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Qaanita Abrahams demonstrates how to shape eyebrows on workshop attendant Lauren McWilliams at a make-up workshop. PHOTO: Jabulile S. Ngwenya/ANA

CAPE TOWN – You can never be too young or too old to learn a few new make-up and skincare tips and tricks.

Rayhana Petersen, in her fifties, had never before savoured the joys of having make-up properly applied. Until now, that is.

Petersen, along with her daughter, Rushni Ebrahims, attended a make-up workshop run by make-up artist Qaanita Abrahams who runs and owns OnQMakeup.

Petersen told us: “I am in my early fifties and I’ve never worn make up before. I am learning how to put it on for the first time in my life.”

Ebrahims said that it was her gift to her mother because she wanted her mother to learn about make-up and the art of applying it from a professional.

Petersen laughed and said: “At first I asked myself if I was too old to put on make-up because I had never worn it before, and then I said I was going to learn something new so I can bond with my daughter and talk about something she loves.”

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Ebrahims said she enjoyed attending the workshop with her mother and to be able to see her learn new skills, as well as learning useful tips about make-up and skincare.

The women attending the makeup workshop were required to arrive with a cleansed face and their makeup bags as Abrahams would teach them techniques to help them become more confident in applying their own make-up.

Abrahams implored the women to not apply their make-up using their fingers as this could transfer germs to their faces, but to rather use make-up brushes.

The women learnt which make-up brushes to use for different application techniques and how to apply primer and foundation, as well as how to contour, shape their eyebrows and apply false eyelashes.

The workshop also included talks by kinesiologist, Fadzwa Cozyn on the importance of self-care and online retailer Spree’s head of operations Rhoda Davids about Winter 2017 fashion trends.

At the end of the workshop, Petersen said she felt confident in applying make-up and was looking forward to putting her new skills to use. “I am excited.”

Abrahams, who has been a make-up artist for 17 years, told ANA that it brought her joy to see the women empowered with skills to use in their personal and professional lives.

She said she advised women who want to become make-up artists to “go for training so you can learn how to work on different faces and with different skin tones”.