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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

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!!!)

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!!

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)

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 http://www.illamasqua.com/about/illamasqua-distinction-in-makeup-artistry-awards-2011-2/    

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 http://www.occmakeup.com/pro 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 …

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.

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 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 over this weekend. The winner will be announced on Monday 13th June. Up for grabs this month are a gorgeous set of lashes from …

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 …

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!

Video: Arabic Inspired Eyes by the amazing MissChievous

I love Arabic makeup.  The use of colours and techniques always excites and inspires me. After all, alongside  Africans and Indians they don’t shy away from their eyeshadows!! (Although alot of Africans just need to learn how to urm.. “blend” in the shades and apply the shadows a little less liberally.. hehe) For more inspiration you can check out her blog site www.misschievous.tv and follow her on twitter @mizzchievouz The lashes used in this video are similar to Sacred Lashes “Coco” which are full definition lashes but you could also substitute them for “Bobby” which would give you a beautiful side sweep instead. Enjoy!!