Lindi Bester - Bio

Lindi Bester is the owner and founder of Kohl Make-up Academy and Professional Make-up Artists with branches in Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Kohl Make-up is a company that teaches and creates professional make-up, airbrush make-up and hair artists. Lindi started Kohl in 2009 because of her passion for make-up and her 14 years experience in the fashion, make-up, hair and events industry. Kohl Makeup academy has to date trained upwards of 900 makeup artists.

She started her career in the beauty and fashion industry as a pageant consultant and trainer. This involved grooming, molding and training woman to compete in national and international beauty pageants. Some of her successes include 2 Miss SA finalists of which one was in the top 5. Winner of Miss SA Teen, winner Miss Tourism International in Malaysia and winner Miss Junior Africa as well as over 80 other titles winners.

The pageant industry evolved into a career of event coordinating, project management and event producer. This included conceptualizing, planning, choreographing, script writing, make-up, hair, wardrobe/styling and ultimately producing runway and fashion shows as well as segments for live productions, charity and woman’s day events.

Make-up became the main focus over the past 7 years educating South Africans that make-up is an art form. Broadening people’s imagination to new possibilities and creativity. During this journey with make-up TV shows like Great Expectations, Expresso, The Big Small Business Show, Starting Point and educational programes on SABC has featured Lindi and other Kohl make-up artists in live segments on make-up. Lindi has written features in the Professional beauty magazine and appeared on the cover of a local publication. Lindi’s makeup has been published on the covers of magazies such as Dossier and Pix Magazine.

For the 1st time in South Africa Lindi brought world renowned make-up artist and author of 5 make-up books Rae Morris to our shores to train with her and present make-up seminars for the public and make-up artists. This event was featured in magazines including Rooi Rose, Glamour, Heat, People, Woman & Home, Bona and Your Family. Rae Morris appeared on Dagbreek and Jacaranda talking about Kohl Make-up and the event. Rae Morris now endorses Kohl Make-up Academy. Lindi has also brought international make-up educator Donna Mee to South Africa who has trained make-up artists in 14 countries. The most recent international artist to be brought to our shores by Lindi was Emmy Award winning artist Kevin James Bennett.

Some of the productions, designers and celebrities Lindi has worked with include: Dossier Magazine, Bear, Pearl Thusi, Bonang * Sungoddess, JJ Schoeman, Mark & Micheal * Pieter Bondisio * Simon Randeman * Wilna Moolman * David Fourie * Rudi Muller * Liani May * Bianca le Grange * Louise Carver * Sterling * Bobby van Jaarsveld * Nicolas Louw * Cheree * Elizma Theron * Brandon October * Nadine * Fashion Week * Barbie 50’th Anniversary show * SAMA’s * Pix mag * Tempo * Professional Beauty * Vroue Keur * Emo Adams * EDEN * Koula * Pieter Koen * Mr South Africa * Bear Campain * JP Peterson etc.

Lindi has had great success with make-up artists that have trained under her at Kohl Make-up Academy. Some of the productions and celebrities Kohl artists has worked on: Soccer world cup opening and closing ceremony * SAGA Fashion Show * 3D Model mangament * Boss Models * Ice Genetice * Trigger * Fanjam * Brumilda van Rensburg * Jo-Ann Strauss * Casper de Vries * Donna Lee Roberts * Pabi Moloi * Wackhead Simson * Homemark * MNET * SABC * KYKNET * VUZU * MTN * 3 Talk with Nolene * Supersport * Pasella * Juanita du Plessis * Master Chef * MTV Base Awards * Nataniel * Kurt Darren * Mandoza * Jak de Priester * PJ Powers * Getroud met Rugby * Die Soldaat and many more.

Lindi travels abroad to make-up meccas such as New York and LA attending International Make-up Shows, rubbing shoulders with celebrity make-up artists such Rae Morris, Kabuki, Kevin James Bennet, Sam Fine, Rick Backer and more.