International Makeup Artist & Hair dresser
‘Maintaining a balance in the beauty industry, takes focus, professionalism, passion and humour ‘.
My edgy Makeup style and fashion flair has evolved over years through my passion for my craft and profession. I have a gift for reading people and enhancing their natural beauty, combining colours and textures to augment their beauty or alter their character to make anything possible.
I’m a good communicator as well as a versatile artist which has contributed to a successful and exciting career. I started in the film industry. The combination of stills, fashion and advertising has resulted in a perfect balance for attention to detail. I also enjoy the fast pace that is required in this industry.
After qualifying Internationally as a Cosmetologist, I specialized in FX Prosthetics and Body Painting at the SA Makeup Design college. After 1998 I then went and joined the Film industry based in Johannesburg. A year later I branched out to the UK. I further accomplished my passion in hairdressing. I successfully completed an internship with Tony & Guy after being a qualified hairdresser for 3 years.
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 Beauty Consultants Bureau – UK. I also 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 London’s West End, I worked on one of the most famous stage productions, ‘Les Misérables’. There I had been contracted as the lead actors personal make-up artist and hair stylist for 6 months. I also trained under the traditional English theatre wig department making, dressing and setting 14th century period wig replicas. The replicas included beards, side burns, moustaches, and so forth for full production casts. Since then theatrical wigging, weaves and human hair extensions have become a favourite part of my work. I’m also 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 Professional Makeup artist and hair stylist, I am both based in Cape Town and in 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’Oréal, 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 20 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 clientèle 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 AND DIE ANTWOORD. (Continued on my CV)
Some of my film clients include:
In the fashion industry I have collaborated with Levies, Woolworths, Marks & Spensors, Edgars, Truworths, Foschini, and YDE.
In the food and beverage industry I have also worked with Coca-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 Make-up for car companies’ advertisements, such as Mini Cooper, Smart Car, Hyundai, and BMW.
Furthermore also the following mobile companies,such as 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 the following 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 my CV)