It feels a little silly introducing her, but if you really don’t know, Tamara is the voice (and face) of Flash Republic. I most recently saw them perform at OppiKoppi Sweet Thing one freezing night, but Tamara was looking very unphased with the low temperature and the clouds of dust.
After some extensive cyber stalking, I have her look figured out. This chick clearly is not one for the rules. Red lips and orange hair? I tried that once when I was 19, and my mom aged five years. I love that she’s seemingly oblivious to the drones and clones around her. You know what I’m talking about, and you (and I) are probably a little guilty of clone-like behaviour ourselves – wearing certain trends, in certain ways, at certain times. But before I get completely carried away, let’s indulge in some cosmetic cloning behaviour. Yes, yes, the irony is not lost on me.
If you’ve been contemplating a way-out hair colour, now is a really good time to try it. It started out with ombre pastel ends, moved on to My Little Pony streaks, and now it’s not uncommon to see someone walking with a full head of pink/violet/cherry-coloured hair. Tamara favours various shades of red, but be sure to talk to a trusted hair stylist about shades suited to you before taking the plunge. Also be aware of the maintenance involved, and if you’re not up for it (or if you’re in a profession that frowns upon mint green hair), experiment with some clip-in pieces or extensions instead – they’re more subtle, and you can remove them when you’ve grown tired of them. If you have an angular face shape like Tamara, be sure to avoid a middle parting and rather copy her extreme side-part to soften features.
Use a medium coverage foundation like MAC Pro Longwear SPF10 to create an even complexion without looking too ‘made up’. Apply a subtle blusher, starting on the apples of your cheeks and moving upward and outward toward your temples. Inglot’s AMC Multicolour System #90, R269, has pink, violet, bronze and white components. You hardly see the actual colours on the skin, but you certainly see the gorgeous contouring, illuminating lit-from-within effect.
For us ‘normal’ people recreating this look, I would keep the eye shadow very subtle, dependant on your hair colour. I’d suggest using two shades only, an earthy tone like 450 Oh, It’s Toffeeful!, R40, from Catrice together with a highlighter should do the trick. Use a liquid liner, but don’t forget the outward flick at the end, and finish off with mascara.
Statement lips are the way to go, but keep them matte. If you don’t have matte lipstick, apply any regular lipstick, blot, reapply, blot again and then apply a very fine dusting of translucent powder. A beautiful cool red to try out for summer is Maybelline colour sensational in Cherry Candy, R89.95 – it’s high shine, so blot away though!