Self-taught MUA takes us through her journey
Entirely self-taught and never formally trained at a beauty school, Noluthando Sibisi says she learned almost everything she knows about make-up by doing it herself.
In 2017 when she took a gap year Thando decided to try out brows and it wasn’t long before she could perfect them and started doing her whole face.
Thando began to take her love for make-up seriously in 2018 when she was doing her first year and her craft has been improving ever since.
“That’s when my skills started to improve because I started doing a lot on my face and my friends faces and also bought more makeup products,” said Thando.
With everyone watching YouTube tutorials for make-up tips and tricks she felt the videos were setting her back as she was already used to doing people’s faces.
After getting enough recognition by word of mouth and working with a few photographers around Durban she decided to turn her talent into a business.
“In 2019 I started to really take make-up seriously and I would charge people to get their face beat,” Thando said.
The self-taught makeup artist later opened a business account on Instagram and was exposed to a lot of business opportunities.
“Everything went smooth within a blink of an eye, not only did I gain a lot of followers, but I started getting referrals and people wanted to pay me to do their make-up,” she said.
Besides doing makeup for weddings her biggest achievement thus far was when she was the only makeup artist for DUT Miss Thick in 2019.
“It was my first big event for me because I usually do weddings which was challenging because I had to do 22 faces by myself with a limited time,” Thando recalls.
Thando’s business has never interfered with her studies, in fact her business started to boom after Level 3 of the national lockdown.
With products that come and go and trends that keep changing Thando makes sure to improve on her craft daily.
“I try to do new and exciting things on my face and also catch up on current trends,” said the make-up artist.
Although being a self-taught makeup artist has its pros it also has its cons and Thando has experienced those cons quite a few times in the beauty industry.
“I think it’s better to be a certified makeup artist because when you’re a self-taught it’s not easy to get certain jobs even when you have your work-profile as reference, other companies still want that qualification,” said Thando
Thando says that to make it in the beauty industry you need to have passion and drive.
“There are times whereby I don’t have clients and that’s where passion and drive come into play. I never give up because I know storms don’t last and that’s what pushes me to thrive,” Thando said.
With the beauty industry growing at a fast pace Thando still has a lot she wants to achieve like expanding her business by selling her own products in the near future.
“I think that’s what will take my business to the next level,” she said.
For now, people can check out her new YouTube channel and subscribe at Noluthando Mahlase for all things makeup.
Picture: Noluthando Sibisi (Instagram)