Bloom through winter with MUD

Nature has the most beautiful way of showing us that seasons can change the appearance of our natural surroundings, however winter weather is not so much fun for the skin. Cold weather and low humidity levels result in dry air which ultimately steals moisture from the skin. Flawless skin is a huge contributing factor when it comes to the end result of your makeup application as a whole. You can’t help how your skin reacts to climate changes but girl, you definitely have more control than you think.

BY: Lecturer for MUD South-Africa –

1. How to retain your natural moisture to ensure that gorgeous supple glow.

Wash your face with lukewarm water; remember any form of heat robs the skin from moisture. A good over night moisturizer is key when it comes to maintaining that beautiful radiant look and remember to drink enough water during the day, our skin needs hydration from the inside too.

2. Exfoliation must be a crucial part in your skincare routine during winter.

My favourite homemade mask consists of the following ingredients – honey, yogurt, coconut oil, bananas, avocado and aloe. Mix what you like together to create a paste and leave on skin for 10-30 minutes for lasting hydration.

One of my favourite products on earth is MUD’s facial cleanser and makeup remover. It’s rich in natural oils for maximum antioxidant protection, leaving the skin clean and refreshed.

3. Different skin types verses different foundations.

Women always ask me what foundation they should use during winter and my answer obviously differs from client to client. Different skin types has different needs but my normal go-to advice during a consultation consists of the following;

It is always advisable to start your makeup routine by applying a light weight, creamy gel face primer. MUD’s primer works beautifully together with liquid and cream foundations to create a flawless, long-lasting finish. Our cream and liquid foundations are both amazing in their own right, depending on what your coverage preference is and the desirable look you’re trying to achieve. If you have an oily T-panel both foundation types can be used, the secret here lies in how you apply your powder when setting your foundation. If you have a dry skin our foundations are still ideal because they are silicone based which ensures that supple glow.

For a dry skin the MUD primer will also prevent the foundation from cracking or caking. It basically comes down to this; it doesn’t matter what skin type you have MUD has you covered.

4. Trendy colours this winter.

I would say the eye shadow colours remain warm but feminine, lots of pinks and purples combined with some beauty classics like smokey eyes, liquid eyeliner, velvety lips and outdoorsy blush, you would be ready to embrace winter in its full glory. Remember to use earthy tones to warm up your face and to keep up with the natural mood of the season. As for lips, I would say it’s important to stick to classic or dark reds without any coral or pink undertones. This will ensure that warm festive feel that goes along beautifully with your darker winter wardrobe.

The top 4 colours I’m going to live by this winter is maroon, burgundy, red and deep purple. Embracing bold lip colours can be a bit of a tricky prospect if you aren’t used to it, but I ensure that you would be drawing the right kind of attention and it’s one of the quickest ways to transform your look. If you struggle with dry lips during winter months, just apply some chap stick a few minutes before applying lipstick and you should be good to go.

5. Day and night makeup looks during cold seasons.

This is a very versatile field when it comes to makeup and it differs from person to person. I would say that winter is the perfect time to experiment with luscious tones during day and night time.

Don’t be shy when it comes to blushing up those cheeks, it doesn’t matter if your skin is dark or fair, using blusher is an essential part of the make-up to wake-up the skin-tone. Like I said, red is the classic choice to wear in winter time regardless of your skin tone – you can never go wrong with tints of dark burgundy and red. Woman with dark skin tones can indulge in some shades of deep palms, berries and warm maroons at any time of the day. As for light complexions any dark lipstick looks absolutely stunning.

Now let’s move on to the eyes, remember to make them look alluring. Winter is the perfect time to go for warm colours like deep purples and auburn. Highlight your eyes with MUD’s volume-plumbing mascara for that striking first impression every beauty obsessive woman strives for.

Last but not least, they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend but I beg to differ, bronzer is. You may not have to use as much bronzer as you would in summer, but a bit of that gorgeous sunshine bronzer will keep you blushing right through your glitzy and day to day events.

Cruelty free

MUD provides premium makeup products and quality education. We stay loyal to our passion for excellence in all areas, which sets us apart from other brands within the world of makeup.

One of our biggest and best properties is that we are absolutely against animal testing. Our products have never and never will be tested on animals, and quality will never be compromised. That is our promise to our customers.

Our synthetic brushes are made from proprietary blend of superior quality fibers . They are 100% vegan and have an ultra-soft feel. 2017 was a year of sustainability, innovation, and artistry for MUD. We continued to lesson our imprint on the environment by implementing refillable containers and eliminating many of our single-use compacts. We reduced our reliance on animals products by moving entirely to new high-performing synthetic fibers for our beautiful brush line.

We also began the process of eliminating single-use compacts for refillable compacts. Each pan is sold in a lightweight recyclable clamshell that contains far less plastic than other compacts. Once the product has been used up you can toss the pan into the recycle bin, and the concept of reducing waste is complete.

In addition, our universal palette is eco-friendly. This palette is made from paper and has an open format so you can place a variety of pan sizes in the unit.

MUD ensures a sustainable future by offering refillable products. We are also on the A list of cruelty-free beauty brands available in South-Africa.

MUD has committed to cruelty-free testing and we are currently on our way to becoming 100% vegan.

MUD Beginning

From 1998 we made a fundamental commitment to our clients to not only give the absolute best education available but we also promise to never compromise on quality. We provide students with the best tools and techniques to build their own beautiful careers in the makeup industry.

Today, we still stand by our commitment and continue to build our line of cosmetics with the same integrity we started with twenty years ago. Our products have never and never will be tested on animals, this is on of our many never changing promises to our customers. We take this very seriously as we believe that no colour cosmetics need to be tested on animals to determine intensity.

The way in which products are manufactured is crucial to the way they will perform. Formulation integrity is something we perform on each batch to ensure the best results possible. Once batches are approved the product are carefully packaged and assembled in our environmentally friendly packaging. We have a five day test that guarantees that the products has not been contaminated and the quality has not been compromised.

Once each batch passes all applicable analysis the product is finally ready to be sold. We produce our cosmetics with high quality ingredients, always focusing on the balance between the two primary elements, which is called pigment and vehicle. Pigment gives the product colour and vehicle makes it move. The higher the pigment concentration, the longer the product will last. We create our products to last and we do not compromise and the manufacturing to cut costs.

Our packaging also reflects the quality of our products and appeals to both the consumer and professional because we truly understand the need to cater for both markets. We are a independent company who put the needs of our customers, partners and employees first.

In 1997, MUD was created by a few friends who had a passion for make up education. With a couple of classrooms and a handful of students, MUD was on the verge of becoming something big. As we outgrew our small school in North Hollywood, California, our need for our own branded cosmetics line also grew. From the beginning our goal was to create products that also matched our curriculum and met the standard of our educators.

MUD Makeup Kits

Imagine having a makeup kit for everything you can possibly think of. A dream come true at the tip of your fingers is something we gladly offer. At MUD we have a diverse and versatile range of  makeup and hair kits that takes care of anyone’s needs. Our catering spectrum stretches from providing kits to students, existing professionals and all beauty salons and entrepreneurs in the makeup and hair industry.

Our most simplistic and compatible kit are specially designed for consumers but can be purchased and enjoyed by professionals as well. These kits are uniquely modified to match specific makeup looks and are very specialized.

In studio workshops are offered free of charge to ensure that the kit is being used to its fullest potential.

These kits can also work wonders in the field of image consulting and serves as a gift for someone special. Our products are any personal image consultant’s dream come true, as buying our products individually is something they can easily do at our studios. Complementary color’s that are suitable for individual needs is easily accessible at your nearest MUD studio.

Our very affordable kits ranges is beautifully categories and can be couriered to your door nation wide. Unlimited supplies are available for all professional salons, artists and makeup and hair school. We also offer standard option kits that can be modified according to special and specific requirements, offering a customized and personal service is something we strive on. Target markets are no challenge as MUD caters for all races of all origins – our products are not limited to a certain group and can be used on and by any skin color, tone and shade. Our products are specially formulated to accommodate everyone.

Our magnetic pallets are designed to be cost effective and easily reusable. All our products and kits are offered at a PRO discount price for any home or salon based client. National delivery is applicable on all online purchases. All comprehensive and pro kits comes with a free one day refresher workshop.

Your Big Day

Choosing the right hair and makeup team for your big day is almost just as important as marrying the right man.

This is something that cannot be compromised on at all. You can have the perfect venue, photographer and dress, but if you don’t have a professional and experienced beauty team to take care of your big day, you might as well have to reschedule, because this aspect has the potential to make or break the day you’ve been dreaming about since you we’re twelve.

Be extremely diligent with your research when deciding on a hair and makeup team to stand by your side as you embark into this new exciting romantic journey. To opt for a well known brand with experience in the bridal industry is definitely your best and safest bet, as anyone starting out might not be as comfortable with the pressures that comes with bridal makeup and hair. Always book a bridal trail at least two months prior to your big day to give yourself enough time to make alternative arrangements or change ideas. Your hair and makeup trail is part of the key to ensure success on your wedding day. This will ensure that you get exactly what you are looking for and your makeup artist will be well prepared on turning you into your most beautiful and majestic self.

Choosing artist from the same company for both hair and makeup services might smoothen things out a lot, as they will comfortably work around each other without letting the unfamiliarity and possible challenges get to them. Every bride deserves to be absolutely cool, calm and collected during this beautiful but also high pressured time. At MUD we have the biggest compassion and beauty dreams with our Brides and promise to deliver nothing but professional service from start to finish. We offer both makeup and hair services for anyone all around our beautiful nation.

We don’t mind travelling to wedding destinations, as our main objective is to put the needs of our clients first.

MUD knows how to work under pressure in all circumstances, as our artists are trained to get the job done through rain and sunshine. Knowing that you have an equipped team for your special day will put your heart at ease. Don’t worry about not looking like a vision when you choose the right team for your wedding day, as there are already anxieties linked to such a big event.

From the desk of Brenda Thambe

From the desk of Brenda Thambe ( Owner / Sole Importer and Franchisor):

When we started with the import of MUD Cosmetics to the South African market in 2012, the vision was to have a superior quality and PROFESSIONAL makeup range that would be #exclusive to the PRO industry.

WHY would you ask ?

Well – at that time there was a huge gap in the market to equip and empower our professional beauty trade with makeup products exclusively available from a qualified beauty / makeup professional. Just as there are many professional skincare of hair care products available at the beauty & hair salons – I wanted to have a strong makeup brand that is tried & tested , superior professional quality – BUT to be exclusive to our salons & makeup artists.

NOW more than ever – our salons & artists who have been using , stocking and re-selling MUD products over the years are in a better position today – as they still have some form of income during this #covid19 #pandemic!

We want our artists, salons & image consultants who use, and recommend MUD to their clients, to benefit financially from it. Whilst makeup artists may get a PRO discount from other brands sold in retail stores – they are not able to generate an extra stream of income from it.

Because of this – MUD Cosmetics was a great fit. MUD started in 1997 as a makeup school in Los Angeles USA, and is now the largest makeup school on the globe! From MUD’s passion for QUALITY education evolved a superior & professional makeup range.

We are PROUD to work with all our global MUD partners. And we are blessed and thankful to every artist, salon and beauty professional for growing with MUD these past 8 years !

Shop Online

Although we are in such an extremely challenging time in all avenues of our lives, purchasing beauty products online shouldn’t be part of the struggle. MUD is making it very convenient to buy anything from our well-presented catalogue online.

MUD has been designed by professionals for professionals. High-quality products that can withstand extreme conditions and are known to be highly-pigmented, which means it’s perfect for all types of makeup applications and can be used without restrictions, especially the ones that currently stops us from buying our favourite products in a MUD studio.

MUD Professional & Retail Make-Up Products & Tools are Available Online.

Shop to your heart’s desire. We ship nationwide in South Africa.  Invest in quality beauty products for your face, then you need to choose MUD SA. We have been creating high quality, honest make-up for over a decade now, and have received international recognition by renowned beauty artists throughout the world. Our kit allows everyday women and professional make-up artists to explore their inner artiste and bring their ideas to life. Whether you want to transform your face completely, prefer to look fresh and natural, or desire to look sophisticated and polished, the deluxe make-up kit from MUD can offer you every look you desire.

Our comprehensive kit features an assortment of professional quality products in the latest palettes, hand selected by the professional artists of MUD international, designed to complement every type of skin tone there is. In our kit you will find every colour shade and tone you need for the eyes, cheeks and lips, from smooth blending cream and powder foundations, super volume smudge proof mascaras, emollient-rich lipstick palettes, eye shadow and blusher palettes. The kits also include MUD professional artistry brush sets and MUD professional artistry mixing tools.

Shop MUD South Africa products online for guaranteed satisfaction, quick delivery and exceptional client service.

We accept payments via card machine on delivery and EFT. Delivery within a 10 km radius from Menlyn, Pretoria East is for free. Our time frame for delivery nation-wide is 7-10 working
days after proof of payment has been received. From placing your order, delivery can be expected within 7 working days.

MUD School

If not now, when? Become a professional and recognized makeup artist through MUD’s courses that are individually designed to meet the highest expectations and needs of the global Beauty industry.

MUD was founded with the vision to provide our students with quality and comprehensive education. Our Schools in Brooklyn, Pretoria and Sandton, Johannesburg are fully licensed and equipped to jet start successful careers for young aspiring makeup artists. Both our beautifully designed Campuses are accredited by the ACCSC which is a well known and recognized accredited agency by the U.S Department of Education.

As we all know the beauty industry is a tough and competitive nut to crack, but our internationally accredited courses will shape the success in the journey to becoming a professional and renowned makeup artists. MUD courses are designed to maximize creativity and reinforce the skills that are required to work at a professional level in today’s makeup industry. At MUD you learn by doing, so get ready to start your makeup career as a highly trained and qualified makeup artist from day one. We ensure that students will be absolutely confident in their crafts with the necessary skills and knowledge needed to be a internationally qualified makeup artist. Our warm, loving and professional culture leaves no heart or makeup brush untouched.


Our different courses prepares students for work in their selective fields of study through a series of challenging and real-world scenarios. At MUD School students also learn about materials needed to market themselves and how to start a successful career within the industry. In class, students get the opportunity to apply everything they need to know about etiquette, hygiene and professionalism. In the progression of the makeup course students are expected to complete full makeup looks and hairstyles within time frames to ensure that professional requirements and standards are being met. At MUD School students apply their makeup and hair skills to the professional set where, with supervision, they can see where and on what they still need to focus on.

MUD School also expose students to photographers within the learning environment because it enhances the freedom of creative exploration – and room for error if needed. We believe the more experience our students get, the more confident they will be. MUD is the world’s leading makeup School, studying with us will means securing a recognized and accredited qualification.

Kick start your career at MUD School while being surrounded, mentored and uplifted by professionals in the industry. MUD has a track record of more than 20 years in the beauty industry and we believe in the preference of quality over quantity. MUD School prides itself in the thorough content of its courses and its specific structures. MUD doesn’t teach students skills to mimic and copy without having them understand why it’s done a curtain way. This principle will help upcoming makeup artists to make better informed decisions in their makeup applications and creates a more versatile makeup artists in the end.

Makeup School & Courses


So the MUD Studio’s have all come together for the #dontrushchallenge and we will upload the FULL video clip next week …. but here is a teaser for you in the meanwhile ❤️

Featured is @marikenel – Head Makeup Lecturer for MUD SA and MUD Studio’s


Product breakdown:
{crease} Canyon, russet, berry wood, semisweet
{lid} brownstone, Spanish gold, spark
Black cake liner
Volumizing mascara
#102 lashes
Brow fix
{browbone} honeysuckle & sunset
Sunshine, Rose beige, spark
Natural lipliner & bare glaze
Primer, L1 liquid & CB3 HD Air, DFL2 pressed powder


Dear MUD Clients

Thank you for your ongoing and loyal support. We appreciate you, our MUD mavens

We would like to update you on all our protective, preventive and safety measures in place to keep our staff and you safe from #coronavirus

1. Please note our sign in every MUD Studio and kindly alert us of any symptoms you have.
2. We will ask you sanitise your hands upon entering our Studio
3. We will supply you with a tissue or paper towel roll to use if you need to sneeze or cough. Please keep this on your lap and use accordingly.
4. If you have travelled overseas to affected areas within the last 30 days, kindly advise us of such when making a booking.

On our side we commit to the following :
1. Constantly sanitising our hands
2. Sterilising our tools, makeup brushes, makeup stations and work spaces with at least 95% alcohol or higher %.
3. We will wear a new face mask with every client. As well as a new set of gloves with every client.
4. Sterilising our makeup products by spray-over , or sharpening pencils after each client as well as decanting all products as we have always done.
5. Our reception counter and card machines will also get regular wipe downs during the day

MUD SA and MUD Studio’s are dedicated to promote safe & comfortable services to all our clients.

If you have any questions or suggestions feel free to WhatsApp 081 500 3667



Tumbleweeds and lonely diners, forget yesterday and make the great escape. It’s time to sell your soul to the open road and drive all night. Remember, if you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there…


  1. Begin with a clean canvas by applying Cream or Liquid Foundation with Brush #615 to even out the skin tone. Add Corrector and Contour Powder where needed. Don’t forget to fill in the brows to frame the face.
  2. To create depth, apply Espresso Eye Colour to the crease of the eye using Brush #600.
  3. For added dimension and intensity, use Brush #350 to apply Bronzed Eye Colour to the lid.
  4. Apply Black Eye Pencil to the water line and the upper and lower lash line, extending to the inner and outer corners of the eye. Smudge out the liner with Brush #810 to create a soft smoky eye.
  5. Apply Apricot Eye Colour to highlight the brow bone using Brush #350.
  6. Add Gingerbread Cheek Colour along the cheekbones using Brush #710 for a warm glow.
  7. Finish the look by lining the lips with Maple Lip Pencil and filling in with Mudslide Lipstick using Brush #310.


So whether you dare to be different, prefer polished and professional or simply want an all-natural look, MUD promises quality, long-lasting wearability, flawless application and radiantly accurate colour. With systematic lines, precision tools, how-to guides and insider tips, we’ve eliminated the frustrating guesswork. Just simple, smart, versatile make-up. No wonder MUD has been the expert choice of make-up professionals for the past decade.

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Liquid Foundation: R699

MUD’s rich and creamy liquid foundation contains high quality silicone based compounds and is designed to stay on the surface of the skin, giving it a smooth flawless finish. Hydrating with natural aloe vera and shea butter, this lightweight formula evens out the skin while allowing it to breathe.

Buildable and easy to blend with a brush or sponge, this exquisite foundation is available in 10 shades. Its sleek airless pump allows for every last drop to be used.

Correctors – R425

Creamy, pigment rich correctors designed to conceal and camouflage skin imperfections. The ultimate coverup for scars, blemishes, birthmarks or dark under-eye circles. Blend with Make-up Designory’s Cream Foundations for a flawless, full coverage make-up.

Eye Shadow Compact – R339

Vibrant and silky Eye Colours, lushly rich with pigments for long-lasting colour. The unique velvet consistency allows these versatile shadows to glide on smoothly and evenly – wet or dry. Go wet for more intense, long-lasting colour or to use as eyeliner.

Cheek Colour Compact: R399

Versatile powder Cheek Colours formulated with pigment rich ingredients for a smooth, even finish. Available in a spectrum of beautiful colours – from soft and natural to bright and bold – that will add warmth and intensity to all skin tones.


Lipstick: R375

Luxurious Satin Lipsticks with emollient-rich, non-drying formula that leaves lips feeling soft, smooth and supple. Provides long-lasting colour with a smooth, opaque matte finish. Available in an elegant selection of lush, deep colours.






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MUD’S NEW BRUSHES #615 & #620

MUD has recently released a few new brushes to its collection to ensure we offer a brush for every occasion and job required. Creating new angles and making makeup application easier and more concentrated. Brush up your skills at one of our outlets nationwide.


  • Superior Quality, synthetic bristles
  • Densely packed ultra-soft bristles
  • Quick and easy application of cream of liquid makeup
  • Creates a flawless finish
  • Effortless buffing
  • 100% Vegan

 Brush 1


  • Superior Quality, synthetic bristles
  • Ultra-soft bristles
  • Creates shape and definition
  • Use with cream, liquid or powder products
  • Blend and sculpt naturally around the face
  • Applies powder softly under the eyes
  • 100% Vegan

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