SA make-up artist adds local style to global trends

Herolene Uithaler

MAKE-UP artist to television personalities such as Bonang Matheba and singer Lira, as well as British supermodel Naomi Campbell – Johannesburg-based Nthato Mashishi – visited Port Elizabeth to share his beauty techniques.

Mashishi addressed the audience of True Love magazine at a beauty brunch held at the Radisson Blu Hotel recently on how to apply make-up to match their skin tones. He shared with La Femme how he went about each individual look and technique, incorporating global trends the South African style.

“You have to be ahead of your time. I travel all over the world and bring trends home and interpret it for Mzansi.

“As a makeup artist one also have to respect and study the audience in order to know what they want and like,” Mashishi said.

“I am a very spiritual person. I live in the moment and I don’t prepare for a look. When people ask me how I did the makeup of someone, I have to sit back and study the look in order to determine what colours I went for.”

In the industry for a decade, after studying cosmetology for a year, Mashishi has been to America, Argentina and Kenya and says he communicates with his clients through art.

“My signature looks are fresh, shiny and glowing skin because I want skin to breathe under the makeup. I also have an obsession with giving every individual their signature eyebrow shape,” he said.

“I tell the story of my life and create a conversation through my work. Being a celebrity makeup artist is a bigger responsibility than any other makeup artist, as we work with brands and have to respect them.”

His fashion icons include former Miss South Africa turned businesswoman Basetsane Kumalo and British makeup artist Pat McGrath.

Mashishi said he came to the Eastern Cape not knowing what to expect from the audience.

“I was a little sceptical as I did not know if the audience was going to keep quiet the whole time.

“The audience surprised me as they were full of energy and had a great welcoming spirit – they wanted to learn. When I come back to Port Elizabeth, it’s going to be bigger!”

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