That Make Up questions we all want answered…..

We asked Mariska Swart a Freelance Make Up artist & Lecturer at Face to Face Beauty & Make Up School all the Make Up questions we struggle with on a daily basis. 

1.How can I do an easy smoky eye? (Actually easy)

The true answer to getting an easy perfect smoky eye is that there is no quick fix way! Reason being all eyes and faces are unique. With most things in life, the old saying “practice makes perfect” counts here as well. The best way to do a smoky eye is to start with the basics. Know where you want to add the darker color(usually the crease or the outside corner of the eye). As soon as you know that you can start practicing. Start out with a brown or even a light grey until you have the blending bit down. Apply the dark shade in such a way that you can barely see it when facing yourself in the mirror.

That way when you blend(or smoke out) the color, it won’t end up at your brows. Using an eye shadow brush (yes an actual eye shadow brush, not your fingers) will go a long way with helping the blending go smoothly. Do your eyes first so that if there is any mistakes you can fix it when applying your full foundation. Keep the brow bone (area below the brow) as clean as possible and for events or extra drama add some highlighter. Now as soon as you are happy with your light smoky, you can go on to darker shades. Remember this has a lot to do with playing around to find what best suits you and what you are most comfortable with.

Big secret tip: a shimmer eye shadow will blend waaaay easier than matt colors specifically black.

2.. How can I easily apply liquid eyeliner?

Liquid eyeliner is one of those things that will make many females run and hide out of fear! If you make use of gel liner, make sure to have the proper angled liner brush.

When applying the liner lift up your eyelid just above the lash line to get a tight line above your lashes, you can always thicken and lengthen afterwards. Most people find that the liquid eyeliner pens (which literally looks like a coloring marker) work better as it gives more control. These markers or brushes work in exactly the same way as a normal marker or brush would.

Most people find that the liquid eyeliner pens (which literally looks like a coloring marker) work better as it gives more control. These markers or brushes work in exactly the same way as a normal marker or brush would. If you press too hard too much product will be applied, if you slant the brush a thicker line will be achieved and if you use the very tip of the brush, you will have a very thin line. Again do not try this the first time on an important first date or event. Practice on yourself with only eyeliner until you are confident enough with the technique. Small mistakes can easily be fixed with an ear bud soaked in makeup remover. (Obviously not if you have a perfect smoky as per question 1 and then ruined it with liner)

3.What is the proper order of applying my makeup

There is usually a set way in doing things but with any art form the rules are meant to be broken. Do what suits your lifestyle best.

I usually moisturize first (for oily skins use a mattifying product otherwise your makeup will end up sliding all over your face.)

Step2: apply foundation on the eye area. (If the shadow tends to crease and sweat off, invest in an eye shadow primer)

Step3: powder the eye area with translucent powder to remove the stickiness. This powder won’t leave color on the skin.

Step4: eye shadow then eyeliner. If not confident with liner yet do that first then shadows and fix liner at the end if the shadows has smudged over the line.

Step5: mascara, mascara, MASCARA. This deserves its own step as this product transforms any eye from dull and tired to awake and sexy.

Step 6: remove any panda eyes with a remover wipe and apply foundation over the face and concealer under the eyes. Powder the areas that you are prone to sweat or have oil. Usually the forehead, nose and chin. Step 7: add some color by using a blush and lip color that works well with the color used on the eyes. Do not use purple on the eyes and expect an orange tone lip and cheek to work out. You will look like a hot mess. Pinks stick together and

4. Do I really need lip liner under my lipstick??

Yes lip liner is a must. Once you have used one properly you’ll never be able to go back to applying lipstick as irresponsibly. The waxy consistency of a lip liner keeps the lipstick from bleeding into the little lines and cracks around your mouth. Liner also allows you to fix tiny flaws in the lips if the one side is lower down you can draw it higher up etc. Want fuller lips? You can line slightly outside your natural lip line to create the appearance of fuller lips. Again ladies the emphasis is on SLIGHTLY! Bozo the clown lips does not look good on anybody. The biggest bonus that a lip liner has is that it will help your lipstick last a lot longer.

Keep your liner color a shade or two lighter or darker to your lipstick color depending on the look you want. DO NOT do dark liner with light lipstick as it is very distasteful. And best be left In the history of makeup fails.

5.What should I use to keep my makeup on longer?

I love mac fix it spray. There are many of these makeup fix sprays on the market these days so shop around until you find your perfect one. When in a pinch you can always use hairspray as well- If you don’t mind the fumes. This will basically seal your makeup and result in it not sweating off within the first hour out.

6. Contouring or Strobing?

I prefer using a touch of both!! Contouring to sculpt features and then using highlighters to make certain features pop! I like to have the best of both worlds.

** in makeup my biggest tip is to always start small and build up from there. One can always add color and drama but it is a lot harder to remove without messing up the whole look entirely.

Follow Mariska Swart on Facebook @MSMake-Up



The accessory we all Envy….

While Keeping up with Kendall Jenner…we noticed she has been wearing this amazing MUST HAVE ITEM……okay maybe its more of a want than a need,but do you blame us???


That black double buckle belt  just adds something extra, to give your outfit that statement it needs. Dating back to Coachella when Kendall first wore it. She has been rocking the monochrome trend & the gold detail on the belt just makes it look even more chic.

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But shes not the only one….

Who wore it better? Kendall or Selena?


MinimalismforBreakfast is obsessed with this accessory, quite frankly we will be running to the shop right after this post.


We thought we’d share some of our favorite “belt” moments to give you that bit of styling inspiration when purchasing your own.



That POLO Neck…..

I remember when i was little my wardrobe consisted out of 10 different color Polo Neck Sweaters…..looking at that photos i ask myself & my mother why oh why….( luckily i can use my age as an excuse )

Today the POLO Neck,Turtle Neck or Skivvy whatever you would like to call it…is a definite go to style item.

1fbb07c6aff747e01e805d5419066dbb1. Style it with that perfect pair of high rise jeans add a classic black or tan belt to give it that edge.


2. Add that perfect coat or trench to pull off that super chic winter look.


3. Throw it back to that vintage Polo Neck style, by adding a suede mini skirt to the mix.


4. Luckily for us the over sized knit is quite on trend at the moment, style it with a basic leggings, jeans or midi skirt. So comfortable & easy to pull off & that basic black boots makes an powerful statement.


5. All one Color:  #allblackeverything #allwhiteeverything the list goes on ,  I’m obsessed. This is the ultimate definition of simplicity.


6. I’ve heard people say , they feel the Polo Neck makes them look quite “MANLY”… we say just  add that beautiful minimalist jewelry , simple as that.


7. This one is on top of my to do list.Wear that Boyfriend collar shirt over the Polo Neck.

Even better when that polo neck is adding a pop of color .

No more nightmares about that childhood memories I have about the Polo Neck. Keeping it stylish is the aim of the game.


Michelle van Zyl

go “ALL” out….

Our latest obsession has to be that one color look….

White, Black , Tan & Grey in head to toe. These looks are super chic and quite easy to pull off.Where different textures to give your outfit that edge that all of us ladies seek.

Add a touch of color by adding gold jewelry,that red lipstick or a bright color heel/sneaker.

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a Fashion Problem….

Well look here ladies…its quite easy to post a picture of a celebrity, the runway model  & that super chic street style you love…but let’s get honest in real life it simply aint that easy…

We dream of having that Gigi Hadid figure & Kendall Jenner  beauty….when we forget to accept ourselves & embrace our flaws. I believe all of us struggle , i mean i hate shopping for jeans…i get nightmares the day before i go on that never ending mission….but i wouldn’t be me without my thunder thighs & oh so short legs.

but here’s the thing…. when i get that perfect fit ….i freakin embrace it!!

So i challenge myself  & the #minimalismforbreakfast readers to shop with an open mind….whether you get your “perfect jeans” at the first or last store….nobody will know & nobody cares as long as you style that “jeans” to the best of your ability.

I  decided that  Natural Beauty will be the theme for my next styling shoot…. i want the #nomakeup.. the #iwokeuplikethis look….that everyday woman…the beauty us woman should embrace …..




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10 Facts about #MinimalismforBreakfast

Marlise van Niekerk

My biggest desire is to live and build a career in New York city

I have a big passion for Environmental Affairs and Fashion, hence the interest in Sustainable/ Eco       Fashion

Never sleeps without earphones

I don’t wear padded bras

Early bird catches the worm type of person

Dark Chocolate and Coffee, enough said

My personal style is casual and chic

I need a new car but I saw the new Dior shades, is this a catch 22

Waiting for the time where I can buy my car and shades at the same time            #StillNotARichKidFromBeverlyHills?
Trying to keep up with my life while Keeping Up With The Kardashians

That’s All ( Miranda Priestly tone)


Michelle van Zyl

I can spend hours in the mall ( & by hours i mean from morning to night )

If I had the chance to move overseas my first choice would be New York.

My fashion icon is Sarah Donaldson (Harper & Harley )

I have an obsession with the Kardashians ( Ask us anything , we WILL know  )

My overall dream in life is to do styling for magazines.

I’m the ultimate romantic.

I get daily cravings for coffee & wine gums.

I prefer an evening in watching movies than going out .

My Wardrobe in one word : BLACK

I struggle to clean out my closet ( that’s why its always a mess )

Basic Item : Plain Tee

Basic Item : Plain Tee

VILA t shirt
300 ZAR –

Pieces short sleeve top
230 ZAR –

MANGO t shirt
125 ZAR –

Current/Elliott destroyed jeans
4 225 ZAR –

Elastic waist pants
1 910 ZAR –

Topshop high rise skinny jeans
965 ZAR –

Topshop jogger pants
700 ZAR –

Topshop denim short shorts
625 ZAR –

Converse sneaker
12 045 ZAR –

Acne Studios leather shoes
5 415 ZAR –

NIKE sneaker
1 320 ZAR –

Keds sneaker
600 ZAR –

SPURR heeled sandals
230 ZAR –