5 Matric Dance looks you have to see

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

That old matric dance magic is in the air! The subject on the mind of every girl-of-age spans from dress choice to the ideal date, while guys shuffle around pretending not to care (taking secret selfies to find the best hair style). Whether you love full skirts of beautiful fabric, or daring cuts and details, we’re here to help you find the perfect look to go with your dress and ‘do.


Look 1: Boho Beauty


Neutral colours and radiant cheeks are beautiful ways to get Gigi Hadid’s dewy, youthful glow. A bright blush, rosy lips, shiny champagne tones on the eyes and gentle, flowing hair give you a gorgeous, fresh-faced look. Highlight the areas of your face that the sun hits first, fill in your lower waterline with white liner, and put light, reflective shadow in the corner of your eyes. Long, clump-free lashes bordered by a barely-there black line on top keeps everything clean and flattering.


Look 2: Glitter and Smoke


The smoky eye is a classic; it always comes back with a twist. This time, anything shiny is in; from ultra-metallic to glittery shades. Move from your tear duct to the outer corners of your eyes, working from light to dark for the best impact and volume. Finish it off with a dark, thick line, winged at the ends to give your eyes a beautiful shape, and let them take centre stage for the night.


Look 3: True Colours

colour play

Bright, unusual colours turned heads at fashion shows everywhere this year, showing a more creative side to make-up that pop-stars like Rhianna love to flaunt. We loved the eye shadow and liners applied in shocking whites, bold blues and pigmented greens, especially with exaggerated wings. Add a thin, dark line of black around the lash-line to make your eyes pop next to the light colours. With white, a bold red lip makes a beautiful statement, otherwise stick to neutral tones and let your colourful eyes stand out.


Look 4: Rebellious Charm


Dark lips, dark brows, where art thou? These are the coveted features of the moment; every major designer adores them for bringing an alluring, edgy vibe to runways. Soften the burgundy lips and feral brows with feminine plats or gentle waves. Strong eyelashes are always a plus, but keep your lids natural and subtle.


Look 5: Retro Iconic


Falsies, spidery lashes and the classic red lips galore, old Hollywood glam is one of the staples of sultry looks. Make it big with shiny red lips like Marylin Manroe or volume packed with clumpy, Twiggy- Inspired definition. Choose which feature takes the night: soft bronze tones around the eyelids help balance out a strong lip, and a neutral, matte lip compliments dramatic lashes. A bold line with classic tapered wings and big, red-carpet-worthy waves tie this glamorous look together.





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  1. Eriné Röttcher

    I wish I could’ve had this article when I was in matric! Will definitely pass it on to some of my friends. I also think that the retro look isn’t as fabulous as the others, but would perhaps work or look better if the lips were bolder like the article mentions.

    3 years ago •

  1. Shivani Keshav

    Is it me, or is the retro iconic look not viable for a matric dance look? Perhaps in comparison the other glamorous looks…this one seems to stand out … not in a good way.

    3 years ago •


    The Glitter and Smoke one really caught my eye!

    3 years ago •

  1. Salmaa Moosa

    I love the bold glitter and smoke look ❤️ Looks amazing!!! It’s just so me

    3 years ago •

  1. Cookie Nandlall

    LOVE THE BOLD GLITTER AND SMOKE LOOK. My daughter’s matric dance is up coming soon. Helpful ideas.

    3 years ago •

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