#WCW: What’s in a name? Make-up artist Pretty Nyati holds it down

Published in Entertainment | Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Vibrant, God-fearing, smart, enthusiastic, not easily intimidated, social, and sometimes paranoid! These are just some of the words talented make-up artist Pretty Nyati uses to describe herself. Know more about PTL’s #WomanCrush of the week: Pretty.

What advice would you give ladies about make-up?
My advice to ladies about makeup: never put concealer or foundation on your eyelids as a base, it will cause your eye makeup to crease. Always apply powder where you are shiniest first, which is usually your T-zone, with a very light dusting everywhere else. Always apply your brow pencil or brow gel to the upper portion of the eyebrow to lift your face up and when it comes to the lips, you want to make sure your lipstick is not too defined at your cupid's bow (the top of your lip) and that it goes all the way out to the inner corners of your mouth. Be sure to press down hard as you apply.

When does make-up go too far?
I personally think it goes too far when your face looks cakey in person and leaves your pores screaming for help [laughs], and makes you look like a totally difference person. As women we are all beautiful and I believe that make up is made to enhance what you already have and not to create your features.

What’s your take on guys who wear make-up?
I think everyone has the freedom to wear what they want and they shouldn't be judged for that. I don't think a guy wearing a bit of foundation to cover up blemishes is feminine at all. There's nothing wrong with a guy wanting to be more attractive. Most actors and models wear makeup so I honestly don’t see the big deal with it.

Tell us something about you that few people know.
Few people know that I love to dance. Sometimes I picture myself dancing in front of a huge crowd and everyone would be cheering [laughs], crazy huh? And I love to write when I’m feeling some type of way like when I'm angry or happy.

What’s your secret fear?
Well if I tell you then it won't be a secret anymore, will it? [Laughs].

Who’s your celebrity crush?
Fashion model, actress and entrepreneur: Iman. She’s a pioneer in the field of ethnic cosmetics and she inspires me because she has her own cosmetic line and that just does it for me as a black woman.

Describe your “perfect date”.
Well, I would describe my perfect date as pretty much a simple one. Um, I’ll need chocolate, Lunch Bar to be specific. Sweet & sour chicken pizza, a mattress in front of a TV, big thick fleece, and watch the funniest comedy movie at that time, and lots of Doritos...yeah that’s about it.

How can a guy win you over?
Hahahahaha! OK,,,he has to be ridiculously hot, medium height, works out, smartly dressed, keeps nails clean (covers face). Someone who is a good listener because I complain about so many things, someone who is romantic and supportive, gives good advice (well that's how my man scooped me) [laughs]. And someone who lives a simple lifestyle and not always on the scene.

What’s your favorite movie?
That one is easy: THE GREAT GATSBY. Firstly, Leonardo DiCaprio is my favorite actor, and unlike these other movies it's not predictable, and it's so amazing how a man would stay faithful to a woman for so many years when he’s away, loves her even when she’s married to another man and dies still loving her. I mean, that's deep and very few people would do that.

What 3 songs are you constantly listening to?
“Father's Child” by Abel Chungu, by the way he’s my favorite Zambian Male gospel artist. Tracy Chapman's “Fast Cars” (singing "I remember we were driving, driving in your car the speed fast I felt like I was drunk") and the third one is “No Air” by Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown.

And what’s hot in fashion right now that you’re not feeling?
The Yeezy clothing line! OMG, what??? [Laughs].

How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as very classy and glamorous.  I always need to have my hair and nails done, and my makeup has to be on point.

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