Radio and TV personality Pearl Modiadie. Picture: Instagram

The beauty industry has grown to become more inclusive of women of colour with beauty products and models, but behind the scenes, there are a few make-up artists whose hands create brilliant looks that most women are eager to imitate. 

Here are make-up artists that are found on Instagram and post beautifully baked faces, and beauty tips to make your skin glow.

1. Sam Fine 

Known as the maestro of make-up, Sam is already a legend in the beauty industry as a make-up artist especially for giving tips on make-up for women of colour. It only makes sense that an artist like Sam would have worked with Iman, Lion Babe, Tyra Banks and Queen Latifah.

2. Clara Chimeloane

Clara is mostly associated with Bonang Matheba, and we can see why Bonang trusts Clara.

3. Pat McGrath

Having already made a name for herself as a professional make-up artist, Pat has a beauty line available in international stores and online called Pat McGrath Labs. She has worked with the likes of Naomi Campbell and Oprah Winfrey, as well as the models at runway shows for Givenchy and Prada. 

4. Nomsa Madida


A popular make-up artist on Instagram, Nomsa is known for mostly doing the make-up for personalities such as Boity Thulo and Pearl Modiadie. Madida is the creator and owner of Xlcusive MakeUp Events. 

Ubuso bayizolo 💐

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5. Sir John

A royal in the make-up industry, Sir John graced South African shores last year, and hosted a number of make-up sessions, in collaboration with Woolworths. The make-up magnate's famous clientele includes Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Mary J Blige and supermodel Joan Smalls.

6. Nthato Mashishi

Mashishi is another of South Africa's make-up elite, being known for having clientele such as Minnie Dlamini, Michelle Mosalakae and Bridget Masinga. Mashishi is also known to have work on the set of SABC 1's Yizo Yizo, and is currently a judge on SABC 1's fashon reality show Raw Silk.