BIMPE ONAKOYA

We caught up with celebrity makeup artist Bimpe Onakoya after the just con­cluded Arise fash­ion Week and asked her about the amaz­ing work she did back­stage and her thoughts on the Fash­ion week it­self.

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Tell us what your thoughts are on the 2018 Arise Fash­ion Week?

For starters, Arise Fash­ion Week 2018 was a pleas­ant sur­prise. It had the show­man­ship that has be­come part of its essence as a brand. The in­ter­ac­tion of bud­ding Nige­rian mod­els with their world-class coun­ter­parts does some­thing pos­i­tive to the psy­che; it serves as a lev­eler and dream run­way for so many. Con­se­quently, La­gos be­comes a hub for pure com­pet­i­tive show­case of fash­ion and leaves a good after taste for the econ­omy of La­gos state be­cause of the in­flux of for­eign press, in­flu­encers and the likes. How­ever, Arise Fash­ion Week has its place in the devel­op­ment of the Nige­rian fash­ion in­dus­try. What in­spired the look cre­ated for the mod­els for the run­way shows?

Most de­sign­ers opted for a nude look as makeup direc­tion for their col­lec­tion but nude is not ex­cit­ing enough for a fash­ion show. So I worked with the de­sign­ers and am­pli­fied their makeup direc­tion with trends from fash­ion weeks around the world and also a touch of African spirit.

What is a run­way on the African soil without the touch of Mother Na­ture: dewy skin, bronzed high­lights and ca­cao­ing all the gor­geous faces with May­belline. You are not new to work­ing back­stage at fash­ion shows, what will you say you look for­ward to work­ing back­stage at shows?

What we may not read­ily re­alise is that the back­stage of a run­way is an ab­stract of life it­self. I live for the madness, the type of en­ergy that keeps my adren­a­line pump­ing, the ar­du­ous plan­ning and then the re­al­i­sa­tion of well thought-out looks glow­ing on the faces of stun­ning mod­els. Just like life, just like La­gos, the back­stage is where I thrive and do my best work. I live for every mo­ment of it. Any ex­pec­ta­tions for the next Arise Fash­ion Week?

Arise Fash­ion Week comes with a lot of nos­tal­gia. It is on this plat­form I first had the op­por­tu­nity to work with in­ter­na­tional mod­els also the first plat­form I worked as head of makeup. I count my­self lucky for this op­por­tu­nity. How­ever, this year came with a bang. Next year would be bet­ter. Fi­nally give us one good tip on creating a flaw­less makeup?

Blend! Blend!! Blend!!!

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