Gele tyling

A head tie is a women’s cloth head scarf that is commonly worn in many parts of Southern Africa and Western Africa. In South Africa and Namibia, the Afrikaans word doek

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(meaning “cloth”) is used for the traditional head covering used among most elderly local women in rural areas.

Birthday makeup look

For a while now we have been meaning to try the eye-taping technique, where you use a piece of sticky tape to mark out a sharp line for your eyeshadow/eyeliner. My birthday was the day.

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It worked really well! I recommend doing your foundation post-eyemakeup if you’re using this technique as the tape strips off quite a bit of coverage. However, all in all, I get the hype.  It left a clean sharp line and ensured there wasn’t any shadowy fallout on the temple that can leave it looking dirty. I chose to soften it slightly with a blending brush but the look was still much more clean cut. I’ll definitely be using this technique again!

Office makeup look

One challenge many young women face is choosing the right makeup for a corporate environment. Looking competent and professional is incredibly important. Although that might mean putting down the glittery eyeliner, it doesn’t have to mean bare-faced beauty. Studies have shown that women who wear make-up to work are more likely to get promoted. The trick is finding a look that enhances your natural beauty.

For most people, a striking look isn’t usually the way to go, but please don’t take that to mean that standing out in the workplace is always a bad strategy. Some of the most succesful women I know made an effort to stand out with their appearance, whether that be with bright lips or their choice of dress. However, smoky eyes in the workplace are generally considered a no-no. They either look too sultry or like you didn’t remove last night’s make-up. Either way, it doesn’t spell promote me!

Party make up look

Once you’ve found the perfect party dress, managed to track down the perfect shoes to go with it (that you thought existed only in your imagination), and the accompanying bag (a clutch, obviously), there’s only one thing left to pin down: the perfect party makeup looks to go with it.

As any self-respecting party girl knows, the key aspect of all party makeup looks is durability – whatever you paint on your face, running, fading or smudging is not an option. You don’t want to spend the entire night sneaking away to the bathroom to redo your eyeliner (the queues are bad enough), or having to do a lipstick check every time someone points a camera at your face, right?

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That goes for our hair too: there’s nothing worse than spending the best part of an evening with your hair in rollers, or in terrifying proximity to a pair of hair tongs only for those curls you’ve so painstakingly created to fall flat and limp within an hour of you leaving the house. Especially those times when you endured multiple burns to get there (having to keep your hands under cold water cuts heavily into valuable beautifying time).

Eye brow waxing

Getting your eyebrows waxed isn’t a scary experience. Each place doesn’t do things exactly the same. But we’ll walk you through the basics of what you should expect from your salon or spa visit and how to get your desired shape in place.

An upscale salon or spa will lead you into a private room onto a facial bed where you will lay down, and they will wrap hair in a towel or push it back with a head band.

Often a bright facial and magnifying light will be turned on to see the brows closely and be able to get every last hair. Some salons that mostly specialize in hair services, simply clip hair back and do the waxing right at the shampoo bowl.

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At this time they should consult with you on how you want your eyebrows shaped. Do you like them full and defined, just cleaned up, or a high arch? (See eyebrow styles.)

Many techs, especially those that specialize in eyebrows will remove the sparse hair above the main shape of the brow. Some techs will ask if that’s all right and others will just wax without getting your approval. If you don’t want any hair removed above the brow, make sure to tell them.

The technician should never just start waxing at away at your brows without knowing what you want your brows to look like.

Before they touch your brows, you should give them the most information you can. Sometimes explaining it isn’t enough. If you have photos of brow shapes and thicknesses you like, bring them. This will give them a good visual.