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
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.
DERMALOGICA ULTRACALMING MIST, 177ML, R480.
TRUE TEXTURES MOISTURE STRETCH
FOR NATURAL CURLS, 240ML, R159.
Thando’s beauty crush is Diandra Forrest.
INGLOT LIPSTICK IN 278, R149.