Gallery: Blooming beautiful make-up
Durban - Nature begins to blush in spring. This eruption of colour often sets the tone for the season’s looks and spring/summer 2013 is as informed by Mother Nature as it is by the latest trends in fashion.
On the catwalks bold brows, coloured eye liner, jewelled lids and extra-long lashes put emphasis on beautiful sparkling eyes while lips are fairly matte and often scarlet.
Durban’s own make-up guru Aldytha da Silva of Make-up Your Mind (MUYM) in Morningside and recently Ballito, says it’s all about adapting high fashion looks into your everyday lifestyle.
Her MUYM Studio is 20 years old this year and offers everything from brow shaping to personalised make-up lessons, make-up and hair for all occasions as well as bridal hair and make-up packages.
Da Silva took us through step-by-step application tips and techniques:.
Skin – Prime and Prepare
The new buzzword in make-up is primer. Use this sheer, silky lightweight cream as the first step in your make-up routine, laying the foundation for a great make-up application.
Primers even out the texture of the skin by filling in large pores, crease lines and uneven texture.
Usually made of silicone, the use of a primer results in a silky smooth and even appearance, allowing for each and every other product to glide on effortlessly and stay put for hours. Specific primers either matte the skin or add additional moisture. There is now no reason for patchy, dry-looking foundation.
Use a synthetic brush to evenly apply product over the entire face:
Da Silva’s professional tip: use a cross hatch application to ensure fine hairs are smoothed flat on to the skin.
Bronzers – Buff and Boost
A must in every kit, especially when living at the coast. Bronzer in all its forms (creams, liquids and powders) is the X factor product, taking a dull and lifeless canvas and instantly boosting it to a vibrant healthy glow.
Da Silva’s professional tip: use a drop of liquid bronzer mixed into your foundation to create natural bronzed hues. When applying powder, add a dusting of bronzing powder into your translucent powder before applying to the skin. Use powder only on forehead, nose, inner cheek and chin to avoid an over powdered effect. I suggest always mixing a little bronzer into other products to avoid an “over bronzed” effect which will leave a visible metallic look on the skin. Not the look we are after.
Eyes – Expert easy eyes
The idea of using colour/s on the eyes is often overwhelming and many give up before even trying.
Da Silva’s advice is to choose a trio of shades: a light, medium and dark tone of the same colour: warms or cools.
Start by applying the lightest shade on the lid and inner corner of the eye. Next, blend the medium tone from halfway along the lid towards the outer corner of the eye.
This is when you should line the eye. Depending on the effect, a wide selection of liners is available. Cream liner is easily applied and can be smudged for a smoky effect. It may also contain shimmer.
A wet/dry liner is ideal for clean strong lines on the eye (great to complete a smoky eye). You can also use kohl or pencil liner, which is best for work on the inner and outer rim. Use various colours.
After you’ve applied your liner you can apply the third and darkest shade by smudging or etching it over the liner. This softens any hard lines and results in an effective frame around the eye.
It is important to note that liner must be applied right into the lash line to avoid little gaps. Use an ultra thin angled brush to achieve this effectively.
Brows – Bold and beautiful
The brow has made a comeback and demands centre stage this season. Fuller brows are on trend.
“I am passionate about the perfectly shaped brow,” says Da Silva. “Make-up starts with this process. Not only does a good brow shape and open the eye area, it adds a ‘lift’ to the entire face area. Strategically arched eyebrows frame the entire face structure and lay the platform for great-looking make-up.”
Her professional tip is, after removing all excess hair from the brow, use a clear brow gel to position and moisten hairs. Then use a suitable shadow colour to fill in the brow area. This is the key to creating fullness, arch and definition.
“Pencils are too hard and obvious” she stresses, “shadows allow for complete control and natural effects when defining the brow.”
Lips – Love it loud
Bold, sheer, matte, sheen, gloss, tint – the options are endless.
Two hot looks for this summer are – a modern application – lip and cheek tint (used on Megan) and the striking red lip (used on Thando).
The ultrasheer colour tint blends effortlessly while achieving the slightest tint on the lip and cheek. Wear it either on its own or add a sheer gloss to boost colour. For red lips opt for a matte chalky finish. Wear red all day – it is no longer restricted to evening functions.
This season be inspired to play with colour, make bold brave statements and have fun. Make-up is the most adaptable accessory and finishes off your whole look. - The Mercury
Garments: Carol Clark
Make-up: Aldytha da Silva, Make-up Your Mind
Models: Megan and Thando, Ice Models
Pictures: Zanele Zulu