Hellooooo Sweethearts

As promised we’re proud to present a more indepth look into the minds of our Top 3 winners from our  June “Goddess” competition. We asked all the ladies to describe what got them into the industry, what’s been their ups, and downs and the inspiration behind their winning looks.

Let’s see what makes them tick!

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Omegie Nsofor (2nd Place Runner Up)

When did you first realize you wanted to become a Make-up Artist and what was your main driving inspiration & motivation?

I was working a 9-5 job and I wanted to have a back-up plan so I was happy when I was given the opportunity to go into selling cosmetic. While working with cosmetics realized  that I had to advise my clients how to use certain products to get the desired results. From there I started reading up on the web and different articles. I wanted to do some training on how to teach the women I sold products. Be able to advise them properly on what types of products were good for them and what colours would look good on them. To tell you the truth, the first time I applied make-up on a face I knew that there was no going back.

When you first started, did you have support from those around you or were people sceptical about your choice of career?

People were sceptical and still are about the choice of career but my husband has always been my number one fan. He cannot resist telling everybody that his wife is a Make-up Artist

Do you work full time or part time as a makeup artist?  (Is this your only job, or do you do work in makeup on the side)? 

I work full time and I have my own store.

Have you ever been on any professional training courses before?

I attended the London School of Beauty and Make-up and I have a certificate in Make-up application. I also attended Lise Beauty Range 2 day workshop.

What areas of makeup do you specialise in? 

Bridal, Fashion and Face painting

What’s been your favourite part of this industry so far?

Seeing the first smile on the client as she realizes she has always been beautiful.

And what’s  been the worst part of your job as a make-up artist so far?

Having to drag my box up a long flight of stairs!

(You just don’t know where this job will take you *lol*)

Are there any makeup artists in the world who’s work you really admire?

Lola Maja – Okojevoh, Sam Fine. I love the way they apply makeup to make the skin glow.

(Ok.. we didn’t pay her to say that, we would delete it out of modesty but for the sake of truly unbiased reporting we’ll leave it as it is *blush*)

Which magazine would you most love to see your work in one day?

Vogue

If you had the chance to do anyone’s makeup in the world who would you choose and why?

Genevieve Nnaji, I love her dark skin complexion and I think she is a brilliant actress.

How did you come up with your look for competition entry and what products did you use?

Immediately I saw the theme “Goddess” I knew I wanted the look to have a lot of gold in it. I also wanted to have a mask like effect because I wanted an air of mystery around her.

In my mind this Goddess would be the wife of a powerful god (Sango specifically) and that was where I decided to use the head wrap and necklace to give it my own Nigerian flavor.

  • For the eyes I used Fraulein 38 gel liner in black, Lise remix eye shimmers in Gothic gold and a pair of lashes.
  • For my face I used Make Up Designory cream foundation (GY2), and Sacha loose powder (perfect bronze).
  • For my lips (unbranded lip pencil in red and lip gloss)

 

If you had to choose, what would you say is your number 1 “must have” item in your makeup box?

An eye-brow pencil. It is amazing how a well defined brow can change the look of a client’s face.

(As long as it’s not purple we hope.. hehe.. don’t worry we trust you as a professional artist)

Finally, what advice would you give to anyone who’s interested in becoming a makeup artist?

Once you’ve made the decision to become a make-up artist I would say get a reputable institution to get professionally trained.  It takes a lot of hard work, dedication and plenty of practice. You also need to keep in touch with current trends to know the latest innovations and products in the industry.

 

Below is a sample of some of Omegie’s work:

 

For more information or to book Omegie feel free to contact her directly on:

Business Name: Yazi’s place

Address: Suite B16, Deo Gratias plaza, Utako, Abuja, Nigeria

Telephone number: +234 (0)805 414 5929

Facebook page: Yazi’s place (Makeup artist)

Blog: www.yazisplace.blogspot.com

Email address: omegiee@yahoo.comyazisplace@yahoo.com

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Monisola Saka-Adejo – 1st Place Runner Up

When did you first realize you wanted to become a Makeup Artist and what was your main driving inspiration & motivation?

It dawned on me about a year and a half ago. Before then, I’d always been asked to do my friends makeup for birthday parties, introduction ceremonies etc. I started off  the business by selling makeup products, then more and more people would come into my shop and ask me if I could show them how to apply the various products. I loved showing them and I loved the way they acted when they knew they looked prettier than when they came in! I guess this was my main motivation. I knew I had to get professional training and I did…and the rest as they say, is history.

Did you have support from those around you or were people sceptical about your choice of career?

The truth is that I didn’t really tell anyone when I wanted to go for the training. I didn’t want anyone to discourage me. But I was lucky I guess. I used the faces of my friends and family  to practice. So I’d say people were really supportive, especially my husband.

Do you work full time or part time as a makeup artist?  (Is this your only job, or do you do work in makeup on the side)?

This is my main job. I have a  shop where I sell makeup products and other stuff.  That’s also where my office/studio is.

Have you ever been on any professional training courses before?

Yes. I trained with flawless Touch Makeovers, under Love Olaleye.

What areas of makeup do you specialise in? 

At the moment its weddings, occasions and  some television. But I’m planning to branch out pretty soon. So watch out!

What’s your favourite part of this industry so far?

The endless possibilities! There’s still so many colours to play with and so many faces to work on. And every single day there’s something new to learn. It’s really exciting!

And what’s been the worst part of your job as a makeup artist so far?

People and haggling! Lol. You’d be surprised how people haggle on prices to the barest minimum.

(Oh yes.. we know that feeling well.. sorry to disappoint you, it never ends, no matter how long you’ve been in the business!)

Are there any makeup artists in the world who’s work you really admire?

Lola Maja- Okojevoh!  She’s not just a makeup artist, she’s a true artist. Her play with colours and her ‘daring’ style. She can go from simple to very dramatic….all in one breath! I think she’s amazing.

Kemi Kings Uwaga…she’s pure genius and her work makes me say ‘wow’ every single time.

Love Olaleye…theres something about the way she does her makeup….its simply flawless.

(ok.. once again.. we really didn’t pay her to say that.. it’s getting a bit embarrassing now.. hehe.. we’re not doing this on purpose, they’re probably just saying that to get on our good side for next month.. it won’t work, we’re tough here!)

Which magazine would you most love to see your work in one day?

FAB magazine and Genevieve. Oh yeah!

(We have to mention.. we were able to help make part of Monisola’s dream come true.. hehe.. we arranged for her to work on a shoot for FAB Magazine’s new FAB Weekly. She headed up the make-up on the shoot and worked with The First Lady of Storm Records – Sasha P (rapper) and the Beautiful Eku (Studio 53 Presenter).  We’ll make sure to post the pictures when they’re released!)

If you had the chance to do anyone’s makeup in the world who would you choose and why?

Beyonce! Shes simply beautiful.

How did you come up with your look for competition entry and what products did you use?

When I heard “goddess”, as a Yoruba girl(he he he) the first thing that came to my mind was ‘Osun’. I wanted to recreate the traditional river goddess with lots of whites and silver…and I think I pulled it off because a lot of people have been calling me ‘mammy water’ since the competition. Lol.

  • I used Mary kay foundation and lipstick
  • Tara Orekelewa’s  powder and brow pencil
  • I also used Tara Orekelewa’s eye primer to get my dots.(improvision eh?)
  • The eye shadow was a combination of  dear lee and sleek eye shadow(more improvision, lol).


If you had to choose, what would you say is your number 1 “must have” item in your makeup box?

I use a lot of liquid foundation so I would say my wedge sponge.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s interested in becoming a makeup artist?

Practice, practice, practice!  Don’t let it be about money when you first start out. Work on any face you can lay your hands(or brush) on. Be passionate, hardworking….and make sure you have fun while painting faces!

Below is a sample of Monisola’s work:

For more information or to book Monisola feel free to contact her directly on:

Business Name:  Tmon Makeovers,

Address: 248,Meiran Road, Ile Iwe bus stop, Abule Egba, Lagos.

Telephone Number: +234 8034417887

Facebook page: Monisola Saka-Adejo (Tmon Makeovers)

Website: www.tmonmakeovers.yolasite.com

Email: monitayo4life@yahoo.com

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Omagbemi Blessing – Winner


When did you first realize you wanted to become a Make-up Artist and what was your main driving inspiration & motivation?

I was in my final term in secondary school, when my aunt was getting married, the makeup artist disappointed her by not coming early enough so I stood in and did an incredibly marvellous job!  Everyone present had lovely things to say about the make-up. From then on her friend and friends of friends began booking me to do their make-up.  That was the point when I realised “‘Yes!! I want to be a professional make-up artist”.

My inspiration comes from watching fashion shows and events on television and my motivation comes from within me. I draw and paint. It was funny, when I used to draw a portraits or rough sketches with make-up, I’d imagine it on real people and from there I began to have the desire to use real people as my canvas instead.

Did you have support from those around you or were people sceptical about your choice of career?

I had the full support of my parents. Also, everyone  around me was really positive about my desire to be a professional makeup artist.

Do you work full time or part time as a makeup artist?  (Is this your only job, or do you do work in makeup on the side)? 

I work fully as a makeup artist.

Have you ever been on any professional training courses before?

I’m self taught to be honest.

What areas of make-up do you specialise in? 

I specialize in all the aspects of make-up from fantasy to conventional and character effect makeup.

What’s your favourite part of this industry so far?

I love everything about make-up so I think I don’t have any favourite part. I enjoy every day!  But I’ve been lucky enough to work with Rita Dominic, Kate Henshaw Nuttall and Nse Ikpe. So I feel blessed for someone who hasn’t been in the industry very long.

And what’s been the worst part of your job as a makeup artist so far?

The worst thing for me so far is having to learn the art of more than a hundred percent tolerance and patience for clients; they can really push you to the limits, but somehow its all good.

(Oh don’t start us off on client’s from Hell.. but at the end of the job, each experience is a learning curve and can only make you into a better artist in the long run)

Are there any makeup artists in the world who’s work you really admire?

I admire Lola Maja-Okojevoh.  I see her as my role model in the makeup world.  Someday I would want to have my works as perfect as hers.

(Ok that’s it.. we promise you we did not pay any of them for this question, next month Mrs Maja-Okojevoh is being banned from this question. You do not get any extra points in the next competition for being nice to her, she’s not a very good make-up artist to be honest, lol) 

Which magazine would you most love to see your work in one day?

I ‘m thinking i’d love the front of Cover Girl magazine someday.

If you had the chance to do anyone’s makeup in the world who would you choose and why?

I’d love to work on Kim Kardashian, she has the face of a goddess. Her facial features are incredible. Plus she is blessed with a wonderful body structure.

(Hmmm Omagbemi are you planning on putting make-up on her body as well?)

How did you come up with your look for competition entry and what products did you use?

My look for the competition was inspired by a goldfish I saw in a magazine! It had black eyes with beautiful lines under it. I know it sounds funny but that was how I came up with the look for the competition. Plus I saw a post on this site about Arabic inspired eyes so I kind of combined the two.  I decided to keep it a bit more simple and accessorize with my hair and clothing to give it a luxurious Goddess feel.

  • I used as my base MAC foundations NC50 & NW44.  Mary Kay Foundation(medium coverage,Biege 400) and Loreal True Match Finish Powder(CocoaC3).  All of these products helped me with contouring of my face.
  • Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner, Lip Liner and Lipstick (wild rose)
  • Sleek Eye Shadows & clear Lipgloss
  • Blush  by Colour Institute

If you had to choose, what would you say is your number 1  “must have” item in your make-up box?

I can’t live without my MAC powder.

What advice would you give to anyone who’s interested in becoming a makeup artist?

My advice to anyone is ‘love the art and not the cash’  You have to have passion and zeal to work in this industry. With time the sky is beyond your limit in the beautiful world of make-up artistry.

Below is a sample of some of Omagbemi’s work

Rita D & Nse

(Rita Dominic)

(Kate Henshaw-Nuttall)

Chief Bridesmaid’s Make-up at a high profile Wedding

For more information or to book Omagbemi feel free to contact her directly on:

Business Name:  Bebe Makeovers & Artistry

Address: Port Harcourt (Freelance Make-up Artist)

Telephone Number: +234 703 362 1333

Facebook page: Omagbemi Rukevwe Blessing

Email: bibyonce@yahoo.com

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Thanks to everyone that entered the competition and to all of you who took the time out to vote for your favourites! Make sure to stay tuned and take part in this month’s creative art fest!!!

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  1. teeberry kiri bibowei

    Wow!will really love to be in this month competition. I’m into makeup and I think being in a competition is a good way to test my skills.looking forward to it.thanks

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  2. Omegie Nsofor

    I enjoyed all the comments in yellow. Now i want to see how a purple brow would work. You have got me thinking how to make that work. lol

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    • Sacred Beauty

      Aaah coloured brows are making a come back.. as long as they’re artistically done and not for brides or just every day down to the office or to the local market kind of look.. Eyebrow pencils and shadows come in Blacks & Browns for a reason.. Purple/Burgundy Lip liner should be only sold to licensed professionals who vow never to abuse the product. Hahahha

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  3. Bebe

    I really had fun with last month’s competition,i can’t wait to see more competitors this month,more looks to see, yippieeee yaaaaayyyy!!!

    Reply

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