This Dance-proof Matric Makeup How-to Will Take Your Face Beat to New Levels

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Matric dances are coming up and we want you to have the most glam night ever! Celeb makeup artist La’eeqa Yunus created an amazing dance-proof matric makeup look for Essence ambassador Nuzhah Jacobs, and now you can recreate it too. You can’t go wrong with bright eyes and full lips! Get the steps below.

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With this matric makeup look, you can dance the night away and won’t need a touch-up. Yaaas.

1. Prime Your Eyes

Essence You Better Work! Eye Primer

Start by applying an eye-shadow primer. This helps to keep your eye shadow in place, prevent it from creasing, and intensify the colour

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2. Fill & Clean 'Em Brows

Essence Nude Eyeshadow Palette

Fill in your brows with matte eye shadow in a shade that’s closest to your natural hair colour. After you’ve filled them in, use concealer to clean up around the brows in a shade lighter than your natural skin colour.

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3. Smoky Eyes

Essence G’day Sydney Eyeshadow Palette

Go in with a lighter brown eye shadow as your transitional shade and use a dome-shaped blending brush to apply to the crease of the eye. Windshield-wiper motions are the best! Then use the darker brown shade and apply to the outer corner of the eye.

Use concealer to clean up the inner corner of the eye, and then apply the gold eye shadow only on the inside lid. Blend out any hard lines.

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4. Precision Lining

Essence Waterproof Eyeliner Pen

Use black liquid eyeliner to line the eye and create definition. If you’re a newbie, start by using a pen eyeliner as it is easier to hold and control.

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5. Lash Fever

Essence You Better Work! Volume & Curl Mascara

Apply multiple coats of mascara in wiggly motions.

Tip: use a spoolie brush to comb through your lashes after every application to prevent clumping.


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6. Prime Your Face

Essence Glow Boosting + Pore Minimizing Primer

Apply primer all over the face to create a smooth finish. This fills in fine lines and wrinkles too!

Tip: mix your primer and a few drops of liquid highlighter for a radiant complexion.

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7. Now it's Time for Foundation

Essence Soft Touch Mousse Makeup

Apply foundation all over the face and be sure to blend.

Tip: always test foundation on the apples of your cheeks, and match it to your arms and décolletage area.

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8. Just a Little Contour

Essence You Better Work! Camouflage Concealer Palette

Use concealer in a shade or two lighter than your natural skin tone to highlight under your eyes, down the bridge of your nose, your Cupid’s bow and your chin.

Use a darker shade of concealer to contour along your forehead, under your cheekbones and down the sides of your nose.

Tip: always blend well to avoid hard lines.

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9. Set it!

Essence Mattifying Compact Powder

Set your makeup with this powder for a finished look!


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10. Time to Highlight

Essence Glow to Go Highlighter Palette

Apply highlighter across your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose and on your inner tear ducts.


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11. Blush, Baby

Essence Hey Cheeks Blush, Bronzer and Highlighter Palette

Apply blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend towards your temples.


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12. Kissable Red

Essence Ultra Last Instant Colour Lipstick

Line your lips with lipliner to prevent lipstick from bleeding out, then apply red lipstick.

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13. Finish the Look

Essence You Better Work! Fixing Spray

Finish off with a spritz of setting spray!


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