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hl next level 2018: make-up artist farzanah siblall

Trevor Stuurman


Our attention was caught by Farzanah Siblall's beautiful work as the make-up artist on a project she was part of in 2017 with stylist Romy Alfino  and photographer Lindsey Appolis.  In the Collective Memories from Mitchell’s Plain project entitled Reimagining Tretchikoff, the trio worked with actor Tarryn Lamb to create a series of gorgeous photographs that breathe new life into some of the artist’s iconic works. Farzanah has recently relocated to Johannesburg to pursue fresh challenges and opportunities.

how did you get started as a make-up artist?

I was working in wardrobe in theater just out of Matric, and I happened to help out with make-up, just using the make-up they had available. I very quickly realised that this is what I absolutely love doing. After studying business management and trying to get a ‘normal’ nine-to-five job, I found my way back to make-up and studied motion picture makeup and production design.

do you have any favourites in terms of the make-up work you’ve done for shoots?

It would have to be the Tretchikoff-inspired work, which was done in collaboration with Romy Alfino and Lindsey Appolis.

what have been your defining career moments to date?

Being the head of department for a TV series, and also getting nominated for best makeup and hair for a short film.

where do you find your inspiration?

I find my inspiration from the Internet, in nature and the city, and from what is around me.

Learn all about the game changers who are taking things to the Next Level in our #HLNEXTLEVEL2018  issue.