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How to touch up your makeup

Words: Emmy Schofield | Pictures: Fairchild Archive

June 19, 2013

Hate the way you look like a million bucks when you leave home with fresh makeup in the morning, but resemble a Kiss band member by 3pm? Us too. Here are 4 easy steps to keep your face fresh all day long.

 

Eyes bright

 

Do not – we repeat, do not – add more powder shadow over existing eye makeup. It will cake and go blotchy. Instead, gently blend with your finger before dabbing a cream shadow over the middle of your lid. Opt for a gold, bronze or taupe, as these are universally flattering. MAC’s Cream Color Base, R170 comes in loads of amazing shades.

 

Keep it covered

 

Keep a concealer pencil with you to do touch-ups during the day. We love Inglot Perfect Concealer, R99 because it has a great creamy texture, and won’t leak in your bag!

 

Oil control

 

If you are prone to oiliness, blotting paper is your best friend. Our fave is Palladio Oil-Absorbing Rice Paper Tissues, R64.95 (from Dis-Chem). This paper removes excess sebum, and deposits a thin veil of powder in one sweep.

 

Pale is not so interesting

 

Sitting at a desk for 8 hours can take it out of you, and it will show on your skin. Perk-up your circulation with a spritz of thermal water (Uriage and Vichy have a few options each). Then pinch your cheeks to bring a natural flush and make you look more awake.

 

Lip service

 

Instead of fussing with lipstick application every few hours, sweep a layer of clear, shimmery gloss over the colour that’s left to brighten it. This way you’ll only need to do a full reapplication once or twice. Try The Body Shop Love Gloss in Natural, R110.

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