Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite makeup brands – Benefit Cosmetics. Here in South Africa we’re lucky enough to welcome this brand back to our motherland, after being pulled from shelves back in 2012. Therefore, to celebrate, I round up my Top 5 favourite products. Benefit relaunched in July 2015 and is available at selected Edgars and Red Square stores. (more…)
I recently sat down with my friend, and veteran professional makeup artist David Sharp. He is celebrating his 15th year in the beauty industry and is currently the top Artist for Lancôme South Africa. Throughout his career, he has learned and experienced so much and I’m delighted to share his words of wisdom with you.
Wow! 15 years of makeup and beauty experience under your belt! How does it feel?
It feels good! I’ve accomplished A LOT in 15 years! I’ve learned so many things, and I still have loads more to learn! I think that now I have a lot to give back! The industry has changed quite a bit, in terms of how people perceive beauty. I somehow feel that the media can be misogynistic from time to time. Women are constantly bombarded by edited, flawless versions of celebrities, models, etc. Therefore, I’m here to reassure women that it’s perfectly normal to have these (perceived) flaws, and that I’m not here to change the way they look – I’m here to enhance their best features.
When did you know a career in beauty was your passion?
I never imagined I would become a make-up artist as I actually started my career as a hairstylist! Consequently, I opted for a change into retail where I worked for Lancôme – 13 years ago. It’s actually after being chosen to work on the Miss SA pageant in 2004/2005 that the artist bug bit and I’ve never looked back.
Today I’ve decided to dedicate a (very brief) post to my 5, absolute must have, MAC products (were talking deserted-island-style-goodies). I’ve been repurchasing these for a number of years now, and I use most daily. I would recommend them to anyone from beginner to pro. So without further waffling, and in no particular order, please bow down to these iconic crowd pleasers.