WITH TSAKANI MASHABA

EN­TRE­PRE­NEUR AND OWNER OF SKIN-CARE BRAND MICHAEL MIKIALA MEN SHARES HER BEAUTY JOUR­NEY AND WHAT’S ON HER SHELF

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - NEWS -

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.

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