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Easy Night Out Makeup & Hair Ideas

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Mastering great hair or makeup does not need to be difficult, in fact, there are plenty of striking looks that are easy to achieve, even for those of us who don’t have tons of experience. Here are three makeup and hair looks you can try (and master with ease) for a night out with friends or date night.


Bold lip

The key to perfecting a bold lip is to use a good quality lipstick with high colour payoff and to keep the rest of your makeup simple. Some foundation or concealer (if needed), mascara and touch of blush is all you need when wearing a bold lip colour, as you don’t want to detract attention from your lips. If you like a matte texture, try wet n wild Megalast Matte Lipstick (R104.95) in shades Stop Light Red (a bright red that complements most skin tones) or Red Violet (a deeper red with a blue undertone). If you prefer a high shine formula, try wet n wild Megalast High Shine Lipstick (R104.95) in shades Tanger-Ring The Alarm (a bright orange) or Berry Lingerie (a pretty pink with purple undertones).

Bronzed babe

If you’ve been working on your summer tan, rocking a fake tan, or if you’re blessed with a natural darker skin tone, then you may want to consider the bronzed makeup look. Try wet n wild Color Icon Bronzer (R109.95) in shades Ticket to Brazil or Palm Beach Ready. It applies like a cream but dries like a powder, and can be used on the eyelids too. Looking for the perfect bronzer brush? The newly-launched Real Techniques Everything Face Brush (R320.00) can be used to flawlessly apply liquid and powder products and the oversized brush head allows you to apply your product with light to medium coverage. Use it to apply your bronzer on your cheekbones, collarbone and for some extra glow, along your hairline and across your nose and chin.

Dramatic eyes

If you like natural-looking skin and nude lips, then a dramatic eye might be your go-to this festive season. Long black lashes with some sparkly eyeshadow or a perfectly lined top eyelid is all you need to make a statement. wet n wild Color Icon 10 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Lights Off (R179.95) offers ten high-impact colours in matte, satin, shimmer, and metallic finishes. The right tools are needed to apply it & with the Real Techniques Eye Love Drama Makeup Brush Kit (R480.00) all the tools you need to create a bold eye look are available in this kit. The kit includes a blending brush, crease brush, wing liner brush, tight liner brush, and a lash defining comb to help make the eye makeup looks of your dreams a reality.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-apply eyeliner, we recommend wet n wild Proline Felt Tip Eyeliner in Black (R89.95). Its fine felt tip makes precise application around the eyes much easier and draws smooth, intense lines with every stroke.

Applying false lashes can be challenging… unless you try the brand new Kiss Falscara Starter Kit (R499.95). Kiss FALSCARA is the professional lash extension look you’ve been longing for that is easy enough for anybody to apply. You simply brush a light coat of BOND on clean lashes to prep for WISPS, then place WISPS beneath the base of your natural lashes, right above the waterline. Dab a thin coat of SEAL under WISPS to eliminate any sticky residue and hold them in place. Voila, perfect falsies!


Sleek ponytail

Love a sleek ponytail like Ariana Grande’s? You don’t need that kind of length to pull it off – any length below the shoulder will do. Start off by using frizz eliminating haircare products like Marc Anthony Bye Bye Frizz Shampoo (R170.00) and Conditioner (R170.00). These will help to give hair a smooth texture and make it easier to straighten. Before using your flat iron, be sure to use a protecting spray like Hask Biotin 5-In-1 Leave-In Spray (R200.00). This leave-in spray thickens and adds body, provides thermal protection, controls frizz and adds shine, prevents breakage, and detangles and moisturises. If you like the shiny look that’s trendy right now, you can apply some OGX Keratin Oil Anti-Breakage Oil (R200.00) through your lengths, or even from the roots if your hair is dry. It not only conditions your hair but also leaves it soft with a brilliant shine.

Bouncy curls

Love your curls but struggle to style them just right? With a few key products, you can accentuate your natural curls, leaving hair soft and bouncy. Curl-activating products should be your best friends. Enhance your natural curls with a curl activator cream like Cantu Shea Butter For Natural Hair Moisturizing Curl Activator Cream (R76.99). It’s formulated with nourishing shea butter which helps to hydrate your hair and leave it extra shiny. If your curls respond well to gel hair products, try Curls In Bloom Hold Me! Anti Frizz Styling Gel (R119.95). This formulae not only prevents frizz in humid climate but allows long-lasting, all-day hold for curls without the crunch.

Beach waves

This low-key hairstyle is super easy to create and looks fab with just about any outfit. Plus, it works with longer and shorter hair. After washing your hair, apply a hair mousse while your hair is still damp. We love Umberto Giannini Curl Whip Curl Activating Mousse (R150.00). Plait your hair in a couple of plaits (more for finer waves, less for bulkier waves) and allow your hair to dry naturally (doing this overnight works best). Once dry, loosen the plaits and gently run your fingers through your hair to undo them and separate hair into waves. Finish off with a few spritzes of hairspray to loosely secure your waves.

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