The Transformative Power of Make-up

On Saturday night I attended A Red-Carpet event for the Awards Evening of the BOKEH Fashion Film Festival

 I started prepping my outfit weeks before the event. Going back-and-forth to different designers and shops, trying on too many beautiful dresses to remember..with not one of them feeling quite like the right thing. Then I remembered this Vintage top that I had bought years back, but never worn before.

So now the next hunt started on finding the perfect shoes, clutch bag, earrings, ring, bracelet, nail colour..what hairstyle to wear and what make-up look to do??? I did a little test run or two on my hair and make-up look, and after more trips to the shops I had finally found the perfect collection of accessories to make this outfit all it can be (and give me the confidence to walk down the Red Carpet). **All accessories are listed at the very end of this post.

My husband and I infront of “The Wall” 😉

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Needless to say I felt amazing! I received so many compliments and felt beautiful. Every time someone complimented me and said that I looked like a movie star, I couldn’t help but have the thought flash through my head..but this is not what I always look like!!! “These lashes aren’t my own and hey, I never wear my hair like this, and you know this took a lot of time to plan, and I probably spent way too much on my accessories for just one night…”

“…MOST OF ALL I don’t always wear my make-up like this, I actually made my cheekbones look a little higher, and my nose a bit taller, my lips look fuller in this colour as well, my eyes look bigger because of the white liner on my inner water-line and these lashes, they do magic to my eyes. My eyebrows actually have 3 different products on them, and this eyeshadow I’m wearing, well, I put it in the perfect places to frame my eyes and create the illusion of a deeper crease.”

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On this night it hit me more than ever before, that we have so much power in our hands. Make-up artists don’t just apply make-up, they ARE artists. They create illusions! They create shape where it is flat. They see the beauty where others don’t. They see those negative features you complain about, and know the exact solution.

The best make-up artists know how to keep you looking like you – just BETTER. You will still look natural, and your make-up won’t be caked on because the perfect amount of make-up was applied in just the right places.

I do believe that I could’ve worn a plain dress with plain shoes, and put my hair in a sleek ponytail, and worn only one or two accessories and I still would’ve looked good because my make-up was done right.

This is the Transformative Power of Make-up!

I have experienced how make-up has the power to give us confidence, how it can make us feel beautiful. It makes us ready to take on the day, go for that interview, face that ex, fight that fight, to have the guts to get out of your depressive slump or even just to meet your best friend for a coffee on your worst day.

Please don’t get me wrong, there is more to life than make-up! Make-up does not define who you are and by no means makes you more worthy. I am also not saying that you need to wear a full face of make-up everyday (I don’t). What I am saying is that make-up is not your enemy, it is not that hard to master, and it is there to give you that boost when most needed!!!

This is my hearts empower women with something so simple. To teach them the knowledge and skills to have some of this Transformative Power in their own hands.

I hope that I can help you reach your full potential through my Blog and my YouTube videos.

As you can see below I am also just plain without make-up



My BEFORE & AFTER for this Red Carpet look..this is a terrible before with my granny hair, but it makes a very good point!

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Below is the Make-up Tutorial on How I created this look




Tennis Bracelet: Colette Hayman – R89.50

Ring – Swarovski (A gift)

Clutch – Forever New R599.00


Shoes – R545

Panel Pants – Forever New R699.00

Hair Clips – Lovisa R150.00

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8 Responses to The Transformative Power of Make-up

  1. Leigh Preston June 11, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    You looked amazing!!! That makeup looked sensational! Wow xxx

  2. Yolandi June 11, 2014 at 11:05 am #

    Jy het net meer pragtig gelyk as altyd! Wanneer mens mooi is van binne wys dit en dit sien ek in jou. En makeup is n wonderlike ding, op die dae wat ek die slegste voel en net 2 ure geslaap het – dis wanneer ek all out gaan sodat niemand dink ek is n lopende lyk nie haha. Dankie dat jy alles met ons deel*

    • Marlinette Newman June 11, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

      Ai Yolandi dankie vir jou mooi woorde!!! Hahaha yip, make-up is your best friend on those days 😉

  3. Sunny June 11, 2014 at 12:30 pm #

    You looked gorgeous!!!! Better than a movie star!! And your before picture is just as gorgeous 🙂

    • Marlinette Newman June 11, 2014 at 12:38 pm #

      You are too sweet!!! Thank you! Hahaha I look terrible in my before pic with absolutely NO make-up on 🙂

  4. Chereen June 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Loved this post! There seems to be so much comparison happening lately, and I’ve noticed among my group of friends that many feel down because they feel that they are good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, tall enough, (insert any adjective here) enough… but they’re comparing themselves to images and photographs they see in magazines, on YouTube, Instagram, etc. Good on you for taking a stand and revealing that looking ‘red carpet ready’ takes a lot of work!


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