Star of the hit television show Glee, actress Naya Rivera, turns heads with this smouldering look. Learn how to perfect her on-trend smokey eye, picture perfect complexion and matte lip with these easy steps.
In order to achieve this look, a flawless complexion is vital. Prepare your skin with a primer such as Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, R340, and follow with foundation. When selecting your foundation, opt for a long lasting formula with medium coverage and minimal shine such as Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, R445.
Once you have applied your foundation, use a good quality concealer to hide any dark spots and dark rings underneath your eyes. Almay Line Smoothing Concealer, R145, offers a lightweight formula for long-wearing invisible coverage. Lastly, use a bronzer such as The Body Shop Baked-to-Last Bronzer, R170, on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and around your hairline. For an added glow, use a highlighter above your cheekbones, on your brow bones and on the bow of your top lip.
Before applying your eye make-up, ensure that your brows are groomed to perfection. Get them in top shape by using an eyebrow pencil such as Max Factor Eyebrow Pencil, R89.90, to fill in any thin areas or gaps. Create Naya’s smokey eye using a brown eye shadow palette with a touch of shimmer. We like Revlon Customeyes Shadow in Naturally Glamorous, R179. For extra volume, apply a pair of false lashes like Katie Perry Oh Honey lashes, R79.95. Line your eyelid with a liquid liner like MAC Fluidline Blitz & Glitz, R175, and apply a kohl liner to the inside of the lower lash line. For a defined line, use Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in Brown, R99.95. Finish off by applying mascara to the top and bottom lashes.
As the eye area is the focus point of this look, a light matte lipstick such as Essence Lipstick in Frosted, R29.99, will complete the look without drawing attention away from the eyes.
To recreate Naya’s sleek pulled-back ponytail, treat hair to a shining serum such as Kair Herbal Extra Strength Silicone Serum, R42.99, to smooth hair and create a healthy shine. Brush your hair back into a medium to high ponytail and secure with an elastic band. For a neat finish, wrap a strand of hair around the elastic to conceal it and secure with a pin.