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DIY make-up tips



A local make-up consultant trading with the Facebook name ‘Beautybylei’ visited our offices to give us a quick demonstration on how to transform the look from morning to evening; using simple make-up tricks.

For the ‘daytime look’ stick to the more natural shades and for the ‘night time look’ pop up the colours and use more highlighters. The model in this case, was our colleague Neo Pilane, who works in the commercial department as the CBET Group, Online Sales Executive.

Here are some of the secret tips from Beautybylei. Kindly note that all products she is referring to are available in local stores.

Create an illusion of fuller brows
Fill in the eyebrows with a brown pencil, not a black pencil, that’s a no, no, no. Then use a concealer below the eyebrow line to highlight the arch of the brow. The concealer should be two shades lighter than your skin colour so it stands out.

Blend, blend and blend
The secret to a flawless face is to blend the concealer with a beauty blender to avoid having the ‘halo’ look. Always use an eye-shadow base to avoid the eye shadow creasing.

Use of colour corrector
If someone has dark circles under the eyes or any dark patches on the face they can use a colour corrector. For dark skins or people of colour, use ‘orange based’ corrector. And for white skins the advice is to use a ‘green based’ corrector.

Face primer
Use a face primer as a base before applying any foundation so that your make-up can last longer.

This make-up secret was made super popular by the Kardashian sisters. This is where a darker shade is used, to darken parts of the face in an attempt to scalp it to what you want it to look like. Used well the trick can add extra definition to the cheeks, nose and forehead. Always highlight with a concealer the parts of the face that are more exposed to the sun.

Baking the face
Once the make-up has been applied, you should bake the face so that the make-up does not crease.

Strip lashes
If you are going to add or use any strip lashes to enhance your natural lashes you should add them above the natural eyelash line.  Strip lashes are simple and easy to use and remove. Use the lash curler to define the shape of the lashes.

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Motlha to finally release debut album



Trendsetting songbird Motlha is pencilled to release his solo album in February next year. Motlha is signed under Rok Lefatshe Records. The album will be produced by Suffocate. The vibrant singer currentlyhas three singles out and they include Hisa Hisa (featuring ATI), Mmamotse (which catapulted him to the top of the charts) as well as Nnenekwane.

Speaking in an interview with this publication last week ahead of his debut at the Mascom Live Sessions event featuring Bongo Maffin, he revealed that he started work on music for his debut album right after the release of Mmamotse.

He also says that the album is still a work in progress, and that he is yet to finalise the final list of songs that will make it into the album, as well as the name of the album. Ï am still eliminating and adding songs,” he explains.

He further says that his fans should look forward to collaborations with artists such as Zanda Zakusa (South Africa) and Soul Culture (also from South Africa). He reveals that he wants to work with a lot of artists who are in line with his vision.

He also notes that it is difficult for him to identify his genre. Some he says, classify his music as Afro Jazz, other Jazz with a fusion of RnB. Ï am still trying to classify my genre, and I might have to come up with a name for my sound,” he notes.His goal, he says, is to make music that touches and changes lives in a postive way. “I want to empower people through music.”

Meanwhile, Motlha proved his mettle as a stage performer of note when he put on an impressive performance at the Mascom Live sessions this past Friday.He gave revellers their money’s worth and many cheered and sang along throughout his energetic performance.

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Kokoamokoko entrances poetry lovers at his wedding

Irene Shone



TALENTED: The recently married poet is working on a new album.

Former President’s Day competitions poetry award winner Okabo Gaopelo, also known as Kokoamokoko, tied the knot in style this past weekend in Mankgodi. The energetic performer could not help but serenade guests with his rich Setswana poetic rhythm. The superb poet better known as ‘Kokoamokoko’ planned on enjoying his day while listening to other poets doing what he loves best.

A variety of poets made his day as they added the cherry to the blissful wedding by presenting poems to him. While he had sworn that he would not recite any poem, his talent itched to be shared and he asked for the mic and gladly presented poetic verses, singing praises to his gorgeous wife.

The guests cheered him in amusement, imitating his usual line “Ke kokoamokoko weeee.”Gaopelo glamorously rocked his traditional attire that he normally use for his poetic sessions, saying that it is his signature for the love of arts. The bridesmaids and groomsmen also looked the part in the African attire, and they danced magnificently, showing off their well-choreographed moves.

They danced to the poet’ traditional song Ao ntate, from his album Tswhwarelo. Gaopelo told Vibe that he performed his work on his wedding day in order to motivate upcoming artistes who enjoy poetry and traditional music. He pointed out that many people think that many people seem to think that musicians and other arts practitioners do it to earn a living, but that is not the case.

“I wanted to show that we also do this out of passion and to showcase our talent. It really felt wonderful to perform for my wife and guests, and to also dance to my own song on my wedding day.” Gaopelo added that he plans to release another album next year.

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