Lesotho-born Mantharetso Masiea says as far as she can remember, she’s always had a passion for makeup. She recalls tweezing her peers’ eyebrows and putting very little makeup on their faces in high school and she hasn’t stopped since then.
After completing matric, the 29-year-old decided to study towards a diploma in office administration and management, but her calling in makeup was too great for her to ignore – and she attributes it all to God.
“God works in wonderful ways that are not our own, He gave me the opportunity to move to Gauteng using my diploma, knowing very well He had other plans for me,” she tells us proudly.
“In 2011, I moved to Pretoria for an office job. While I was doing that, I was also educating myself in makeup . I watched a lot of YouTube videos on makeup, but I read more, I still prefer reading – it opens up your mind more and is more professional, in my opinion.”
But even with all the knowledge she’d gotten, Mantharetso still felt it wasn’t enough. So, she called a professional makeup artist with years of experience in the field to train her. “I respected Minky Ntsele as a makeup artist not only because she worked at the Urban Brew Studios, but also because she didn’t just do the typical makeup we see on Instagram – it varied, but I particularly took a keen interest in editorial makeup, the type you see on major fashion runways and the likes of Vogue magazine.”
When she felt ready to start applying all her knowledge, Mantharetso decided to be her own first client. “That moment was so surreal, every step felt like a blessing. Brush to face, powder, lipstick, everything felt so good. Eventually, even the very people who were doubting me realised that I’ve got something. And for me, that something is God. He is the one who gave me this gift even before I was conceived, He cultivated it in high school and brought me here to show people His glory,” she says.
Mantharestso says the primary reason she’s so passionate about makeup is because it is her way to reveal God’s character to others. “I learnt very early in life that whatever you do, whatever your gift is, whether it’s in the arts, accounting, law, media, wherever it lies, it comes from God – and we all need to use it to glorify God, and trust me, you’ll see the amazing work He’ll do through you.
“Today, I can’t even count the number of celebrities faces I’ve touched, how many productions I’ve worked on and lives God has revealed Himself through me – it makes me so emotional, but more than anything, I’m eternally grateful.”
With her skills, Mantharetso has a mission to redefine beauty standards. “The worldly standards of beauty right now only represent one type of beauty and leaves out so many other types, so many people. People should never change their authenticity, we are after all, fearfully and wonderfully made by the greatest artist ever. Why would we want to change that? Makeup should make bold the features that are already there, because they are beautiful – and that’s what I try to show all my clients.”