Daytime make-up

Friday, 22 March 2013

Daytime make-upWe’re all for getting dolled up, but there’s a time and place for everything. During the day, for example, you don’t want your make-up to wear you, so we take a look at how to strike a balance between glamorous and natural while the sun’s still up.


It takes some getting used to if you’re set in your ways, but if you don’t have blemishes on more than 30% of your face, don’t wear foundation daily. A primer followed by a tinted moisturiser or BB cream looks much fresher and lighter. Dab concealer onto problem areas if necessary, and blend in well. Don’t have tinted moisturiser? Mix foundation with moisturiser in a 2:1 ratio.

Products to try:
Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturiser, R235 for 50ml
Estée Lauder BB Crème, R460 for 30ml
Garnier BB Crème, R80 for 50ml


If you work in a formal environment or you’re attending a daytime event, create a smoky eye with pastel or other muted colours like shades of mauve, taupe and olive. I often scoff at them, but the shades in eyeshadow quads are meant to go together, so experiment until you get the hang of it, and resist the urge to reach for bronzes and greys first. Shimmer is not completely frowned upon, but keep it to a minimum.

If you’re going for a low-key everyday look, a single eye shadow colour and a highlighter shade will often do the trick, but remember to then line the upper lid in order to avoid looking washed out, and apply mascara on the upper lashes only for a wide-awake look.

Products to try:
Clarins Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in 01 Pastels, R415
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow Duo in Tempting Taupe, R245


Opt for an almost translucent wash of colour on the apples of the cheeks – be it peach or pink toned.

Products to try:
Estée Lauder Pure Color Blush in Fearless Satin, R425
The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in Rose Pink, R110


Lips could go in one of two directions – natural and nude, or bold and bright. Both options are perfectly acceptable during daytime, and colourful lips might actually be just the thing to polish off an otherwise toned down make-up look. If you do go this route, opt for a shade that’s low maintenance, and that flatters your skin tone.

Products to try:
Maybelline Colorsensational Lipstick in Cherry Candy or Juicy Pink, R50
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Rendezvous or Lovesick, R100

Image: Andresr/

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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. makera

    Great tips, however if you have oily skin the Garnier BB Cream doesn’t cover much on the face and does not control the oil.

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    Thanks for the advise I will try not to wear the foundation everyday as I really do not have any blemishes and try to achieve a more natural look for the office.

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    great tips, i guess the article started off making a bold statement, “a time and a place for everything” honestly, its the truth with make up as well.

    6 years ago •

  1. JADE

    Thanks for the awesome tips, also just to add to this – if your going for an interview you do not want to look like you going out clubbing, so keep it fresh looking apply natural looking matte colours to your eyes and just a peachy blush for a tint and lastly finish up with a lightly tinted lipgloss – and you good to go.

    6 years ago •

  1. Melinda

    Thanks for an interesting article – magic tips.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    i hope this will work when i try it, wanna look like a lady, thanks for the tips

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Definitely can’t wait for my foundation to be finished so I can try out BB cream – it sounds like the perfect solution.

    6 years ago •

  1. Fatima

    Revlon’s Just Bitten Lip Stains are the go-to product for everyday, the perfect lip goes a long way.

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Thanks for the tips and I must say I love the BB cream its the best thing in my make up bag.

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    Maybe she’s born with it, Maybe it’s Maybelline! hahaa

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    The bb creams are just the best thing ever..

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Great article thanks. will buy the BB cream with my next beauty buys.

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Thanks for the tips! I love BB creams!

    6 years ago •

  1. Kabasia

    it was my first time to use B.B cream yeastday so i will see the result when time goes on..but i’ve been using even & matte..even skin tone en shine control daily misturiser,even night cream, even face wash and they all work fine on my skin….

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    Loce the idea of creating your own tinted moisturiser

    6 years ago •

  1. Lauren

    Love this article – Still looking for the perfect BB cream for my skin.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    I’m so set in my ways each day, will have to make some changes and try these tips out … thx

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Thank you for this article – will be shopping for my bb cream, want to get that foundation just right!

    6 years ago •

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