6 TARA FELA DUROTOYE – @taradurotoye
Mrs. Tara Fela-Durotoye is the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of House of Tara International. She studied law at Lagos State University and is a trained and certified makeup artist of Charles Fox, Covent Garden, London.
She was the first to set up an international standard make up studio and then established Nigerians first make up school. She also launched the Tara Product line, a brand that promotes ethics and ethnicity, by empowering young women for economic independence without moral compromise, just as it flies the Nigerian flag badly.
She is a veteran in the beauty industry, who pioneered the bridal makeup profession in Nigeria. In 1993 She, founded Tara makeovers and in 1998 House of Tara Intl. was established (A premier beauty brand). In 2003 she opened the First Makeup School and in 2005 Tara Orekelewa Beauty Rep business initiative was introduced.
In 2007 she began Africa SMME and was awarded in South Africa, that same year she attended the ‘Be Inspired’ event on campus with 1500 students in attendance.
In 2008 was the 10th Anniversary, and ‘Be Inspired’ Fragrance launched,
2009 Tara created the Branch Network with the launch of Abuja, Ibadan and Ikeja branches and in 2010 she Launch of H.I.P range.
In 2013 came into Partnership with Maybelline New York and also in that year was, 100 Voices, Celebrating inspirational stories of enterprise and courage against all odds. 2014 Multi Brand & Distribution Channel Strategy developed and also the Launch of Centro Mall Studio in Lekki. Some of Tara Fela-Durotoye’s national and international awards include:
Pioneer Award for Beauty 2006. (Fashion and Style Award)
Award for Excellence in the Beauty Sector 2006 (City People magazine)
Right, Vision Movement Award Creativity & Productivity Make over Outlet of the year 2006.
Young Person of the Year 2007 (The Future Awards)
The Africa SMME Award presented in South Africa and the Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007.
Creative business award of the year, success digest 2008
Wedding Planner Honorary Award for mentoring other make artists, January 2008
Entrepreneur of the Year (The Future Awards)
Best Makeup Artist (Fashion and Style magazine)
1st lady award for Women empowerment
Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Lagos Enterprise Award)
Award for excellence (beauty), city people.
7 NANCY BLAQ – @nancyblaq
Nancy Chinalurum Ogbonna best known as NancyBlaq is a Ghanian celebrity makeup artist, she had her first degree in Business Information Technology and came out with 1st Class honours from The University of Greenwich UK. Despite her academic success, her 1st love, and passion as always been makeup artistry.
Nancy is a self-taught makeup artist. In her words, “I saw makeup as a hobby and a way to express myself as I also love to paint and draw.
Her area of specialty is editorial, photoshoot/video, red carpet glam and bridal makeup and Some of her achievements are; working with blue chip companies ,Tv shows, Renowned photographers and Celebrities such as:
Nana Konadu Rawlings (Former first Lady Republic of Ghana), Stacy Amoateng (TV Host Restoration with Stacy), Nana Aba (Tv Host), Virna Michel (TV Personality), Sika Osei (TV Host 53 Extra), Jackie Appiah (Actress), Dakore Egbuson (Actress) , Yvonne Okoro ( Actress), Ebube Nwagbo ( Actress), Emem Isong (Actress), Martha Ankomah (Actress), Nana Ama Mcbrown (Actress), Zynnel Zuh(Actress), Salma Mumin (Actress), Funlola Aofiyebi-Raim (Actress), Emelia Brobbey (Actress), Kofi Adjorlolo ( Actor), Majid Michel (Actor), Sarkodie (Musicial artist), Ice Prince (Musicial artist), Korede Bello (Musical artist), Empress Jamila (Celebrity Stylist), Victoria Michael (Int’l Model), Hawa Abubakari (Int’l Model), and many more.
8 MUTHONI NJOBA (THE MAKEUP LOUNGE) – @muthoninjoba
Muthoni Njoba is the official Brand Ambassador and makeup artist for Maybelline New York Kenya, the most sought after and celebrity makeup artist in Kenya.
She has had passion for makeup since she was nine years old, she found it intriguing, seeing her mum who is an inflight crew member for Pan American Airways and her colleagues looking gorgeous and glamorous. She saw how confident they were in their hair and her makeup, slaying in their perfect uniforms and she loved it.
She studied makeup at the Academy of Freelance Makeup in London and has been in the industry for over five years in the industry.
In her pursuit to be the best she decided she wanted to offer a luxury service, her clients would enjoy a world-class experience comprising of high-end products from international brands; extreme discipline with hygiene and the quality of tools used and; most of all, a positive experience of what the world of make-up has to offer and now she is responsible for the fabulous face beat on True Love Magazines cover pictures.
She has had clients from different countries including Dubai, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Ethiopia and she is the most sought out makeup artist at weddings, catwalks, bridal parties, commercials and magazines.
9 JOYCE JACOBS – @joycejacob
Joyce Jacobs is graduate of Communication Studies and Pharmaceutical Marketing from the University of Rhode Island USA, but her sound knowledge of the cosmetic industry coupled with an understanding of skin tones and ethnicity are attributes that have taken her across the globe from Lebanon to South Africa.
Joyce Jacob started her career in 2009 and has since become one of the most sought-out makeup artists in the Nigerian Fashion & Entertainment Industry.
With an eye for subtle makeup detail and an alluring countenance, The self-made entrepreneur has a diverse international portfolio- working on the set of local and international music videos, editorial spreads, fashion events and TV commercials. Joyce Jacob’s work can be seen in StyleMania, Exquisite Magazine, OK! Magazine and Ghana’s Glitz Magazine.
She stays on top of makeup trends and Works with a wide range of beauty products from Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, MAC, Revlon, Cover Girl, Iman and NYX, Joyce Jacob intends to launch her own cosmetic line that will cater to women of all ethnic backgrounds.
The Renowned Celebrity Make-Up Artist Joyce international clientele include Millen Magese, Tiwa Savage, Funke Akindele, Tonto Dikeh, Lloyd Banks, Wiz Kahlifah and Wizkid.
10 LANA G – www.bridalbeautynyc.com
Johannesburg-born make-up artist Lana G has become one of South Africa’s hottest makeup artist in the make-up field with a list of celebrity clients in the USA.
She is currently the makeup artist to American TV personality Anderson Cooper and have met and made-up everyone including the last four American Presidents.
Lana has made up both Hilary and Bill Clinton , and also has spent a weekend at the Bush compound in Kennebunkport (George Herbert and Barbara) and worked at the White House with George W. Just last year she got a request from the White House to work on President Obama for an important series of network interviews.
Lana G, is the makeup artist to the stars. Her life transforming experience was on 9/11 when she was called into CNN to work with a well-known American anchor, Paula Zahn and since then it’s been from one top celebrity to another. She believes that when it comes to makeup less is more, and it’s you who should stand out, not your makeup.