Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m Chidinma obianika , a graduate of Anambra University. I studied political science, my dad is into Agrochemical business, my mum is a business woman.
When did you decide that makeup was a career to be pursued?
I have never imagined that I would go into makeup artistry. When I first heard of the makeup training from my sister, she said there was this friend of hers who was a top notch makeup artist in Abuja holding a training. I decided to learn since I was really bored, my dad wasn’t so happy about it because I was always coming back late but insisted that I was going to complete my training. The first day that I went for the training, I picked interest and decided to put my heart into it, we were about five in class.
How long have you been doing this professionally?
It’s less than twelve months now.
How was your first makeup experience?
While trying, we had a competition and the craziest thing was that I didn’t come first or second. I was the last but one good thing about it is that it never discouraged me one bit because for me it wasn’t about that time but about the future and thank God I’m making ends meet from it. My first job wasn’t so good and it wasn’t bad either, I lost confidence but I just prayed to God for confidence then I tried my best.
Is makeup a full time business for you now?
No not really, after service I would like to get a job and still do makeup which I believe will bring good networking for me.
Do you train people?
Yes I do, my first official training is coming up April 14. I organise one day DIY trainings and a lot more
You’ve mentioned the challenge with confidence but generally was it easy to start?
Not exactly, makeup is capital intensive. You have to buy products but the truth is it pays, you earn a lot of money in makeup.
Who were your first motivation at the beginning?
My boss, I really admire her work. I thought she had started for along time till she told me she has been in the business for less than a year and she has achieved a lot.
We always ask this question, what do want to achieve in five years?
In five years, I want to have my products, makeup studios, train a lot of people and employ a lot of people too.
What advice would you give to an aspiring Makeup Artist?
For an aspiring makeup Artist, I would say that makeup is a great business with good returns, don’t listen to people when they say that the market is saturated, for the population of people in the world, there is enough room for you. Just be good and stand out.
Are you very active on social media?
Not so much but I’m doing my best
How do you engage people on social media?
I tell them about my trainings, makeup tips. I do giveaways on my Instagram and Facebook pages
Has it helped your business in anyway?
It has really helped my work, during the Christmas period, all my clients were from social media.
Which makeup brand would you like to work with?
I would like to work with fix me, Nyx, Bobbi Brown and other good brands out there.
What words of encouragement do you have for our readers?
Stay focused and you will have whatsoever you desire, don’t feel discouraged,keep trying and you will get to the very best places.
Photos courtesy: manniquine_makeovers
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