5 South African Makeup Artists Beautifying the Nation

We always hear about international MUAs like James Charles, Nikkie Tutourials and Jaclyn Hill, but what about those here in our home country?

South Africa has no shortage of talented artists, cosmetologists and beauticians. From those that work with celebrities to content creators and influencers, there is a plethora of talented South African women to look to for beauty inspiration.

These 5 professionals are some of the best and most creative in the game, having cultivated their own distinctive styles through extensive experience to bring something truly unique to the table. The best news is that they’re not just pretty faces on social media – they’re bookable for all your beauty needs!

Mihlali Ndamase

This prominent multi award-winning influencer has over a million followers on Instagram and over 300k subscribers on her YouTube channel where she posts tutorials, reviews and even the occasional vlog.

She was the first South African face of Swedish luxury accessory brand Daniel Wellington, and is the co-founder of the Johannesburg based NGO the Siyasizana Foundation. She’s a great entertainer who uses her wide-reaching platform to promote quality, affordable and safe beauty products.


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Gina Maskell

As the founder and creative director of Cape Town based beauty service Gorgeous Me, Gina seems to do it all. A multi-talented and internationally qualified makeup artist, hairstylist and aesthetician with over 20 years of experience, she’s worked on Fashion Weeks, in the film and television industry and with international celebrities.

If that wasn’t enough, she has even collaborated with eminent brands like Estee Lauder and St Tropez. Gina and her skilled team at Gorgeous Me are well renowned for their bridal hair and makeup services, but are available for all of your beauty needs!


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Precious Xaba

Precious’ bold and bright colours make her looks something special. As a makeup artist, educator and skincare therapist, she has run workshops with NYX to share her talent and eccentric style.


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Audrey Mofokeng

This cosmetologist has worked with actress and TV presenter Thando Thabethe to give her the look that she steps into the public eye with. Her quirky colour combos are eye catching and fun, while her more understated looks are classy while maintaining their glamour.

She works with a wide range of styles that she adds her flair to, and isn’t afraid of a bit of glitter!

Rushana Isaacs

Boasting a whole host of celebrity followers, cosmetologist and content creator Rushana has over 84k YouTube subscribers that she shares her artistry with. She even does one-on-one lessons to let you in on all of her secrets to success!

On her YouTube channel she posts useful tutorials and educates about healthy beauty practices.


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rubies let us know in the comments below if you have heard of these incredible SA make-up artists and if you will be giving them a follow on Instagram.

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50 thoughts on “5 South African Makeup Artists Beautifying the Nation

  1. Nompilo K. says:

    These ladies are really good, I have checked they social and makeup tutorials are easy and products can be bought in local stores… Really amazing

  2. Bisho M. says:

    I have heard of Mihlali Ndamase and Audrey Mofokeng. I will follow all of them, they are all talented and committed to what they do. #Makeup artists beautifying the Nation.