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Follow this step-by-step video tutorial for bigger, brighter eyes that stand out beautifully.
Our eyes attract immediate attention, so it’s a good idea to have a few make-up tips and tricks up your sleeve for a striking yet youthful and wide awake look. Your journey to bigger and brighter eyes starts here.

1. Add Primer To Your Lids

Start the process by prepping your eyelids with a lid primer or pat on a little pressed powder. This creates a smooth base that provides grip for the products that follow, ensuring they stay put all day. Avoid priming your lids with concealer, foundation, or any other products containing oil, as this can cause your make-up to smudge or move around during the day.

2. Add Dimension To Your Crease

Contouring isn’t exclusively for your cheekbones – this technique can also be used on your eyelids to add dimension. For the best effect, use a soft, fluffy brush to sweep on a matte eye shadow in the same shade as your skin tone along the crease of your eyelid. Next, apply a darker taupe shade in an arc along the crease, starting at the corner of the lower lash line, gently blending the eye shadow along the way. This will create depth, which is key to making your eyes pop!

3. Apply A Highlighter To The Lid, Inner Corner And Brow Bone

Highlighter is one of the best tricks around for opening up your eyes, creating an appealing, wide-eyed look. Use it on your brow bone to give the illusion of ‘lifting’ your brow, on the inner corners of your eyes to open them up, and on the centre of the lid to brighten your eyes.

4. Curl Lashes using An Eyelash Curler

An eyelash curler is a must. It makes a big impact by lifting the lashes, making your eyes appear larger and more alert. Although it might look like a surgical tool, a lash curler is quite simple to use. Place your upper lashes between the two sides of the lash curler (keeping eyes open), then position the curler as close as possible to your eyelid without pinching your skin, starting at the inner corner of your eye. When your lashes are tucked inside, gently clamp the curler together. Hold for ten seconds, moving outward to curl the entire lash line. Repeat if necessary.

5. Coat The Top And Bottom Lashes With Mascara

To further define and open eyes, apply two or three coats of mascara along the upper and lower lashes. For extra oomph, apply an additional coat near the centre of the upper lash line.

6. Lighten The Waterline With A Neutral Eye Pencil

While black liner inside the lower eyelids will make your eyes look smaller, a brightening neutral shade will open them by creating the illusion of extending your whites. A white eye pencil can also be used, but the more neutral fleshy tones provide a natural finish and help conceal any redness too.

Videographer: Roice Nel. Hair & make-up: Renee De Wit/Gloss. Model: Morgan/Boss Models. Production: Leila Petersen.


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We highlight and break down three of the most unique trends to bring into your home this season.
It’s a new season, and your home may still be showing signs of summer. Fear not; we have three interesting and exciting trends for you to be inspired by to give your home a little seasonal update.


Think galaxies, constellations and planets. Intricate patterns imitating our complex solar system on deep blues will result in a delightfully moody atmosphere. Literal interpretations of this could be applied to bedding and serverware; but use your imagination with sequinned scatter cushions and speckled cutlery for that starry-night appeal. Turn to sputnik or multi-bulb chandeliers to create an intergalactic ambience ideal for entertaining.


If you want to create a warm, inviting atmosphere and are hesitant to commit to a bold trend, neutral tones are your best bet. Embrace organic textures like wicker furniture, rattan storage baskets, basket-style pendant lights and stone-washed or rough-edged ceramics. In addition to being incredibly versatile, these tones and textures also help to bring that comforting, cosy feel to your space.


While you don’t want your home to be a cluttered mess, the maximalist trend epitomises busyness and eclectic décor at its best. Focus on scatter cushions, chunky Moroccan-inspired pouffes, thick, knobbly rugs and woven wall hangings. Don’t be afraid to mix busy prints and bold colours together. Metallic accessories help to modernise the look if you feel it’s looking a bit too grandma and grandpa. Indoor plants can really help with this too; fill your space with indigenous plants and cacti, which complement the trend’s desert hues perfectly.

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