From glossing on skin to metallic pops of light, beauty editor Martinique Stevens selects enlightened pick-me-ups for flawless make-up in a matter of minutes.
Focus on minimising pores and blemishes, but let your true skin shine through with balmy skincare. We love new pHformula Vita B3 Vibrance Boost Mask, R645 for 50ml, especially used over dry cheeks to get a boost of moisture. Leave on for ten minutes then smooth on Smashbox Photo Finish Crystalized Primerizer, R495 for 30ml, a hybrid highlighter, primer and moisturiser. It’s the perfect radiant ‘base for a base’.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Everyday Perfection Bouncy Makeup, R299 for 9g, applies like a cream, dries like a powder, yet doesn’t feel or look at all heavy on the skin. La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation SPF 20, R1 700 for 30ml, also covers well without being too noticeable. “It’s perfect for older skins”, says international make-up artist Caroline Barnes, “as you want something light that has staying power.”
The Pro Highlight
Using glossy shimmer textures to contour on cheeks and temples has been the way to go. Now, it’s been taken a step further with metallic shimmers, rather than gloss. Mac Loose Pigment in Rose Gold, R360 for 4,5g, offers an incredible cyber gleam to darker skin tones; while a single sweep of NYX Professional Makeup Foil Play Cream Pigment in Dagger, R124,95 for 2,5g, on light to medium complexions gives a gorgeous iridescent shine.
The Natural Gleam
Finally, add subtle touches of golden light to the eyes, on the bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow. You’ll love the ease of Catrice Made To Stay Highlighter Pen, R74, that you can go anywhere you want with. The Body Shop Bright Glow Instaglow CC Cream, R230 for 25ml, available in three shades, is also great to grab on the go and gives the perfect low-key glimmer.