We’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.
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.