Kim Kardashian with makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. (Picture: Instagram)
Kim Kardashian with makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. (Picture: Instagram)
Kim Kardashian with Mario Dedivanovic. (Picture: Instagram)
Kim Kardashian with Mario Dedivanovic. (Picture: Instagram)
Nomsa Madida with Sechaba Gqeba. (Picture: Instagram)
Nomsa Madida with Sechaba Gqeba. (Picture: Instagram)
Ntatho Mashishi and Pearl Thusi. (Picture: Instagram)
Ntatho Mashishi and Pearl Thusi. (Picture: Instagram)
Patrick Ta with Gigi Hadid. (Picture: Instagram)
Patrick Ta with Gigi Hadid. (Picture: Instagram)
Rihanna and Priscilla Ono. (Picture: Instagram)
Rihanna and Priscilla Ono. (Picture: Instagram)
Sir John with Beyoncé. (Picture: Instagram)
Sir John with Beyoncé. (Picture: Instagram)

We all know that celebrities do not roll out of bed looking as flawless as they do when they step onto the red carpet. It takes a team of stylists, makeup artists and hairstylists to get those ladies from drab to fab.

It’s the makeup artists who get the celebs camera-ready for those close-up shots. Here is a list of men and women who skillfully brush and blend famous faces to perfection.

Sir John: 

Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige and Joan Smalls are just a few of the client's international professional makeup artist Sir John transform. 

Remember the glitter eye makeup that shimmered on stage when Queen B performed the opening act at Coachella this year? That’s just one example of Sir John’s work.

Sir John with Beyoncé. (Picture: Instagram)

Ntatho Mashishi: 

With local celebrity clients like Pearl Thusi, Minnie Dlamini and Michelle Mosalakae, it’s evident that he’s made a name for himself in such a competitive industry. When he’s not beautifying celebs he is a judge on a reality tv fashion talent search show, Raw Silk.


Ntatho Mashishi and Pearl Thusi. (Picture: Instagram)

Mario Dedivanovic: 

Ever wondered who’s the person responsible for Kim Kardashian’s perfectly contoured face? I’m not referring to her plastic surgeon, I’m talking about makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic. She often features him on her Instagram pages. Dedivanovic’s client list includes Chanel Iman and Ariana Grande.

Kim Kardashian with Mario Dedivanovic. (Picture: Instagram)

Nomsa Madida: 

Not only does she own a company called Xlcusive makeup events, but she’s one of Mzanzi’s makeup artists to the stars. A quick scroll through her 47.8k followers Instagram page you’ll see celebs like Sindi Dlathu, Thembisa Mdoda and Sechaba Gqeba pop up on her page. A clear indication that she’s an artist in demand.


Nomsa Madida with Sechaba Gqeba. (Picture: Instagram)

Patrick Ta: 

Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski Blake Lively, Rosie Huntington Whiteley, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian… the list continues. These are a few of the famous faces that Patrick Ta magically transforms. It’s evident from the different looks he does on his clients that he’s not afraid to try new things.


Patrick Ta with Gigi Hadid. (Picture: Instagram)

Priscilla Ono

Rihanna might be the owner of Fenty Beauty cosmetics but she’s not the one who uses the product to create those red carpet looks she pulls off so effortlessly. That’s the job, Priscilla Ono. She’s the same artist responsible for the makeup for the Fenty Beauty campaign shots. Other clients include Iggy Azalea, Kelly Rowland, Christina Milian and Amber Rose.


Rihanna and Priscilla Ono. (Picture: Instagram)