Onyinye Ubah

 My journey into beauty and imitation makeup started about five years ago. It was spontaneous because I have always being artistic and very creative. It is more of a talent which I have been able to harness over the years. In time, some people thought my creativity was born out of boredom, whereas, others took me seriously right from the onset.

I set out to become a full time professional makeup artist though I am a graduate of Applied Micro biology and brewing from Nnamdi Azikiwe University. Surprisingly, life introduced a twist to the whole makeup artistry for me as I began to explore the field of imitation. Looking back, it was just me exploring other creative ideas which have become quite interesting and intriguing for me.

In my early days, finance became a kind of obstacle in reaching the height of I wanted to. I discovered I needed to save a lot of money to purchase makeup products and to keep up with the trend. More so, I needed to promote my works on a bigger platform. Right now, it’s still quite a challenge but not as it used to be.

Over time, I have realized that I don’t see make up as a job but a means to have fun with art and express myself. Funnily enough, the art part of it is enough inspiration that keeps me going until one day, I decided to an imitation of President Buhari and before I could realize what was going on, the picture went viral.

The way I felt after that viral picture was great. It was humbling to see myself all over the internet because of my rare type of creativity. Since then, I have done lots and lots of imitation of celebrities such as Davido, William Uchemba, Tiwa Savage, Don Jazzy, Eddie Murphy, the late Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and others.

The surprising thing for me as a makeup artist is the fact that it’s a natural talent for me. I can confidently say I am self-taught and I use normal makeup. In as much as I am self taught, I follow the likes of Yuyamika and Bibyonce who have gone far in the game of makeup in this industry.

Going forward, I would want to go into makeup full time. Right now, I do bridal makeup though it’s usually more stressful. Most of the time, I go a day prior to the event. We start as early as 5a.m especially for white weddings. It usually involves following the bride to the wedding reception to retouch the makeup if need arises. I look forward to also having my own well equipped studio. The journey for me has just started in the field of makeup because there are lots of lands for me to explore and conquer!

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