By: Ashley Jantjies
With personalities worldwide pulling in efforts to spread messages to the masses to abide by lockdown laws, celebrity makeup artist Renate Shikongo broke the internet with her COVID-19 face mask made of makeup. The creative who is lately on top of her game with her work appearing in some of the best music visuals and as well advocating for GBV during lockdown she says her aim is simply to create awareness.
The mask, made purely of make-up, was timely considering COVID-19 and how we need to protect ourselves, in addition, it also received a lot of praise when uploaded to her various social media platforms with the caption
“For now, please hang in there and stay safe.”
Since the lockdown gender-based violence and domestic violence rates have increased globally, Renate worked on a demonstration to create awareness and to encourage victims of such abuses to not suffer in silence.
“The confinement is fostering tension, frustration and strain created by social security, health and financial worries. The lockdown forces continued interaction of victims with violent partners, separating them from the people and resources that can best to protect and support them,” said Renate.
She urged her followers to share the necessary helpline contacts with their loved ones and help address GBV and domestic violence.She further told onerap.online, hired by Innovation Studios, she also did artwork inspired by the high rate of accidents in our country, aiming to instil fear and be careful on the road. The self-taught artist was hired by imagination studios to do makeup for Gazza’s song Moses, as well as for Top Cheri and Lioness, Money.
“I am very careful rather than nervous when doing make-up shoots for celebrities, if anything, I enjoy and wish to be doing more celebrity’s make-up.”
Her advice to aspiring make-up artists is to practice and practice more, the standard may be high, but you can get there, and apply makeup on people around you and keep up with the trends.Her career may be non-existent right now, due to the lockdown, but she has an Instagram page which provides clients with a platform to see her work and make bookings.