WITH TSAKANI MASHABA
ENTREPRENEUR AND OWNER OF SKIN-CARE BRAND MICHAEL MIKIALA MEN SHARES HER BEAUTY JOURNEY AND WHAT’S ON HER SHELF
iam the founder of Michael Mikiala Men, a skin-care brand that is formulated for African men. My childhood was a simple one, and I have fond memories of imitating Salt-N-Pepa with my friend, wearing Dr Martens. I dreamt of one day becoming a fashion designer. Today, I am passionate about art, hip-hop artist Nas, Bob Marley and creating African brands. I just do what I have to do. I believe that I am responsible enough to implement the ideas that I am passionate about and, in the end, I know that if I have the courage to trust my innermost voice, all will be well.
The first time someone’s beauty took my breath away was when I looked at my son, Ashan. I think having the guts to be comfortable in one’s skin is what makes one beautiful. I have no special beauty tricks passed on to me by my mother, as I was brought up by my father.
My personal make-up look depends on my mood and the space I’m in. I like dark lip colours but I welcome vixen reds and girly pinks just as much. Lip colour and mascara are my go-to beauty products to achieve a ‘made up’ look. My main beauty concern is probably concealing the dark circles around my eyes.
My hair journey is one I could write a book about. My style went from short to a mohawk, then braids to a weave, and now I’ve gone back to my natural hair. Despite my awareness of African beauty, I still consider the weave option.
My top three beauty products are Michael Mikiala Men Sensitive Moisturiser from my own skin-care line, the classic Chanel Coco Mademoiselle eau de parfum and Epi-max body lotion.
For exercise, I love walking pretty much every day. Anything more extreme feels like torture! I love travelling and cannot seem to stay away from Mozambique and Paris for too long.
I know that if I have the courage to trust my innermost voice, all will be well
MAC MINERALIZE SKINFINISH NATURAL IN SUN POWER, R350. ESTÉE LAUDER PURE COLOR ENVY SCULPTING LIPSTICK IN 140 EMOTIONAL, THE BODY SHOP COLOUR CRUSH LIPSTICK IN (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) 15, 14 AND 18, R120 EACH.
CHANEL COCO MADEMOISELLE EAU DE PARFUM, 100ML, R1 875.
MICHAEL MIKIALA MEN SENSITIVE MOISTURISER, 75ML, R169.
MAC IRIDESCENT POWDER/ LOOSE IN GOLDEN BRONZE, R265.
R345. BLACK UP RADIANCE CONCEALER, IN NCOS05, 1,5ML, R400.