Lip service: An expert’s tips to building a pro make-up kit


Lip service: An expert’s tips to building a pro make-up kit

Advice from Liz van der Merwe will have you looking like you belong in a beauty editorial

Keneilwe Pule

We all want the secret to glowing skin that has us looking our best at all times. But this look can be hard to recreate without a professional’s magic hands, and having the right products and tools can take you a long way. So we sat down with local professional make-up artists to find out more about the basics of building a make-up kit that will have you looking like you belong in a beauty editorial.
You’ve seen her work on: The Edit ss18 issue, The Edit man and Wanted Magazine.
What do you think are the essentials of building a make-up kit? I would say having your skin as a priority is the basis of building a make-up kit. So focus on getting foundations, concealer, contouring products, and blush.
What are your favourite make-up brushes? Eyebrow-shaping brush, and an angled brush, which you can also use on the lips – that is the brush I can’t live without.
What are the most valued products in your make-up kit? Definitely my Liquid liner kokies. I probably have 20 of them. I would also say lipsticks, because they are the most diverse; you can use it on the cheek, eye, etc.
What other beauty tools do you have? Highlighter, use it as eyeshadow. I love dewy skin. My fingers are my most precious tools and edge control.
Which make-up products do you use the most in your kit? Liquid liners and my lipsticks.
Name three products you need for contouring? A highlighter, contouring powders and different shades of foundations.
Name three products you need for eyebrow sculpting? I would say a tinted brow wax, angled brush, eyeshadow that matches your hair colour – that will look more natural if you want a big brow. If you want a natural eyebrow, then use edge control and an eyebrow wand.
Which other tips can you give for building a make-up kit? The skin is always the most important – it’s essential to have your skin looking fresh, young and dewy. So the application will be quite light on foundation, concealer if you need it. Make sure your concealer is the same shade as the lightest part of your skin. Cream blush gives you a more natural-looking skin, and remember to only apply it on the apples of your cheeks. When applying highlighter remember to apply on the highest points of your face.

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