The perfect makeup balance between glam and low-key

Copy Zendaya’s glowing look for your next night out

Beauty Crew Editor / January 11 2017

If you’re mostly into natural and radiant makeup and find yourself at a loss for what to do with your look when it comes to getting ready for a night out or special occasion, feel lost no more. We’ve scoured the Internet and red carpet arrivals and have discovered the perfect look to recreate. 

Striking just the right balance between glamorous and natural, Zendaya’s glowing makeup will help bring the pizzazz you need without compromising your love for something that’s not too over-the-top. 

Here’s how to copy Zendaya’s makeup look the next time you’re getting dressed up.


Start with a good base

A glowing complexion always starts with good skin care, a primer that will see your makeup last all night, and a foundation that’ll help achieve a radiant base.

After you’ve cleansed and moisturised, smooth COVERGIRL TRUblend Makeup Primer Combo Skin over your face. While your ultimate goal is luminous skin, you still want to tone down your shine, and this long-wearing formula will minimise oiliness and smooth the texture of your skin to ensure your makeup stays put for hours. Follow with COVERGIRL TRUblend Liquid Makeup foundation for a flawless and natural finish.



Give your eyes a touch of glamour

Your eye makeup is the key to upping the ante on your look, but the trick for keeping it balanced with the rest of your makeup is to stick to neutral tones.

Using the COVERGIRL Eye Shadow Quad in Go For The Golds, apply a wash of the dark brown colour over your lids and in an almond shape around the outer corners of your eyes, bringing the hue beneath your bottom lash lines for a smoky look. To add the gold flecks, use your fingertips to gently dab COVERGIRL Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast in Gold Goddess on the centre of your eyelids and the centre of your bottom lash line to make your eyes glisten.

Covergirl eye makeup


Define your eyes for a strong finish

Finish off your eye makeup by enhancing your top lash line with COVERGIRL Bombshell Intensity Liner by LashBlast. Start with a thin line in the inner corner of your top lash line, and make it thicker as you draw towards the outside corner. If you’re feeling game, try a winged liner look

For extra lash oomph, curl your lashes with shu uemura eyelash curler, and follow with a few coats of COVERGIRL LashBlast Fusion Mascara.

Eye defining products


Enhance your brows

Finish off your bold eye look by grooming your brows and filling in any sparse areas. For a precise finish, use COVERGIRL Brow & Eyemakers Pencil to gently enhance your top and bottom brow lines, and replicate any missing hairs by using hair-like strokes to fill in the gaps. To soften the finish, use a clean spoolie, or a Manicare Disposable Mascara Wand, to brush your brows into shape and blend any harsh lines.

Groom brows


Add warmth to your complexion

When it comes to radiant makeup, most would go straight for some bronzer to add some warmth, but follow Zendaya’s lead and opt for an illuminating blush, instead. Use a soft powder brush (we like Rae Morris Deluxe Kabuki) to gently swirl some COVERGIRL TRUblend Blush over the apples of your cheeks, and take the colour up towards your temples. The powder features tiny shimmery particles, which will help give your skin natural radiance without looking too glittery. The combination of the two shades will leave your complexion with a natural, rosy flush. 

If you’ve got fair skin, we recommend you choose the Light Rose shade, and medium and darker skin tones can use Medium Rose.

TOP TIP: For extra luminosity, lightly dust a powder highlighter across your cheekbones, in the centre of your forehead, down the bridge of your nose, and just above your Cupid’s bow. Just don’t go too nuts - you don’t want to look shiny!


Finish with a subtle lip

Ditch a coloured lip for a glossy finish. Use a clear lipgloss, or if you’d prefer to have some colour, we like COVERGIRL Colourlicious Jumbo Gloss Balms in Jam Twist.

COVERGIRL jumbo gloss balm jam twist

If you’re keen to get into blush this spring and summer season, here’s how to find the right blush shade to suit your skin tone.

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Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.