Beauty Editor Alice Coloriti goes graphic to illustrate the bold make-up trend.

The super-natural and minimal make-up look is on the out. We still have the light, fresh base, but on the rest of the face, we’re free to play more with colours and shapes. Plenty of beauty brands, such as NYX Professional Makeup @nyxcosmetics_sa, have launched neon eyeshadow palettes, punchy eyeliners, highlighters, glitters and illuminating products. We zoned in on neon orange and yellow to illustrate the trend.


Take a look around Instagram and you’ll see thick sculpted eyebrows, heavy contouring, false eyelashes and paint-job lips. Long before the Kardashians were contouring themselves silly and even triggering a bizarre lip-plumping craze, drag queens had ‘mistressed’ the art of make-up. They’ve been influencing the beauty world for decades and this trend is a clear nod to their dramatic creative approach.


If you keep your foundation natural, you can go wild with colours on your eyes and lips because there’s a good balance. If everything is bold, it can be overwhelming.

It was dubbed the Fenty beauty effect, and over the past few years, many other brands have launched or expanded their foundation lines to include more shades, especially for darker skin. Now MAC Cosmetics is making a big statement of its own. The brand will be offering an additional 18 shades of its best-selling Studio Fix Fluid SPF 15 The brand is also offering more shades for the entire Studio Fix Line, as well as additional shades of its concealer and contour palettes. The new Studio Conceal and Correct Palette is a must-buy for every woman with darker skin.

We used NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Delight once more, but this time we got creative with the shape. The key here is to make it easy and to first draw a guideline that follows your natural eye shape (don’t pull the side of your eye to smooth your skin). Then you can perfect your liner.

This eye colour is a blend of two colours from the new-to-SA brand Makeup Revolution SA Revolution Pro Pigment Pomade Classic Red and Revolution Pro Pigment Pomade Lemon Yellow. Take same amount of each colour and blend them in the palm of your hand, and then apply on the lid. Be creative and play with colours. Start off with primary colours and mix to create your personal colour blend. Their products are good quality and prices are affordable. For the gloss effect, we added MAC Lipglass Clear.

To highlight the face, we used NYX Professional Makeup Bright Idea Illuminating Stick in Rose Petal Pop. Whether you go for a natural look or full highlighting, the areas to highlight are always the same: cheekbones, tip of the nose, cupid’s bow and corners of the eyes.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in What A Blast saturates the lips with colour and won’t wipe off easily.

We applied MAC Lipmix in Orange which is a highly pigmented cream that can be used to mix and customise lip colours. It’s great for creating your own unique shade