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I recently spent a morning with Cindy Horton, a talented make-up artist, who specialises in beauty and fashion make-up and styling. Cindy has an extensive knowledge of the beauty industry and has become the go-to-girl for beauty editors on tips, and advice for magazines and online articles.
Since completing her diploma, in make-up artistry and hair styling, Cindy has made inroads into the film and fashion industry in Cape Town, with 9 years of experience now under her belt. During this time, she’s worked with local and international celebrities, photographers and production companies, doing what she loves the most ~ making other people look gorgeous!
Cindy recently invited me to her make-up studio, which is situated at Rouge Day Spa in Kenilworth, to experience a Cindy Horton Learn The Art of Makeup lesson. The aim of these lessons, is to equip you with the know-how to master professional make-up techniques, achieve a flawless make-up application and how to emphasise your features, to reveal your natural beauty.
I have probably been applying my make-up in a similar way for most of my adult life – with the help of a few YouTube tutorials here and there! Not to say that I am great at applying makeup but I think I do an ok job but as with most things, there is always room for improvement and who does not want to achieve a flawless look.
In my Hand-On Lesson Cindy first discussed my skin condition and any concerns I have. We then went through the basic tools required to achieve a flawless application. What I did not realise, which should have been apparent with the “Hands-On” title was Cindy would demonstrate on half of my face and would do the other! I must admit I was a bit nervous at first but it is actually the perfect way to learn how to apply makeup properly.
Cindy took me through each part of make-up application step by step – from prepping my skin, to foundation, concealer, to eye and lip makeup application. What amazed me the most, was how few products it took to create an amazing look! I loved the fact that we used the same two products for eyes, as well as for contouring and highlighting my cheeks. Once we had created the basic look – for everyday make-up, Cindy showed me how to add a few touches to make it a bit more glam. You can see a photo of the finished look above – please excuse the bathroom mirror selfie 😉
After my session with Cindy, she sent me a follow up email detailing the products we used split into must-haves, the everyday make-up essentials and additional nice-to-haves, to glam up your look. One of the services Cindy offers is to actually shop for you and buy products you really need, which in the long run will save you money! Below are the products Cindy used for my make-up lesson:
Foundation – MAC Studio fluid NW25
Concealer – MAC NW25
Powder – MAC Prep + Prime
Highlighter eyeshadow (used for eyes and checkbones) – MAC Brule Satin
Contour eyeshadow (used for eyes and cheekbones) – Wedge matte
Blusher – Benefit Havana
Eyebrows – MAC Redhead brow duo (the darker colour can be purchased separately)
Eyeliner – Smashbox shadow trio
Mascara – Maybelline Colossal
Lips – MAC Fanfair creme lipstick
Lipliner – MAC Natural lip pencil
Eyeshadow – Woodwinked (evening)
Eyeliner – MAC black pencil liner
Lipgloss – MAC Double Happiness
Brushes – 12 piece professional brush set (I retail these in my studio for R850)
I loved my make-up lesson and definitely learnt a few great tips and tricks to use in my everyday routine! I think these lessons would be extremely beneficial if you have no idea how to apply make-up or if you just need a few pointers in how to perfect the art of make-up application. Keep a lookout there is a competition coming your way soon, where you can win a wonderful make-up lesson with Cindy!
If you would like to find out more about Learn The Art of Make-up lessons or any of the other services offered please visit the Cindy Horton Website for more details.The studio is located at Rouge Day Spa, at 27 Gibson Road (entrance on Ascot Road), Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa. You can contact Cindy on 072 7557861.
Images:1&3 Cindy Horton, 2 Pinterest, 4 Inspired Living
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I recently attended the launch of The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making, at Casa Labia, in Muizenberg. I love Rain products, so I was naturally curious, to find out more about the process of natural soap making!
We were first given the opportunity to mingle and meet the other media representatives attending and a chance to soak up the splendor that is Casa Labia!
After enjoying some social time, we were then treated to a demonstration of how to make natural soap from scratch by Bev Missing, who is the author of The Rain Book of Natural Soap Making, as well as the brains behind Rain Africa.
I have used the melt and pour method in the past, to make soap for my girls school market day but the “proper” method is far more involved! Below you can see exactly what goes into making natural soap:
As it took Bev the better part of two years to perfect the art of natural soap making, I think that this craft is definitely not for the impatient person! From the detailed list of equipment you will require, most of which you probably have in your kitchen, to the to the raw materials needed, it is definitely something you need to be passionate about!
Rain Africa have also created a YouTube channel, where you can find step by step tutorials on natural soap making.
So if you would like to find out more about the history of Rain Africa and explore the process of natural soap making, then this book is definitely for you! You can purchase The Rain Book of Natural Soap making here the RRP is R220.