Cheek to Cheek: Tonisha Kong

This week, make-up artist (MUA) Tonisha Kong aka ‘Ton Ton’ explores her bacchanalian sensibilities with a wicked fusion of Jamaican glitz and Carnival pizzazz.

Kong, who is inspired by ‘anything carnival related’, uses her artistry to revisit intergalactic impressions of fetes through make-up.

When necessary, she switches things up and opts for au naturel looks too – showcasing her multi-faceted style.

In an interview with Loop Lifestyle, Kong admitted to being ‘very much into glitter, colours, and anything carnival related’. Adding that ‘it gives so much energy and life to things… [carnival] is such a vibe and that is what Jamaican avant-garde means to me’.

Oftentimes, it’s her clients that provide total inspiration. Her clientele includes Lila Ike, Amita Persaud-Webb, Ishawna, and Naomi Cowan, to name a few.

“I want my work to always speak for itself and [anyone] just know that’s me.”

For the Cheek to Cheek Avant-Garde Make-up shoot, Kong was fully inspired by the model Davianne Tucker.

She recalls Tucker being ‘so full of life and up for anything.

‘I wanted to transfer Davianne’s colourful energy into my ideas of Jamaican avant-garde… just go all-out with colours and glitter,’ she added.

The look would not be complete without her top 4 must-have tools:

1 Beauty blender

2 Lashes

3 Blending brush

4 Mini eyeliner brush

And her idols… ‘favourite make-up artists of all time are’ Priscilla Ono (Fenty Beauty’s Global MUA and Rihanna’s personal MUA) and, ‘Jamaica’s very own’ Ashleigh Porter from Ash Beauty Studio.

Ton Ton’s go-to shades for eyeshadow and lips are always nude or neutral tones.

See the entire article at Loop News