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Tips from a bona fide makeup ex­pert, our lat­est find for smooth lips and rosy spring scents.


We caught up with An­drew James, na­tional makeup artist and trainer for Lancôme SA, and chat­ted about trends, tips and makeup (ob­vi­ously).

Q: What’s your favourite Lancôme prod­uct of all time and why?

A: That’s so dif­fi­cult. Makeup-wise, I’d have to say our Teint Idole Ul­tra 24H Foun­da­tion (R499). It’s long-lasting, photo friendly and light­weight, plus it mat­ti­fies the skin with­out mak­ing it ap­pear grey. It’s per­fect for the new ‘selfie’ gen­er­a­tion. In terms of sk­in­care, I don’t leave the house with­out us­ing the Génifique Youth Ac­ti­vat­ing Con­cen­trate Serum (R1 060) on my skin ev­ery morn­ing. A few drops will get your skin glow­ing in no time, so it has both short-term and longterm re­sults.

Q: What’s your num­ber one makeup tip?

A: If you wear foun­da­tion, you must pair it with blusher. No one’s face has a sin­gle tone, and if you don’t wear blusher, it’s go­ing to look like you’re wear­ing foun­da­tion, and you don’t want that. I be­lieve in wear­ing just a hint of blusher or bronzer on the skin – rather ap­ply too lit­tle than too much. Try to match your blusher as closely as pos­si­ble to your lip­stick choice. It’s very ef­fec­tive. Pow­dered blush lasts longer, but a cream for­mula is better for dry skin. You can also use a dot of your ac­tual lip­stick if you like. Put a dot on your cheek and blend it up to your tem­ples, then set with a pow­der blusher.

Q: What’s the big­gest makeup trend for 2017?

A: Brows are a huge trend right now. At a re­cent fash­ion show I did, all the mod­els were grow­ing their eye­brows out. My trick for full brows is to brush the hair in the op­po­site di­rec­tion, fill in the lit­tle gaps with a fine brow pen­cil, then brush the hair back. You don’t want a thick brow to nec­es­sar­ily be a dark brow. To find the cor­rect brow pen­cil, opt for a colour two shades lighter than your nat­u­ral hair colour.

Q: Com­plete the sen­tence. I love my job be­cause…

A: …of the di­ver­sity, the peo­ple I get to meet. I’m not just work­ing with colours, I get to work with tex­tures and new tech­nol­ogy. I get to ap­ply them to dif­fer­ent skin tones and face shapes, and there’s al­ways a unique per­son­al­ity be­hind it.

Q: What is the most com­mon makeup ques­tion women ask you?

A: ‘How do I make my eyes pop?’ It all de­pends on your par­tic­u­lar eye shape and colour, age, skill and time frame. I al­ways say less is more. A tiny amount of liq­uid liner on the lash line can make the world of dif­fer­ence as it en­hances your lashes. As women get older, they can lose their lashes, and this trick gives that area vol­ume in all the right ways.

1. Splen­dida Bvl­gari Rose Rose EDP, R1500 for 50ml The notes: white mul­berry, dam­a­s­cena rose essence and san­dal­wood

3. My Burberry Blush, R1190 for 50ml The notes: glazed pome­gran­ate, rose petal and wis­te­ria ac­cord

2. Coach Eau de Toi­lette, R995 for 50ml The notes: pink grape­fruit, white alba rose and musk

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