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Belani Beauty

Doing makeup is my happy place. It provides me with a chance to show my creativity, escape the stresses of life in 2020, and make myself feel a little more attractive – these #COVIDcurves have destroyed my self-confidence, but getting into my makeup takes me away to a different place.

I discovered these graphic liners through social media, and they have really changed the game when it comes to taking your makeup to the next level, as well as experimenting with new looks.

I reached out to this local business, and asked if I could please feature them on my blog – and their response was so positive and appreciative, that I knew this had to be my very next post!


Your Names: Dineo & Emily Mabunda

Business name: Belani Beauty

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram and Website

Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus

3 fun facts about you: We are responsible for all the content on our page (with the exception of a few photos from a photographer), We designed all of labelling and brand name ourselves, We are sisters.

Tell me a little bit more about your business: We started Belani Beauty because we just felt a little bit stuck in life. We are both commerce students who just wanted to have a creative outlet that was fun and fulfilling. We both stared doing makeup in our early teens and we may not be professionals but we are definitely enthusiasts who like to experiment and switch it up. We want Belani Beauty to represent just that, a brand that will take you out of your makeup comfort zone. We are definitely still a work in progress. We have so many ideas and we are trying to figure out what is next for us. We excited for what the future may hold and we are extremely grateful for all the support we have received in such a short span of time . It’s expected for people to be skeptical of a new business especially in this South African climate but the leap of faith our customers took from the beginning is why we are still up running and we can’t thank them enough for that.

Photo By: Lavanya Wiles

What makes your liners unique: Our liners are unique because we took the time to sample a wide range of manufacturers and vendors so we could ensure the best quality for our customers. They are extremely pigmented, smudge and transfer proof, quick drying, cruelty free and vegan. We currently have a range of 20 colours and we plan on expanding it if our customers are still interested.

How can people place an order with you: People can order our liners on our website or use the shop function on our Instagram page.

Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus

Who do you think would love your liners: I know anyone who has an interest in make up would love our liners, whether you are just an enthusiast or a professional make up artist.

“It’s just a fun and easy way to add something different and eye-catching to your make up looks.”

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Where did the idea to start this business come from: We used to save so many pictures of make up looks with graphic liner that would always pop up on our Instagram explore page. We really wanted try these colourful liners and we couldn’t find any beauty business that was selling them in South Africa so we decided why not bring them to SA. We’ve always been told that the key to a successful business is to identify a gap in the market and fill it well once you do. That’s what made us want to follow through with our business because we wanted to put this advice to the test.

Do you need a steady hand to apply these liners: Yes you do need a steady hand to apply the liners with the use of our ‘Detailed brush’ and ‘Ultra Thin Detailed Brush’, which can be found our website, your application will be easy and you’ll get the perfect sharp lines in no time.

Quote you live by: “Just start”

Anything else you want to add: We have so many ideas and concepts for the business and we are currently thinking of a rebrand, we just hope everything goes as planned we don’t know what the future holds for our business holds but again we are so thankful to everybody who has supported and shopped and re-posted on their stories and tagged us in their pictures it’s just so amazing to go on our Instagram page and see all the love from our customers and our followers and we can’t wait for 2021.

Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus
Photo by: Ismaeel Bagus

Aren’t these just so divine? And don’t you want to get your hands on them?

I have been seeing so many stunning graphic eye looks on Pinterest and Instagram, and can’t wait to try these myself with some of Belani Beauty’s graphic liners. My only problem is that there are so many colours that I would like to purchase.

A special thank you to these gorgeous ladies for allowing me to interview them, and for helping to change the game in South African makeup!


PorcelainHeart

I have been following the beautiful Megan for some time and am always completely blown away by the level of talent that she has.  She creates looks that are incomparable to others, and always stretches her imagination and design abilities to the extreme.

I met her at Beauty Revolution earlier this year, and felt like such a fan girl when I greeted her with a hug.  She was friendly and so sweet to me, so I knew this was someone I had to introduce to the rest of you.

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Lockdown for me has meant many hours spent playing with makeup and experimenting with new looks – nothing like what this professional is capable of, but I am constantly inspired by her creations and spend hours looking at her social media.

Megan holds beauty both inside and out!


Your name:  Megan Marx

Business name:  PorcelainHeart

Social media handles:  Makeup Instagram; Beauty Salon Facebook and Instagram; Design Work Instagram

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What is one word you would use to describe yourself:  I’m probably going to have to say passionate. I am a very passionate person in everything I do, think, say, and believe in.

How did you get into makeup:  I have have always had a huge passion for art. Growing up my Grandfather was an artist and I always really admired his ability to paint beautiful things on a canvas. So the fascination with the artistic side of it was always there. But I only really got into makeup when I was around 14. I was a very insecure girl and I used to use makeup to try and make myself feel better about the way that I looked. Soon, I simply fell in love, and the rest was history. I realised that I could use makeup in the same way my Grandfather used his paint, to create something interesting and beautiful for people to look at.

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How long have you been doing makeup for:  I have been doing makeup for 7 years now.

Have you always been artistic:  I have always been very in touch with my creative side. At school, art was my best subject! I grew up around art, and I truly believe that it’s embedded in my nature.

What is the style of makeup that you are most known for:  I think that I am probably best known for my more creative makeup looks, although I’m not too sure!

What has been your favourite look that you have created:  I think that my favourite look I’ve ever done has got to be my Mona Lisa makeup transformation. That was very challenging but it turned out really well in the end. My first NYX Face Awards look also has a very special place in my heart.

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What inspires you for your makeup looks:  Honestly, I’m inspired by something different everyday. However, I do get a lot of inspiration from editorial makeup looks that I find in magazines and online. I’m obsessed with anything avant-garde. I also tend to save a bunch of inspirational images, and then sometimes mash them together with a twist. Inspiration really does come from a different direction everyday.

Do you give makeup lessons:  I most certainly do! Anyone is welcome to contact me and request a one-on-one makeup lesson. I have also occasionally hosted group makeup master-classes in the past, and I’ll probably do another one again in the near future.

How can people contact you to book a make-up session & where are you based:  Anyone is welcome to send me an email at megmegmarx@gmail.com, call/text me at +27 76 145 0619 or contact me through my website. My studio is based in Mooikloof, Pretoria East.

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What are your 5 essential makeup products:  That’s a really hard question! I have SO many products that I use everyday! If I had to narrow it down, I think I’d have to choose the J.One Red Jelly Pack as a primer, that stuff is amazing!!! I’m also a huge fan of the Catrice Made to Stay 24H Foundation. It lasts all day and doesn’t crack or move. The Benefit Brow Zings Palette in the shade 6 is my everyday brow saviour! I love a soft highlight with my Blushing Hearts: Goddess of Faith triple baked highlighter by I Heart Makeup. And of course, my go to mascara, #LashesOfTheDay Super Volume Mascara by Essence Cosmetics.

What is your favourite drugstore makeup brand:  My personal favourite drugstore makeup brand has got to be either Maybelline, or Makeup Revolution. I also adore Essence. I love almost all of the Essence products that I try.

What is one makeup trend you think every woman needs to know:  I think that one makeup trend every women should have in their arsenal is applying a clean, red-lip. Nothing says power and beauty quite like a bold red lip. My favourite red lip is definitely MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Feels so Grand”. It’s a perfect primary red that looks good on literally everyone.

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Quote you live by:  I think that the quote I live by would actually have to be something my mother always told me as a kid: “Don’t think, just do.” And this had nothing to do with acting impulsively. She meant getting things that need to be done, done, without over thinking them. I apply this to every day of my life. Sometimes when I wake up in the morning with a mountain of work ahead of me, I tell myself, “don’t overthink it, just sit down and do it, you’ll thank yourself later”. Thinking too deeply about the task in front of you, makes the task seem far more daunting.

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Can you see why I am so obsessed with everything Megan?  I know that I am going to be booking a lesson with her as soon as lockdown is over, and I am definitely going to practice my application of a bold red lip – I am also a huge MAC fan but don’t have the one she mentions, so I have added this to my birthday wishlist.

Do you have any make-up looks that you want some help with?  Or do you have any inspiration that you would like to see Megan recreate?


 

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