Year: 2011

Event: Champagne, Cupcakes & Curltalk – Sunday 18th December

Kinky Apothecary (who just happen to be our favourite natural hair company in the entire world) is celebrating their 2nd birthday!! Join us in celebrating with them, and celebrate the beauty of that which we were born with naturally. There will be advice on hand regarding natural hair care, free samples and lots of shopping to be done.  The event which is hosted at Bogobiri House in Ikoyi is sure to be lots of fun so don’t miss out!

That Thin Colourful Line.

Nicki Minaj and Rihanna are two ladies I love when it comes to colourful bold eyeshadows. I love bold eyeshadows….when done properly it adds life and interest to a simple makeup look and speaks volumes without you actually speaking. But then someone who refuses to be caught with vibrant shadow but still wants that colour and vibrancy will ask….“how do I take part in the fun without going all the way? “ The answer is simple; Colour eyeliners. A colourful eyeliner ranging from blue to violet can give a very neutral look an edge without committing to a full eyelid of colour. Everyone from Kelly Rowland to Leona Lewis have been rocking this trend and you too can be a part of it. Achieving this look is very easy, using any coloured eyeliner pencil, apply to the upper and lower lash line or waterline and smudge slightly with a smudge brush for more drama.

Video: The Importance of Colour

Ever since I was a child I’ve had a deep love of colours. I always loved painting and Art was one of my favourite subjects at school. I can honestly say that for me, the transition between working on canvas to painting beautiful makeup on a face was just the most logical natural step to take.  But understanding the relationships between colours is something that anyone can learn and is one of the most fundamental basics that any makeup artist should know. Colour Theroy is a must in all aspects of our lives not just makeup. It can be applied to our clothes and home decor as well. May interior design and fashion courses start with education about colour. It’s all around us. Colour is everywhere and once you harness their power, you can transform your world!! You can pick up wheels from any good beauty retailer or an arts and crafts store. But don’t worry if you’re in Lagos and can’t find any, Colour Wheels will be on sale at the Sacred Artistry Academy …

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – Ice Queen – Winter Wonderland (End of Year Edition)

Hello all my Gorgeous Artistes out there It’s finally here!! The seventh and final instalment of our Monthly Make-up Artistry Competition for 2011!!! The theme as you can see is “Ice Queen – Winter Wonderland” – Now you may be scratching your head and thinking.. you’re all based in Nigeria, but makeup isn’t about boundaries, it’s not restricted to your location. Even if you’re sweltering in the heat, we want you to convince us that you’re in a magical “cold” fairytale!! Feel free to use accessories and props and of course.. lashes!! 😀 All photos must be raw unedited images and as always you can perform the makeup either on yourself or on a model. Entries must be submitted by 27th December (we’re giving you a few days extra because of xmas). Results will be announced on Friday 30th December 2012 (what a way to end the year!!). 🙂

Walk on the Black side….If you dare.

So winter is upon us, well harmattan in Nigeria but its all winter as we have shorter days and longer nights. Speaking of Nights I have always wanted to try one of those black vampire type smokey eyes. I am not afraid of crazy colours but that is theone look that scares me. I recently worked on a client who wanted the look and I remembered also working on a model for a shoot that required the same look (picture below) and it inspired me to try it on myself. Hey, if she clould pull it off so well so can I. (its only make up right?)

Here comes the Bride – The many faces of Beauty around the world

Someone asked me the funniest question the other day… “Do you do weddings?” Urm..well.. let me see.. YES!!  Of course I do?!?  As much as I love all things creative I also love all things beauty.  I believe in being a balanced all rounder. So even though one day i’m on set playing with blood effects the next I could be pampering and preening a beautiful bride. That’s one of the things that makes this job and this life I lead so interesting. Every day’s different. I can never get tired of “the same old same old” because no two days are actually the same.

Living & Loving Make-up – General Musings of an Abuja Make-up Artist by Omegie Nsofor

Hi everyone, Well as it states, I’m a makeup artist based in Abuja but more importantly.. I’m the reigning champion of the Sacred Artistry Competition *big grin* – I was asked if I’d like to write an article for the site about what it’s like being a make-up artist in Nigeria. How could I say no? So, just this week I was moaning about relocating. I was thinking maybe Lagos, and then I thought Benin City because I lived there for the most part of my life. What to do? I know if I have to stay in Lagos just the traffic alone would leave my head spinning but yet the hustle and bustle is so infectious. What to do? I decide to think of the things I love about Abuja and why I always felt connected to this town.

Its raining Leaves….Thanksgiving/Autumn Inspired Look.

Today (24th of November) is thanksgiving day in America. Even though I am nigerian and in Nigeria I choose to celebrate thaksgiving because Americans take this day to honor God and thank Him for his blessing and grace and that is worth celebrating everyday. I have a lot to be thankful for so in my classic Juliette way of celebrating I decided to do a thanksgiving inspired look. The colours are similar to that of fall/autumn (one of my favourite seasons) oranges,reds,plums, and deeper shades of yellow and these colours compliment most skin and eye colours.

The Pregnancy Survival Kit: A Modern Day Woman’s Guide to Staying Fabulous

There are certain things that you take for granted in life.  The sun comes up in the morning, the moon comes out at night.  Christmas is in December and Pregnancy is a 9 month celebration of a woman’s femininity. A passage from being a simple female into a mother. It’s a declaration to the world that you have achieved what you’ve been place on this earth to do. You’ve created and given birth to a new life. But they lied.

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – A Celebration of Brides (Voting Now Closed)

Hello all my Gorgeous Artistes out there Welcome to the sixth instalment of our Monthly Make-up Artistry Competition. Theme As usual, the rules are very simple. Each month we’ll set a different theme. All you have to do is interpret the theme however you like. It’s a creative competition so have fun with it! You can use adornments and costumes (if you’re brave).. heheh.. and of course.. Lashes! This month is a very special month, today is 11/11/11!!! (Ooh if you didn’t know we’re having a crazy sale this month to celebrate.. more info on our facebook page!)

Video Tutorial – Halloween Zombie Makeup

Hey guys I just love this time of the year, not because I’m occultist or anything silly like that.. lol.. but simply because it’s the one of the only times that you can go really crazy with your makeup and have so much fun! If you’re really ready to do something crazy this year get your teeth into this!!! (Not for the faint of heart.. hehheh..) Have fun!!! xx

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – Halloween Edition (Now Closed)

Hello all my Gorgeous Artistes out there Welcome to the fifth instalment of our Monthly Make-up Artistry Competition. Theme As usual, the rules are very simple. Each month we’ll set a different theme. All you have to do is interpret the theme however you like. It’s a creative competition so have fun with it! You can use adornments and costumes (if you’re brave).. heheh.. and of course.. Lashes! If you hadn’t noticed, The spooks are out this month. Halloween is here and our brushes are ready and waiting to create some tricks and delicious treats! Show us what you’ve got. Bring out the most goulish, scariest, craziest or even cutest looks you’ve got. Wether you’re a devilish imp or a fairy princess, make it as fabulous as possible.

Blush Beauty – Birds of Paradise Lookbook

Helloo all you makeup junkies out there Ok so last month we told you about Blush Beauty’s new collection “Birds of Paradise”.   We’re excited to let you know that the collection is now available at their store 1388 Tiamiyu Savage, VI (www.blushnigeria.com). Sacred Lashes collaborated with Blush for their latest collection, releasing limited edition lashes to compliment the range and our Creative Director Lola Maja-Okojevoh was on hand with one of our most favourite makeup artists in the world – Imelda Ladebo.  We also had surprise guest appearances to help out with styling & shoot direction from the Owner of Blush Beauty Bola Fadina as well as the Editor in Chief of Sideview Magazine herself Dumebi. Considering both Lola MO and Dumebi AI were both heavily pregnant at the time it was a fun filled day with creative juices flowing (and everyone praying that no waters broke on set!!!)

Death in a Jar: Seperating Fact from Fiction – Haircare by Debola

Hello my Sacred Gods & Goddesses Now that we’ve covered a bit of the basics on Black/African hair, I want to get into some of the nitty gritty of some hair care errors that we’ve been programmed to believe, basically from birth, to ritualize. In my short time here in Lagos, this has been one of the most challenging topics I’ve encountered in trying to convince my clients that its just plain wrong! I mean I just get fought left, right and center. So lets get down and dirty… Hair Care Error #1: SAY NO TO GREASE aka POMADE aka “DEATH IN A JAR” I have yet to visit a salon or household in Lagos that does not house a plethora of hair grease/cream options. And every time I see it being used on someone’s scalp/hair, it literally pains me! (We’ll talk about other things that pain me in the weeks to come). I mean, globs of grease /cream are slabbed onto the scalps and hair strands of endless amounts of black women and we think …

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – Red Carpet Glamour (Now Closed)

Hello all my Gorgeous Artistes out there Welcome to the fourth instalment of our Monthly Make-up Artistry Competition. Theme As usual, the rules are very simple. Each month we’ll set a different theme. All you have to do is interpret the theme however you like. It’s a creative competition so have fun with it! You can use adornments and costumes (if you’re brave).. heheh.. and of course.. Lashes! This month is a very special month. I know usually the theme’s are “creative” and out of the norm, but this month, we’re celebrating. Our Artistic Director Lola Maja-Okojevoh has been nominated as Makeup Artist of the Year for three awards! So to tie in with this, the theme this month is: “Red Carpet Glamour”

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – Futuristic Couture (Now Closed)

Hello all our Gorgeous Artistes! Welcome to the third instalment of our Monthly Make-up Artistry Competition. As usual, the rules are very simple. Each month we’ll set a different theme. All you have to do is interpret the theme however you like. It’s a creative competition so have fun with it! You can use adornments and costumes (if you’re brave).. heheh.. and of course.. Lashes! The makeup can either be done on yourself or on a model. We don’t mind. But they should be photographs you’ve taken yourself. We don’t allow any professionally photoshopped or airbrushed images. The competition is open to makeup artists based within the US, UK, Europe and Nigeria!! Photographs should be initially submitted either through email to us or posted onto our group wall http://www.facebook.com/sacredartistry.  The theme this month is Futuristic Couture.. Transport us to the year 2099!!

Be Natural…Try the Kitchen.

I woke up this morning and thanks to the mirror in front of my bed (yes I’m vain like that :p) I looked at my face…..and I let out a huge smile. okay okay, I’mnot smiling out of admiration or sheer vanity, I’m smiling because my acne scars are gradually fading and the new acne or pimples trying to start a war were literally gone. I never suffered from acne as a teenager till I had my first warm oil facial in beauty school. I have combination skin and everyone that knows me knows I hate oil on my face. My mum once told me “apply olive oil on your face child…..its amazing” and I rolled my eyes the whole day…(random story)…..anyway back to my warm oil facial and the marks it left on my face….  

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition – Birds of Paradise (Now Closed)

Hello all my Gorgeous Artistes out there Welcome to the second instalment of our Monthly Make-up Artistry Competition. As usual, the rules are very simple. Each month we’ll set a different theme. All you have to do is interpret the theme however you like. It’s a creative competition so have fun with it! You can use adornments and costumes (if you’re brave).. heheh.. and of course.. Lashes! The makeup can either be done on yourself or on a model. We don’t mind. But they should be photographs you’ve taken yourself. We don’t allow any professionally photoshopped or airbrushed images. The competition is open to makeup artists based within the US, UK, Europe and Nigeria!! Photographs were initially submitted either through email to us or posted onto our group wall http://www.facebook.com/sacredartistry. The competition was open for 2 weeks with all images being submitted by midnight tonight.  Public voting will be open for 24 hours closing at midnight Saturday 16th July 2011. The winner will be announced on Monday 18th July. VOTING You can either vote using the poll …

Brighten up…..

Hello sacred gods and goddesses, its been like ages…..well almost. So for those of you who stay in nigeria you should have heard of the famous “lagos flooding”. I know its supposed to be rainy season but really I can’t remeber the last time I saw the sun….. I woke up this morning and it was raining (Again!!!*roll eyes*)….so I pulled out my laptop and logged onto youtube where I was so inspired by a look by lilpumpkinpie05… and being that I’m a bright eye colour Junkie, I decided to recreate the look since the sun has refused to shine……:D

Video: Illamasqua – Mistress of the Night Tutorial

I was browsing through the Illamasqua website when I came across this tutorial. The first thing that struck me was “I’ve done that face before!”  – As a makeup artist you may not remember names but you definitely remember faces.. lol.   Especially beautiful faces. I love the look which has been created, it’s just the sort of thing i’d do.. in fact.. seems she just has the kind of face you want to draw on. LOL So enjoy the video.. and if you like, find Farina West on Facebook, she’s the lovely model featured (She was in Dr Sid’s “Something about you”). Byee!   (Farina and DJ Sose during a little play around session we had in the studio with Suby & Sinem Photographers 2009)