Year: 2011

Illamasqua – Distinction in Makeup Artistry Awards 2011

Hey Guys! I’m so excited, just a quick post to let you know about one of my favourite brands Illamasqua’s latest initiative. If you’re a graduate or a student of makeup artistry and you think you have what it takes to enter the competition then don’t miss out on this amazing chance! *Siigh* one day the Sacred Creative Artistry Competition will rise to this kind of level.. but we won’t get ahead of ourselves just yet, we don’t have £5,000 to give away as a top prize.. but we do have makeup and lashes.. and that what you get … for now.. hehe.. (watch out for our end of year grand finale!!) Good luck, please do let me know if anyone does decide to apply! Mwwah    

Video: Fantasy Glitter Make-up Tutorial

I absolutely adore this look.  It’s a very simple way of creating a highly effective and dramatic look without too much fuss.  The main focal points really are the lashes and the accessories. (and of course you know where you get your lashes from *cough* Sacred *cough*) You can apply this same concept with different colours and different accessories to create your own unique look.  Great for photoshoots. Enjoy!!   For more looks check out Dope2111 on Youtube. She’s an amazing makeup artist.

Pro Make-up Discounts Available This Month OCC & Blush Cosmetics!

Hey Gorgeous Ones Just a quick post, because we love you too much and we also know how hard it is to build up your professional kits without spending a small fortune *eeek! Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics are offering 20% off all their range online to celebrate the 4th July!  The website is an american based on but they ship internationally 😉 For those of you who don’t know who they are.. where have you been?! Their “Lip Tar” is amazing and a firm favourite amongst pro make-up artists. While you’re on their website, you may as well also also apply for their professional membership discount scheme. Have fun!! Official Release Now through Monday, July 4th at 11:59PM Pacific Time all of OCC’s cosmetic products* are available for 20% OFF online, exclusively at OCCMAKEUP.COM! To redeem the discount, please follow these steps carefully: 1. Visit 2. Login with the following information: User Name: guest Password: 070411 3. Shop for OCC Products, as usual! 🙂 Please Note: You must log-in before adding any products to your …

Sacred Creative Artistry Competition: Birds of Paradise (July 2011)

Hello my Gorgeous Gods & Goddesses So the time has come for us to announce this month’s makeup competition theme!  We’re so excited because we have a very special theme.   We’re celebrating the launch of the new makeup range from Blush Cosmetics called: Birds of Paradise The collection draws on a vivid array of tropical colours and are perfect for spicing up your days and adding glamour to those long summer nights.   Sacred have paired up with Blush to release a limited edition of sumptuous artistic lashes which are exclusive to the Blush Store or available through mail order directly. Images from the collaborative photoshoot will soon be released but we can’t wait to see what you guys can come up with! We’ve posted some photos below for inspiration! As usual, you have two weeks from today’s date to submit your entry (15th July). However, this time judging will take place over ONE day either the Saturday or Sunday (we almost died of a heart attack last month from the suspense!).  One entry per makeup artist …

Through the Ages – Making up my Mind about my Makeup

Hey guys, you’re going to have to bear with me for a while. I’ll probably babble on for a while but then i’ll get to the point in the end, eventually, I hope! As strange as it sounds, I hate wearing makeup!!!  Hmm  ok, maybe that’s a little bit too strong perhaps I should say, I HATE seeing colour on my face. You can laugh all you like or scratch your head, but as the old saying goes, a mechanic’s car is always run down and a builders home is always like a construction site.   You’ll find that sometimes, alot of makeup artists or hairdressers actually can’t be bothered with themselves half the time. But, when I first discovered makeup, it was a beautiful treasure trove, calling out to me, it wanted to caress my face, embrace me, it demanded my attention and wanted me to give myself without reservation to our relationship.

Spa Pedicures – Are they really worth it?

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between a Spa Pedicure or a normal Pedicure? I’ll tell you what, it’s a lot more than just  a professional toenail job. A Spa Pedicure is a procedure which cleans and removes the dead skin cells from the feet and toenails. It helps prevent nail diseases. The pedicure is also accompanied by a foot massage that rejuvenates the skin as well as relaxing the muscles. But what really sets it apart is the fact that it’ll be a longer service, with more steps — an aromatic exfoliating scrub, hydrating mask, hot towel wrap, jelly pedicures and paraffin dips are also on the menu at alot of places and this are the things that’ll make the spa pedicure last longer and feel more luxurious. If you’re more adventurous, you can invest in a fish pedicures (where you dip your feet into a tank full of tiny fish which nibble away at the hard skin on your feet!  But in general, they will help to remove excess dead hard …

Sacred Creative Artistry Results (June 2011)

Soo without any delay, we’re pleased to announce the results of our first ever Sacred Creative Artistry Competition. . . 1st Place Winner Omagbemi Rukevwe Blessing with 3,469 votes . . . . 2nd Place Winner Monisola Adejo with 2,494 votes  . . . . 3rd Place Winner Omegie Etamesor Nsofor with 197 votes  . . . Due to the tremendous response we’ve received we’ve decided to give a prize to each of the top three entrants. Our 1st place winner will receive a selection of MAC Products worth N15k (£60) & Sacred Lashes worth N3k each Our 2nd place winner will receive 2 sets of Sacred Lashes Our 3rd place winner will receive 1 set of Sacred Lashes They will also all be featured on our website with interviews about themselves & samples of their work. Just to confirm, the figures above exclude the “comment box” votes received but the votes cast in that section were not enough to swing votes in any direction due to the large gap between top 3. The results above are verified …

Looking into the Book

The most important thing for a makeup artist, aside from their talent and their makeup kit is their portfolio.  It’s your CV and it’s your body of work. It’s your number one means of selling yourself to potential clients.  The same applies to fashion designers.  From the budding new start up entreprenures to the couture fashion houses, their Lookbooks are a vital tool in promoting new collections. For many new designers, their “Lookbook” is a way of selling their work to buyers at large department stores and can help clinch that vital contract. They are printed to the highest quality and sent out to various places or given out at organised collection viewings. This was the case when new designer Bunmi Koko set about creating their first edition.    Even though the name speaks volumes about her heritage her designs are universal and her couture creations have thrust her into the limelight. She has won several awards and has showcased her work around the world all within a year and a half.  Not many designers …

Mascara – A Girls Best Friend? By Adeola O

When I did a survey asking which one beauty item a lady would never do without, the top answer I got seemed a little far fetched –  the mascara. First, I wondered of its importance, mascara?  Isn’t  it just a thick mass of ink that coats the lashes?  The mascara reveals the best or worst of a woman’s face – it says calm, cool, wild, bold, weird, fierce and even at times carries the whole look. As I’ve discovered finding the perfect mascara is a more complex task than one might think; having tried various formulas which didn’t quite reveal the basics of a perfect mascara.

Banish those Lumps & Clumps – Mascara Tips by June S

Picking the right mascara can be a confusing task.  All kinds of thoughts run through your mind as you stare at the vast selection of brands and wonderful claims by each brand.  You wonder if your lashes would look better if you picked the thickening mascara.  The truth is, lashes differ from person to person so you will have to decide what you want to achieve.  Well, here’s what you need to know about mascaras in general. You can tell a lot about a mascara by the shape of the wand. Fat brushes create voluptuous lashes, while skinny brushes will coat each lash perfectly without clumping. Curved wands will help curl lashes.

Sacred Artistry Creative Competition (NOW CLOSED)

Hello all my Gorgeous Artistes out there We’re so pleased to announce the launch of our monthly makeup artistry competition. 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 The competition was open for 2 weeks with all images being submitted by midnight tonight.  Public voting will be open for over this weekend. The winner will be announced on Monday 13th June. Up for grabs this month are a gorgeous set of lashes from …

Hmmm it’s been a bit quiet around here…

Hey Gods & Goddesses We really apologise for the little quiet spell we’ve had around here.  Thank you for not forgetting about us though.  We can see from the hits per day that people are still regularly coming along and actively browsing the site.  Thank you for all your emails as well.  Business has been so busy that it’s been difficult for us to regularly update the site but never fear, we haven’t gone anywhere, we were just doing a little behind the scenes shuffle around and we’re now back to stay. Right so without further ado.. we continue on our quest for the very best in beauty articles, hair care tips and makeup techniques. Make sure you check in this weekend, voting starts on our first ever creative artistry competition. This month’s theme was of course.. “Goddess”. Much love, as always.. The Sacred Team

Video: Masquerade Makeup – How to create your own Venetian Mask

If you know me,  you’ll know that I have a thing for masks.  I’ve loved them since I was a child.  The beauty, elegance and above all mystery that surrounds them.  I’m not talking about the cheap ones that have elastic around the back, think more of Venice.. Balls with huge gowns, delicate ladies holding their masks on ornate gold poles.. *sigh*..  I think I was born in the wrong century! Get those creative juices flowing, the next time you’re doing a photoshoot or if you have a themed party to go to, rather than buying a mask, be more unique and create one yourself. Many thanks to Kittierae for her gorgeous mask tutorial which won the Nikkie Tutorials competition. Enjoy!

Arising from the Shadows – A Makeup Artist Backstage by Omobola aka Miss Glam

I was thrilled when I made it as part of the Black Up Makeup Team for the Arise Magazine Fashion Week (AMFW) 2011. I knew it would be an avenue to meet with MUAs, models, hairstylists, designers, models and all the other people that make up a ‘glam squad’ and they’d all be from different parts of the world. The fact that I would be using Blackup  was kind of exciting too as they’ve got a very professional range of makeup products. So, the show kicked off late  on Friday, the 11th of March and everyone was really anxious to see how it would turn out  (well, I was anyway). Designers like Jewel By Lisa(NG), Kiki Kamanu (US), Christie Brown(Ghana), Ituen Basi (NG), showcased their stylish designs and the makeup we did on the models was really toned down, nude makeup with little or no colour on the eyes and the lips….pretty boring, permit me to say from a creatives point of view…. I was really looking out for the bold colours for either the eyes or the …

What Type Are You? – Natural Hair Care by Debola

Hello again folks! So last time we began our lesson on understanding “our” hair and how to take proper care of it. We went a bit into a common misconception about black hair, which is whether or not black hair is different from hair of other ethnicities. We found out that it’s not, and in fact all hair is made up of the same exact components. This week, I’ll be discussing the different hair types and textures we as black women possess. So let’s get started, shall we?! Part of learning how to take better care of your hair is understanding what type of hair you have. All Black/African or mixed race hair is naturally curly. The difference is in the size of the curls. This is where we find that there are different types of black hair. Fact: Curly hair is fragile and needs lots of moisture. When wet, the curls stretch out, but as the hair dries it absorbs the water and contracts to a tight curly state. This is how you distinguish …

Those Pesky Little White Spots – Tackling Milia

Hey guys, when I originally wrote this article in 2011 I didn’t realise how popular it would become!  On average we have 500+ views a day, just on this post alone.  Thanks to those who have shared their experiences. They say that a problem shared is a problem solved.  So please do share any advice or any secrets to how you battled (and hopefully won) your fight with Milia.   The funniest thing is that in 2013 my daughter was born with Milia.  I’d never personally experienced it only treated clients.  I had to fight hard not to panic. It must have been baby brain or something because I forgot everything I knew.  I actually had to come back to the site and re-read what I’d written myself just to calm myself down.  People kept commenting on the “small spots on her face” which became really irritating very quickly. As a new parent you become very defensive over your baby and any criticism.  So I found myself having to educate alot of strangers and all …

Video: Smokey Eyes with Kim Kardasian & Her MUA

Rather than showing you how to recreate a smokey eye “inspired” by Kim, i’ve found a 4 part series where Kim shows you herself!  Kind of cool to see what she looks like without any makeup all the way through to her final look. Enjoy!!   The lashes used in the final part are similar to “Nani”, “Zelda” or “Mandy” lashes available through Sacred Lashes (+234 80 97 97 97 97 or +44 7949 085 956) –  don’t forget to pick up your Duo Lash Adhesive as well.  🙂  Get Gorgeous Gods & Goddesses.. Have fun!! xxxx

Makeup Tutorial: Smoking For Days.. All Day Every Day

by Juliette Okoli The rain had just stopped and I was getting ready to go catch up with an old friend when I found a picture of kim kardashian ( yes I’m obseesed with her) with the most amazing bronze smokey eyes. Now as much as I love playing with colour (being a makeup artist) I’m not exactly bold with colours on my own face, I know, I know,but hey I am a sucker for bold lips, I wear them all day everyday. (Amen for bold lips) Seeing her picture got me thinking, I’ll wear a subtle bronze smokey eyes today and just cause I love you all.. I’ll show you step by step in pictures how I achieved this look.

Tips & Ticks – Smoking Like A Pro by Nancy N

It’s been a crazy weekend, the life of a make-up artist!! Being called in for a job with little or no notice, then …those tiny annoyances at 11pm …just hours before a job…”ooohhh ,I want strip lashes now, no more singles!”….and you have to place a smile on your face when you wish you could wring her neck…but you love it and wouldn’t change the craziness for anything….From the lady who changes the colour of her gele (head-gear) 3 times while you patiently smile and re-tie to the woman who wants a foundation shade as light as Michael Jackson though she’s a beautiful Halle Berry ….You smile because you’ll gladly go through it all again for the love of MAKE-UP AND ITS ART. That said….today we’re looking at the perfect smokey eyes. Yaaaay! Ooook not everyone’s saying yaay too…But with a few quick tips you’ll be shading the Smokey eye like a pro!