Nigerian MUAs

Now, we finally deserve to have a post of our very own right here on Barbara & 1923

Nigerian MUAs is a facebook group that was created on the 24th August, 2011 by Barbara Onianwah. This was born out love for makeup as an art and a desire to see it grow to become a beautiful, envied and highly coveted industry not just in West Africa but in Africa as a whole.

Here is the group description

If you are a Nigerian makeup artist, skilled in your art, proud to be a Nigerian, knowledgeable about your products and the brands you use and with a desire to increase that knowledge and expertise, then this group is for you.

We are here to strengthen one another and criticise each other's works (to make us come out better in the long run), networking is the key here.

Let's go out and show we are capable

I also wrote a note on my facebook page which described the process that led me to the formation of the group and also the thinking behind the group. Click here to take you to the note.

Our members include Banke Meshida Lawal, Tara Durotoye, Eni Lise Balogun, Lola Maja Okojevoh, Funke Tonye-Preghafi, Kemi Kings Imevbore-Uwaga, Bisi Essien, Bimpe Onakoya, Irantiola Funmilayo, Bunmi O. Lasaki amongst others. We also have as our honorary members Ungenita Katrina Prevost, Jennifer H. James and Barbara Mensah.

All Nigerian MUAs all over the world please stand up and take a roll call because we are indeed growing, defining ourselves and getting ready to take the worldwide stage.


beauty and the feast

Im sure you guys are wondering what the title of this post is all about. Well, its a beauty and fashion event organised by Osi Morsi Concepts. check out the event page here

This months edition has been tagged the FABLANE EDITION

Its going to be holding this sunday, 23rd October at Rodizzio, Isaac John str, Ikeja GRA and im definitely going to be there.

Guess what? our very own Zaron (whom iv been trailing for the past few months will be there too. Be sure to check out their new facebook page and like it (click on the pic to take you there)

This month's edition will also feature Strictlybarbiedotcom (SBDC), Sparkle fashion store, LISE, Laviva, Davida shirts (which im sure il be trying out), Savvie Hair Boutique, Azaria, Straps and Strides, Gazelle, CS Store and many more.

See you all there and if i dont recognise you please be sure to tap me on the shoulder and introduce yourself, lol.




Now I know some of you havent heard of T.A.R.F.E before but …. now you have, lol.

Ok, seriously. This event is brought to you by BLISS creatives

Who is Bliss Creatives? = BLISS Creatives is a full-service premier consulting boutique with a focus on strategic communication/networking, creative direction and fashion styling/fashion events.BLISScreatives is an innovative representation agency/organization that houses some of Africa's finest in the fields of public representation, image consulting, fashion marketing, media, fashion design consultation and fashion photography. Long story, it is a PR firm.

TARFE is in honour of Ghanian fashion and is supported by the Ghanian Ministry of Trade and Industry. The event is to be a High fashion runway showcase, trunk show exhibit, a shopping and a networking event; scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 15th, 2011 at the plush Golden Tulip Hotel in Accra. It will showcase Ghanian fashion at its best with crème de la crème and high rollers in the fashion and style industry in attendance.

Ok, all that being said, I am delighted to tell you that our very own Zaron is one of the sponsors of the event. So if you go to the Zaron shop and find no-one there, just know that this is where they are.


I am super excited  and cant wait to bring you all the info from their experience at the event. A big Thumbs up to Zaron.

So stay tuned to this page for more info on Zaron’s appearance at T.A.R.F.E in Ghana.


'Return of Jenifa' Lagos Premiere

I was browsing the net and checking out Bellanaija (being a while) and i saw this post on the 7th October premiere of 'Return of Jenifa' and the first thing that came to my mind after looking at all the pictures is WHY THE HELL DO NIGERIAN CELEBRITIES NOT HIRE PROFESSIONAL MUAS TO DO THEIR MAKEUP?

I mean, there is a reason why Jlo hires Scott Barnes; Kim K - Mario Dedivanovic/Stephen Moleski; Iman, Queen Latifah - Sam Fine and all the numerous hoardes of celebrities and their celebrity MUAs. It is because they need to look absolutely glam when they appear on the red carpet.

But no, our Naija divas sit at their dressing tables and do whatever they like and appear on the red carpet. (Save us o Lord and bring their senses to our aid so we MUAs can have some profitable work to do, Amen)

Nwayz, here are the pictures. All culled from Bellanaija

Funke Akindele.
I dont like this look. Her hair should have been packed up in a loose bun or something of the sort and her makeup toned down. There is too much pink going on here.
The pink makeup shade, her skin tone and d dress look really good here 

Kate Henshaw-Nuttal
Rita Dominic
I must admit that her red lipstick looks good and remember you can never go wrong with  an LBD.
Nikki Laoye
What part of taking care of any part of your body that will be exposed is said in french?
I like her pose but something isnt working for me.
Ibiere Agwu
She looks ok and her outfit and shoes are so on point. Would a pro MUA have used
that e/s colour and lip colour?
She looks good most times. She try.
Omono Oboli
Oh no, her legs!
Oge Okoye
Can someone please give her a complimentary makeover? And what are those earrings she has on?
Toke Makinwa
She looks good.
Adora Ukoh
Her face looks good and nothing else
Go Kaffy
She ok
Eunice Efole
Her makeup looks good and fits her all black ensemble.
Is anyone else drooling over the necklace?
Oh, the necklace just went and spoilt everything.
Chioma Chukwuka
I love her look - the neutral dress, red shoes, neutral clutch to match and neutral makeup.
Yvonne Ekwere
She indeed looks like a Vixen in this black and red  outfit with red lip sand smokey eyes to compliment.
Ibinabo Fiberesima
Its been a while since i saw her on the red carpet.
She looks pale. A lil complementary colour on her face would have really helped.
Eniola Badmus
First of all, her knees are black. Second, her plain face (or as im sure she would like to call it) neutral makeup shows us the horribleness of the outfit. urgghh!
Lilian Unachukwu
I love you girlfriend but if i was a close friend of yours, id never have let you out of the house in this.

Halima Abubakar
Who the hell did this? Are we looking at the dress (that doesnt fit her body shape) or the lipstick (that is out of place in the whole ensemble)

Tara Fela-Durotoye
I went to HOT makeup school for 2 weeks 2 years ago and that doesnt mean i cant say this doesnt look good at all. The makeup makes her look washed out.

Kate Henshaw Nuttal and Eunice Efole
Mercy Aigbe.
Guys, i tried but 'whats with the short dress and then long spindly looking hair down over her shoulders?' In my opinion, even the makeup doesnt work for the look.
Rita Dominic and Kate Henshaw Nuttal (I know she loves full brows and stuff, but...)
I cant believe that our Nollywood diva on the right looks like this at a movie premiere. She looks terrible.
this looks good but her orange lips, plain orange dress and tan sandals are  thumbs up.

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Vanguard Allure's 'Gorgeous at every age

Just saw these wonderful pictures and you know me, when its Naija divas, i always have to share.

It is the October 9 edition of Vanguard's Allure. If you are in Lagos, then you know about it.

The cover page story is Gorgeous at every age! with tips for women of all ages. And featured on the cover were Actress - Joke Silva, Musician - Yinka Davies. Stylist - Tayo Shonekan and Photographer - Toni Tones (she was also the photographer for this shoot. Can you believe that! Id like to know how she shot the cover pic, lol)

Inside page
Inside page with Yinka Davis. Everytime i remember her testimony, i marvel at how far she has come.

I dont know who the MUA and stylist are but as usual, when i do, il be sure to let you know.
This was a very inspiring edition of Allure.


'Damage' Tour in the US

If you are a frequent visitor of my blog, then you know iv been following the Nollywood movie Damage from here in Naija to the UK and now its in the US. So courtesy of Bellanaija im bringing you pictures from the tour.

Look out for them in Kentucky, Houston and Philly.

Uche Jombo in Staten Island
Tonto Dike
Uche and Tonto in Minneapolis, Minnesota
they look lovely
I did away with the other pics, lol.

1923 Face of the Day: Pink wink

Another old FOTD. More to come.
It’s a body shop pinkish gold pigment and need I say that I have fallen in love with it? I don’t see any need to repeat myself.

MaryKay foundation in 600 and 507
Black Opal fade and conceal in Toast
MaryKay powder in Bronze 2 and Orekelewa no 46 powder
Black Opal Redwood blush (cheek bones, forehead, chin and temples)
Black Radiance Mosaic bronzer (above cheekbones, bridge of nose, chin ad forehead)

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Body shop pinkish gold pigment (eyelid and tearduct area)
Iman purple e/s (crease)
Jordana twist up pencil in Blue devine (lower lashline and waterline)
No-name blue pencil (upper lashline)
Constance Carroll mascara

Everyday lip

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1923 Face of the Day: Say RED

 An old FOTD.
Id been looking forward to using my Tara red lipstick – Funke again. I hadn’t used it since Valentine’s day when I was still at my former office. The dress code was red so I could use it.

Do you notice that it matches the band on my hair beautifully? I must also say that something went wrong with the foundation cos it was a little bit lighter than my normal shade. Everyone said it looked ok though. The pictures say different.

MaryKay foundation in 600 and 507
Black Opal fade and conceal in Toast
MaryKay powder in Bronze 2 and Orekelewa no 46 powder
Black Opal Redwood blush (cheek bones, forehead, chin and temples)
Black Radiance Mosaic bronzer (above cheekbones, bridge of nose, chin ad forehead))

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Clear mascara for brows
Bobbi Brown e/s for lid and crease
MaryKay liquid e/l in black (upper lashline)
Jordana twist-up pencil in Blue Devine (lower lashline and waterline)
Glitter Gal mascara in black

Orekelewa l/s in Funke

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1923 Face of the Day: A go at colour blocking

Im sure you all have heard about colour blocking both in fashion and makeup. Im yet to give it a try (both in fashion and makeup), im swallowing my misgivings and going for it in this look. I used the very popular shades of orange, green and purple.

What’s the verdict?

MaryKay foundations in 600 and 507
Marykay loose powder in Bronze 2
Black Opal fade and conceal in Toast
Black Opal blush in redwood
Black radiance bronzer

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Clear mascara and Quo eyebrow set for brows
MUD eyeshadows (bone all over eyes, firebrick on lids, green in crease)
Iman eyeshadow in purple (the name is off) in my lower lashline area
MaryKay eyeliner in black (upperlashline)
Constance Carroll mascara

Davis brown lip liner
MUD sheer Rose clay lipstick
Revlon Midnight swirl lipgloss in Shock-olate

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1923 Face of the Day: A little smoke for the day

Another of my old posts which didnt see the light of day. there is a very beautiful girl in the pic so please check it out.

It has been ages since i last did a smokey eye, so i decided to try one out recently and this is how it turned out

She just had to have a picture of herself taken first before i could take mine, lol. Isnt she cute?

i cant remember what i used for the eyes but im quite sure it was the Bobbi Brown single shadows. As for face and lips, it was the usual.

Special Finds

I recently mentioned in an inbetween post that I had 3 special finds to share with all readers of my blog.

*special find – any makeup brand, tool or accessory that isnt very common or popular in Nigeria

Like earlier mentioned, they were all discovered in 3 different hauls but im putting them all together in one post.

1. NARS Duo of Orgasm and Laguna:
I was supposed to be on an errand for my office at Trade fair but of course as happens to even the best of us Winking smile I couldn’t resist not going to Kuddy Cosmetics for one thing or the other. So I was there, getting somethings. And then, just as I was about to leave, in one of the makeup bins close to the door, I spied something

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Yes, the NARS blush and bronzer duo. These arent just any ordinary NARS blush and bronzer but Orgasm and Laguna.  I picked it up and chucked out some things from the basket. I then turned to my colleague and asked for some money all I knew is that I had to buy it and buy it I did. Im so glad I did.

2. Pill Box:
I am a strong advocate of compressing ones kit. It makes for better organisation and use of space. The most annoying items in my kit however were my lipsticks. They were always rolling about, falling everytime I open the box and generally annoying me and so I resolved to go in search of a pillbox. Id seen them used in a lot of youtube videos and even some of my fellow bbloggers have shown them and I figured that it would be my redemption from them lipsticks. And thus the search began.

You cant imagine how frustrating this was Eye rolling smile. I almost gave up. Some pharmacies I entered didn’t even know what I was asking about. And then one day, I randomly entered a pharmacy and asked about a pillbox. the attendant scratched her head, and said “I think we have one”. it took them roughly 15mins to find it and get it cleaned enough to bring it out of the box to show me and ask if its what I wanted. And when they finally did, I totally loved it at first sight. here it is

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The wells werent deep enough for my really large size lipsticks but I can say that most of them were successfully depotted into this

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and now, im a very happy woman cos iv 29 lippies in this baby and no more rolling around and scattering and searching under tables and chairs for one that rolled away (im on the prowl for another pill box though cos the one I bought was the last they had in the storeCrying face an div more lippies that need depotting)
**there is a huge possibility that i may not be adding l/s names in upcoming FOTDs due to the depotting process.

3. Colour wheel:
In recent times, iv heard, read and listened to a lot about colour in makeup. Iv always known that colour was important but until recently, it didn’t click that colour also had to do with our skin shades and undertones *dum, dum!

So I got myself a colour wheel


Im very happy with all these purchases and I must say that they do qualify as special finds.

Still on the prowl for 99% alcohol. If only they’d stop directing me to wine shops, my troubles would be lesser.

P.S. Here is my tradefair haul along with the NARS duo

From top – Milani mosaic powder, Black Opal lipsticks in Inner Harmony and Seduction, Black Opal total coverage concealing foundation in Truly Topaz and a no-name angled brush.

Hope you like my special finds.