Be­ing K Naomi

Me­dia per­son­al­ity and May­belline ‘It-girl’ K Naomi Noinyane shares what she’s learnt about style, beauty and deal­ing with neg­a­tiv­ity.

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The me­dia per­son­al­ity and May­belline It-girl shares what she’s learnt

At­tract peo­ple with your good en­ergy

Beauty is all about know­ing your­self and your own worth. When you have con­fi­dence you ex­ude some­thing spe­cial and peo­ple are at­tracted to that en­ergy.

Lis­ten to your mom

My mom’s beauty ad­vice has al­ways been sim­ple and ef­fec­tive: stay hy­drated and wear sun­screen.

Keep your brows on fleek

I love my thick eye­brows and brow gel is my thing. Mak­ing sure they look good means my eyes have a frame, even if I’m not wear­ing makeup.

In­vest in more than one fra­grance

I don’t have a sig­na­ture scent, as there are so many won­der­ful ones to choose from! For day I like to wear some­thing fresh and light, like Gior­gio Ar­mani Sì. At at night I like a richer fra­grance.

Find your in­spi­ra­tion

Princess Diana is my big style icon. She was such a trend­set­ter, and the dresses and suits she wore re­main time­less. I as­pire to that kind of style.

Break the mould

Thuli Mola, founder of Style Alert SA (an on­line shop­ping plat­form), gave me the best ad­vice: “Don’t do what peo­ple ex­pect of you.” She showed me how to move away from clas­sic colours, like black, white and grey, and how to in­tro­duce brights, like orange and yel­low, into my wardrobe.

Find a look you love

I’m pe­tite, so I try to en­hance my shape with skinny jeans, high-waisted or low-rise.

Fo­cus on your goals

My big­gest life lessons are: Don’t com­pare your­self to other peo­ple, and be pa­tient. Things may not hap­pen when you want them to, and some­times it may ap­pear as if oth­ers are ahead of you. But keep work­ing hard – it’ll all pay off in the end.

Ig­nore the haters

I don’t en­ter­tain neg­a­tiv­ity be­cause that only gives it power, and I know that even if I am not be able to con­trol what other peo­ple do and say, I can con­trol the way in which I re­spond. I also try to bring pos­i­tive en­ergy wher­ever I go, and I like to sur­round my­self with peo­ple who do the same.

Feel the mo­ment

I firmly be­lieve that the best way to deal with emo­tions is to ex­pe­ri­ence them com­pletely. If you’re feel­ing sad, then feel re­ally sad. Have a good cry and then move on.

Go your own way

I love see­ing healthy re­la­tion­ships, strong friend­ships and peo­ple in love. I also draw my own con­clu­sions about peo­ple, rather than lis­ten to the opin­ions of oth­ers.

“Things may not hap­pen when you want them to. But keep work­ing hard – it’ll all pay off in the end.”

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