Skin Deep – Mirror Mirror

Skin Deep – Mirror Mirror

Yes, we’re all special. Yes, we’re all individual. And, yes, we’re all beautiful and unique snowflakes. But if you had to emulate a celeb beauty, whose style would you copy?


Not afraid to take risks, Nicki Minaj’s collection of wigs is unrivalled by any other celebrity. Her beauty philosophy may be colour, colour and more colour, but she’s admitted her biggest beauty secret is confidence. You need confidence to pull off a siren-red do with over-the-top talons like Rihanna or a bleach blonde buzz cut with fuschia lips like Amber Rose. And you definitely need confidence if you prefer to set trends rather than follow them.

Pull off a trendy beauty look with MAC’s assortment of colour Pigment sets and Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipsticks, then coat your nails in the long-lasting Gelish lacquers. If you’re going to be doing loads of heat styling, be sure to protect your tresses with Pantene’s high-tech Pro-V Science shampoos and conditioners as well as the Repair & Protect Heat Defence Gloss Spray.



With frizzy hair, a light slick of lipgloss and a laid-back attitude, Solange Knowles and Esperanza Spalding have updated the definition of the girl-next-door. Neither hippy nor bohemian, these ladies’ beauty style appears effortless. But we all know the key to a natural look is using the right amount of product, and definitely not zero products.

Bobbi Brown’s philosophy of looking like yourself, only prettier, is what natural beauty is all about. So it goes without saying you can’t go wrong with any of her beauty products.

Start getting back in touch with your natural beauty with a tinted moisturiser like Clinique’s Moisture Surge Tinted Moisturiser SPF 15 and Nivea’s Naturally Even Body Lotion. Then nourish and refresh your hair and scalp with Motions’ Marula Nautral Therapy Hair and Scalp Oil.


Polished, poised, perfect. Beyonce never has a hair out of place, Keri Hilson always has a perfectly glossy smile and Mariah Carey never leaves her bedroom without full make-up in place.

As a Hollywood beauty, you may spend hours primping, but when you step out, heads turn and jaws drop. You consider the term high-maintenance a compliment and revealing your inner beauty diva once in a while never hurt anyone. Much.

Become a glamazon with a Fluid Finish Lasting Velvet foundation by Sensai, Givenchy’s Eye and Brow Prisme compact, and Chanel’s Jouse Contraste Powder Blush. Finish off your look with a slick of Yves Saint Laurent’s new Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres lipstain.



Exotic beauties have that special something that makes the rest of the world’s population do a double-take. By definition, exotic is unusual, unfamiliar and unknown. Basically, unlike the norm. So whether it’s Cassie and Amerie’s light, cat-like eyes or Zoe Saldana and Jessica Szohr’s mixed heritage, it’s all about using natural ways to amp up your beauty.

Work with your genetics using natural products containing tea tree and almond oil to nourish your skin (we love The Body Shop’s new Beautifying Oils and SOiL’s Baobab body wash and moisturiser) and keep it glowing (Neutrogena’s Long-Last Shine Control Daily Scub and Cleanser/Mask contains rice protein to absorb excess oil while gently exfoliating).


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Megan Kakora

Megan Kakora writes “Skin Deep”, a bi-weekly column for ladies who love their weaves, struggle finding their perfect foundation shade, and occasionally unleash their inner Eartha Kitt.