How to look fresh-faced without pfaffing!

Spoiler Alert* I have a nice little reader offer for you guys. I’ll put it at the end of the post 😉

When it comes to make-up, I’m not that into it. I need to get up and go – make myself look decent in a short space of time. Most days it’s some tinted moisturizer or BB cream, a lick of mascara and a pinch of my cheeks on my way out the door. But sometimes, particularly if I have a client or an event to go to, it’s fun to play a bit and spend a little more time on the details. When I say details it’s a relative term – I mean I don’t even know how to contour or use a highlighter (WTF).

So the other day I went to my make-up artist friend Sinead’s house. Sinead founded the brand Lula Fox together with Fiona Buchner in 2016. It was Sinead’s husband’s brush with hormonal cancer in 2013 that sparked the idea for the brand. Sinead became acutely aware of endocrine disrupting ingredients in body products and cosmetics. And, finding very little clean beauty products available in the South African market at the time that performed to the level she required – after much research and testing Lula Fox was born. Lula Fox is a pioneering South African range of all natural, professional make-up crafted from natural, organic and non-toxic ingredients. 

I’ve shared more on the brand at the end of this post.

I’m constantly up in the faces of my children and smooshing my cheeks into theirs, so I like to use clean products on my skin as I don’t like the thought of all the usual chemicals rubbing off from me onto their little skins. I also try to be conscious of what toxic load I put into my body, make-up obviously being one of the contributing elements, hence I’ve started switching to the Lula Fox range. I’m not fanatical about natural skincare, but I always actively seek out the ‘clean’ options. I haven’t done in-depth research so won’t profess to that, I just prefer the idea of putting natural products onto my skin and into my body, where possible.. I’ll do a post down the line about what body and facial skincare products I use, and why. We also use predominantly non-toxic cleaning products at home, but that’s a boring topic!

For today, I’m sharing a quick step-by-step process of what I’d put onto my face, on a day where I’m seeing a client or wanting to make a little effort.

Apologies in advance for the incessant photos of my face up close, I know I’m sick of seeing myself so can only imagine that you would be too. Try to just focus on the make up at each step!

Here goes..

Before with zero make-up. Yikes. Wrinkles. 

After applying foundation – with a brush that I bought there and then. It was the first time I’ve ever used a brush to apply foundation and it’s a game changer – told you I was clueless.

Then we did brows – this is also something new to me. The first time I ever had my brows shaped was last year!! And I never used to fill them in with pencil or shadow or the like. Yes, I’ve been under a rock.

Then some cream blush. I’m still using my Bobbi Brown cream blushes that I really like, but will switch to this Lula Fox one when I’ve used them up. I like cream blush rather than a powder as it’s so easy to apply with my fingers and gives a more natural look.

Then obvs did mascara and a nude lip gloss, this is one thing I generally do every day even if I do nothing else. It just kind of makes me look awake. Oh and some neutral eye shadow which you can hardly see because I sadly don’t have big/open eyelids. Lastly Sinead applied a beautiful product called glow pot to give that dewy look that I like. 

And that was it. Here’s the final pic.

I have recorded this step by step live in stories highlights under Tips and Tricks on Instagram FYI, so if you want to watch there you can see Sinead actually applying each step.

OK SO HERE’S THE READER OFFER! If you comment on this post you could win a Makeover Experience in studio, valued at R450. This is a 45 minute private consultation where you will learn tips on how to apply and work with the Lula Fox products, as well as which colours are best for your skin tone and colouring. You will get products to the value of R450 on the day and you’ll get to walk away with a beautiful professionally applied make up application as well as a professional portrait photo to remember it! Also, if you want to go online and buy something from Lula Fox, you will get 10% off your purchase with the code Pippa J. This is valid until the end of April. Hop over to Instagram or Facebook to enter. 

More on the brand as promised:

Lula Fox products are crafted with a minimum of 70% certified organic extracts, oils, butters and plant-based materials (botanicals); the remaining 30% comprise essential oils and mineral pigments. The ingredients are natural, healthy and minimally processed. The range is also photographic range, meaning that it doesn’t reflect camera flash – perfect for special events, fashion shoots, weddings and professional shoots. The product range includes foundation, concealer, face powder, blush, bronzers, eyes shadows, gel liners, mascaras, brows powders and pomades, and lipstick and glosses as well as cruelty free professional make up brushes. It offers everything that a mainstream make up range offers making it easy to switch to cleaner professional make up without compromising on international style and colour trends or durability.

I hope this post has inspired you with your day to day make-up application? Please share your make-up hacks, I’d love to hear them 😉

This Article Has 31 Comments
  1. Marian says:

    Looking stunning Pippa.
    Great article. I also love simple make up but now have more tips on how to be effective with simplicity.
    Thank you

  2. Pippa says:

    Thanks for the feedback Marian, I’m so glad you found this article helpful 🙂

  3. Caroline Wiggett says:

    Love the post Pippa….always great to read suggestions on simple ways to look glam and I am struggling to find good make-up which is natural so thanks for recommendation on Lulu Fox, will definitely check it out 😉

    • Pippa says:

      Thanks Caroline, I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. Look out for the competition on Facebook and Instagram as you could win some of their products – which would be a great way to start using them 🙂 I really enjoy the range.

  4. Hilary Green says:

    Awesome natural look… I think I need to try the sample kit.

  5. Victoria Herold says:

    Thanks for a great post! I love how a little bit of make up can transform any sleep-deprived-over-caffeinated mom into a fresh-faced beauty! And it doesn’t have to be heavy and pasty – just enough to give one that dewy fresh-faced look. I enjoyed seeing the step by step approach and the hints and tips! Thanks

  6. soozi morris says:

    love the look , never wear foundation as i hate the “feel ” of it , but worth a try and love the natural lips !!!

  7. Ash Parry says:

    Thanks, Pips 🤗 useful tips for us “mums” who rush out the door in the mornings 😜 Definitely going to give Lula Fox a try 👍🤩

  8. Robyn says:

    Stunning! I shy away from make up because of the chemicals – and I don’t know how to put it on. Love the natural soft look

  9. Korien Sander says:

    Thanks for introducing me to Lulafox. Chemmicals creep me out and also make me nreak out. But this seems a good option.
    The look they did is great. You look like you – and that is what I prefer for my look too.

  10. Chantelle says:

    Thanks for a decent, simple and ‘powerful’ post. I hate make up and consider myself painted when I add mascara to the (basic essential) lipstick 💋
    I’m sure the hubby & kids would appreciate a bit more effort though…. I do want a new more basic colour lipstick though!
    I hope this range is Vegan. Then we’re in business 😊

  11. Caren Moss says:

    Wow, I loved this post and your pics Pippa! Natural, easy AND close to home – what’s not to love?

    Definitely going to be checking it out 💋

  12. Megan says:

    Great post – love the natural look and that the products are natural too. I have been pondering a make-up session for a while, so this weould be a great bonus to win!

  13. Robyn says:

    I can’t wait to try this range!! Looks fab and I love that it’s natural 🙂

  14. Rakhi says:

    What an informative post, thanks Pippa. Your made up look is so gentle and natural, love it!

    Definitely going to give lulu fox products a try. Like the idea of healthy make up.

  15. Kim says:

    So great! You can’t imagine how helpful your little nuggets are Pippa… I love your posts. X

  16. Liesl Cloete says:

    It really looks stunning Pippa, I especially love the eyebrows.. what a difference! am going to go and have a look.. am inspired to do more than slap on some base and mascara at the robots on my way to work (that’s if they are red!! :-))

  17. Roberta says:

    Loved this tutorial, thanks Pips!

  18. Sophia Louw says:

    A range with plenty of choices.

  19. Bianca says:

    I need to try out these tips, and this brand! Practice makes perfect right?!

  20. Vidya says:

    Love this look. The glow pot looks amazing. Love how natural this brand is, and that it’s cruelty free. It’s not easy to find makeup like that in South Africa! Yay!

  21. Erica Penfold says:

    You look absolutely gorgeous in this post. Thank you for bringing us real style and a heartfelt love for local designers and artists.

  22. Heather says:

    I am always looking at how to apply make up and always looking for new tips! I loved the natural look you achieved. It is so youthful. And you certainly do not have any wrinkles!!

  23. Pippa says:

    Thanks so much for all your comments and feedback, I really enjoyed them! The winner is Charissa De Jager, I announced it on Facebook and Instagram. Look out for my Mother’s day competition on social media in collaboration with Pesso shoes where you can win a wardrobe detox with me, and a pair of beautiful Pesso shoes of your choice 🙂

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