As we transition between winter and the lighter moods of spring, these top 5 South African make-up trends will carry us through…
1. Skin trend: Dewy glow
At the base of it all is a fresh ‘‘no make-up make-up” skin. However, it gets an update with a bit of a glow. We’re not talking shine, just a lovely inner glow. You get it with a liquid foundation that has a soft, dewy finish, such as Bourjois City Radiance Foundation and Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.
2. Eyeliner trend: Draw the line
Eyes are front and centre this year, and the showstopper of them all is eyeliner. Liquid, pencil, gel… from elegant fine lines to chunky blocks. Just search eyeliner trends and let your imagination fly. We love these looks from the AW 2017/2018 runways. Black is always the It colour, but nothing’s stopping you going all-out with blues, purples, greens (check out Bourjois Contour Clubbing Waterproof Eye Pencils), pinks, oranges and reds (use a clean, sharpened lipliner) especially as the first buds of spring start appearing.
Pencil line: Rimmel Exaggerate Auto Eye Definer
Kohl kajal: Maybelline Master Drama Ultra Black Kohl Pencil
3. Shadow trend: Smoking allowed!
The smoky eye gets playful this season. As the base, you have a soft metallic smoke in bronze, gunmetal, deep rust or burgundy, and highlight the inner corner of your eye. The easiest way to do it is with Maybelline The Burgundy Eye Shadow Palette, Rimmel Magnif’eyes Eye Contouring Palette or Revlon ColorStay 16hr Quad Eyeshadow in Decadent. Then start playing with some bright contrasting shadow in the centre of the eyelid – blue, teal, gold, red (use a pencil if needs be)… give it a whirl.
Eyelashes get a lashing of soot, length and curl with Revlon Ultimate All in One Mascara, Maybelline Volum’ Express Colossal Big Shot Mascara, Rimmel Wonder’Full Volume Colourist Mascara, L’Oréal Paris Double Extension Beauty Therapy Tubes Black Mascara or Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara.
4. Lip colour trend: Plum Perfect
The beauty about plum shades is that they suit just about everyone. And we’re delighted that plummy hues are the It colour for lips. It’s up to you how you want it – you can go full vamp with a luscious blackberry mouth or dab on a sheer stain.
And for lovers of Ultra Violet – the Pantone Color of the Year 2018… Does it get more perfect than Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick 800 Run The Show and Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Believer, and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lipstick in Violet Parfait. Shrinking violets can layer it on as a highlight over their safer lip shades, but this shade deserves to be flaunted in all its glory.
5. Brows – anything but beaten
Brows aren’t OTT this season, but rather maximised naturally and groomed, or brushed upwards. For those of us challenged in the brow department, some filling in and darkening is needed – try Rimmel Brow This Way Styling Gel, Revlon ColorStay Brow Kit or Maybelline Brow Satin Pencil.