Today’s #WC shout out goes to a Cape Town based make-up artist, Shinayde Meyerson. Check out her story and her handles below.
Where are you from and where do you currently live?
“I’m from Jozi and I live in ǁHui!gaeb (Cape Town)”
Cape Town or Jozi? Name one reason why.
“Jozi – it’s home”
How old are you?
“I’m turning 24”
When did you know that you wanted to become a makeup artist?
“When I fell into the industry! I really had no idea that’s where my life was headed.”
Do you freelance?
“I freelance, and I work for MAC.”
What are some of the biggest challenges that you face as independent artist?
“It’s a bit of a risk for me to rely completely on freelancing.”
How do you find work?
I find work through word-of-mouth a lot, but also social media/colleagues/general networking.”
When you first started out, how and where did you learn how to charge for your services?
“I was lucky enough to work with experienced, tenured artists who advised me on rates.”
What is some of the advice you wish you had received at the beginning of your career?
“I wish someone told me to work on my hair game too! I focused solely on makeup for 5 years and I’m now learning more about hair and including it into my work.”
What have been some of your standout moments in your career so far?
“The first time I worked S.A Menswear independently was amazing. I felt proud to be asked to do makeup surrounded by the best of the best at 22. I’ve also been lucky enough to attend many spectacular master-classes by incredible artists like Einat Dan.”
Who would you work with 10x over if you had the choice?
“I would work with Frances Marais all the time – I really love her work-style and vibe.”
Where did you study?
“I am a self-taught makeup artist. I studied Fine Art through UNISA but didn’t finish as I was becoming very busy with working as a makeup artist, I had to make a decision that would benefit me in the future. So I chose experience. I’m currently completing a hairstyling course at Head To Toe (makeup and hairstyling school).”
Which type of work between editorial and events is your favourite to do?
“I love working fashion week events; I love the energy that happens backstage. But, I also love having creative freedom on shoots, or even just for fun. To be honest I’m all good as long as I’ve got a brush in my hand.”
If people want to get some tips, watch a tutorial or follow you, where can they find you?