Sobantu’s ‘A-list’ makeup artist

2017-05-03 06:02
PHOTO: suppliedSobantu-born make-up artist Muzi Zuma.

PHOTO: suppliedSobantu-born make-up artist Muzi Zuma.

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BORN and raised in Sobantu, Muzi­ Zuma (25) continues to become a household name in the cosmetic industry and is listed among celebrated makeup artists in the country.

His artistry with makeup has led him to work with numerous celebrities spanning red carpet makeup appearances, editorials and ad campaigns.

His work also includes being a personal makeup artist for South Africa’s it girl, Bonang Matheba.

The architectural design graduate and self-taught makeup artist said it has taken years for him to hone his skill.

“I didn’t study makeup, everything I do is self-taught. I was fortunate to work under accomplished artists who allowed me to watch and learn from them tips and tricks I took home, practised and mastered. That is how my development with makeup started.”

Zuma, who matriculated from St Nicholas Diocesan School, moved to Johannesburg in 2010 to pursue his tertiary education. While studying at the University of Johannesburg he was forced to find a part-time job.

“I was lucky that I received a bursary to fund my tuition fees, but the course was very taxing and I had to find a part- time job to finance my assignments, which incorporated designs and models.”

That is when he landed a part-time job at Young Designers Emporium (YDE).

“While working at YDE a regular customer said my style and personality was suited for cosmetics. Not knowing anything about the industry I submitted my CV to Mac Cosmetics and that is when my journey with makeup began.”

Muzi said it was his signature as a makeup artist that attracted his clientele and gained him popularity.

“There is an ocean of artists with the same goal, it is imperative that one as a makeup artist finds within them the element that sets them apart from the rest. I have mastered my signature and have ensured it reaches a standard where it’s an industry desire.”

Local celebrities’ faces he has dressed for magazine covers include Thembi Seete, DJ Zinhle and Terry Phetho, to mention a few.

He lists being featured in a double-page spread in True Love magazine in January last year as one of the crowning moments in his career.

Though in the beginning his mother didn’t approve of his newly found passion, he lists her as his number one fan.

“My mother was worried about security, but she eased up when she realised my passion and drive. She endorses my career now and sees the prosperity, legacy and financial security. I had the task of proving to her that with this career I can be able to sustain myself,” he said.

In February, Zuma packed his bags and moved back to Pietermaritzburg to establish his business.

“Pietermaritzburg has vast talent in the beauty and fashion industry, but unlike Johannesburg, it is behind with trends. It’s all good and well to flourish in Johannesburg but someone had to come back home to initiate and keep the city up to date with the latest trends, which is why I’m back.”

As a starting point he will host a makeup masterclass in the city on May 13.

“It’s going to be a definitive makeup guide featuring detailed instructional guides, step by step demonstrations — a complete A-Z of makeup.”

Zuma said he wanted to change the notion that to be successful you have to look for a job that is esteemed, high-paying and influential.

“Do work you believe in, work that is fulfilling to you. Don’t be compelled to choose jobs that have been tried and tested, work on your passion and be successful.”

Although he refused to divulge his future plans, a cosmetic academy is in the pipeline.

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