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THE SOUTH AFRICAN PROS­E­CU­TOR, 23, WAS THE FACE OF DE­SIGNER GERT-JO­HAN COET­ZEE’S RE­CENT SA FASH­ION WEEK SHOW. HERE, SHE SHARES HER BEAUTY SE­CRETS

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - FRONT PAGE - marie claire

iplayed out­side a lot as a child and it was my best friend who would en­sure I al­ways wore sun­screen and had a fun time. I’d say the per­son I’m clos­est to is my boyfriend; he knows more about me than most people would ever know.

My beauty rou­tine is pretty much the same daily. In the morn­ings, I use Der­ma­log­ica’s Ul­traCalm­ing range to cleanse and mois­tur­ize as my skin is very sen­si­tive and I use a Der­ma­log­ica serum be­fore bed­time. I also use the Red­ness Re­lief SPF 20 – sun­screen is al­ways es­sen­tial.In my hand­bag,I al­ways have a lip­stick and Der­ma­log­ica Ul­tracalm­ing Mist. I also use Der­ma­log­ica’s Skin Hy­drat­ing Masque once a week.One beauty rule I don’t break is skip­ping my skin-care rou­tine. I have be­come ex­tremely de­pen­dent on these prod­ucts be­cause my skin is eas­ily ir­ri­tated and red­dens quickly.

The first groom­ing prod­uct I ever bought my­self was an eye­brow pen­cil – I wanted to see how my eye­brows looked darker – and my first per­fume was El­iz­a­beth Ar­den Red Door.

On week­ends and on nights out I use base, a prod­uct called Bella Terra Min­eral Foun­da­tion. I don’t have a sig­na­ture lip­stick shade – I like us­ing dif­fer­ent hues as it is in­ter­est­ing to see how my skin com­ple­ments dif­fer­ent colours. I re­ally let the out­fit de­ter­mine the shade of lip­stick, but I can say I do use nude lip­stick quite of­ten.

I nor­mally have my hair nat­u­ral, in an Afro. I pre­fer my hair longer as it is eas­ier to play with. My dad has al­ways called me nweleze­langa, mean­ing ‘sun hair’. Some­times I comb it and some­times I leave it curly as it has more char­ac­ter. I have done ev­ery­thing to my hair apart from putting in a weave – I just don’t like that look. I’ve al­ways been cu­ri­ous to see what my hair would look like in an­other colour but, re­al­is­ti­cally, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t try it be­cause I love my hair colour and would not want to com­pro­mise it. I guess I could al­ways try coloured wigs.

I am not much of a nail per­son, as it’s such a drama when they break, but for spe­cial oc­ca­sions I’ll make an ex­cep­tion. Michell Sierra at NailCandi is great.

For my make-up, I like a sim­ple, min­i­mal­ist look, one that shows you take care but wasn’t too much ef­fort. It has been said that sim­plic­ity is el­e­gance, and I agree. I find too much makeup off-putting; it just makes me won­der if there’s a face some­where un­der­neath all that.

My beauty crush is Dian­dra For­rest. She has a cer­tain ease about her. She is fiercely con­fi­dent with­out try­ing. She was the first young, black role model with al­binism that I got to see. I couldn’t take my eyes off her when I saw her on The Tyra Banks Show on YouTube. She is a su­per­model who seems to know her­self. That is an amaz­ing qual­ity to ex­ude – one of self-aware­ness. It goes with­out say­ing that she is stun­ning, and her pic­tures en­cour­age ver­sa­til­ity and art.

One day I’ll teach my daugh­ter to al­ways use sun­screen no mat­ter what her skin colour; and also to cleanse prop­erly as sun­screens tend to clog your pores.

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Thando’s beauty crush is Dian­dra For­rest.

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