As well as being a beauty editor, Martinique is also the founder of Make-up By MES, a makeup artistry business.
Here’s a little more about this Jo’burg based beauty guru.
How old are you?
“I am twenty five years old”
Where do you work?
“I am currently the Beauty Editor of Woman&Home magazine South Africa.”
What are the 3 highlights of your job?
- “Firstly, I have been blessed with one of the most incredible Editorial Directors. Frith Thomas is the definition of a ‘power woman’, and she is 100% my role model. She facilitates a fantastic and extremely hard working editorial team and somehow always manages to get the best out of her writers with each and every print edition.
- Secondly, Caxton House has a very tight knit working culture, and everyone in the building is easy to get along with. This is a huge bonus when it comes to mustering up the energy to go to work everyday.
- Thirdly, and most importantly- the biggest highlight of my job is walking up and getting to do what I love. I am a creative and every week I get to create incredible, inspiring content that speaks to real women. I am quite frankly obsessed with all things make-up, fragrance and skincare, and being a beauty editor allows me to learn more about each of these topics daily.”
What is the biggest lesson you learned in school/tertiary?
“A big lesson from varsity was to get my work done without procrastinating about it first- this is something I struggle with greatly, still.”
What’s the one thing you wish school and tertiary would have better prepared you for, for the working world?
“I wish that varsities made it imperative that students work while they study. The more experience you have on your CV, the better!”
Where did you go to school and what did you study?
“I went to LISOF, and I studied a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion.”
What did you major in at school and how do you all your majors play into your current job today?
“I majored in business, marketing and trend analysis.
These actually helped me hugely when it comes to my current job. It’s easy as a beauty editor to get caught up in only the editorial side of things, but my majors allowed me to think more commercially when it comes to aligning with brands and which brands I place in the magazine, so as to foster a more mutually-beneficial relationship.”
What does a typical week in the life of a Beauty Ed look like?
“A typical week for me is chaotic in the best way possible. I have to juggle attending numerous product launches, with getting my print and digital work out on time. I have to juggle a lot of deadlines, from a lot of people, so even though my working hours are 9am to 5pm, this is a rarity in reality. If it means I have to get in to work early, and leave late to get my work done, then that is what I will do, and do weekly. I also have to plan beauty shoots, should I have one to do, so my time is very limited.”
What are biggest autumn/winter ‘19 beauty trends (skin and hair) we can look forward to?
“Beauty and fashion usually work in tandem, or in polar-opposite directions. But A/W 2019, is seeing both the beauty and fashion worlds relish in re-living the 90’s. Smooth, matte skin in new comfy formulas that last all day but don’t feel cakey, plus dark chocolate lips are what’s hot. For hair, I am living for using my hair pins for more of a decorative statement, verses for practicality.”
Do you have a skin routine? If so, what is it? Do you recommend that everyone adopts one?
“Everyone’s skin as unique to them as their fingerprints are, so it’s difficult to put a routine out that everyone should follow. I’m all about encouraging a skin care routine that works best for your skin type, but for this it’s important to first establish what skin type you are.
Are you dry or oily? Does a certain product make your skin break out? Pin-point what works for you and then implement it- trendy or not.
I’m really big on non-mechanical exfoliation right now in the form of a skin type dependent acid peel. Acids sound scary, but they work to refine skin texture problems, and seriously plump and smooth, plus are great at slowly getting stubborn pigmentation to disappear.”
What’s your best skin care product right now?
“Sk.in’s Flash Boost serum. It’s got 10% vitamin C in, and has been doing wonders at reducing my pigmentation marks from old acne.”
What is the best way to pick a foundation shade?
“Make sure you are in good lighting, and swatch the shade on your cheek where you will be wearing it, and not on your hand or neck.
Definitely try before you buy, so ask the sales assistant if they have a tester in the shade you’ve swatched. Do a wear test out of the store so you can see if the shade oxidises (gets darker) on your skin after a couple hours.
Don’t be in a rush, and know your skin type.”
How can I get rid of whiteheads on my nose on a budget?
“Try a skincare product with salicylic or glycolic acid in it. L’Oreal makes these tubs of glycolic acid ‘peel pads’ that you can buy from Clicks and Dischem.”
If you were not a beauty editor, what would you be doing?
“Trend analysis and forecasting for a beauty or fashion company / brand or working in Research and Innovation for a beauty brand.”
Where can people connect with you?
“martinique_01 on Instagram!”