No-make-up make-up

Women's Health (South Africa) - - IN YOUR 20S, ZONE IN ON... IN YOUR 30S, ZONE IN ON -

“It’s cool that peo­ple have dif­fer­ent takes on how they present them­selves. My mom al­ways taught me that di­ver­sity is beau­ti­ful. I’ve al­ways been a fan of the nat­u­ral, fresh look; that look­ing-like-your­self look, so the most I put on on a daily ba­sis is lip gloss and mas­cara. For nights out, I’ll put on make-up, but it’s very sim­ple, nat­u­ral make-up: some base, some mas­cara and very light eye­shadow. If it’s a work event I’ll get a make-up artist. I’m still learn­ing how to put on make-up. I’m so not there. I was 13 years old when I de­cided to have nat­u­ral hair. At that stage, it was not pop­u­lar. I was em­brac­ing be­ing black in my own way. Un­til then I had strug­gled with com­plex­i­ties about my com­plex­ion, my fea­tures and my hair tex­ture. At that time it wasn’t what you were see­ing in main­stream me­dia. I had to do the in­ner work – I had to find it within my­self to ac­cept my nat­u­ral kind of beauty. It then be­came a philo­soph­i­cal way of em­brac­ing my­self. My skin­care regime is very im­por­tant to me. So I put on nat­u­ral prod­ucts, like aloe and home-made masks (honey with turmeric). And def­i­nitely sun­screen ev­ery day. The glow­ing skin is a life­style thing, I think: I drink lots of wa­ter, have green smooth­ies and I ex­er­cise three times a week.” - Langa Mn­goma, 27, doc­tor and model

I had to do the in­ner work – I had to find it within my­self to ac­cept my nat­u­ral kind of beauty.

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