International Hair dresser & Cape Town Makeup Artist
‘Maintaining a balance in the entertainment industry, takes focus, professionalism, passion and humor‘.
My edgy makeup style and fashion flair has evolved over years through my passion for my craft and profession. I have found my gift for reading people and enhancing their natural beauty, combining colors and textures to augment your beauty or alter your character to make anything possible.
I am a good communicator, and a versatile artist. This has contributed to a successful and exciting career. Starting in film and combining stills, fashion and advertising, the infusion of these varying fields has created a perfect balance for my attention to detail and the fast pace that I enjoy.
After qualifying Internationally as a Cosmetologist, specializing in FX Prosthetics and Body Painting at the South African Hair and Makeup Design college in 1998, I excitedly joined the Film industry based in Johannesburg. A year later I decided to branch out to the UK. I further accomplished my passion in hairdressing and completed an internship with Tony & Guy after 3 years as a qualified hairdresser.
As beauty formed the basis of most of my business, I was presented with a great opportunity that drew me into working as a makeup artist for BCB (Beauty Consultants Bureau – UK). I worked with their top brands, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Clarens Paris, Helena Rubinstein, Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Revlon, Mac, and Benefit. As a result, I then went on to manage a MAC cosmetics store in Kings Cross UK for 1 year.
Taking a refreshing turn to the London’s West End, I worked on one of the most famous stage productions, ‘Les Miserables’. There I was contracted as the lead actor’s personal make up artist and hair stylist for 6 months. Consequently I trained under the traditional English theatre wig department, making, dressing and setting 14th century period wig replicas, including beards, side burns, mustaches, etc. for full productions casts. Since then, theatrical wigging, weaves and human hair extensions have become a favorite part of my work. I am one of the very few hand knotting wig makers available in SA.
Now back in South Africa I have worked on many features, commercials and magazines. Internationally accomplished as a Makeup artist and hair stylist, I am based in Cape Town and Johannesburg. My work has been featured on the pages of some top magazine titles and alongside SA’s top photographers and stylists. In addition, have been requested globally to travel on local and international away-shoots to India, Brazil, USA, Australia, London and Mozambique. This was for brands Estee Lauder, Revlon, Elisabeth Arden, Clinique, L’Oreal, Paul Mitchell, Levies, Terry Mugler, TIGI – TONY&GUY, Elle india fashion Magazine, Elle SA, Visi, Cosmopolitan, Luna, Asiana, Oprah, Fair Lady, Style, Equinox, FHM, Glamour, Destiny, Marie Clare, Sarie, and Woman & Home.
Over the 19 years of my experience, I have been deeply involved in all aspects of hair styling & the beauty industry. From Feature Films to Advertising campaigns, Stills Fashion, Catalogues, Music videos, Live Events, Commercials and TV. I am now freelancing and continue to love the industry. I am also a proud South African Business owner – Creative Director and Image Coach, to MONARCH Inc. a personal image branding agency for Celebrities, Bands, Models & Actresses.
>> Some Celebrity clientele include: MARIA MAKEBA. RICHARD DEAN ANDERSON. MICHELLE MECLAIN (Miss World). MICHELLE BRUCE. CINDY NEL. NATALIE BEKER. LEANNE LIBENBURG. JEANNIE D. TANYA VAN GRAAN. NATALIE BEKKER. GINA ATHENS. URSULA CHIKANE. MICHELLE BOTES. JO-ANN STROUSS. FANIE DE VILLIERS. TRACY AND KERRY MACGREGOR. YANEZ. MICHAEL MOSS. CHESTER WILLIAMS. JAMES SMALL. PERCY MONTGOMERY. ATOMIC KITTEN. CHICAN. BLUE. PAUL VAN DYK. KAI TRANCED. REVOLVERHELD. FETTES BROT. PANJABI. INESSA. MY BALOON. BETH HEART. DIE ANTWOORD. Continued on CV.
Some of my film clients include:
In the fashion industry, firstly, I have collaborated with Levies, Woolworths, Marks & Spensors, Edgars, Truworths, Foschini, and YDE.
In the food and beverage industry I have worked with Coke a Cola, Bonaqua Schweppes, Nandos, Five Roses, Royco, Knorr, Danone, Kinder Ferrero, J&B whiskey, Martelle Brandy, Guiness, and MacDonald’s.
I have done hair and makeup for car companies’ advertisements, such as Mini Cooper Smart Car, Hyundai, and BMW.
Furthermore, mobile companies Vodacom, MTS, T-Mobile, and Ericsson, and banks Nedbank, Standard Bank, and Master Card have also sought my expertise.
Finally, I have also worked with companies Nivea, Garnier, Andrelon, Lynx, Belgacom, Orlen, , O2, Apella, Mecer, Siemens, Boots, Sterkinekor, Consol Glass, in addition to Galaxy jewelry, Cape Argus, Nikon, Stormers SA Rugby team, Pernod Ricard, SABS, KFM, and Metropolitan Life. Continued on CV.