Get the look: Tamara Dey

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Get the look: Tamara DeyIt 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!

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Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog

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  1. Nancy Katy

    Her eyes and lips look amazing,the side parting suits her very well.

    5 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    I have always loved Tamara’s look especially her eyes I will definitely try to replicate her look using your tips thank you

    6 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Clip on extension sounds a great idea , am generally vary of putting bold color in my hair.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Red lips – still strugling to choose that right shade for myself.

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    She is ber sexy with her red lips;)

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    This is different … but I find that its too much!

    6 years ago •

  1. Noma

    Clip on pieces of extensions are used quite a lot nowadays… saving a trip to the salon.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Really like how her top underlines colour of her cheeks and lips. Stunning!

    6 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Tamara is such a lovey dovey, her hairdo is cute

    6 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    I really don’t like this look at all!! Her hair looks.. oily :-/

    6 years ago •

  1. Chicara

    I’m not sure if I like this look on her. It’s a bit harsh.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Lovely lady, I’m glad she has toned down her make up.

    6 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Love that she’s so bold! She looks great in the pic!

    6 years ago •

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