Makeup Tutorial: The Minimalist Routine | 9Lives
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Here’s my beauty confession for the day: I am pretty low-key when it comes to makeup. For my day-to-day look I am happy with something simplistic and toned-down, with some definition and a touch of warmth (otherwise people ask me whether I’m coming down with the flu).

I created this makeup tutorial for those fellow minimalists using a few wonderful new beauty launches. Take a look.

Here’s what I used:

9Lives Minimalist Makeup Tutorial 1

Lancôme Teinte Idole Ultra Cushion Foundation

R499 and R350 for a refill, select department stores,,

I adore this new foundation from Lancôme. It gives you medium/high coverage with a very natural, luminous finish. The sponge cushion helps to preserve the foundation inside, and the mesh filters it as you press down so that you get a thin, even application of product. What I love most is the lightweight consistency yet high coverage, achieved by micro-pigments that blur imperfections. This means you get a even skin tone without a heavy coverage.

The foundation is available in 7 shades from the very light Ivoire to the deep Beige Moka. I think most South African girls will find a match.

essence Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder


A matte bronzer is a easy way to define your face and add a touch of warmth. I like to use a large powder brush to apply it in the hollows of my cheeks, along my hairline and along my jaw. This specific bronzer has a super fine texture and velvety finish, and I found it very easy to work with.

TheBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

R369,95, Stuttafords

I wanted to keep this look simple and toned-down, so instead of applying blusher I opted for this pinkish highlighter from TheBalm. I love the fine consistency and luminous finish of this highlighter, and applied it to my cheekbones, nose and cupids bow for soft definition.

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Eye Shadow in Chocolate


Most days I don’t feel like applying a full eyeshadow look. It’s partly because I’m lazy but also because I find it very formal or “done-up”. I like to define my eyes by applying a dark chocolate brown at the outer corners of my eyes and blending it along my lash line. These mono shades by Elizabeth Arden offer nice pigment quality and easy blendability.

Estee Lauder Brow Defining Pencil in Dark Brunette


Defining your brows will help to frame your face and allow or less makeup overall. This brow pencil has a waxy consistency so it helps to keep your brows in place through the day while adding some volume. I like to apply my pencil along the base of my brows and then blend it up using a brow brush.

L’Oréal Brow Plumper in Dark Brunette

R169,95, select supermarkets, pharmacies and department stores

Brow mascaras are one of my favourite things at the moment, helping to add intensity, volume and definition and keep brows in place through the day. This one from L’Oréal has been around for a while but it’s still one of my favourites, with a tiny wand that is easy to use, and a dark brown pigment that looks subtle and natural.

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine in Pink & Plenty


These newbies in the Chubby range are such a treat. Being a gloss, I expected the product to feel sticky on my lips but they actually have a lovely balm quality. They’re a great choice if you want add a subtle tint of colour to your daily look.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Mascara

R545, Edgars

I am completely in love with this mascara. It gives amazing length and definition, combing through to coat each lash in pitch-black pigment for a fluffy, voluminous appearance. It is perfect for a natural yet amplified look. The brush is also really clever, with a 2-in-1 function: When held horizontally the brush will volumize, curl and lengthen your lashes. Turn it vertically and you can intensify lashes using the round brush tip.


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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