A day in the life of a make-up artist

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Mandisa Msomi is a makeup artist and the owner of Mandiey’s Facebeat.
Mandisa Msomi is a makeup artist and the owner of Mandiey’s Facebeat.

What is your job?

I am currently self-employed as a makeup artist and I’m an owner of Mandiey’s Facebeat.

I also recently started exploring prosthetic makeup and a lot of people in the film industry have been reaching out to me because they were impressed by my work.

Describe a typical day at work

A typical day normally start at 4am for me. I get up, get ready and do my own makeup before I go to clients. I have to do my own makeup to look good and advertise my work to the people who I am going to so they can see what I do.

From there I go to my different clients because I only do house calls.

How long my day is going to be depends on how many clients I have on that day.

How did you qualify for your position?

I studied for a diploma in beauty therapy at Camford Academy in Durban. The duration of the course was one year and eight months, with a lot of practicals that we did at the Durban University of Technology.

What other skills do you need in your job? 

One of the main skills required for my job is good communication, as you work with various different types of people of all ages.

You need to be someone who knows how to deal with people because your clients are all different and you must always know how to keep your cool.

You must also be someone who is very determined because as you are starting off, you will make mistakes. Over time, you will master your art but you must be really focused and determined at the beginning.

Why did you choose this job?

I had not initially planned to be a makeup artist. I took a gap year after matric and thought about what I could study that I would love. I thought I wanted to try something different and that’s how it all began. Now I really love what I do.

What is the best thing about your job?

The best thing about my job is seeing the happiness on my clients’ faces when I have finished doing their makeup.

I also love meeting new, different people all the time, some of whom have turned into good friends.

I also like exploring different locations, as I go to different places based on where my clients are situated.

What is the worst thing about your job?

Working with people sometimes can be a serious challenge. Some people have attitude and are rude. Other people don’t take your work seriously and lack communication when it comes to making bookings.

Would you recommend your job to others?

If you are someone who likes being your own boss, likes flexibility and is interested in the art of doing makeup, I would recommend this job to you.

You will have the opportunity to open your own business if you want to and then work when you want to as well.

What advice do you have for those looking for a job in your field?

When you are starting off, it won’t be easy but you must keep pushing yourself.

Build networks with other makeup artists who have been in this industry longer then you. Talk to them and ask how things are done and where they buy their products.

Another thing is to advertise yourself – do your own makeup and use social media for people to see your work.


This will depend on how busy you are as a makeup artist and how many bookings you get in a day.  

Makeup artists normally change from R500 per client. And weekends are usually their busiest times.

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