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Events: Black-Up Launches New Store & Hosts Celebrity Make-up Artist Bimpe Onakoya

We love the fact that the Nigerian Beauty Industry is expanding every day. With more and more local and international brands realizing the potential of our market, the retail sector is booming.

So it comes as no surprise that black|Up have opened up their first ever International stand alone store in Lagos.

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As part of its Launch activities, the newly-opened black|Up boutique will be hosting Celebrity Makeup Artist, Bimpe Onakoya from Friday July 27th to Sunday July 29th from 10am to 7pm, Bimpe will be on hand along with the black|Up team to offer great beauty advise and tips,  and to create new looks. black|Up will also be offering complimentary flash makeovers as well as great gifts with purchase.

If you don’t know who Bimpe Onakoya is then you’re missing out on one of the biggest and most talented names in the Nigerian Make-up Industry.  She’s a dear friend of Sacred and we’re huge fans of her work.  So we had to take ourselves on down there today to have a quick snoop around, play with some products and get all blacked|Up  😀 

Firstly we have to give Kudos where it’s due.  The store is beautiful. It’s been well thought out, plann and executed. The design and fittings are world class, which means.. You could literally be anywhere in the world.   The staff are well trained, professional and very friendly. (You can find our sweetheart Juliette Okoli there on Wednesdays and Fridays).  So all in all, on first impressions, we were very impressed.

Secondly.. my first encounter with the brand was in London many moons ago. I remember thinking.. “what a horrible name”.. and to be honest, I didn’t give them much of a second thought. I’d heard that they were from France so I forgave them for the name after thinking that it was perhaps due to a difference in lingual expression. But now.. years later.. I have to eat my hat. I LOVE the brand and I also really quite fancy the name too.  I now say it in a positive way.. Up with the Blacks! heheh

Thirdly.. the products are really good. And that’s all that really matters. The quality is top class and would sit just as well in any professional make-up artist’s box as well as any of my friends, family or clients.  Sometimes some brands are either suitable only for pro work (stage, tv and print) while others are more consumer based and try to pass themselves off as professional quality.  But over the years, i’ve come to respect the products and the effort that has gone into developing them.

We took a few pics of the new store, it’s lovely staff and the goodies which lie in wait behind those doors. So go ahead.. be tempted and pay them a visit this weekend to enjoy the very best in professional service and advice. (oh and they’re offering free gifts with purchase!)

Bimpe Onakoya

Bimpe Onakoya is a dynamic and creative Makeup Artist with over ten years industry experience spanning  television, print, editorial shoots, advertising campaigns, bridal beauty, fashion shows and events. She has worked alongside some of the industry’s most influential photographers such as Kelechi Amadi Obi,top models, fashion designers and stylists.

Her keen eye for bringing out the best in one’s features has led to a solid reputation in the industry and to her being a celebrity favourite. Bimpe was lead Makeup Artist at such high profile évents such as Arise Fashion Week 2011 and one of the team leaders for 2012, MTN Lagos Design and Fashion Week, Austrian Embassy Lace Fashion Show 2011 as well as having numerous magazine covers to her credit including MANIA and COMPLETE FASHION. Bimpe has an innate understanding of colour, great command of technique, flair and artistry that stands her out from the pack, she is a true professional. black|Up is delighted to play host to this Icon of the makeup industry.

Gifts With Purchase

With any purchase of  N10, 000. 00, and more you will receive a free gift presented in black|Up goodie bag containing a mirror, brochure,  and samples of black|Up skincare products and fragrance.

For purchases of N15, 000. 00 and more you will receive a free gift presented in a black|Up goodie bag containing a black|Up  purse, brochure, and samples of black|Up skincare products and fragrance.

Date: Friday, July 27th to Sunday, July 29th July 2012

Venue: Shop L072, Ikeja City Mall, Alausa, Lagos.

Time: 10am-7pm

For more information, call: 0708 068 0172

Facebook Page: www.facebook/Black Up Nigeria

If you’re not in Lagos, why not visit any of the other Montaigne Place outlets:

Montaigne Place- The Spa

Plot 226b Muri Okunola Street

Victoria Island, Lagos.

Tel: 01 270 5596, 270 3735

894 1717, 0803 713 0408, 658 5485

Montaigne Place

Shop 16, Palms Shopping Centre

1 Bis Way, Lekki Expressway

Victoria Island, Lagos.

Tel: 01 851 7774, 0806 486 3969

Montaigne Place

Shop 8, Air Side, Departure Level

New Murtala Mohammed

Local Airport, Lagos.

Tel: 01 279 9889

Montaigne Place

Shop 10 Land Side, Departure Level

New Murtala Mohammed

Local Airport, Lagos.

Tel: 01 448 2230

Montaigne Place  Shop

Ikeja City Mall, Shop L033

Obafemi Awolowo Road

Alausa, Ikeja

Tel: 0819 045 0712

Montaigne Place

Shop 8, Adebola Shopping Mall

53 Isaac John Street

Gra Ikeja, Lagos.

Tel: 01 270 7913

Montaigne Place

Shop B7, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall

Adeniran Ogunsanya Street,

Surulere, Lagos.

Tel: 0813 029 5258

Montaigne Place

Ground Floor, 150 Awolowo Road

Ikoyi, Lagos

Tel: 01 279 9121

The Clarins Shop

Shop 13b & 14b, Delta Plaza, Balogun

Lagos International Tradefair Complex

Lagos- Badagry Expressway, Lagos.

Tel: 0819 180 7801

Montaigne Place

Silverbird Entertainment Centre

1161 Memorial Drive, Cadastrial Zone

Central Business District


Tel: 0819 180 7807

Montaigne Place

Shop F17, Febson Plaza

2425 Herbert Macaulay Way,

Zone 4, Abuja.

Tel: 09 523 6929

Montaigne Place

Ground Floor, Worldway Plaza

129 Aba Road, Port Harcourt

Rivers State.

Tel: 084 462 975

Montaigne Place

Genesis Center, Shop 2b1

Tombia Street, Gra Phase 2

Port Harcourt.

Tel: 0819 045 0711

Montaigne Place

Happy Bite Plaza, 1 Stadium Road

Opposite Air Force Base, Aba Road.

Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Tel: 0819 180 7805

For all press & pr queries please contact:


Ono Bello


M: +234 (0) 705 810 8738



  1. Makeup Junkie says

    Oh wow, that store looks really good. Great article, love the photo of you with the lipsticks. I’d have never thought of wearing them together but it looks lush! Thumbs up.


  2. Oyegbile Folake says

    I would love to be a distributor of blackup do I go about it. Thanks in anticipation


  3. Dineo , Emrald Ngobese says

    I would like to say thank to the founder of Black Up Make it is the best make ever created especially for ethnic group ,it the best in the market ,ladies try it ,you will see, i love it.


    Lady Dineo South Africa


  4. Tatenda says

    hi i am in zimbawe and would love to be a black up distributor. How do i go about it. please respond.


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