Chatting about beauty with David White from Urban Decay | 9Lives
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What does it mean to be beautiful? What is the purpose of makeup? And what is the most common question makeup artists get asked?

I caught up with David White, the senior makeup guru for Urban Decay in South Africa, to chat about beauty, makeup and his best advice for women out there.

What do you think is a woman’s most beautiful feature?

That indelible radiance which is unique to every woman.

Why do you love makeup?

Makeup is not about hiding (the most common fallacy). It is about self-expression in a world of carbon copies; confidence in the face (pun intended) of uncertainty; power in the now. There are few thing as satisfying as seeing an empowered woman radiate once she sees herself revealed with right makeup.

What makeup question or advice do you get asked the most? And what is your answer?

Q: How do I achieve flawlessness without looking overdone/ spending hours?

A: A fastidious skincare program is key! Drink lots of water, use a quality foundation with a primer underneath, and finish with a good concealer.

Makeup is not about hiding. It is about self-expression in a world of carbon copies

Brows are all the rage right now. What are your tips for creating natural-looking brows?

I recommend tracing and filling in the natural line of the brows with a micro brow pencil such as Urban Decay Brow Tamer. I like this one because it has a fine nib and a micronized powder formula that will deposit delicate colour onto the brows (as opposed to the skin).  You can then use the attached brush to distribute and blend the pigment. Always follow with a brow gel to set the desired shape, brushing the brows upwards and then outwards.

What has been your favourite look from the recent fashion runways that you’d like to take into practice?

Gosh, I don’t know where to start! The runways have produced such incredible looks recently: Graphic liner and statement eyes as well as the 80’s vibe that’s creeping in steadily but surely…

And gear up for matte femininity, girls! Delicately matte skin and gentle floral lips are definitely making an appearance!

If you could give one piece of advice to women out there, what would it be?

Don’t be so hard on yourself! Hate nothing on or about your body. Celebrate the wonder of you. The rest will fall into place


I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.

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