Kaliati’s heavy make-up stirs debate—paper

Minister of Information Patricia Kaliati’s heavy make-up has become subject of debate.

The sensational Weekend Times reports that some say she applies too much cosmetics to a point where it transforms her face into something artificial while others believe she is just a woman innocently taking care of her beauty.

The newspaper reports that her face looks lighter than the complexion of her hands and even the colours of her eyebrows and lipstick often make her look like a touched-up actress in a movie.

Kaliati’s face constantly appears on MBC-TV and in newspapers by virtue of her status as Minister of Information as such people tend to question the professionalism of her make-up.

Kaliati: Too much make-up!

Recently, her picture which appeared on Nyasa Times attracted criticism with most commentators saying she needs to seek professional help.

According to the newspaper, Kaliati is reported to have retorted that it was none of the business of the reporter when she was asked to comment on the matter.

“Look here, you are not my husband nor are you the one who appointed me minister. I am answerable only to my husband and my husband has always appreciated the way I look.

“May be you want your wife to learn how to put make up and if that is the case, then you should ask your wife to call me and ask me those questions and I will teach her how to apply make-up,” Kaliati is quoted to have said.

When the tabloid contacted an expert beautician Lucy Nkhonjera, she refused to directly talk about Kaliati but agreed to offer expert knowledge in general terms.

“I don’t want to personalize my observation because the minister may think I am personally attacking her which is not the case but I want to warn women that it is better to seek advice on how to apply make-up if they don’t know what is good for their looks,” the paper quoted Nkhonjera as explaining.

She said the problem in Malawi is that some women apply make-up for the wrong reasons and that may bleach one’s skin.

“There are two main reasons why women apply make-up; the first one is to enhance natural beauty because make-up does improve the way we look. The second reason is to boost one’s confidence because when people approve the way you look it boosts your confidence to act intelligently.

“Unfortunately, some women in Malawi use make-up for the wrong reasons. Some older women in particular are applying make-up these days to look young and to hide some deformities on their faces which is not right because such make-up tends to be overdone and is applied wrongly consequently causing damage to the skin,” she said.

Nkhonjera said the right way to apply make-up is to make sure that you choose the type that is suitable for one’s skin.

“The other problem is that most women think make-up can change a dark complexion to a light complexion as a result they apply a light foundation when their skin needs a mild one. The result is that you end up breaching your face and it becomes disproportionally light compared to the rest of the body,” she is quoted to have explained.

Nkhonjera advised women to seek advice from professionals because wrong make-up has the potential of not only breaching your skin but also eroding your confidence because people think you have doubts about yourself.

Nkhonjera owns Lucci K Designs and Beauty Company in Blantyre and she was trained in America as a beautician.

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