March 17, 2020
This blonde beauty caught my attention on Instagram by posting a self-love inspired makeup look on the social media platform during those grueling days that surround Valentine’s Day. That post reminded me that makeup is a love that is timeless and never ending. The amazing Kayleigh Stopforth, an up and coming makeup artist based in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, is unstoppable. I searched for the absolute best, and that’s exactly what I found in Kayleigh. Kayleigh and I took some time to talk about her journey through makeup for this article.
“So, Kayleigh, I’ve seen plenty of your makeup looks. They are all works of art,” I admitted. “I love the way you bring makeup to life with your bursts of color. What made you become a makeup artist?”
“Makeup was never my initial career choice. I was very artistic in school, but didn’t really get into makeup until after I graduated high school. When my plans for university fell through,” Kayleigh stated. “I decided to take a gap year. That’s when I got a job working as a sales consultant at Inglot Cosmetics in Edgars. I quickly found that following my passion for art was definitely the better choice than studying something I probably would’ve ended up despising. I have since left my retail job, and I decided to establish my own business as a professional makeup artist.”
“Inspiration is all around us. It’s one of the most beautiful things in the world. Where do you get inspiration from for your makeup looks and designs?” I asked.
“I get a lot of my inspiration from other makeup artists.” Kayleigh told The Aesthete, “I’m always looking to recreate makeup looks that are challenging and that will help my skills grow, as well as teach me new techniques. I love color, and I enjoy doing colorful makeup looks that will captivate people. I also get a lot of inspiration from trends, social movements and events. Whatever is happening at a specific time, be it local or international, I like to create makeup looks that would be easily associated with the movement or event happening at that time. That way, my content doesn’t just target makeup lovers, but also followers of the specific niche that my look is about. For example, when the live action Lion King premiered, I did a Lion King inspired makeup look.”
“Now you have natural beauty as it is,” I told the breathtakingly gorgeous Kayleigh, “but I am curious. How does a typical makeup routine go for you?”
“I have chronic acne, so I have to follow a strict skincare routine, or else my skin just breaks out like crazy!” Kayleigh said. “I tend to go for skincare and makeup brands that cruelty free and organic to avoid harsh chemicals or fragrances that would aggravate my acne. My typical makeup routine focuses a lot on skin; I spend a lot of time making my foundation look as flawless and as natural as possible. I contour very lightly and always have snatched eyebrows! When I have a bit more time than usual, I will coordinate my eye-shadow colors with my outfit for the day. Unless I feel like it, I don’t wear eye-shadow on a normal day.”
“I’ve always been of the opinion that makeup is a form of art.” I said, “Not everyone can do it, and those of us who can are just about getting by. What are some of the best makeup tips you can share with us?” I asked.
“Skin care!” she exclaimed. “If your skin is hydrated and looked after, any makeup you put on your face will always look good! Makeup is supposed to enhance the beauty that we already have. When applying makeup, you want it to look as natural as possible. I found that applying makeup, especially foundation, with brushes as opposed to hands or sponges, gives a more blended and airbrushed finish, which results in your makeup looking more natural. Wear a foundation that is suitable for your skin type and color. If you have very oily skin, go for a matte finish foundation. If you have dry skin, go for a dewier and radiant finish foundation. A light blush is always a good idea, as it makes your skin appear more youthful and plump. When removing makeup, use an oil based makeup remover that will wipe the makeup off easily. This will avoid scrubbing and pulling on your skin, which leads to premature wrinkles and aging.” Kayleigh explained.
“What advice would you give to an aspiring makeup artist?” I had to ask her the obligatory question.
“Just go for it,” she advised, “The only person stopping you is yourself. Get over the fear that people will dislike your work because you’re not a professional. Remember that all the professionals, not just in the makeup industry, started where you are today. Being bad at something is the first step towards being good at something. Start somewhere, don’t wait until you have the best tools and products; those things will naturally flow the more your skill grows. Keep practicing; practice makes perfect. Have patience with yourself and trust the process.”
Kayleigh Stopforth is truly an inspiration to us all. I admire her bravery and courage. Kayleigh is evidence that makeup is a power wielding force.
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