w&h Beauty editor, Martinique Stevens, gives us a her top eight tips to shine this party season.
1. Scent your Mood
The Estee Lauder Aerin Collection of nine fragrances is a complete wardrobe of scents. For a hot date this festive season, try Hibscus Palm, from R1 785 for 50ml EDP, which will surely put you in the summer holiday spirit with its topically inspired notes of frangipani and ylang ylang flowers amid coconut milk with a dash of vanilla. Fancy something a little more fresh? We love Waterlily Sun, from R1 785 for 50ml EDP, from the same collection, with bright Sicilian bergamot and dewy greens notes.
2. Spray in Shine
Under any night light, a spritzing of a conditioning hair mist makes all types of hair look more luscious and luminous without weighing it down. We love silcone, sulphate and mineral oil-free, Maui Moisture Coconut Milk Nourish & Moisture Mist, R199,99 for 125ml.
3. Go Smoky
Blend a brown smudgeable liner or jumbo crayon along around the top lash line to define your eyes and make them pop. Try deep chocolate brown hued Bobbi Brown Long-wear Cream Shadow Stick in Heather Steel, R490, or this ultra-affordable NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil in Dark Brown, R94,95.
The trick? Prime your lids first, and then set your smudged colour in with a matching powder to ensure it lasts all day long.
4. Be Red Hot
Shades of red will always be a classic go-to, so paint nails and toes in succulent berry red shaded, Wild Wonder Nail Lacquer, R165 for 18ml, from Orly nail polish’s festive season collection, to instantly give your nails a look of luxurious glamour.
5. Accentuate your Mouth
A fab new lip colour, such as this LCN Permanent Lipliner in the shade Bordeaux, R360, that will not only put you in the party mood, but last through your entire festive season dinner without bleeding or smudging. Then smile! Experts say it lifts your face, making it look more youthful.
6. Contour that Cleavage
Use a dusting of a shimmering body bronzer, like this Physicians Formula Bronze Booster 2-in-1 Glow Boosting Bronzer + Highlighter, R219,95, over the top of a tan. Dust it across your collarbone, chest, arms, forehead, temples, cheekbones and shoulders with a large bronzing or powder brush, like this Real Techniques Powder Brush, R196.
7. Tan and Tone
The Skinny Tan Gradual Self Tanner, R249,99 for 125ml, is a luxurious, faultless amber-coloured cream that instantly tints your skin, leaving you with a flawless and natural-looking sun-kissed tan.
8. A Fine Line
Go for a subtle hint of colour along the inner corners of the eyes. Choose Stila Waterproof Stay-All-Day Liquid Eyeliner in Intense Labradorite or Indigo, R320 each, are great options for a quick-dry gleam.
A scent obsessed beauty editor with a flair for fashion and an affinity for anything kawaii. When she’s not researching skincare ingredient lists for the latest low-down on what this or that compound or chemical does on the skin, you can expect to find her off-loading stress at the gym, enjoying a salsa dancing social or hunting for the latest fragrance.