I began my career in 1994 and I still love what I do. My career has taken me all over South Africa and across borders to places such as Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia. I am now based full time in Johannesburg. The desire to be a make-up artist started for me at a very young age. I remember taking all my dolls and transforming them into divas...even the boys! Little did I know this would be my career.
I began reading all the fashion magazines from a very young age —absorbing the tricks of the trade and the do's and don'ts of wearing makeup day-to-day. Later, I would realize that bringing out the best in people by emphasizing their natural beauty was not only rewarding for me, but has a powerful effect on how people feel about themselves.
I love art in general, and making up faces has been a great way for me to utilize my creativity. Color theory is very important when it comes to makeup, as well as knowing how to play with the balance of light and shadow, highlights and contours etc. It's all applicable to the face & every client that I work on provides me with a new "canvas."
One of the greatest rewards as a makeup artist has been witnessing the impact that I have had on many of my clients, and the repeat customer loyalty that has developed with them as a result. To date, word of mouth referrals have been my greatest advertisement. That is always very exciting. It validates that the customer was happy with the work that I did for them. It also shows that they trust me to take care of the person they are referring as well.
The most rewarding aspect of my career has been the fact that I've helped to build the confidence of so many women I have worked with. It's unfortunate that a lot of women, including me, have insecurities about something relating to their appearance, or sometimes feel uncomfortable in their own skin. While I am a huge advocate of finding your inner beauty, first and foremost, I absolutely love playing up the outer beauty as well. There is a definite transformation that takes place during the make-up process, and it's not just a physical transformation. There have been numerous occasions where I have worked on someone who is really self conscious about their skin, due to uneven skin tone, blemishes, etc. Upon completion of the makeup, I'll direct them to a mirror so that they can see the finished product. This same person, who was once shy and self conscious, is now beaming with confidence and happy tears because of the way they look! It's so fulfilling to be able to help boost someone's confidence & make them feel as beautiful as everyone perceives them to be!
A Few Things I Want You To Know...
It is very important to me that you feel comfortable working with me, especially at such close proximity. I don't ever want you to feel as though you can't ask questions, or suggest a change in the makeup I've done (i.e., darkening the eyeshadow, lightening the lipstick). I'm certainly not a diva, and I welcome all input. I do everything I can to ensure that my clients are happy with not only the end result, but their entire experience. My work is something I take great pride in and am a self-proclaimed perfectionist. Therefore, I can say with confidence that my work is satisfaction guaranteed!
Safe, Sanitory and Professional...
All of my brushes are cleaned after each job and treated with alcohol before they dry. This prevents any type of bacteria buildup or cross contamination between clients. When working on multiple clients (fashion shows, events and bridal parties, etc.) I sanitize my brushes between each makeup application, before I begin on the next person.
I use only the highest quality, professional grade makeup in my kit & stand by each of the products that have been selected for use on my clients. I promise not to use anything on their face that I wouldn't trust to use on my own! I've been very particular when deciding what to use & have done my research on the products & their performance. I primarily use MAC cosmetics, but my kit also includes several other professional and top end products such as Make-up forever, Trish Mc Avoy, Bobbi Brown, to mention a few. All of these lines stand the test of time, when it comes to flawless makeup that not only looks beautiful to the eye, lasts much longer, but also photographs beautifully!