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Award Show Secret Weapons

AWARD show season is our absolute fave time of the year. Commenting on the winners’ choice of fashion and beauty looks are one of our favourite pastimes. As we play Fashion Police from the couch we can’t help but suss out which beauty products the stars used to create their looks. But people are here to help: celebs never walk a red carpet without these. Take a look.

Face First

A must-do before any big event is a pamper sesh. And what better way to make sure you’re feeling calm (not to mention glowing) than paying a visit to your favourite facialist? We recommend The Laser Beautique’s Cinderella Facial, which is a combination of magical cosmeceutical lotions and potions using RegimA or Nimue skincare ranges, and Near Infrared (NIR) technology. It allows you to enjoy the ‘Cinderella’ effects without having to worry about getting home before midnight!

Penelope Cruz

Body Bestie

BEING part of the amazing cast of Black Panther (not to mention a previous Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress), we can’t help but steal some of Lupita Nyong’o’s beauty secrets. For all round hydration, Lupita prefers to stay au-natural. ‘I love using natural oils,’ she says. ‘I use avocado oil and Hawaiian kukui oil. I like to keep things natural, simple and straightforward.’

Garnier Ultimate Blends Ultra-Nourishing Oil Moisturiser: R49.95, Garnier

Multitasking Miracle

WE all need one or two products that do it all. If you’re ever in a rush, these are your saving grace. Supermud isn’t just a zit-busting wonder, but blurs imperfections while also hydrating the skin, and it can be used as a primer, a moisturizer, and a highlighter. Talk about hard-working!

SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment: R295, Glam Glow

Eye Opener

Screen siren Charlize Theron knows a thing or two about rocking the Oscars red carpet, and turns out, nude pencil eyeliner is one of her tricks. ‘My make-up artist is a genius. One of the things he taught me is to use nude pencil eyeliner to outline the inside of my eyes for a brighter look when I’m feeling tired.’

Gosh Kohl Eyeliner In Nude: R110, Gosh Cosmetics

Tan Me Pretty

A glowing face and body seems to be a prerequisite for attending an award show. A sun-kissed glow is best held on to when you live near a beach or have time to lay in the sun – SPF first, of course. Fake it with a gradual tan in a bottle. For a natural-looking glow on the face use a bronzing powder right on the T-zone. Then dust your décolletage with the bronzing powder too.

7-Day Tanner: R239, SkinnyTan


FEW people look as good as Jennifer Aniston does at 50. And at least part of that is thanks to R1 500 cream? Botox? No, good ‘ol Vaseline! She applies Vaseline Jelly under eyes and counts it as the reason behind her gorgeous wrinkle free eyes. Of course, it could be good genes, but we’re willing to give it a go. Vaseline makes an ideal highlighter as well, one that works with any skin tone! Apply a tiny bit of the Vaseline to the very tops of cheekbones and to brow bones. This will draw the light to all the right places, eliminating the need for a pricy highlighter.

Blueseal Original Petroleum Jelly: R10.95, Vaseline

Make-Up Melter

AFTER the awards show, the job is not quite done. All the effort just put into the face has to be removed, so celebrities can look just as good at their next red carpet appearance. Mindy Kaling swears the best way to take off all signs of make-up is Dermalogica’s Preclease (R635). The Deep-cleansing oil melts impurities and make-up from skin. Use it as the first step in a double cleanse regimen.

Punchy Pout

WHO can walk a red carpet without a striking lip? Once you pick a shade, everything else – from your eyes to your hair – just falls into place. Bold, bright fuchsia, sexy oxblood or classic nude, which shade will you choose? Set your chosen colour with translucent powder in between layers to give them staying power.

Limited Edition Beautiful Colour Moisturizing Lipstick in Red Door Red: R299, Elizabeth Arden

Brushing Up

KENDALL Jenner has revealed that she is ‘kind of obsessed with’ her WetBrush detangler, for combing through wet hair to eliminate knots with minimal pulling or breaking. Definitely an investing we’re willing to make since it has the model’s seal of approval.

Antique Metal Finish Brush: R149, WetBrush

TIP: IF your hair is soaking wet, wait until it’s a little more dry and use an anti-frizz serum or a styling oil before combing out any tangles.



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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