The Makeup business is a thriving one in Nigeria. Whenever the issue of Makeup is being discussed, 2 names usually pop up. It is the name of TARA Fela-Durotoye & Banke Meshida. Both women can be described as the Queens of Makeup in Nigeria, having dominated the Make-Up sector for close to 2 decades.
Both women have a lot of in common. They are pioneers in that highly competitive business. Both preside over the 2 flourishings Makeup businesses, namely House of TARA & BMpro. Both manufactures Make-Up products. Both come from a good pedigree. Both have taken the Make Up to the next level, with TARA sitting pretty atop an award-winning brand and Banke running her very popular brand.
There are few others like Lola Maja. One of the Queens of Make-Up is Lola Maja-Okojevoh. She has put in 27 years of Art & Education. As a Skin Therapist, she has always preached skin first, before Make-up and she usually veers towards natural therapies and products.
Bellevous makeovers is equally popular. She is into Bridal & Special Event Make-Up. Then, Enitan dmakeuproom run by Enitan Adwoa Ayo-Yusuf. She is a Make-up Artist and Tutor. She is at 125 Bode Thomas, Surulere, Lagos. There is also Omontese Akhetuamen who runs Beauty cook make-up, at Posh Plaza at 31A Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1.
There is also Bimpe Onakoya. She is a multiple award-winning MUA. She operates at 84 Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos. Then there is Demilade William. She is a professional Makeup Artist. She runs Demiwilliam, a luxury Make Up brand that provides the dream service of every beautiful woman in the world. There is also Bare 2 Beauty. She is into Bridal/Beauty Makeup Artistry. Her shop is at No 18A Emma Abimbola Street, by Gravitas Supermarket, Lekki Lagos.
There is also Tdollsmakeovers based at 7 Akin Osinyemi Street, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja in Lagos. So, also Oshewa beauty, a professional Make-Up Artist & Trainer and Tintsmakeuppro. She is regarded as the Make-Up Teacher at 64 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos. She has a thriving Makeup business, Makeup School and Microbiology, Gele & more constantly re-engineering her brand. There are other Senior Makeup professionals like Lola Maja. She is one lady who has been at it forever.
But lately, a lot of Big Babes have moved into the Make-Up industry to change the game. They are more flexible than older plays. One of them is Tshakky, who is very much in demand right now. There are others like Anita Adeoye, Joyce Jacob, Jane Ogu, Bisola Regha, Teniola Kashaam and Bebe Omagbeni. There others like Fati Mamza, Ifeoma Adefemi, Nancy Blaq, BahijjahBawa, Zainab Azeez, Omontese Alchetuamen, Elaine Shobanjo, Theodora Mago, Imelda Ladebo and Christine Adedayo, Adeshola Peters (IG@chollyzsignature), Oluwaseyi Adekoya (nuances.de.beaute), Onabanjo Funmilayo (Ewafunmimakeovers).
There are others like Facesbykikky on IG run by Ademoye Okikiola. She is a professional Makeup Artist. She does training too. Her studio is at Shop 11, Omotayo Banwo Street, Coconut bus stop, Ogudu, Orioke, Lagos. There is also Eromosele Ozah, a professional Make-Up artist. There is Ajaegbo Nchedo Bella, the owner of La Bellz Makeover at Ajao Estate in Lagos. There are others like Temmy Concept, Bisgold Makeover, Leemah Makeover, Tripple A Makeover. There is also Adeola Aderenle, the CEO of Didiz touch. Then Lola Davies is the CEO of Evolve Makeup, Nigeria.
Others are Beauty By Bobola and Modees Makeup. There is Opeyemi Adedinni, the Creative Director, Emerald Faces Beauty Place at Alalubosa, GRA junction, off Aleshinloye Road in Ibadan. There is also Ronke Jeje (firstname.lastname@example.org). Her brand name is Head, Lips & Face Synergy Concept Ltd. Her Instagram handle is headlipsnfaces. Her Facebook is Ronke Omotosho Jeje. She is based in Lagos. There is Ufuoma Dundun. Her brand name is DMH Beauty Salon. Instagram is makeup hair beauty salon. There is also Makedabeauty. There are others like Nifemi Fagbohun, the CEO of Niffy signature and Oyindolapo Kayode. There is also Toyin Ekwo. She is the CEO of kelynstouch at 2 Odunuga Street, Off Opebi link bridge, Ikeja. There is Daisy Makeovers by Dasola. She is a professional Makeup Artiste. She is into Make Up, Hair & Gele. There is BMCmakeupstudio. She is a Global Make Up Artist. She is at Suit 302 Meros Plaza Somide Odunjirin Avenue, Omole Phase 2, Lagos. There are Lilly Beauty Makeover and Ukwu Lilian Ebere who has her outfit on Ajose Street, Mende, Maryland, Lagos. There is also Oyeteju Tobun Anthony of Makeoverbyteju. Victoria Tokunbo Giwa is another hot makeup star. She runs exquisite faces makeover at 9 Ayodele Street by Oluwalogbon at Ikosi, Ketu.
Ebikale Albert Preye Blessing is in charge of Mzpreyemakeovers. She offers services as birthday shoot, video shoots, bridals, photoshoots and the likes. There is also Funmilayo Ademoye, the CEO of sparklesandglitters1 and Semilore Lawal, the CEO of Stunninglooksbysemi. Others include Tinurella, Beexpressiva, Dstrandz, Signature by mizpee, Daintylush, Otemiara and Kellasmakeover. There is also Doris Onyema of Beautyswitchbyoge. It is into Make Up, Skincare & Microblading.
There are also another 10 who are in high demand. They are Beauty peak makeover, Xtelle beauty, Tushsuzzy makeup, Glitz by Mina, Classic makeover, Furnismakeup Calabar, Olamide Lagos and Bash and Makeover. We can also add Sherries Makiyajj, Fizzfaces and Bolarfas to the list. Then Hotty Pearl house of Makeup, Lollyray beauty concepts, Bakly makeover, Pamela Morgan makeovers and Nuellaz Makeover.
Omodara Makeovers: She is a professional make up artist and gele specialist. She shuttles between Lagos & London. There is also Shakirah. She is based in Dallas but has kept her studio back home.
Glambeautyplus is another makeup brand. At Glambeautyplus we do makeup, gele, organic skincare & beauty in general, explained the owner.
Tanties Home of Beauty: She is a professional Bridal Makeup Artiste. She does sales of makeup products.
Dohyinashekun: Though she has relocated to her husband place in Germany but she still has her workers that work for her here in Lagos.
Glitterstouch Makeover: It is run by Adewumi Fatai. She is a professional make up artist and actor. She does bridal makeup, photoshoot, musical video. She ties Gele and trains people online. She started her make up career in 2019.
Topaltouch Make Up Studio: She is a certified make up artist. She is a Bridal Beauty artist. She runs a Do It Yourself makeup WhatsApp class.
Glamdosebyed: She is into Makeup, hair extension, custom wig. She does Bridal Makeup
Oloribeauty makeovers. She is a professional make up artiste and trainer. She does a professional make up for all occasions.
Rehystouch makeover: She is a Lagos based Professional Make-up artist. Her name is Rekiya Ochuwa Ogweda.
Kamaniessentials: She is Kabire Mewalga. She is a luxury Make-up artist.
Leelah Touches: She is an Osogbo Make Up Artist. She is a professional Make-up artist and Gele Specialist.
Paragons of Beauty: It has been in existence professionally about 3 to 4 years now. Its a Makeup brand that deals with all kinds of makeup services such as traditional makeup, white wedding makeup, Nikkah, Photoshoot and all sorts. We sell beauty products as well and we render home services. Sometimes we travel interstates for our services. Our studio is at 5 Akin Osiyemi Street, Off Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos. 31-year-old Omolola Ojikutu is the Creative Director.
There is Maryam Kazeem, a makeup artist in Brooklyn, NY with a BSc in Financial Economics. “I am a makeup lover and quite passionate about it. I started my makeup journey in 2014 and learnt from the best @Omodaramakeovers”.
“I continued to practice just to get better and I began to do makeup professionally in 2017. I believe the passion and love for makeup have been the ultimate push for me. My goal in this industry is to develop my own makeup products and eventually own a cosmetology school in order to teach and mentor others who love makeup just like myself. There is Akinbowale Olubanke, the CEO of Dstrandz. Akinbowale Olubanke is a Makeup Artist and CEO of Dstrandz Makeup & Hair, a business concern that focuses on enhancing the beauty of ladies, graduated from the University of Ibadan. She started her brand in 2016 officially and has won the award of “Bridal hairstylist of the year “ at Ibadan wedding in 2017.
Speaking on how and why she ventured into this business instead of paid employment “I have nursed the idea of establishing start-ups particularly in the area of beauty enhancement, I value the importance of looking good. The business has really opened many shut doors. Not only that, but It has also given me more definition of what life is. At least, on a weekly basis, I get to meet different kinds of people, from different tribes. It is a good platform that has enhanced my skill in managing people well even in difficult situations.
There is Taiwo Gbenle. Her business name is TMM BEAUTY PLACE. Her INSTAGRAM handle @tmmbeautyplace
My name is Taiwo Gbenle is. the Creative Director of TMMBEAUTYPLACE. “I started my makeup career 12 years but we got registered with CAC 8 years ago. Make-up for me has always been something I love, I started the business out of a passion for what I loved to do. Make-up is evolving day by day compared to when I started, which for me is a lot of motivation to keep going. My success story is tied to when governments decided to give grants to help female entrepreneurs which were something God gave me the privilege to benefit from. This shows that been consistently and constantly getting your game tight would open up great opportunities when the time comes, off course with God bu your side.
In times past, God has helped me to train well over 200 students, at some point, I partnered with a few NGO’s to also train women interested in the beauty business. The greatest fulfilment is seeing these women earn a living, support themselves and their family.
My goal is to have an institute where I can have different beauty platforms and adequate support for female entrepreneurs in the beauty industry. I pray God gives me the ability and strength to do it. Amen.
There is Deborah Amuleya, the CEO: @signaturebymizpeee
Deborah Amuleya is the Creative Director, Signaturebymizpeee. Signaturebymizpeee is a makeup studio and Academy. We do makeup and gele for all occasions and we also have a section where we teach students the A-Z of make-up Artistry. What has kept me going all this while is the passion and zeal I have for this profession. My success didn’t start overnight, it started from taking baby steps which in the long run became giant strides. I started out really small using the little I had, I never stopped pushing and trusting God and today everything is falling in place. My goal is to use my gift which is makeup to beautify and to also empower others too. We all know makeup and happiness goes hand in hand, so I’m using my brushes to spread happiness and build women’s confidence one face at a time. There is Ariyo Iyadun Ireti, the CEO: @dunniesmakeover
Ariyo Iyadun Ireti is the CEO of Dunniesmakeover, I have been 9yrs in the bussines and I bless God for how far he has brought me”.
“Truly God has kept me going because it hasn’t been easy staying an entrepreneur and getting to still be in the game, upgrading my self has been one of the most taskings and so to say Not so easy work in our line of business to stay relevant, this has kept me going and my Customer Base Plus my Make-up Academy, also the money, too is very attractive and encouraging.
I am a success, I speak positive and act positive, the experiences over the years has been very helpful and can’t trade for anything, this has made me go far in the line of the business and also the Academy I run and the Customer base I have in the state I am. (Akure-Ondo State)
My goal is to go higher I aim higher and I upgrade myself to stay relevant. and also have my makeup line someday plus a well Established international standard for Make-up Academy.
There is Akindele Olawunmi. the CEO: @lurlberrysignature
Akindele Olawunmi is 33yrs, a Registered Nurse; Midwife; Mental Health Nurse and also holds a BSc in Nutrition and Dietetics from FUNAAB.
“Make-up for me is more of passion than business and that’s been my driving force because I use more of my personal savings to keep the business running than utilizing the profits from the Business which aren’t sufficient most times. But the Smile I get from my client after each face beat just balances my sheet”.
“About the Success, I’m so grateful for the amazing friends I’ve got who have always supported me physically, Spiritually, psychologically and financially all through this journey”.
“I’m not where I wanna be at the moment, but I left where I used to be. Getting referrals from old clients in the same environment is Success, getting better daily in my craft is Success and of course, getting acknowledged by a noble magazine like city people is a Success. To build the Lurlberry Make-up Empire & to never need an introduction in the Make-Up world. Halimat Salako is the CEO: @m17signature
My name is Halimat Salako, I am the Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer of m17signature, a highly successful makeup and beauty training school venture located in Abeokuta, I am also a certified make-up artist since inception over 100 potential Make-up artists have been trained in the art through our training program. The urge to make clients as pretty as they can be, drive for success and passion are the reasons I am where I am today, there is a saying that “if you love what you do, you will never work a day in your life”, I love makeup artistry. My success has been influenced by my passion for the job, my family and friends who have stood firmly behind me since I started. My goal is to create my own brand and line of makeup items, given my years of experience in the field, I am in a good position to realize this dream. My name is Bakare Odunayo. CEO: @toraglam
Bakare Odunayo Victoria is the Creative Director at toraglam. I studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta Ogun State. I started doing Make-up because it’s a craft I have so much passion for, I have been in the make up industry for over 5years and I can say it’s been a wonderful journey. We have a wide range of services, makeup training for those who want to learn the art of makeup and gele tying, Studio Make-up services and home makeup services, and skincare services enhancing the beauty of our client is our major goal. What kept me going in the business is I never give up until I get it right. Hard work doesn’t bother me, it strengthens me. I am always eager to learn more.
I enjoy facing challenges. And I pay attention to details.
Success story: It was not an easy road sincerely lot of ups and downs. It seems impossible when I started the journey, I was always scared and wondered if I was going to get clients to hire me, or if they would like my services, however, I was able to overcome these doubts by sheer application or grit and perseverance
Goal: Tora Glam will have a wide range of products services from makeup artistry to bespoke beauty.