Dominique Raya: Changing the face of makeup

Dominique Raya: Changing the face of makeup

It has been a beautiful journey for Dominique Raya, a makeup artist from Mauritius who continues to change how makeup is perceived.

She runs a cosmetic brand, named Raya Cosmetiques, with products coming in from France — where she took makeup courses at SLA school in Paris.

She has been able to make people with negative positions understand that makeup is designed to simply beautify and not primarily to transform one’s face.

Dominique Raya has been recognized for her work focusing on the importance of paying attention to one’s skin and doing well to take good care of it.

“Mauritians are unique and we have a mixed skin. We don’t show off enough value. We boast of being born on a paradise island, but some are ashamed of their complexion,” she said.

She sees makeup beyond surface level and rather than pay attention to only women, she offers makeup services to opposite sex as well.

In her words:

“A man who wears makeup is not necessarily effeminate. He is aware of his appearance and he emphasizes his eyes and hides small imperfections, but keeping his naturalness.”

Having been fascinated by how women wear makeup, Dominique Raya was motivated to go into this line and to improve certain products due to allergies.

“Makeup does not harm the skin,” she said. “As long as we use the products that are right for us. Skin care is very important. Men also need to take care of their skin. Apply sunscreen, moisturizer, do a facial every month and treat blemishes,” she emphasized.

She continues to gain traction in her business — with high hopes of attracting a bigger market in future.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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