Makeup artist takes ev­ery op­por­tu­nity

The be­gins a new series, On The Job, speak­ing with peo­ple who have unique oc­cu­pa­tions. First up, we meet pro­fes­sional makeup artist Candice Herbst.

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About -

Re­cre­at­ing a cut arm was Candice Herbst’s first at­tempt as a spe­cial ef­fects makeup artist.

‘‘I made blood from honey, co­coa and food colour­ing.’’

The 21-year-old woman is paving her way into the pro­fes­sional world of makeup artistry, in­spired by child­hood me­mories of her mother’s im­mac­u­late makeup rou­tine when her fam­ily lived in South Africa.

‘‘She would put makeup on and I loved to watch her, I did that even be­fore I could talk prop­erly.’’

Herbst loved to look at the pic­tures of celebri­ties in mag­a­zines which helped her re­search makeup tech­niques and de­signs. From there she be­gan to ex­plore the in­dus­try fur­ther.

By the age of 17, she was in paid work as a makeup artist.

‘‘I like that I get to be cre­ative and make peo­ple feel good.’’

Herbst loves the cre­ative side of spe­cial ef­fects makeup. She is ‘‘self-taught’’ in this area but has stud­ied for a Cer­tifi­cate in Makeup Artistry and is now study­ing at the Hair­dress­ing Academy in Tau­ranga.

She has been asked to ap­ply spe­cial ef­fects make up for peo­ple cel­e­brat­ing Hal­loween and themed birth­day par­ties, but her main goal is to make it into the TV and movie in­dus­try.

‘‘Some­thing I would love to do in the near fu­ture is go into Star­ship Hospi­tal and do min­i­makeovers.’’

Herbst’s fam­ily moved to Mata­mata in 2007 but she has a very vivid rec­ol­lec­tion of grow­ing up in South Africa.

‘‘It is so clean, and safe here com­pared to South Africa. Be­fore I came here, I had never walked on a side-walk by my­self. It took a while for mum and dad to ad­just to the idea of let­ting us walk up the street in Mata­mata with­out them.’’

Herbst’s fam­ily has moved If you know­some­one with a unique oc­cu­pa­tion, please let us know, email rexine.hawes@fair­fax­me­

‘‘Some­thing I would love to do in the near fu­ture is go into Star­ship Hospi­tal and do mini-makeovers.’’

away from Mata­mata, but she re­mains very close to them, es­pe­cially her mum.

‘‘If I could be half the woman she is, I would be very happy.

‘‘They have al­ways told me to fol­low my dreams. I take ev­ery op­por­tu­nity I can, when­ever I can.’’

Candice Herbst Makeup artist Candice Herbst work­ing on a make-over, on Morgan Edgar.

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