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!

This 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.

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.