bottle sold, R50 will be donated to the Most Dynamisante award winners of the past, all of whom are women helping abandoned and needy children through education and care. This limited-edition perfume blends fresh citrus and plant extract fragrances; a perfect mixture for the summer months. The pretty, gold heart, designed by artist Lorenz Baumer, can be worn as a necklace too.

The M.A.C. Aids Fund has been helping communities affected with HIV/Aids since 1994. This year, in support of World Aids Day on 1 December, the South African M.A.C. team donated R650 000 to a Soweto-based children’s centre, for children who have been orphaned by HIV/Aids related deaths. M.A.C. and their spokesperson, singer Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, endorse the plum-pearl Viva Glam VI lipstick (R130) and lipglass (R120) – 100% of the profits from sales will be donated to people living with HIV/Aids.

EcoTools is a new, anti-animal testing, green beauty range endorsed by actress, Alicia Silverstone. The brand sells everything from makeup brushes and buffs to body lotions and mists. Together with the 1% For The Planet movement, EcoTools donates 1% of their annual sales to environmental organisations helping to save the planet and its people. Although the brand’s collection of products will only be launched in South Africa in January/February, they have been saving the planet 1% at a time in the United States.

When Elizabeth Arden launched their new fragrance ‘Pretty’ (R295 per 30ml/R460 per 100ml), they simultaneously created the ‘Make the World a Prettier Place’ campaign with non-profit organisation Trees for the Future. Every time a user posts a comment on how to make the world a prettier place on their website, Elizabeth Arden plants a tree. So far 1 520 trees have been planted. ]]>
Mon, 14 Dec 2009 12:00 +0200
5-Minute Masterclass 1. KIMORA
SKIN: Apply a sheer dewy foundation, like Chanel Vitalumière (R450), and a shimmery highlighting powder or cream in a shade of gold to enhance the cheekbones and the outsides of the face, as well as on the bridge of the nose. You can also use a bronzing powder, TRY the Body Shop Native Mineral Bronzer (R160) or M.A.C. Delightful iridescent powder (R200).
CHEEKS: Use a peach-based colour on the apple of your cheeks. Bobbi Brown has an amazing range of colours to choose from; TRY their range of blush (R310) or Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge cheek and lip colour (R275).
EYES: Blend a shimmery blue eye shadow all over the lid, as well as underneath it. Then, apply a bronze/gold shimmery shadow in the crease, and blend into the brow. To add a little more drama, use a small amount of black eye pencil inside the eye. Before you add a few layers of mascara, be sure to use a lash curler to create maximum effect.
LIPS: Keep it simple to balance out the dramatic eyes using a nude pencil. TRY Subculture by M.A.C. (R135), or for a bronzy-peach lip-gloss M.A.C. Fulfilled (R155) or Oh Baby (R135).

SKIN: Use a slightly more powdery-finish foundation. TRY M.A.C.'s Studiofix Powder 2-in-1 (R240).
CHEEKS: Apply a pink-based, sheer cream blush.
EYES: Use a black liner underneath and on the lid and smudge until it's fully blended. Add your charcoal-coloured eye shadow, using it more intensely closer to the lash line and blend into the eye crease. Use a lighter colour shadow on the brow bone and blend. Eye colour lasts longer if you layer it, so use liner underneath the lid. Use volumising black mascara, TRY Kanebo 38 Degrees (R320), smoothing on two or three applications.
LIPS: There are two options: either apply a berry-coloured lip pencil all over the lips and follow on with lip colour, or, for longer lasting lips, opt for a lip stain. Benefit has a great lip and cheek stain called Benetint (R315).

SKIN: Apply a sheer foundation, TRY Mineralise satin finish by M.A.C. (R260). Use a cream-based highlighter on the cheekbone and blend into the brow bone.
CHEEKS: Apply a pale, peach/pink powder blush on the apple of the cheeks.
EYES: Use a dark brown pencil along the lash line of the lid and smudge it towards the outer corner of the eyes to create an almond shape. Be sure to blend! Cover the lid with a gold or cream shadow, and blend it into the fold of the lid. Add a sparkly gold eye shadow underneath the lid and blend with an ear bud or fine-angled brush. Complete the look with loads of dark brown mascara.
LIPS: Use a sheer nude gloss. Clarins lip-glosses have great nude colours and lovely flavours.

Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:00 +0200
The Burning Question
Q: I have an oily skin that tends to shine during the day, so I always use products that have a mattifying effect. I've noticed though that when I apply sunscreen the oily shine gets even worse, hence I avoid all SPF products. Are there any mattifying skin care ranges with a high SPF that I can use?

A: There are two forms of protection when it comes to sunscreen. There is the chemical sunscreen, which is absorbed by the skin, and the physical sunscreen, which sits on the surface of the skin and acts like a reflective barrier to protect the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays.

The physical sunscreen, which contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, is generally more popular, as it is the least irritating on the skin, and helps to prevent against burning if you have sensitive skin. People who have an oily skin often prefer the chemical sunscreen, as it is generally not as thick. However, if your skin is sensitive or scarred, you must exercise caution, as a chemical sunscreen can make the skin more sensitive and more prone to pigmentation.

The key ingredients to avoid if one is prone to oiliness or acne are: mineral oil, petroleum derivatives, liquidum paraffinum, paraffin oil, paraffin wax and petrolatum. The emulsifiers used to mix the active ingredients together are often the main cause of breakouts.

I would suggest using a brand like the Pevonia Botanica Hydrating Sunscreen SPF30. It is an organic product that has the best of both worlds with a chemical block and physical block as well as natural soothing, repairing and calming ingredients like green tea, aloe gel and French rose. It has a silky smooth, non-greasy texture with proven results.

Q: Are there any good fragrance-free sunscreen lotions for people with very sensitive skin? I have found it very difficult to find one because all the ones with fragrances give me a rash.

A: To avoid sensitivity, make sure you are using a physical sunscreen as opposed to a chemical one, and use a natural sunscreen that doesn't have any unnecessary artificial fragrances, colourants, preservatives or alcohol. There are some fantastic products on the market that apply to sensitive skin. Get advice from your dermatologist as to which sunscreen is best suited to your skin.

Q: How often should you re-apply sunscreen and what is the best way to re-apply it?

A: Always apply a generous, even amount of sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes prior to any sun exposure. Re-apply the same amount a minimum of every two hours and again after any swimming or excessive sweating. Remember to wear a hat and sunglasses and to apply sunscreen under your clothes.

Q: How waterproof is waterproof sunscreen? Is it OK not to re-apply sunscreen after coming out of the water if you've used waterproof sunscreen?

A: You do need to re-apply your waterproof sunscreen after being in the water. Waterproof sunscreen maintains its indicated level of SPF up to only 80 minutes after exposure to water. In comparison, water resistant sunscreen maintains its indicated level of SPF up to 40 minutes after exposure to water.

Q: What is SPF?

A: SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, which indicates how long you are able to stay in the sun without burning, opposed to being in the sun without any sunscreen. For example, SPF 30 indicates you are able to stay in the sun 30 times longer than normal, before you start to burn.

Q: How much sunscreen should you apply for the SPF to be effective?

A: For sunscreen to be effective it needs to be applied generously, evenly and regularly. If you are unsure, always apply more, rather than less.

Q: What works better for when you're burnt? After-sun or aloe vera?

A: Aloe Vera is a fantastic natural product that has cooling and hydrating properties on the skin, which will assist with sunburn. However, rather use a professional after-sun product such as the Pevonia Botanica After Sun Soothing Gel. It has a number of natural active ingredients – opposed to just the one – to cool, heal, soothe, moisturise and assist with redness, reducing the sunburn and assisting with healing at a faster rate. ]]>
Mon, 23 Nov 2009 12:00 +0200
A Smash Hit
Chavez helps us recreate the red carpet looks for Angelina Jolie and Amy Adams at this year's Academy Awards. Although Chavez did not create the original looks, here's his advice on how to get them:


'Angie has the look of perfect skin, defined eye brows, flawless liner and lashes,' says Chavez. 'A glowing natural bronze cheek and an almost nude lip will recreate this diva's red carpet look.'

Step 1:
Chavez says Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer (from R295) is a great product if you want young-looking, smooth, soft skin. 'Photo Finish is the perfect base I use to fill in the large pores and fine lines while softening the skin for a smoother foundation application. Plus it extends the wear of the makeup.'

Step 2:
Chavez mixes 1 pump of HD Foundation and 1 pump of GLOW Artificial Light to give you just the right amount of coverage and glow.

Step 3:
'Set the makeup using Halo Hydrating Perfecting Mineral Powder (R590). This powder has a soft glow finish and is perfect for the "Angie woman" who loves to use all natural products. Plus this product is infused with hydrogel that provides constant moisture to the skin. Celebs like Angie know that hydrated skin is young skin.'

The Eyes:
'Create a strong frame for your eyes by slightly over defining your brows. This application feels a tad dramatic at first, but it is really the base,' says Chavez. 'I simply applied the strong brow and extended the brow by ¼ inch. Extending the brow is the perfect way to add instant drama to the eye. Now apply a nude (no shimmer) shadow all over the eye as a base from lash to brow followed by the single shadow in a Honey colour into the crease of the eye. Honey is a really soft yellow/gold that will gently define without using dark shadows.' Next, use a waterproof liner and 'apply it perfectly from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye and extend in a subtle "winged" effect. Follow with a beautiful coat of mascara.'

The Cheeks and Lips:
'Using a bronzer in place of blush adds the prefect contour to the cheeks, but without adding colour to the look,' says Chavez. 'Then to get the "celebrity glow" I add a bit of a baked bronzer called Starburst Bronzer for the soft luminescent glow you see on the apples of the cheek. Don't add a highlighter to the top of the cheekbones; apply the highlight to the apples of the cheeks instead. 'Finish the look with a soft peachy nude lipstick and a clear gloss. The lipstick delivers the long lasting colour and the gloss provides the amazing shine.'

Amy's red carpet glamour is more traditional, with a soft glow, a copper and bronze smoky eye and 'a fresh pop of colour on the cheeks and a super sexy lip colour'.

Step 1:
'The first step on a "fair" complexion like Amy's is to remove any natural high colour from the face. For this, I used Smashbox Colour Correcting Primer Adjust (from R295). This product is a green colour corrector to eliminate the natural redness that most fair skin ladies deal with everyday.'

Step 2:
Then use a full coverage foundation like Camera Ready that's undetectable to the naked eye. 'Following the foundation application, I used the Halo Hydrating Powder to set the makeup and add an instant "soft glow".'

Step 3:
'Make sure to use the correct brow colour! For recreating the Amy Adams look, I used a brow colour called Auburn. This is a naturally red based brow colour to match the red in Amy's hair. A celebrity will always match her hair colour identically for the prefect frame to the eyes. '

The Eyes:
Use a set of smoky colours in copper and bronze tones 'to add a softer dimension to the "traditional" smoky look,' says Chavez. 'First I began with a Midnight Brown Eye Liner along the lash line. I followed the eye lining by smudging a deep dark bronze shadow over the top of the eye liner. By smudging the liner you instantly create the Hollywood smoky eye. Now apply your soft copper to the eye lid and a golden highlight colour under the brow bone for the instant lift to the eye. Finish the look by smudging more of the liner and dark bronze shadow underneath the eye. And remember, smudge the entire length of the under eye area.'

The Cheeks and Lips:
Chavez finished the look with a soft peach or apricot coloured blush to the apples of the cheeks and hairline. 'The lip is a beautiful and bright cherry colour. This is an amazing addition to the copper and bronze smoky eye. I used a mixture of lipstick and gloss from Smashbox's Legendary Lipstick and Spark Gloss. This will add sophistication to any and all evening looks.'
Fri, 06 Nov 2009 12:00 +0200
Foundations have come a very long way since cakey pan sticks – thank goodness! When choosing one for your skin, look for the very lightest of the veil-light new formulas that you can get away with, advises US makeup guru Bobbi Brown. 'The more coverage you pile on, the older you look – so never overdo it.' On the other hand, patchy skin also makes you look older, so don't choose a base so light it doesn't even out blotchiness!


Getting the colour right is as important as getting the texture right. lf it matches your skin exactly – as it should – it will never look mask-like and you will be able to choose whether to apply it all over or only where it's needed. Brown suggests selecting the three colours that seem closest to your skin tone. Apply them to your jaw (where your skin is lightest and most even) in three small stripes. Now take a good look at them in daylight. lf that means asking for a mirror and stepping outside the store, so be it!
The colour that's 'disappeared' into your skin is the right one for you. All brands, from mass to prestige, have an array of shades to choose from – and they will often have samples, so ask for these if you don't want to be shopping with stripes all over your face!
For darker skins, try Maybelline's Dream Matte Mousse Foundation (R139.95) and Dream Satin Liquid Foundation (R144.95) in Caramel or Cocoa, or Iman Second to None Cream to Powder Foundation (R325).

Don't assume that all compact foundations offer matt coverage or that all liquid foundations are sheer and hydrating – sometimes it's the other way around. Rather choose according to what the label says. Dry skin needs moisturising formulas; greasy skin needs oil-free ones; normal skin can wear any formula; and ageing skin has an ever-growing choice of plumping
and line-defying foundations to play with. Sensitive skin will benefit from the nourishing properties found in mineral foundation.

Don't rely on base to cover all imperfections. It should only be expected to mask redness and blotches. Hiding blemishes, veins, freckles and scars is a concealer's job. Brown suggests you always dab on undereye concealer (before applying base) because 'it can brighten and lift the whole face'.

The better the condition of your skin, the more sheer the base you can use. 'Make your skin look its best before putting on foundation and you won't need half as much coverage,' says Brown. 'Exfoliate regularly and moisturise five minutes before applying your base to leave skin naturally glowing and plump.'

Never opt for a darker foundation shade to feign a tan. Instead, use bronzer – applying it only where the sun would naturally fall on your face. Contrasting light and dark areas look more natural.

Primer Mineral foundation Liquid foundation
Too many of us skip this step when applying makeup, but primer ensures your base will look even and flawless. TRY: Benefit 'That Gal' Brightening Face Primer (R295); Esteé Lauder Face Primer Smoothing Matte Base (R225); Smashbox Photo Finish UVA/UVB SPF15 (R310) It's the latest craze in foundation. When you see how mineral base makes your skin glow, you'll understand why. TRY: M.A.C Mineralize SPF15 Foundation/Loose (R230); Maybelline Mineral Powder Natural Reflecting Powder Foundation (R155) Liquid foundation is effective and simple to apply. Mix it with a little bronzer if you want to look as though you've had some sun. TRY: Revlon Age Defying Spa Foundation SPF 18 (R195); Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup SPF10 (R590); L'Oréal Paris Infallible Make-Up (R155)
Stick/compact Tinted moisturiser Concealer
A good stick or compact that suits your skin type and tone will give the best coverage for a flawless-looking complexion. TRY: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick (R300) This is the lightest 'veil' for skin. It's a great option for summer days – also because most brands have an SPF. TRY: La Mer The SPF18 Fluid Tint (R750); Chanel Précision Hydramax + Active Teinté (R560) It's the COSMO word for 'saviour'! Dab it on any blemishes and blend it in. TRY: Benefit Powderflage Light Diffusing Powder Concealer (R350); Clinique Airbrush Concealer (R185); L'Oréal Paris Infallible Concealer (R120)
Thu, 29 Oct 2009 12:00 +0200
Colour Me Summer

Eyes This summer add a little shimmer to your look with muted golds, shimmering bronzes and warm sandy hues. The other colours of the season are blue and green. 'The brighter the better,' say makeup artists Simone, Christa and Raine from U B .beautiful. 'The trick is to find the shade that suits you.' They recommend MAC's blue and aqua shades (R145). Glam up your look with metallic colours. Add silvers, smoky greys and purples to your 'night on the town’ look. U B .beautiful recommends Smash Box Obsidian (R155) for a shimmery charcoal colour and Benefit Punk Royalty (R220) for a purple shimmer.
Cheeks Coral and pink shades will give your skin a gentle, satin blush. After spending the day in the sun add a pink or peach shade to your cheeks to stimulate a warm, natural flush. 'Blusher is another must do this season and we've returned to the 80's application of a straight brush high on the cheekbone all the way to the temple,' says U B .beautiful.
Skin By now you should've picked up that natural is best – so use a matt bronzer to eliminate shine. U B .beautiful suggests the Body Shop's Shimmer Waves Bronze (R160). U B .beautiful love Bobby Brown Shimmer Brick (R475) as a highlighter, 'and then add the Bobby Brown Illuminating Bronzer (R305) on top or use as contouring'.
Lips Accentuate your lips with a pink or orange lipstick. When it comes to lip gloss, juicy coloured coral tones are the trend – either go for a gloss the same colour as your natural lip colour or a shade or two darker. Try Mac Tinted Moisturizer in Gently Coral (R135). Eighties retro luscious red lips are big. U B .beautiful suggests Lancôme Coral Red, Absolute Rouge (R150). 'If you're not a lipstick girl try Body Shop's Liquid Lip Colour in raspberry (R95).'
Nails Showcase your nails this summer with electric pinks, which date back to the 80's. Rich pinkish-purple shades and crisp pastels can complement your tan. Try MAC Steamy (R100) or MAC For Fun (R100). Bold, blue nail polish is the new trend this summer. If a deep, vibrant, navy blue is too dark for you try a tropical blue. U B .beautiful recommends Chanel Blue Satin (R260). Another summer alternative is silver, gold and bronze metallic shades, which are considered neutrals and match any outfit. Try MAC Style Black (R100) or MAC Peaceable (R100).
Mon, 05 Oct 2009 12:00 +0200
Seasons Change
'The skin is exposed to different weather conditions during the different seasons,' says Nadia Nacerodien, a beautician from Pure Lotus. 'During the winter months the skin can become very dry because we tend to spend more time indoors. Heaters, wall heating panels and even air conditioners reduce the moisture content levels in the air, which adds to the decreased moisture levels in our skin. In summer our skin is exposed to excessive heat causing our bodies to produce more sebum which often results in oilier, thicker skin necessitating a change to our skin care routine.'

Here are some things you can do to lighten up your summer beauty routine:

Brighten Up
• Brighten up your skin for the summer season. 'Incorporate either a brightening cleanser or an active cleanser into your morning and night routine which is more suited for oilier, dull and pigmented skins, says Nacerodien (TRY: DermaFix Brightening Cleanser, R245 for 200ml or DermaFix Active Cleanser, R245 for 200ml)

Use a lighter moisturiser
• Change to a lighter moisturiser, one containing a sebum inhibitor would be ideal and use it in the morning and at night (TRY: Vichy New Look Active Moisturiser, R325 for 50ml).

Repair your skin
• If the skin's condition has been compromised and you find that it's dry or damaged, it's recommended that a repair cream be used as well (TRY: Dermal Repair Cream, R380 for 60ml). 'This will restore the skin's barrier,' says Nacerodien.

• Exfoliate more often, between three to four times a week, to accelerate cell renewal – remember more sebum is produced in summer, which could block your pores (TRY: Dermalogica Microfoliant, R695 for 75g).

Sun Protection
• Most important: use a sun block with a universal ingredient like micronised zinc oxide. Use something with a high SPF to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun (TRY: DermaFix Dermashield SPF 45, R220 for 125ml or R110 for 50ml).


Ditch the heavies
Throw out heavy foundations and dark eyeliner and go for a lighter, fresher look. 'Changing the make-up colours that you wear to more vibrant colours really does welcome summer in,' says Dale Titus, a local makeup artist. 'Juicy coloured lip gloss and cheek colours leaning more to the coral tones can really make you face look fresh.'

Mineralize your skin
For summer, fresh glowing skin is always recommended. This season, mineral rich makeup is the way to go because it allows the skin to breathe and doesn't clog your pores, says Titus. It also evens your skin tone and mattes areas that tend to get oily, especially when temperatures start to rise. TRY: Mac Mineralize, R260 for 30ml, or Maybelline Mineral Powder Foundation (R165).

Invest in a good Primer
Titus says a good primer allows your makeup to last longer and prevents it from literally sliding down your face when the temperatures rise. Eye makeup is usually the first to succumb to the heat. TRY: Mac Eye Primer (R225 for 30ml).

Spritz with a refresher spray
'Bring a day's worth of dull makeup back to life with a refresher spray. It can be as simple as rosewater purchased from a health store in a spritz bottle or canister of compressed water says Titus. TRY: Mac Skin Freshener with cucumber extract (R160 for 100ml). You can also spritz it on periodically to stay cool, and can either be used before or after you apply makeup.

Use a great bronzer
Some of us tend not to tan our faces. Make the colour transition between face and chest less shocking with a gentle dust of bronzer. TRY: Rimmel Shimmer Maxi Bronzer (R109.95).

Eliminate shine
Sometimes sun block makes us look shinier than we'd like. An anti-shiner controls the gleam with almost industrial strength and is easy to apply. TRY: Smashbox Compact Anti Shiner (R225).
Fri, 11 Sep 2009 12:00 +0200
Tips From a Beauty Queen Jo-Ann Strauss' face went from unknown to instantly recognizable at the turn of the millennium. But this former beauty queen isn't just pretty face, she's an accomplished business woman with a B.Comm Law degree and is currently studying towards her MBA.

As the new face and ambassador for Lux (following in the footsteps of beauties such as Marilyn Monroe, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Aishwarya Rai), the Top Billing presenter knows what makes and breaks a flawless face. We sat down with Jo-Ann and squeezed her beauty secrets out of her.

When it comes to her skin, Jo-Ann says it's all in her genes. 'I'm very lucky. I think I've got to thank my mom for good genes because she's got phenomenal skin!' Recounting an experience from a photo shoot she did with her mother, Jo-Ann laughs explaining how amazed the photographer was when he was setting up the lights and realized her 50-odd-year-old mother didn't have any wrinkles.

'I think it was Oprah who said "Black don't crack",' she quips. 'My mom hardly wears makeup. She cleanses and tones and moisturises and all that stuff, so she's always tried to make me do it, but it hasn't quite rubbed off yet.'

The TV presenter confesses to using 'a little bit of this and a little bit of that' but swears by Oil of Olay, a brand she's been using for years. This may all soon change with her recent signing to the Lux campaign (the brand also happened to be her sponsor during her Miss SA reign), but she's beginning to get hooked on Environ's facial products.

She does, however, use a face wash she imports from Europe called Avene. 'I never used to use face wash, I always just used whatever was lying around. But my boyfriend got me started on it and now I use Avene,' she says. 'If [beauty products] cost more than R500 for a tub of something, then my skin breaks out. I've got nice, low-cost skin!'

When she's out-and-about on the road, Jo-Ann protects her skin with Avene's SPF 40 moisturiser - particularly necessary as she drives the stylish new Peugeot 308CC cabriolet and puts the top down every opportunity she gets.

In terms of makeup, Jo-Ann can't get enough of M.A.C. She recalls not knowing a thing about makeup until her Miss SA year, when as a 19-year-old she was given a crash course in applying makeup and developing a look that suited her skin tone and bone structure.

'I struggled at first. I look back to my Matric ball pictures and think "Sherbert! Somebody should've told me!" It looks like my face belongs to a different body!'

Jo-Ann loves M.A.C. because of the brand's different pigments and colours. She admits she's had to play around with the ranges, but when she found the colour that suited her yellow undertones she knew she'd struck gold. She highly recommends taking your time when choosing makeup and asking beauticians at cosmetics counters for their advice – that's what they're there for.

'It's great to look at magazines and gather tips from there, but you've got to get your basics down and then you can start experimenting,' she says. 'Also, if you can get good brushes you'll be sorted. I still have mine from Miss SA, nine years later!'

As one of South Africa's top MCs, Jo-Ann says it's good to know what works for you, especially if you find yourself working with a makeup artist who doesn't know your skin and what you're comfortable with. 'I love my dark eye and nudeish mouth. I know what I like and what works.'

As a child, Jo-Ann suffered a horrific burn when boiling water accidentally fell down her chest. She almost needed skin grafts, but due to her mom's quick thinking, Vaseline and Friar's Balsam 'or one of those other old wives' tale ointments' all she has now are freckles. But in terms of old wives' tales, the only one Jo-Ann doesn't believe is that chocolate causes pimples. 'But I think that was just my mom trying to get me to lay off the chocolate,' she laughs.

Asked about tips for COSMO girls Jo-Ann says, 'When it comes to your 20s, you know that whole thing that prevention is better than cure? That's so true.' She's started noticing fine laugh-lines in the corners of her eyes and has begun using an eye gel. 'They're not really there yet, but I've started taking preventative steps.'

Another tip is to moisturise and drink water. 'I put on so much moisturiser before I go to bed. And also drink lots of water,' she says. 'As silly as it sounds and I know everyone's saying "drinks lots of water", but you'll actually start noticing a real difference in your skin. You have to keep yourself hydrated both inside and out.'

Jo-Ann is also a firm believer in giving your skin a break from time to time. Constantly under bright lights on the SABC 3 show Top Billing, she's sometimes forced to keep the set makeup on longer than she'd like. 'Sometimes we're running straight from a shoot in Paris and we've got to catch a connecting flight and you're in and out of aircon and then heating. It's not good to fly with a full face of makeup but sometimes we have to because we're rushing around.'

On her days off, she doesn't touch her makeup bag. 'On Saturdays or whenever I'm not working, I sort of roll out of bed, put on my boyfriend's jeans and his track top, a big cap and no makeup.'

*For more on Jo-Ann, visit her website.
Thu, 06 Aug 2009 12:00 +0200
Looks That Turn Him On
'I believe that in order to stay relevant as a DJ, you constantly need to keep up to speed with what's going on in the industry, know your competition, research your music and always try to have your finger on the pulse of what the crowd wants,' he says. But what we want is to know is which celebrity looks turn him on.

Click here to get started on the six celebrities we asked him to rate.
Mon, 20 Jul 2009 12:00 +0200
Winter-Proof Your Skin
'In winter the air contains 30% less moisture than in summer, so take special measures to protect your skin from drying out. Hot water and soap remove natural oils, so have lukewarm showers and avoid products that create foam: they're full of moisture-stripping detergents.' Switch to a gentle body wash (even better if it doesn't contain sodium lauryl or sodium laureth sulphate) and treat yourself to a bath oil.

'Be extra kind to your face; don't rub it dry – pat it instead to avoid irritating it. Try a creamy, tissue-off cleanser instead of a wash-off one (even water can be drying on dehydrated skin), and follow with a powerful moisturiser that has ingredients like glycerine, hyaluronic acid and ceramides, to draw water into the skin and rebuild its lipid barrier.'

'Body skin needn't be slathered in greasy creams, but do look for rich emollient ingredients like urea and shea butter in your chosen body lotion to keep scaly skin a bay.' Because cell turnover slows down during winter, it's wise to use a gentle body exfoliant (and separate face scrub) once a week to remove dead skin and help moisturisers penetrate – but skip this step if your skin is red or sore.

'Exposed areas like lips and hands especially suffer from icy winds, while patches of skin can get irritated by moisture-sapping woolly garments and Sahara-like conditions indoors. Keep these areas covered using rich skin balms with ingredients such as petrolatum and lanolin, and use a hand and nail cream religiously.' ]]>
Thu, 25 Jun 2009 12:00 +0200
Eco-Friendly Beauty
Enchantrix Organic Face & Body Scrub
Rich in fruit butter and rosemary leaf oil, forge away the day's impurities with the Sea Salt, Mint & Sesame Organic Face & Body Scrub (R69 for 250ml). Visit to order or to find a stockist near you.

Esse Deep Moisturiser
For a 100% organic cream, enriched with antioxidants from the marula seed and the moisturising properties of jojoba oil, use Esse's Deep Moisturiser for normal/combination skin types (R241 for 50ml). Available from a variety of health shops and wellness centres nationwide. Visit for stockists.

Simplicité Exfoliating Face Treatment
An exfoliator suitable for all skin types that combines the soothing effects of chamomile flowers and ground adzuki beans, leaving your skin with a radiant glow. Exfoliating Face Treatment retails at R295. Contact Simplicité on  01... for stockists.

Miessence Balancing Cleanser
Try Miessence Certified Organic Balancing Cleanser (R170 for 250ml), enriched with replenishing orange peel oil and the calming effects of calendula (marigold). Visit for stockist information.

African Extracts Rooibos Day Cream
Packed with essential anti-oxidants, vitamin E and the smoothing properties of Rooibos extracts, African Extracts Day Cream (R65 for 125ml) for normal/combination skin types is paraben-free (paraben is a harmful chemical). Contact African Extracts on  02... for details on a stockist near you.

Patyka Combination Toner
Patyka's alcohol-free Combination Toner (R285 for 200ml) combines a balancing and soothing blend of witch hazel and organic spearmint that will leave your skin feeling refreshed… the natural way. Visit for stockists.

Inthusiasm Eye Enhancer
For a new take on eye shadow, Inthusiasm has released a wide range of mineral eye enhancers, free from alcohol, synthetic chemicals and animal products. Shades are available in a range of colours from bronze and aqua, to charcoal, purple and silver for R65. Visit for information on stockists.

Just Pure Lip Beauty Balm
With certified organic jojoba wax, beeswax and sweet almond oil, the Just Pure Lip Beauty Balm (R35 for 10ml) is 100% natural and will leave your lips silky smooth. Visit to find a stockist near you.

The Body Shop Define & Lengthen Mascara
For a full, refined lash, go natural with Define & Lengthen Mascara (R95). Available in black, brown and blue, the mascara incorporates conditioning beeswax as well as The Body Shop's trademark organic ingredient, marula oil. Visit to find your nearest branch.

Jane Iredale Eye Pencil
Made exclusively from natural ingredients, including hydrogenated jojoba oil and mango seed oil, your lids won't be subjected to harmful chemicals and dyes. The Jane Iredale Eye Pencil (R92) is available in black and brown. For more details, contact Strawberry International CC on  02....

The Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC), in association with animal rights groups, created an internationally recognised symbol for animal cruelty-free cosmetics: The Leaping Bunny. So, if you ever see the Leaping Bunny logo on any beauty products, you can be assured it wasn't tested on animals. Many leading cosmetic companies now adhere to the Leaping Bunny's policy and stand together in opposition to animal testing. ]]>
Thu, 28 May 2009 12:00 +0200
Draw the Line
Professional makeup artist, Renee de Wit, has worked on celebrities ranging from Sophie Dahl to Steffi Graf and assisted on stars such as Beyoncé and U2. We found out from her how to perfect the tricky art of applying liquid liner.

• Apply your eye shadow first to prevent any possible smudging at a later stage. Unfortunately, de Wit warns, 'the only problem is that if you make a mistake with your liner you might have to wipe some of your eye shadow off. Use a good foundation, preferably powder based, to really prevent the liner from bleeding or smudging as your day progresses.'

• Shake the liquid liner before you start, as the last thing you want are clumps. 'Another good trick is to wipe the applicator on a tissue before you begin the application.'

• Rest your elbow on your desk or countertop to ensure your hands remain steady. 'No one has that steady a hand, so this is a must! It’s also good to make sure you have ample light.'

• Pull your eyelid taut and start a quarter of the way from the inner corner of your eye. 'Make sure you start with the smallest possible line to avoid that 60s look,' de Wit advises. 'Use a pointed cotton bud to blend the line towards the inside corner of the eye so it looks more natural.'

• Draw a line to the outer corner of your eye, making sure to keep close to your upper lash-line. Never apply liquid liner to your lower lash-line. 'Lower lash liner looks dated unless you really smudge it,' de Wit warns. 'If you just have to have liner on the bottom, reach for eye shadow and use an angle brush or cotton bud to blend.'

• Keep the line as thin as possible. You can always make it thicker as you go along. 'The thicker you go, the less natural it will look. To make sure you keep the line thin, simply dot along the lash and then join the dots, remembering to always pull the lid taut and look slightly downwards.'

• To prevent the droopy-eye look, when you reach the outer corner of your eye, draw the line in an upward motion, creating a slight wing. Don’t make too much of a wing, unless you want to look like Amy Winehouse. 'To make sure the wing stays nice and thin, use a moistened cotton bud to sweep it at the end.'

• If you make a mistake, simply use an ear bud and a little makeup remover to remove any mishaps. 'Make sure it’s oil free though,' advises Renee.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2009 12:00 +0200
The New Botox
Seven years and billions of dollars in profits later, Botox bosses might have something to be concerned about. Reloxin. Currently awaiting Food and Administration (FDA) approval in the United States, the treatment is already up and running in more than 60 countries under the name Dysport.


Reloxin contains Botlulinum Toxin A, the same key ingredient found in Botox. As with Botox, Reloxin temporarily paralyses the facial muscles to smooth out any unwanted wrinkles. But a number of studies have shown Reloxin to work faster as well as last longer than Botox.

According to Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, 'Reloxin will act in one to two days instead of the three to five days Botox needs to kick in. Clinical trials suggest injections may be effective for up to five or six months as opposed to about three months for Botox.'

Research does, however, seem to differentiate from study to study, with some trial patients only seeing results after seven days and others experiencing post-injection results as long-lasting as 13 months.


The side effects experienced following Reloxin treatment are similar to those experienced after Botox injections. According to one of the latest studies, published in the March/April edition of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, users may experience headaches and drooping eyelids or eyebrows. But when compared to the adverse effects of Botox there’s really not much difference between the two treatments, if anything, Botox appears to have more, including nausea and facial pain.

This could be one of the main reasons women are so eager to try the 'new Botox'.

According to Chicago-based plastic surgeon, Dr. Otto Joseph Placik, one must be wary that Reloxin 'spreads'. He refers to a recent study in which it was demonstrated how Reloxin spreads further than Botox: 'This is both an advantage and disadvantage. In large muscles such as the forehead, you want the toxin to spread whereas in small muscles [such as around the eyes] you do not want it to spread because it could affect neighbouring muscles unfavourably.'

Unless administered properly around the eye area, Reloxin could lead to that dreaded droopiness. But it looks as though the larger the area you have treated, the less you have to worry about the possible, negative side effects.


Given the current global economic recession, we've all become aware of what things cost and what they're worth. Reloxin is said to be one-third cheaper than Botox – so if one Botox treatment costs between R800 and R2 000, a move to Reloxin could save you between R250 and R650 respectively.

Botox has held the monopoly in facial aesthetics for six years leaving no room for healthy competition, but now the more economical Reloxin may force the makers of Botox to lower their prices to compete.

Although Reloxin (or Dysport) has been used successfully by women across the world for years, whether it’s considered to be a better or worse product is yet to be seen. If the FDA approves the use of Reloxin in the United States, it might completely revolutionise the cosmetic treatment market as we know it.
Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:00 +0200
Catching Up We used our long-distance minutes to find out what the striking ladies are doing these days and which beauty products they can't live without.

They travelled from Nigeria, Namibia and Ghana to strike a pose in Stone Town, Zanzibar for our fashion shoot. Recently we caught up with the three ladies to dig in their makeup bag and their lives.

The Nigerian-born beauty has since the show gone back to school to complete her studies and is hoping to return to South Africa shortly to take part in a few Fashion Weeks. 'Hopefully I'll come down by the middle of March,' she says.

Although she doesn't usually wear much makeup, Sola always carries around her trusty lip gloss. 'I also absolutely can't live without my sunglasses and wrist watch.'

Maria is currently back in Namibia attaining her commercial pilot's license. 'I only have a few more hours left, but I will be back in South Africa for the Autumn/Winter season,' she says. 'But I have to get my license first. It's so much easier to do other things in life once you have an official qualification.'

Maria confesses to being a M.A.C girl. 'I can't live without my M.A.C facial wash and eyeliner. I also use the SPF15 moisturiser.'

Since winning M-Net's model search competition and becoming the Face of Africa for 2008, Kate has been booked on back-to-back shoots. In December she flew to Mozambique to appear in Fashion Week shows there and in January hit the Audi/Joburg Fashion Week runways. 'My most exciting booking yet was the amazing African designers show at New York fashion week, called Arise This Day,' she says. 'People are beginning to recognise me when I walk down the street, which is a weird but wonderful feeling.'

Kate is also eyeing international runways and plans to make a name for herself in New York, Paris and/or London. 'After I have accomplished that I hope to settle down with a good, gorgeous man, get married and even have kids.'

She carries her essential cosmetics like eye makeup and hand cream in her handbag as well as her diary, Sony PSP and sometimes even shoes and DVDs. But it's her eyebrow pencil, tweezers, mascara, moisturiser, lip gloss and cleanser that she can't live without.

Tue, 10 Mar 2009 12:00 +0200
Sexy Body Strategies
It's very important to shed dead skin that's accumulated during the summer, and then saturate your flesh with moisture.

1. Start with a quick once-over.
In the shower, slip on a dry pair of exfoliating gloves and use long, quick strokes all over the body. 'This gets rid of the top layer of dead skin, and will make it easier for ingredients to penetrate,' says spa director Kimani Roquemore.

2. Make your scrub multitask.
Use a body scrub that has a light oil base, such as almond or flaxseed oil, says Sonya Dakar, founder of Sonya Dakar Skin Care. This way, you'll simultaneously moisturise and exfoliate. Spend at least five minutes rubbing it all over your body.

3. Lotion up before drying.
After rinsing but before towelling off, 'Layer on a rich, thick, antioxidant-packed body lotion,' says Dakar. The lotion is heavier than the oil in the scrub, so it will seal the oil into your skin and make it feel supremely soft.

After a summer's worth of trotting around in sandals, your feet are probably less than foxy. This soak will restore them.

'Submerge them in a large bowl of warm water with lemon and orange slices and a cup of Epsom salts for 10 minutes,' suggests Dakar. The salt and citric acid dissolve rough spots and clarify the skin. Then use a pumice stone on calluses. Lastly, slather on a lotion.

Wed, 06 May 2009 12:00 +0200
Celeb Look: Kim Kardashian
For Kim’s look, it’s important that you moisturise your face and then use a makeup primer before applying foundation; this will allow it to really sink in as well as hide any fine lines. Cover up any unwanted blemishes or dark circles under your eyes with additional concealer.

1. Apply a cream-based eye shadow with your finger to your entire lid. Powder shadows tend to create creases.

2. To only the inner corner of your eyes, apply a silver powder shadow.

3. Now, starting from the outer corner of your eye, use a kohl pencil to line your upper and lower lashes. Then go over your lower lash with a white pencil.

4. Use a light shadow along the brow bone for a more defined brow and an instant eye lift.

5. Apply at least three coats of mascara to accentuate the look.

6. For the final touch, apply a nude, matte lipstick to your lips and finish with a light, shimmer lip gloss. Use blush to accentuate your cheekbones and give your face a rosy glow.

M.A.C. Carbon Eye Shadow (R130), M.A.C. Blackground Paint Pot (R140) and M.A.C. Painterly Paint Pot (R140).

Thu, 26 Mar 2009 12:00 +0200
The Matte Effect
When you wake up, wash off any dirt that may have settled on your face overnight, especially from your pillow. Maintain a thorough cleansing routine of toning and exfoliating. Use a mild cleanser, foaming (oil-free) face wash and an oil-free moisturiser. WE RECOMMEND Bobbi Brown Lathering Tube Soap (R245 for 125ml) and The Body Shop's Tea Tree Oil Mattifying Moisture Gel (R80 for 50ml).

'The face soap or liquid wash removes excess oils while toning will balance the skin's pH balance,' says Luciano Dos Santos, a make-up artist. 'Bearing this in mind, a good face wash will contain all the necessary ingredients to do the job on its own.'

Moisturising is important as it maintains the skins texture, but can cause problems. 'In this climate, high SPF moisturisers mean we have to live with looking a bit shiny from time to time,' says Dos Santos.

'Make sure that you don't use too much moisturiser as this will make your skin more oily,' says Mariscka Grobler, a skincare therapist from Emporio Valenti. 'Before applying any makeup, the moisturiser should have completely sunk in.'

Dos Santos says before you apply any makeup use an anti-shine serum. 'It delays the skins' natural oil from seeping through to the surface,' he explains. Apply a thin layer and let it settle for a few minutes before applying any foundation.

Ideally, you should use a liquid foundation that has a matte finish and pressed face powder. Or, you can use a powder foundation, in which case you won't need to use any pressed powder. Make sure that any concealer is in matte form as well. WE RECOMMEND Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (R54.95) and Stay Matte Foundation (R69.95).

Powder eye shadows and blushers should also be matte. 'Avoid any creams, light reflecting pigments or frosts,' says Dos Santos as these will only accentuate any oily spots. Water resistant and waterproof eye pencils, eyebrow pencils and mascaras are also good as they tend to last longer.

Keep blotting powder or blotting paper handy because it's quick, easy and a great way to keep shine on the low. TRY M.A.C. Blot Film (R135).

'Working in a well ventilated area with a cool breeze or air conditioning will keep your skin looking dry and matte for a longer period of time,' says Dos Santos. 'Grease can also build up if you touch your face a lot as the sweat from your hands will be transferred onto your skin.' Keep hair from your face (particularly your forehead) on warm days as this will also help lessen shine.

'In the evening, you should clean your skin properly, removing all makeup and dirt that has built up throughout the day,' says Grobler. 'Use a facial mask and exfoliate more often to eliminate further build-up on oily skin.'

Similar to your morning routine, make sure there is as little excess moisturiser on your face as possible. But having said this, don't go to the other extreme and not moisturise at all because your skin's texture will be compromised.

According to Dos Santos, the first step to balanced skin is to follow a healthy diet with no oily foodstuffs. 'Any healthy person's skin will create natural oils,' he says. 'Having excessively oily skin is where the products come in as these should be used only to control the oil.'
Thu, 05 Feb 2009 12:00 +0200
Celeb Look: Jo-Ann Strauss
1. For the same sun-kissed glow, apply a tinted moisturiser to the whole face and blend some concealer over any dark under-eye circles.

2. Accentuate your eyes with a black eye liner on the upper and lower lid.

3. To highlight the brow, apply a neutral eye shadow. Extend the line along your brow bone.

4. Use a soft shade of purple along the last line and just over the crease. Blend the shadow subtly where it meets the highlighter using your finger.

5. To emphasise the outer corner of your eye, use a darker eye shadow. Be sure to blend well and avoid a harsh line.

6. On the inner corner of your eye, dab some lighter eye shadow. Blend it towards the eye so that it gradually mixes with the darker shades.

7. Finish off the look with mascara and a natural shimmer lip gloss.

To prevent eye shadow from creasing, pat a translucent powder on the lids before and after applying it.


Givenchy Eyeshadow Quartet (R495) Purple Emotion
M.A.C. Eyeshadow (R100) Shale
Dior 5 Colour Palette (R460) Sweet Illusion
YSL Eyeshadow Duo (R335) Golden Sand/Silver White
Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:00 +0200
Beat Summer Skin Problems
Your breakouts are migrating toward your back and chest.
The best body pimple-obliterating method is to treat the affected areas with a scrub that contains salicylic acid or other acne-fighting ingredients such as lactic acid, says dermatologist Diane Berson. Try Eucerin Mild Daily Scrub (R83.99 for 150ml). After showering, use Dermologica's mediBac purifying wipes (R170 for a pack of 20 pre-moistened wipes). They are hygienic, quick cleansing wipes that will help purify your skin while removing excess oil, impurities and acne-causing bacteria.

You have ugly red bumps on your arms.
Almost 50% of women have 'chicken skin' (red bumps from skin cells that build up around hair follicles). Chlorine and heat exposure can make it worse, says dermatologist Audrey Kunin. The solution: a scrub that has a combination of glycolic, lactic and azelaic acids.

Ingrown hairs are the bane of your bikini line.
Excess oil production in the summer can plug up hair follicles and cause ingrown hairs. Use a salicylic acid scrub on the area to clear away the dead skin cells, says Dr. Kunin. Follow up with Dermafix's Calming Mint Gel (R200 for 200ml), which also helps with the inflammation.

You're perspiring in scary places.
You can use your antiperspirant to control sweating in unusual areas, like between your breasts and thighs, says Dr. Kunin. She recommends using an aerosol version, which is less sticky than a roll-on or solid and won't look chalky on your skin. Our pick: Nivea Fresh Deodorant Aerosol (R20.99 for 150ml).

Your lips are burnt.
Soothe your lips with a compress of milk and ice, says Dr. Berson. Follow up with an SPF lip balm that contains a hydrator like Shea butter. Try African Extracts Rooibos Nourishing Lip Balm (R22.95 for a pack of three).

Stubble is making your armpits look less than pretty.
For bump-free underarms, the key is to lift your arm so the skin is stretched tight, and then glide the razor from the bottom up. A three- or four-blade tool gives better results. Try Schick Quattro for Women (R59.99).
Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
The Sweetest Thing
According to Forbes, Britney Spears has made $84 million off the sales of Curious and Fantasy for Elizabeth Arden. Forbes also reported Jennifer Lopez's 2002 debut fragrance Glow made cosmetics company Coty $85 million. Sales of her fragrances, including Glow and Live Luxe, came to $77 million in 2006. Over the years, the French perfume house has also signed celebrities such as Celine Dion and Sarah Jessica Parker, who helped the company meet its $4 billion target this year.

Some celebrities have launched the fragrance lines independent of cosmetic houses. The Beckhams are one such couple. In September the ambitious Victoria Beckham told the Sun newspaper that her and husband David's fragrance company is worth $190 million.

But there are so many celebrity-endorsed fragrances on cosmetic shelves at the moment, finding the one that suits you could be challenging. Here is COSMO's list of the latest celeb perfumes we love right now:


The Beckhams launched their latest duo fragrance last month. Signature for Him is a deeply masculine fragrance that has a woody, oriental scent with hints of cypress and juniper berry, while Signature for Her is ultra-feminine and floriental with a mix of orchid, heliotrope and vanilla. Both fragrances are available at selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini and Clicks stores in a 30ml (R285), 50ml (R375), 75ml (R460) eau de toilette and a 150ml body spray (R95).


From mid-November Mariah Carey's sophomore fragrance from Elizabeth Arden will be available in South Africa. Luscious Pink is a burst of sparkling citrus mixed with the soft essence of peony, dewy tiare petals, Lily of the Valley and sandalwood. It will be available at selected retailers in a 100ml eau de parfum spray (R455).

Supermodel Kate Moss debuted her self-titled fragrance in April this year with a floral-musk scent. Kate is spiced with pink peppercorns, orange blossoms, magnolia and vetiver. It is available at selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini, Clicks, Dis-Chem stores as well as leading pharmacies in a 30ml (R295), 50ml (R395) and a 100ml (R495) eau de toilette and a 150ml (R95) deodorant spray.

Australian pop princess Kylie Minogue is another Coty signee and in August launched the follow-up fragrance to 2006's Darling, 2007's Sweet Darling and this year's Showtime. Sexy Darling, an alluring, floral woody fragrance, is built around the exotic belle de nuit flower and red rose, enhanced by pear and sandalwood notes. It is available in 30ml (R275), 50ml (R365) and 75ml (R440) eau de toilette and a 150ml (R110) body lotion at selected Edgars, Red Square, Foschini, Clicks, Dis-Chem stores and pharmacies.

Clearly not a novice when it comes to celebrity perfumes, Puerto Rican beauty Jennifer Lopez showcases her Hispanic heritage with her sixth fragrance. Deseo combines the scents of jasmine, pink geranium, orange blossom and French mimosa, and is available in 30ml, 50ml and 100 ml eau de parfum.


After a two year break from the fragrance market, Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker released her second fragrance Covet. It is classic and feminine with fresh green notes and hints of geranium leaves, Sicilian lemon, magnolia and amber. It is available in 50ml and 100ml eau de parfum spray and 200ml body lotion.

Apparently Halle Berry is also teaming up with Coty to launch her own perfume. She told People magazine she wants to call it Berry and fans can look forward to a global launch in 2009. We've also heard whisperings of Victoria Beckham encouraging her friend Katie Holmes to launch a signature scent. Whether her megastar and scientologist husband Tom Cruise will have a say in the matter is yet to be seen. Other celebrities also rumoured to be releasing a fragrance in 2009 include Avril Lavigne, Carmen Elektra, Kim Kardashian and Nicole Richie.
Fri, 12 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
The New Paparazzi are After You
Once, it was only celebrities who had to worry about being snapped unawares on the beach, and we'd feel a twinge of sympathy when we saw their tummy bulge, cellulite or bikini malfunctions emblazoned in magazines for everyone's amusement. But now, with so many of us addicted to Facebook and MySpace, we could all find out how it feels, as our 'pap' friends can snap us on their cell phones and post the results online for all to see.

To help you avoid this new danger, COSMO grilled a crack team of celeb insiders to find out how the stars dodge the pap trap.

You're gorgeous – but it doesn't hurt to give nature a hand. 'It's not about having the perfect body; it's about making the most of what you have,' says US stylist Ceril Campbell, who has styled Cat Deeley and Dannii Minogue, and is the author of Discover The New You (Summersdale Publishers). 'Before you go, exfoliate, and make sure your skin's smooth and hair-free. Then slap on the fake tan – try an instant one or a tanning moisturiser that gradually builds colour. Apply it the day after waxing to prevent it sinking into open pores.'

Treat yourself to some pre-holiday pampering, too. 'Hands and feet are important,' says Campbell, 'So indulge in a manicure and pedicure before you go away. You should also make sure you have a haircut that looks good – wet or dry.'

Finally, make sure you're wearing the best bikini for your body shape. Get this spot-on and you can relax, knowing there'll be no shots of you spilling out of your top or your bottom. The November 2008 issue of COSMOPOLITAN showcases the latest swimsuit styles that suit different figures.

Some celebs never seem to suffer from seaweed hair or sandy bums. But it's more likely they haven't been caught unawares by a pap lurking behind a beach umbrella. 'Deals with photographers happen a lot,' says Darryn Lyons, Australian founder of, a site where ordinary folk cash in on their pictures. 'Celebs need paps on their side, as we make them famous.

'Sometimes they realise we're watching and their demeanour changes, giving us some great shots. Other times they cut a deal with a pap where they or their favourite charities get some of the money made from a photo and we tell them what to do. They mess about in the sea, then maybe take their top off or change their bikini under a towel so we get a good set of pictures.'

Some celebs cooperate even more. 'We take a lot of stars on holiday, where pictures are planned,' Lyons reveals.

It's probably not realistic to offer your friends a week in Mauritius in exchange for a nice-photos-only rule. But bribe them with cocktails and make them promise not to snap you sleeping slack-jawed. Then you can convince your friends back home that you looked fabulous all the time.

But the most cunning damage control of all is blackmail. Get enough embarrassing photos of your friends and you'll ensure your own shameful pics end up in the Trash folder.

You've made the most of your assets and forced your pals to swear on their COSMO collection not to snap you unawares. All that's left is to pose like a pro. 'There are lots of tricks you can use to look your best in front of the camera,' says UK beach-shoot veteran Alison Webster. 'Before leaving your holiday pad, check yourself in a full-length mirror to see how your stance can be improved. It's tempting to cross your arms to cover the lumps and bumps you don't like, but it just draws attention to them. The best thing to do with your hands is to put them on your hips – that way, you'll avoid the flabby look that even slim arms get when you press them against your sides,' she says.

'Everyone looks better if they stand tall with their shoulders back,' Webster says. 'Stand with your back to the sun, as it'll give a softer light and hide any lines or spots – plus, you won't squint.' Then, just before the picture is taken, put one leg in front of the other, to elongate your thigh, and point one shoulder towards the camera slightly – looking down this shoulder will get rid of a double chin. And make sure your hair has plenty of volume, because it'll make you look smaller.'

If you're still not confident that you look fabulous, cheat. 'Sit in the sand or on a chair with soft cushions and your legs will sink in, making them look slimmer,' says Campbell. 'If you're on holiday with friends, stand between and slightly behind two of them – they'll shave inches off your sides.'

But the most important rule of all, which celebs such as Cameron Diaz follow, is this: enjoy yourself. The shots that are worth the most to paparazzi, celebs and us ordinary types alike are those where everyone's having a brilliant time – and that just can't be faked.
Thu, 04 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
Gorgeous, Glowy Skin Reel in the benefits.
Studies show that the omega-3 fatty acids found in fresh catches like salmon can improve skin's moisture levels, making it more luminous.

Have some chocolate too.
The flavanol antioxidant in cocoa can create smoother, less scaly skin, according to researchers. Mix pure cocoa powder into your smoothie or top your salad with flavanol-rich fruits and veggies such as apples and green chillies.

Don't skip the multivitamin.
It won't work overnight, but a regular multivitamin delivers nutrients that keep your skin healthy and glowing in the long term, says Massachusetts dermatologist Ranella Hirsch.

Find your skin Zen.

Studies suggest that emotional stress can weaken your moisture barrier, making your appearance dull. Try a massage or yoga to de-stress.

Wash and glow.
There are thousands of products that promise to make you glow. Head straight for the face and body lotions with alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which slough away skin-dulling cells, says Dr. Hirsch.

Beware marathon showers.
They sap you of natural oils, warns Dr. Hirsch. Keep the water lukewarm, slather on a hydrating body wash to fend off dryness, and try not to soak for longer than 10 minutes.

Try a spritz trick.
If you need a bonus shot of radiance, spray on a thermal, mineral-rich mist (we like Vichy Thermal Spa Water), and top with moisturiser to seal it in. Minerals restore your PH balance, helping you glisten.

Splash safely.
Saltwater and chlorine leave a pasty film on your body that tarnishes your glow. After a swim, rub on a body-polishing cream.

Hit the gold mine.

Gradual self-tanning body and face moisturisers give you a natural, just-born-with-it beam – Neutrogena Summer Glow Daily Moisturiser is a good choice.

Spike your stash.
For an all over shimmer, US makeup artist Michelle Affronti mixes body lotion with a pinch of loose highlighting powder (try Jane Iredale 24 Karat Gold Oust Powder).
Mon, 01 Dec 2008 12:00 +0200
Your Makeup's Shelf Life
Not all experts agree on how long you can keep certain items, but we've put together a timeline you can follow.

Toss after 3 months:

Toss after 6 months:
Facial cleansers
Facial moisturisers

Toss after 12 months:
Pressed powders such as blushers, eye shadows and concealers
Facial toner
Eye and lip pencils (or when they become dry, crumbly and difficult to apply)

Toss after 2 years:

Lipsticks & lip glosses (also as soon as you develop a cold sore)
Nail polish

Practice good hygiene and replace the contents of your makeup bag every now and then to get rid of bacteria and prevent skin infections. ]]>
Tue, 09 Sep 2008 12:00 +0200
Pout Loud!
1. Dark lipstick tends to form streaks on chapped lips, so start by exfoliating them with a soft face cloth or baby toothbrush to smoothen them.
2. Apply a non-greasy lip balm to moisturise dry patches. After a few minutes wipe off any excess balm.
3. Use a lipliner to keep lipstick from looking messy. Choose a shade that matches your lipstick or is slightly darker. Using the side of the pencil, work from the centre to the corners. Blend with a finger so lips don’t look sharply lined.
4. Apply lipstick by rubbing a fingertip over colour and dab on. Smack lips together to spread it and blot with a tissue to remove any excess.
5. For a more precise application, use a lip brush to line and fill in lips. Press a tissue between lips to soften lines. For intense colour apply a second coat and blot again.


* If you have fair skin, deep-pink lipsticks are most flattering, a medium complexion looks best with burgundy lipsticks, russet and raisin shades suit olive skin, and plum shades are flattering to dark skin.
* The more yellow your skin tone, the browner your lipstick should be.
* Mix your foundation with a touch of highlighting cream to keep your skin from looking too washed out against a strong lipstick shade.
* Keep eye shadows subtle so they don’t clash with your bold lip colour.
* Apply lots of lush black mascara to give eyes definition so they balance a vivid mouth.
Sun, 31 Aug 2008 12:00 +0200
Scrub Up
2. Following the instructions supplied, apply the microdermabrasion product with either a spatula or your fingers to your forehead, nose, chin, cheeks, neck and lip contour. Avoid contact with your eyes and lips.

3. Wet your fingers and massage for one minute in circular movements over your cheeks and neck and in up-and-down movements over your forehead, nose and chin.

4. Rinse well with warm water and pat your face dry with a soft, clean towel.

5. Use your fingertips to apply the calming moisturizer


* Though not quite as effective as their salon counterparts, home microdermabrasion kits are much cheaper and more convenient.
* Avoid microdermabrasion completely if you're on any kind of acne treatment such as Roaccutane, mainly because your skin is very sensitive and it could lead to permanent scarring.
* Home microdermabrasion works well on hyperpigmentation and fine wrinkles but is best for treating clogged and enlarged pores.
* Most kits are best used in the evening twice a week for three consecutive weeks.
* Your skin may be a little red for about 24 hours after application. Give it a little TLC by drinking lots of water and applying a rich moisturiser for the week afterwards.
* Try to stay out of the sun for at least a week afterwards and apply an SPF30.
* While we think you should always avoid tanning beds, it's particularly important to do so for the week following your microdermabrasion.
* Stay out of chlorinated swimming pools.
* If you need to defuzz any area of your face, do the waxing before rather than after the microdermabrasion.
Sun, 27 Jul 2008 12:00 +0200
9 Get-Gorgeous Tips Eyes

Fake awake eyes
To create the illusion of well-rested peepers, use a flesh-toned pencil to line the lower inner rims of your eyes. This area is usually bloodshot when you're tired, and the pencil will offset the redness so your eyes look bright.

Prep your lid
Before you apply any eye makeup, blend a creamy concealer onto your lids and into the inner corners of your eyes. This will give your shadow a base to stick to.

Go for contrasting lids and tips Pair a smoldering eye look with a crisp off-white nail polish. The combo looks elegant, plus you won't have to worry about your manicure matching your clothes.


Body shimmer Enhance your cleavage by dusting a shimmery body powder over the tops of your breasts. And to prevent the sparkles from rubbing off on your outfit (and your man's shirt), first apply a body lotion so the powder has something to cling to

Look pretty in pictures Avoid a shiny-looking complexion caused by a camera flash by applying a mattifying lotion to your T zone before you put on your makeup. It'll keep oil at bay all night.

Fake a gorgeous glow
Mix one part foundation with one part liquid illuminator, and then use your fingertips to massage it all over your face.


Pump up the volume For oomphy, tousled strands, try this trick from Nathaniel Hawkins, a celeb hairstylist who has worked with the Olsen twins: When you're finished blow-drying your hair, switch to the cool setting, flip your head over and aim the nozzle around randomly for a few minutes. "This creates pockets of air between your locks so they look extra full," he says.

Tune up tired hair
If you're without product and your hair looks frizzy, wet your hands, then smooth your palms over your strands. The water will reactivate any products you applied in the a.m.

Rework your hair flair
A glittery accessory adds instant glamour to any hairstyle.
Tue, 17 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Good Times, Girls! 3 minutes TO FRESHEN UP YOUR FACE

When you don’t have time to do makeup from scratch, freshen up with a hydrating mist. GOOD TO TRY: La Mer The Mist.

Dim night-time lighting is fortunately forgiving, so there’s no need for foundation. Rather apply a small amount of tinted moisturiser to your face. GOOD TO TRY: Guinot Tinted Moisturizer, available in two shades – Natural, for light skin tones, and Golden, for dark skin tones.

Next, dab an illuminating concealer under your eyes and anywhere else that needs brightening (such as the sides of your nose and forehead). GOOD TO TRY: Yves Saint Laurent’s Radiant Touch.

Finish with a whisk of colour on your cheekbones and décolleté. GOOD TO TRY: Glowfusion in Luminous.


Universally flattering and quick to apply, a creamy bronze eye shadow is the perfect party quick-fix – you just dab it onto lids with a fingertip, no precision required. GOOD TO TRY: M.A.C Paint Pots in Groundwork and Indianwood.

Some liquid gel liners reflect light, which makes eyes appear to twinkle. Tilt your head back and half close your eyes to apply it. Gently glide the brush along your lash line, painting in several short strokes. To avoid smudges, keep your head tilted back for a minute to let the liner dry. GOOD TO TRY: Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner.

Finally, swipe on a lengthening mascara. GOOD TO TRY: Benefit Get Bent Wonder Lifting Mascara.


You can apply a sheer cream blush with your eyes closed. Simply smile, dot colour on to each cheek and rub in small circles to blend for a natural rosy glow.


A sheer pink gloss looks fresh and is impossible to mess up (unlike lipstick). Dab it on the centre of your lips, then press them together or blend gloss with a finger. GOOD TO TRY: Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Peaches.


Get limbs soft, glowing and smelling divine in next to no time by using a shimmer lotion laced with your favourite scent. Slather over arms, legs and feet. Alternatively, use an illuminising spray (GOOD TO TRY: The Body Shop White Musk Shimmer Mist) or a fragrant, gleamy body oil (GOOD TO TRY: Mary Cohr Precious Argan).
Thu, 12 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Getting It Off - Fast
* Instead of washing your face, use pre-moistened wipes to get rid of pore-clogging makeup, dirt and oils quickly.

* Hold a pad soaked in eye-makeup remover on each lid for five seconds – makeup will wipe off easily, without any tugging and rubbing.

* Dab some petroleum jelly on your mouth so lipstick will wipe off easily.

* Finally, smooth on just a little moisturiser.


When you wake up after a late night of partying, drink at least two glasses of water to replenish lost fluids and pop a multivitamin to restore nutrients. If you’re not looking your loveliest, a little makeup can help – but only if you use it cleverly:

*The golden rule: less is more. If you pile makeup onto tired skin, it will sink into fine lines and emphasise them. Instead, apply foundation only to blotchy or darkened areas and dot a creamy light-reflecting concealer under the eyes, blending it up to the lash line.

*Sweep a bright pink blush over the apples of your cheeks to bring some colour back.

*Apply a highlighter to the tops of your cheeks and along your brow bones.

*Brighten the whites of your eyes by lining the inner rim of your lower lids with a white pencil.

*Curl lashes and apply two coats of mascara to ‘open up’ bleary eyes.

*Finish with a natural or pink lipstick or gloss.
Tue, 03 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Gorgeous, In a Hurry Makeup in Minutes

* Wake up and glow. Use self-tanner regularly so you won`t have to worry about bronzer and shimmer each morning.
* Pare down your face routine. Start with primer to lock in your makeup and prevent you from over-applying anything later. Then pick a foundation that you can adjust to your complexion and blends in fast. Dab concealer over zits.
* Use `pretty` powder. The fine particles in mineral-based makeup can actually protect and soothe your skin won`t clog pores. The nice, satiny effect, may be all you need for your low-key weekend look.
* Don`t go crazy with tons of colours. Instead, invest in one great neutral eye-shadow palette. Or pat on cream blush.
* Try the two-step smoky eye. Slapping on too much makeup can turn your delicate lids into a smeary mess. Just use an eyeliner you can smudge and thick mascara.
* Easy evening tricks! To ramp it up at night, count on three things: dark lipstick, a sexy streak of violet eyeliner and matte bronzer to warm your skin tone at dusk.

Fantastic Skin, Superfast

* Don`t strive for squeaky clean. Soaping up too often can strip away essential oils that keep your skin juicy. So only cleanse your face in the a.m. and p.m., and get a moisturising shower lotion.
* Kiss toner good-bye. It was developed to restore your skin`s pH balance (the level of acidity), but since most cleansers are now pH-balanced, ditch it.
* Love your calluses. They protect your feet, so don`t sand them away if they’re not painful or growing in size. Rub on an exfoliator.
* Streamline SPF. Instead of topping face cream with sunscreen, opt for a lotion containing SPF.
* Reach for a makeup-remover pad. If you just want to crash at night.
* Keep nails simple. Looking polished doesn`t require several layers of colour. A soft base coat is dazzling on its own.

Hassle-Free Hair

* Forget the phrase shampoo, rinse, and repeat. Simply lather up once. And only wash every other day to protect your hair and scalp from drying out.
* Leave some conditioner in there. Conditioners often contain many of the same ingredients as styling creams, so don`t rinse them out of your ends completely.
* Spot treat your roots. If that area is turning greasy and you`re short on time, simply dust on hair powder.
* Work your natural texture. If you have waves, just run an antifrizz cream through damp hair and you’re good to go. For fine locks, apply a root and blow-dry.
* Score style while you sleep. At night, braid or roll damp hair up into a low bun. When you wake up and undo your tresses, they will have dried into pretty waves.
Mon, 02 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Super-Eyes Me! Step by step
1. Minimise fine lines by dabbing a soy-, vitamin- or caffeine-enriched eye cream on the skin around the eyes, tapping it lightly until it’s properly absorbed.
2. Using a concealer brush, apply a yellow-toned concealer under the eyes, from the inner corners to just beyond the dark circles. Blend it up towards the lower lash line. If eyes are very puffy, gently rub a little chilled eye gel over the concealer.
3. Apply a little concealer to lids, too, if they’re looking tired. Set with a translucent powder.
4. To make eyes look brighter, rub a highlighter or a hot-pink shadow on the brow bone and at the inner corners. Lining the inner rims of the lids with a white pencil helps too.
5. Finish by sweeping on two coats of black, lash-curling mascara.

• Makeup doesn’t stay put very well over a de-puffing eye gel, so it’s better to apply these gels after putting on concealer.
• Another way to reduce puffiness is to grate cold cucumber, wrap it in a paper towel and leave this on closed eyes for about 15 minutes.
• For a thinner, smoother layer of concealer, warm it in the palm of your hand before applying it.
• If you overdo the concealer, blend in more eye cream.

• Clinique Moisture Eye Gel
• Garnier Nutritionist Regenerating Eye Cream
• Chanel Le Crayon Kôhl in White
• M.A.C Eye Shadow in Melton Mauve
• Estée Lauder Illusionist Intense Maximum Curling Mascara in Black
• Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
Sun, 01 Jun 2008 12:00 +0200
Makeup Minefield Shaky foundations
Choosing the right shade of base is tricky – especially because our skin changes colour as the seasons change. Everyone should have one shade for winter and another for summer. This also gives you the option of mixing the two to create shades in between. (Mix them in your hands before applying, not on your face!)

Hide and shriek!
Concealer is great for covering up undereye shadows – unless you apply so much it only draws attention to them. If you’re wearing only a little makeup, apply concealer only to the inner corners of your eyes, to lighten them up a bit. If you’re wearing a full face of makeup, brush concealer on from the inner corners all the way out.

False smile
Trying to make your lips look bigger with liner never works. Not ever. Sooner or later, your lipstick will come off, leaving your mouth with a fake-looking outline. Rather use a pale lip gloss to make a mouth look plumper. And remember: natural-looking small lips are much more attractive than phoney-looking big ones.

You got carried away when you were plucking your eyebrows and now – oops! – you have a bare patch (and a permanently startled look). Choose a pencil or shadow (which you should apply with a brow brush) that’s a shade lighter than your brows for the most natural-looking fill-in.

Mean clean
If your skin feels really tight after you’ve washed it, stop using whatever it is you are using right now! It’s clearly too harsh – you should feel clean, not scoured.

Granny face
Too much face powder is ageing and applying it all over your face is too mask-like. Rather dust it on only where skin tends to get oily, such as the forehead, nose and chin. Nobody needs powder on their temples, cheeks or the undereye area. A bit of sheen is more natural.

Clumpy lashes
You can never wear too much mascara, but you can wear mascara that is too messy. To avoid clumpiness, apply it like a pro: use the wand as you would a round brush when you blow-dry hair – get it right down to the roots and then pull it through to the tips, lifting the lashes as if you were trying to curl them. Using a waterproof formula for the lower lashes prevents that grubby-looking late-night smudge.

What feet? Out of sight, out of mind – our feet tend to get neglected in winter, and heels and soles can become dry and rough. For a quick DIY remedy, cut a lemon in half and rub it over these areas – the acidity will act as a natural exfoliant.

Fading colours
A few days before colouring your hair, give it a deep-conditioning treatment. Well-nourished hair locks in pigment better and more evenly than dry, porous strands and colour will look more vibrant.

Blotched up!
If you’ve botched a fake-tan application, don’t resign yourself to covering up for the next week. Gently exfoliate the area (don’t scrub until your skin goes red!) and then dot a matt liquid bronzer over the lighter areas to disguise streaks.

Tue, 27 May 2008 12:00 +0200
Smokin! 1. Begin by applying a sheer grey or silver cream shadow over the entire lid with your finger.
2. Apply a grey or silver powder shadow over this from the lash line to the crease.
3. Use a black kohl pencil to line the upper and lower lash lines. Add emphasis by going over the upper line in short diagonal strokes and strokes and then smudging it with a slanted eye brush.
4. Using a clean brush, sweep a dark-grey powder shadow along the lash line and below the lower lashes.
5. Finish with mascara.


* Use darker, richer shades – such as charcoals and plums – at night rather than simply applying your daytime makeup more heavily.
* Alternatively, use shimmers and metallics to intensify a day look for the evening.
* For a modern, understated look, accentuate either the eyes or the lips; for a strikingly dramatic look, accentuate both.
* Smoky evening eyes look good with toffee, ruby or berry stains on the lips and a pale-pink or mauve blush on the cheeks.
* To make eye makeup last longer, start by sweeping a neutral, matt eye shadow or concealer over the lids as a primer. Applying shadow with a damp brush also helps to make it last.
* You need three different eye brushes to apply makeup with professional polish: one with a firm, round tip (to press shadow onto the lid); a soft, tapered one (to blend around the eye sockets); and a flat brush (for under the eyes).
Thu, 15 May 2008 12:00 +0200
Good To Glow
2. Using a medium-sized blusher brush, dust shimmer powder over the tops of your cheekbones and along the jawline.

3. Use a fingertip to run the residual shimmer powder along the spine of your nose (especially if you want to make it look slimmer). Pat a little into the well of your Cupid's bow to create the illusion of plumpness.

4. Apply a lip gloss or lipstick that contains sparkle – the finer the particles, the subtler and more sophisticated the look.

5. Dab a metallic shimmer powder over your usual eye makeup on the lid over the bail of the eye, above the iris.

6. Dust shimmer powder or rub shimmering lotion onto your décolletage, focusing on your collarbones and cleavage.


* The most important thing about applying shimmer is getting it on the right bits. It will highlight trouble spots so take extra care with concealing and neutralising these.
* Make sure you use the right amount: too much and you look like an oil slick.
* Shimmer is great for highlighting the planes of your face. Focus on the areas that are prominent. To check which these are, makeup artist Sylvie Hurford advises standing directly beneath a hanging light and checking in a mirror to see where the light naturally falls.
* Although it's not a strict rule, gold generally looks best on pale skins, while copper suits olive skin and silver works well with dark skin.
* Choose a nail varnish with a high-gloss shine, or use a high-gloss top coat over a pale-gold or pearl polish on short, neat nails.

Fri, 09 May 2008 12:00 +0200
(Sk)inspirations AGE: 18-25
Because your oil glands are working at full speed, your skin is supple and naturally well moisturised. Your cells regenerate regularly, giving your skin an even texture and a rosy, pretty glow. The downside is that excess oil production sometimes causes break-outs and can leave skin looking shiny.


* Use a mild cleanser to remove make-up, oil and dirt without stripping skin.If you have greasy skin, use a foaming, oil-free face wash.
* Avoid pore-clogging heavy creams. Choose an oil-free moisturiser (with an SPF for the sun) that has antioxidants such as vitamin C or E.
* Keep blemishes at bay by exfoliating a couple of times a week with a gentle scrub.

AGE 26-30
Finally! Your skin’s oil production is under control. Except for the occasional zit, you should be in the clear, so to speak. The bad news is that your collagen production and cell renewal are slowing down, which means environmental pollutants are more damaging.

* Switch to a cleanser with salicylic acid and gentle sloughers. It will prevent sporadic break-outs and get rid of the dead skin cells that cause dullness.
* Throw in a weekly deeper exfoliating treatment. Glycolic peel and microdermabrasion kits remove damaged surface skin, revealing a fresher layer underneath, and stimulate collagen production.
* Use an antioxidant-laced oil-free lotion with an SPF in the morning but at night use one containing retinol, which encourages cell renewal and teaches your skin to exfoliate more efficiently on its own. Use retinol at night – sunlight reduces its effectiveness.

AGE 31-35
Since you’re a smart cookie and have always avoided smoking and sunbathing (right?!), you should be looking pretty good. Still, your cheeks may appear just a little less plump, and you might have some fine lines, discolouration and dryness. There are plenty of products for dealing with this.

* Make sure you apply a serum twice a day. Most brands can deliver more potent levels of age-fighting active ingredients (including antioxidants) than a regular lotion does.
* A new antioxidant in skincare is idebenone. Dermatologists report that it’s extremely powerful and has anti-ageing properties.
* Follow your morning serum application with an SPF lotion that will also treat pigmentation problems
Tue, 06 May 2008 12:00 +0200
Get Even
2. During the day, wear a sunscreen or moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15 to prevent further skin damage. Protect the face, cleavage and hands – the areas that are most often exposed to the sun.

3. Cover up in the meantime by applying your normal shade of foundation to the centre of the marks and dabbing it outwards with your fingertip until the borders are just covered. If you have fair skin, use a porcelain shade; if you have medium skin use a beige shade; and if you have dark skin, use a walnut shade.

4. If the blotches are still apparent, dab concealer on the area as well.

5. Blot with powder to set, and spritz with a little water to retain a dewy, fresh look.


* Using sunscreen helps to prevent pigmentation patches as well as early signs of ageing and skin cancer.
* The most effective sunscreens have antioxidant properties.
* Pigmentation is most likely to occur on your chest and face – the skin in these areas is thinner and more sensitive.
* Pigmentation can result from sunscreen being applied unevenly. The contraceptive pill can also cause pigmentation marks.
* The alcohol present in many scents can cause pigmentation when skin that's been spritzed with it is exposed to the sun.
Tue, 29 Apr 2008 12:00 +0200