Tag: Meet the team behind the magic

Hey guys. Happy Friday. It’s time for another edition of ‘meet the team behind the magic’, and today’s feature is on makeup artist Clara Chimeloane.

I strongly believe that makeup is meant to only magnify the beauty that already exists, and not create an illusion. Clara is one of those artists that have mastered the art and is also responsible for some of my red carpet #FaceBeats!

IMG_7859This mother of two from Soweto started her career in 2007, and worked at a makeup studio in Sandton. She is a cosmetology graduate and believes South Africa is on par with the rest of the world when it comes to the craft. She is working on dropping a cosmetics line soon.Roblox Robux Hack 2017

What was your biggest challenge when you first started, and how did you overcome it? My biggest challenge was trusting my techniques. I always felt that the way I did makeup was a little different from my fellow colleagues. Little did I know that I was using a method that worked best for me. I realised this about three years ago. Being different is good. Embrace it.

What’s most rewarding about your job? What makes it all worthwhile? I love seeing my clients shed a tear or excited when they see their face after by beat!

What are the most critical problems faced by young makeup artists? How do you think these problems should be handled? Young makeup artists want fame, and are never interested in the actual work and perfecting their craft. Once they’ve done two or three celebrities, they think they have arrived and can now over charge. Remember where you are and why you are there. Work hard and the rest will follow.

What’s your personal definition of success? I define success as reaching a goal that you’ve set for yourself. I believe I’m on my journey.

Any tips for young people that are interested in exploring the beauty industry? If you are willing to work hard, the industry can be amazing, lucrative and rewarding. Don’t expect the glitz and glam.

Check out some of Clara’s stunning creations below:







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Behind every successful woman, is an army of trailblazers behind her, and I would like you to ‘meet the team behind my magic’, starting this Friday!

First up is Mozambican designer Taibo Bacar.

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Who is Taibo Bacar? An incredible fashion designer! That’s who is he. As the son of a seamstress, Bacar was always surrounded by fabrics, the constant sounds of old school sewing machines and he occasionally designed for most of his mother’s clients.

His leap of faith… After studying Information Technology, he decided to relocate to Spain and pursued his childhood interest (he loved playing with fabrics) by enrolling for a course in design and pattern cutting at the Instituto Marangoni. The school, which is an Italian private institute, has campuses in Milan, London, Paris and Shanghai.

The birth of the brand TAIBO BACAR… Since its inception in 2008, the young designer has graced numerous magazine editorials, international fashion weeks and creates tailor-made dress for yours truly. He currently has two lines; TB (ready-to-wear) and TAIBO BACAR Couture, which focuses on high fashion.

wpid-bonang-matheba-in-taibo-bacar-bellanaija-december-2014002I first met Taibo at the 2012 AFI’s Fashion week, where he walked away with the Emerging Designer of the year in Africa. This amazing dress was part of his Spring/Summer collection in 2015. How GORG?!?

How he defines success… “Success for me is when your work is done with top quality materials, craftsmanship and is appreciated by your consumers. I think I am on the right track, but I still believe I can do better in terms of reaching the next level of perfection. That’s my everyday challenge; to offer my clients the best!”

IMG_7746I loved this off the runway look. It’s from the 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Africa. So playful, yet so regal! I wore this number at the South African Style Awards.

His career trajectory…. He started doing mainly bespoke dressed for clients in Mozambique. Since showcasing his first collection in South Africa, he ventured out to other African countries such as Angola, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Nigeria to name just a few. He says, “I’ve also had a chance to showcase my work in Milan, Paris, Lisbon and Dubai. These shows gave my brand a chance to make bespoke dressed for clients outside of Mozambique. In 2014, we expanded our brand to feature accessories as well.

His tips for aspiring fashion designers… “Believe in your dream, and never stop working hard to achieve it.”

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My custom-made dress. Earring and belt also from Taibo Bacar. I wore this dress at the Oliver Empowerment Awards. *TWIRL* Click here to read more about the awards and the behind the scenes.

Here’s to more Bonang x Taibo Bacar slayage in 2016 and BEYOND!