ON MY SHELF WITH ADERA KACHIENGA

THIS PART-TIME MODEL, CUR­RENTLY PUR­SU­ING A MAS­TER’S DE­GREE IN AFRICAN HIS­TORY AT THE UNIVER­SITY OF PRE­TO­RIA, SHARES HER BEAUTY SE­CRETS

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - NEWS -

‘I’m more of a skin­care girl than a make-up girl’

iwas born in Kenya but grew up in South Africa. My child­hood is filled with beau­ti­ful mem­o­ries – of play­ing in the es­tates of Nairobi, the sim­plic­ity of life in Mom­basa, the con­stant pres­ence of Ta­ble Moun­tain in fam­ily pho­tos in Cape Town and the jacaranda trees that line the streets of Pre­to­ria. As a lit­tle girl, I thought I would be­come a den­tist or a der­ma­tol­o­gist but quickly re­alised that any­thing to do with sci­ences was not my strength. I was en­cour­aged by friends and fam­ily to try modelling, but it was only when I was in Ma­tric, when my class­mates voted me ‘Most likely to be­come Face of Africa’, that I thought I could se­ri­ously pur­sue it as a ca­reer.

Grow­ing up, I thought [the singer] Sade was very beau­ti­ful be­cause of her re­gal na­ture and time­less beauty. To­day, my idea of beauty is en­cap­su­lated in the way my mother is con­tent with her looks and the way she car­ries her­self. I think beauty is less about be­ing con­sid­ered ‘beau­ti­ful’ and more about char­ac­ter, the con­fi­dence one ex­udes and the man­ner in which you treat oth­ers.

My beauty rou­tine is quite sim­ple. I adore the Eucerin Dermo Pu­ri­fyer range. In the morn­ing I use their cleanser and mois­turise my face with Eucerin Dermo Pu­ri­fyer Ad­junc­tive Hy­drat­ing Care Face Cream SPF30.At night, af­ter cleans­ing, I use the Dermo Pu­ri­fyer Ac­tive Night Cream. I have dry skin so I al­ways ap­ply sweet al­mond oil on my face be­fore bed.

I’m more of a skin-care girl than a make-up girl,but,be­ing a model,I have to wear make-up for shoots. I love Estée Lauder’s Sump­tu­ous Ex­treme Mas­cara. I use body but­ter from The Body Shop and, for my hair, Ja­maican Black Cas­tor Oil. My favourite per­fume for day is Nar­ciso Ro­driguez and at night,Dior Mid­night Poi­son.In win­ter,I can’t live with­out my Bio-Oil.

I need dif­fer­ent looks for dif­fer­ent clients, but I pre­fer my hair with­out ex­ten­sions, so I usu­ally wear it in a sim­ple French braid. I’m read­ing Chi­ma­manda Ngozi Adichie’s Amer­i­canah. I en­joy an ar­ray of mu­sic in­clud­ing Sade, Salif Keïta and Grupo Reve­lação.

EUCERIN DERMO PU­RI­FYER SCRUB 100ML, R110; EUCERIN DERMO PU­RI­FYER TONER 200ML, R110.

SUNNY ISLE JA­MAICAN BLACK CAS­TOR OIL 60ML, R175.

ESTÉE LAUDER SUMP­TU­OUS EX­TREME MAS­CARA, R295.

MICHELLORI SOFT TOUCH LIP­STICK IN SUN­SHINE 190, R65.

BIO-OIL 125ML,

R75.

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