Sleek and simple is the beauty vibe on the catwalk this season

As life becomes faster: with high-speed tech and the pace of the information age, the catwalks for A/W 2019 returned to a simpler, pared down beauty aesthetic that looks to keeping things sleek and straightforward.

Simple though it may be, boring it is not – pops of exciting colour abound; modern lips go for a luxe layered finish and flashes of glitter keep things exciting

What resounds throughout is the spirit of individuality that the fashion industry has embraced wholeheartedly, gone are the days in which one trend ruled the runaway; instead nowadays, unique features and creative flourishes are what represent a more personalised approach to beauty.

Every girl needs her tools

…and a certain array of fab, up-to-date products don’t go amiss when creating a look that says what it is that you want to say about you! These are some of our favourite brands – widely available in SA, at affordable prices too!

Get glowing skin

Creating an ideal canvas on which to build remains key to the current beauty mood. Take time to indulge in a soothing self-care ritual that not only revitalizes and restores frazzled hearts and minds, but also results in skin that stays even-toned, clear and glowing!

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Use some SOiL essential oils (from R35.00) in a burner to set the mood, and pop on the PRADIANCE EXFOLIATING CLAY MASK (R215.00) to unwind.

Product of the week: Don’t leave home without SOil organic essential oils these holidays

Need something ultra-hydrating? We recommend the TheraVine Hydrating Gel Mask (R375.00). Haven’t got the time? The quickest route to obtaining that all-important glow is a boost of hyper-fast hydration.

A quick cleanse with SKIN CREAMERY’s Oil-Milk Cleanser (R375.00) gently cleanses, while the GATINEAU AQUAMEMORY SERUM (R885.00) contains highly effective Hyaluronic Acid to restore the skin’s natural plumpness and water levels.

SKIN CREAMERY’s Oil-Milk Cleanser (R375.00)

The ideal follow up is an additional layer of nourishment in the form of the Sothys HYDRA 3HA HYDRATING YOUTH CREAM (R855.00). Described as the “wellness face”, this season’s take on a radiant complexion highlights health and wellbeing. Think brisk walks on the beach and Bikram!

Try the New African Extracts Radiance Moisturising Illuminator SPF20 (R219.95) More than skin care! This illuminating complexion correcting cream creates radiant, smooth-looking skin all day long.

Whilst readiness is vital, if you’re after that all-important glow, but with even less time on your hands, here are a couple of beauty tricks that can help you achieve a luminescent look…

1. Strapped for time? Smooth the RVBLAB THE MAKEUP SMOOTHING MAKE UP BASE (R480.00) into skin before applying foundation for a flawless finish.


2. Many a make-up artist’s secret trick; pat a gentle cooling eye gel under the eyes before foundation. The almost instant depuffing action helps to visibly perk eyes up and contribute to an overall freshness. DIEGO DALLA PALMA REVIVING HYALU-GEL FOR EYE CONTOUR (R550.00) and skinPhD Ultra Hydrating Eye Gel (R490.00) helps you get there!

3. When in doubt – blend! Build foundation through buffing light layers into skin. ESSENCE’S SUPER BEAUTY SPONGE (R64.95) is your best friend.

4. Mix a couple of drops of CATRICE HIGHLIGHTER DROPS (R99.95) into your foundation for a touch of iridescence that will take you from day to night.

5. DermaFix BB Cream has intensive benefits for a radiant complexion, this versatile “four-in-one” formula is designed to do it all, target with high levels of active skin care ingredients, moisturize and smooth dehydrated skin, prime and perfect the skin’s surface, camouflage and colour correct the skin tone.(R395.00)

Lip trends

Modern matte

As seen at several of the shows, minimalist make-up is paired with rich, saturated colour on the lips. Choose from a variety of hues, but red remains the mainstay. Ensuring that the look stays on point, the finish is velvety and ultra-matte.


The classic allure of a red lip, but updated with a modern twist to ensure that application is kept in line with the fresh, upbeat vibe of the season. Whether it’s the brighter tones of tomato, cherry and crimson, or the more sultry scarlet and mahogany hues — the wide variety of contemporary reds will keep beauty lovers enthralled.

Try RVBLAB THE MAKE UP’S RANGE OF COMFORT MATT LIPSTICKS (R280.00) / gloMinerals Suede Matte Sticks (R390.00).

Top Tip: To get the definition required for this look, keep lines sharp with the handy help of a matching lip pencil. Lines stay sharp and colour is given added longevity and punch with the help of CATRICE’S VELVET MATT LIP PENCILS (R49.95).

Dreamy and diffused


If you’ve fallen for the sight of red lips but a strictly defined lip isn’t really your thing, follow a more imprecise path and adopt a colour stain that softly diffuses deep colour over the mouth. Sumptuous berry shades are divine, but brights are not forgotten in an approach that is universally flattering and summons up a sense of romanticism and carefree beauty.


Top Tip: For an uncomplicated, low maintenance look, simply apply a dash of colour to the centre of the lips and blend outwards with a clean cotton bud. Cherubs Eco-Buds (R10.99) are the ultimate, budget-friendly weapon to have on hand, while a quick swipe of balm such as cult classic, NUXE REVE DE MIEL LIP BALM (R220.00) beforehand ensures a perfect pout.

Just a hint…

Modern minimalists have nothing to fear as the merest hint of low-key colour is bought to the lips in the form of new-tech lipglosses. Firmly banishing the gloopy glosses of old, these high-shine variants are instead lightweight, highly wearable, and formulated with conditioning ingredients that care for lips.

Try RVBLAB THE MAKE UP’S LIP GLOSS (R280.00) – Enriched with Vitamin E and Jojoba oil for a protective, moisturizing effect

Keep it clean and fresh-faced

Continuing on with a beauty outlook orientated towards health and wellbeing, as seen at Chanel – cheeks are delicately flushed, resulting in an outdoorsy bloom that seamlessly ties in with the rest of the face. For an autumnal feel, swop pink with peach-based, taupe and warmer terracotta shades. Ideally, a cream-based product can be gently worked up and away from the apples of the checks, helping to create an overall look that is easy, polished and relaxed.

Known worldwide for a make-up line formulated from all natural ingredients, DR HAUSCHKA, is the perfect choice! Natural mineral pigments highlight your individual beauty while premium-quality natural substances and medicinal plants care for your skin.

Experimental eyes

Bold lines


The many iterations of graphic eyes seen on the runway call to mind the doll-like eyes of the sixties; this time though, the interpretation is looser, with a nod to the future in the form of sweeping lines and the occasional metallic flash.

Generally black liquid liner takes centre stage with the ultimate look up to you. Give reign to your creative impulses and create a bold exaggerated statement or for those who would rather keep it a little more subtle, layer up on mascara for major lashes. The odd one painted on won’t go amiss!

Get the look: CATRICE LIQUID LINER (R69.95) and ESSENCE THE FALSE LASHES MASCARA (R59.95) go hand in hand. For a precise, easy-to-apply line, try gloMinerals gloGraphic Liner (R661.00).

Pops of colour

A shot of bright colour keeps things interesting. Sticking to the need for minimal make-up, an alternative approach to eyes means a simple pop of colour on the lid.

Cat’s eye flicks are redefined and emerge in a range of kaleidoscopic colour, rich, jewel-like tones add a hint of shimmer around eyes, while a dash of neon orange speaks of a mood that is cool, fun and energetic. Mavala Crayon Lumiere Eyeshadows (R187.00) are available in gorgeous colours (think pastels, jewels and brights) and are really easy and fast to apply.

Sculpted nudes

The traditional smoky eye has evolved to feature a softer, monotone palette that makes use of more neutral shades for greater dimensionality. It’s a look that oozes understated elegance especially when metallic cream shadows are layered over matte shades to create a sense of casual refinement and sunset cocktails.

Top Tip: An eye primer used underneath eye shadow helps colour hold throughout the day. Try CATRICE PRIME AND FINE BRIGHTENING EYESHADOW BASE (R69.95).


Keep an eye out!

Blue eyeshadow is certainly on the rise with dramatic blue eyes seen at both Moschino in Milan and over at the Mugler show in Paris. Teal, azure, sapphire and sky – take your pick, there’s a shade for everyone.

Try out ESSENCE ELECTRIC VIBES EYELINER (R44.95), gloMinerals Eye Shadow in Ocean (R325.00) and DR HAUSCHKA’S SINGLE EYESHADOW (R345.00)


Is there ever not a time? Face, eyes, lips and nails are all in the mix when it comes to adding a hint of sparkle to proceedings. Wear it unkempt and lived in for maximum effect; the idea being more deconstructed disco than full on glam…

Try: ESSENCE GLITTER ON GLITTER OFF PEEL OFF NAIL POLISH (R54.95) and Mavala Mini Nail Colours in Pure Diamond (R87.00) and Pink Diamond (R87.00).

Beauty find of the week: Mavala Minis – more than 100 nail colours to choose from