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SIBISI EMBRACES HER GROWTH WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

SIBISI EMBRACES HER GROWTH WITHIN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY

Her love for make-up began in 2018 when she was studying in her first year at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and her craft has been improving ever since.

Noluthando Sibisi (22) is a self-taught make-up artist, hailing from Ladysmith. The creative lass recently obtained her Diploma in Sports Management Sciences at DUT.

“When I was doing my second-year in 2019 that is when my skills began to improve because I used to makeup my face more frequently and my friends. I bought more make up products,” said Sibisi.

Sibisi, already has a progressive page on Instagram called makeupby_thando. She launched her make-up line in March 2021 called Her Excellency on Instagram.

Explaining the hardships of operating during a pandemic, Sibisi said: “Her Excellency has been operating smoothly but due to the chaos happening around the country, business is very slow, but I am managing. Some of the artists I have worked with include Nombuso Gcabashe (former Imbewu actress), Nondumiso Jozana (actress), Lindelwa Vezi (actress), Mandisa Vilakazi (actress), Jessica Mkhize (actress), Nonsindiso Gcaba (actress), Thabisile Zikhali (founder of Beauty is Art Forum), to mention but a few.”

Furthermore, the greatest highlight of her career was when she was granted the opportunity to do make-up at the DUT Miss Thick event in 2019 for their runway fashion show in June. She said it was such a great experience.

Unlike some who struggle to juggle both studies and work, respectively, working and studying simultaneously was never a challenge for Sibisi. She claims to have managed to do both with great balance and ease.

“The first heavy national lockdown hit hard on my business side of things because I could not get bookings at all. Finding a place to stay was also a challenge, that’s where my passion and drive came into play, I never gave up because I knew storms don’t last forever and that is what pushes me to thrive,” said Sibisi.

Sibisi can be reached on Instagram @makeupby_thando, @Her_Excellency Cosmetics.

Pictured: Noluthando Sibisi

Nikiwe Sukazi

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