TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK part 2. On a less serious note

On a less serious note: my wake up call to the world of entrepreneurship.

Hi Prosper (yes, get used to it, that’s my special name for you, because that’s Gods plan for you- to prosper in whatever you do )

So, how was your week? And how is your new week going to be? (I just stole my Pastor’s pick-up lines…hehehe). Anyway, that is to make you reflect on the blessings of this past week no matter how little they seem to you, and then ‘ginger’ you to create the week to come with the right words.

Now I have a lot I want to share with you, but chill first, I believe that some of you guys are still getting to know me , so I don’t want to be barging into your lives with all the abracadabra of how to build successful makeup or beauty businesses and stuff…even if that’s what I want to go on this walk with you. So I thought it would be nice to share a bit of my story with you especially from my first attempt at entrepreneurship. Who knows, someone might pick an inspiration from it, so fingers crossed.

I began my journey as an Entrepreneur somewhat unconsciously, but totally aware that I was going to end up being one all along. I knew I wasn’t cut out for a routine ‘office tins’ lifestyle. A friend said I thought that way because at least one of my parents was an entrepreneur.

I was 17 and I had lost my Daddy a year before, my Momma had all 5 of us to take care of,  and we were all in the university at the same time! Mumsy was running a lace and asooke business that was doing very well prior to Daddy’s departure, but  barely anything was left of it as she hadn’t  gone to her store for about a year in order to attend to Daddy.

I was a bit young but not unaware of how hard it was becoming for her to meet up with demands from all 5 of us at the same time while in school.  This was My wake-up call to the world of business . I thought it would be great for all 5 of us to find something good to do with our hands to reduce her burden. But being the youngest, I knew it wasn’t my place to tell my siblings what to do, but do what I thought was right by beginning myself.

My first uncertain steps involved learning to bake , but I thought I would either eat all my cakes or just make them for free because I didn’t know how to charge my friends for anything. (Believe me, that is not a challenge anymore, I will even charge you for popping your pimple, you know that’s a joke abi?) Next thing, I started teaching myself to make beads. I recall starting my bead business with a certain 4000 I had lied to my mother about as I thought she wasn’t going to support my move to begin a business while studying. Now, I knew I was only beading temporarily, but I needed to keep doing it till I was sure of exactly what I loved to do.  I beaded jewelry for quite a long time and made quite some good amount of money before graduating and then service. Mission was accomplished, I had been able to reduce my money request calls to Mumsy by about 50%.

I want to finish this gist but my crazy but dear friend Tina called me last week to “warn” me sternly about how long my last post was for people like her who don’t like to read . She will kill me for this one if I don’t stop now, then she will kill me for mentioning her name, so that’s 2 killings!

But I won’t leave without reminding you of what you should be this week…Be Prosperous for surely you are!

Love always,

Shalom (  SHALZMAKEUPGEEK)

TESTAMENTS OF SHALZMAKEUPGEEK part1

Hi, my name is Shalom Stephen-Ojj AKA Shalzmakeupgeek . I’m a makeup artist but most of all a Makeup Educator. I absolutely relish any opportunity to glam up a client or model, but most especially, I am even more fulfilled when I have an opportunity to transfer the knowledge I have gathered over time to aspiring or practicing makeup artists through teaching.
This post won’t be complete without me making an admittance, because the whole purpose of all posts that will come up here is to take as many people as I can up this ladder of entrepreneurship I’m climbing – I have been procrastinating picking up blogging as an obligation, in spite of the fact that I have a huge flair for writing (people say I write like I talk, I’ve stopped seeing that as a flaw but as a great gift).
Now what was has been my biggest discouragement from picking up blogging? I knew that if I wanted to blog, I wouldn’t be doing it for the bucks, so I needed to focus on areas that I would be passionate about, but at the same time, not already over flogged areas like makeup artistry which is my field.

I knew there had to be a way I could reach out to more people than doing one face at a time, and much more than teaching a group of 10 students per makeup training program at the school, but I have always EARNESTLY desired a message!I remember the days I would kneel down and pray, “Lord, I know make up is such a vain profession, but that’s one of the special gifts you gave me, please show me how I can use this gift to your glory”. So typically,I would gladly oblige to any opportunity to offer my services, especially in my church without charge, as I see it as service to God which it actually is. Not that I think so differently now o (so hollup with the judging …hehe) but my point is I have a better understanding of many other ways to serve God using this beautiful gift that’s so similar to what God does- beautify people!

I will eternally be grateful for the day STEPHANIE OBI, (amazing counselor) spritzed into the studio for a makeup session through a referral from my friend Jennifer of Yanga Beauty , she is God’s medium to me in this aspect of my life-I mean the hunger to reach out to more people with my gift. She probably will never know that I have her name stored on my phone as STEPH FROM GOD…lol.

So my tutorials or testaments as I love to call them, would not be focusing just on teaching or sharing about the skill of makeup, because obviously that is being beautifully explored by many of my colleagues, but it will be about something i think is soooo important but overlooked- BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL MAKEUP BUSINESS(Starting up to Sustaining it).
I’m going to be borrowing the experiences of other makeup artists who have gone ahead and would be gracious enough to be of help, because a myriad of lessons will make this experience even richer, and so I’m not going to be depending on mine alone.  So get your friends and colleagues over here to share, after all, the more the merrier abi?

Pleaaase, Stay closeby as you guys are going to be the only reason for me to go ahead on here. Hugs and kisses in advance for being such huge supporters.

Most importantly, be prosperous for surely you are meant to be!

…love, now and always,
Shalom (shalzmakeupgeek)

7 Commandments of Makeup

Hiya!

Did your eyes just pop at d sight of the title ? Yes, a good number of us would have been jailed repeatedly for the numerous crimes we commit against our faces daily.

Thou shall moisturize your face before applying makeup:

Having an oily skin is a common excuse for skipping this step, but shouldn’t be. In fact, not using a moisturizer after washing your face, before using your makeup “provokes” your skin to produce more oils. Thankfully, there are oil-free moisturizers in the market that aren’t too pricey and make our entire makeup settle well on us, leaving us with no excuses for not moisturizing before makeup.
(Whisper: a moisturizer will make your face less prone to a breakout from long wear of makeup)

Thou shall blend the edges of your face PROPERLY after applying your foundation.

A foundation, just as the name implies acts as a base for the rest of your makeup to create a more lasting wear. So just as the foundation of a building isn’t meant to be seen, your foundation(though with the needed coverage) should be made as invisible as can be, and should not form a line at the edge of your jaw line. Blend with a brush or sponge into the surrounding area(neck and ears).

Thou shall not use a black or red pencil for your brows.

I have to admit here that I’m usually “awestruck” whenever I see any color that’s not a brown used as a brow pencil.(I wonder what ladies that use red are thinking). The popular choice of black brow pencil is due to the perception that our brow hairs are black which creates a very un-natural effect. (Whisper: pencil thin brows aren’t in style anymore, a nice arch that compliments your face will do.)

Thou shall not leave bare skin between your eyeliner and your lashes.

You can fix this by stretching your lid with your forefinger and going as close to your lashes as possible, then come back to fill any gaps. Your liner should accentuate your eyes without saying “hey, I’ve got my eyes lined”. Gel and liquid liners are easier to work with.

Thou shall not apply blush as a circle on the apples of your cheeks.

Your blush can add a pop of glow and life to your face as it can make u clown-like. Blush should be applied on your cheekbones in an outward direction towards your ears. You can make a fish-face to find your cheekbones, smiling will hide them and make you apply your blush higher than appropriate. Bear in mind too that with the blush, less is better, so you can soften your blush by going over it with some powder.

Thou shall not line your lips without blending the lines all around.

We know it’s called a lip liner, but to redefine and perfect the shape of your lips from your cupid all the way round. Line your lips making the extra effort (with a lip brush or your lightest finger ) to blend the color into your lips in order to get rid of any harsh lines.

Thou shall not be completely “anti-makeup”. Some ladies would rather be completely natural “no matter the occasion “. But applying makeup isn’t an all or nothing deal! I hold special sentiments to this particular commandment probably because of my profession, but hey…whether it’s a simple concealing of dark circles or a little nude lipgloss or blush to warm up the skin, almost everyone can benefit from SOME makeup.

Whatever you do, keep being beautiful and always remember that no matter what goes out of style, well applied makeup is always in style .

Toodles

 

TRUTH BE TOLD…AMUAs

I recently have been bugged with the most ridiculous and irrelevant questions about choosing a makeup school from both prospective students and friends that would have liked to have the opportunity to learn from me, but for location and time. And i thought  to myself to pen all my guidelines down, as objectively as possible (so i don’t get to repeat myself all the time). Some, you might share an alternative view…but hey, it’s my blog and my opinion based on the experience I’ve had.

Here are some tips on HOW TO CHOOSE A MAKEUP SCHOOL.

*IS THE SCHOOL’S CURRICULUM COMPREHENSIVE ON ALL AREAS OF MAKEUP ARTISTRY?
*DO THEY OFFER ALL THE AREAS OF MAKEUP ARTISTRY OR JUST “SUB-TOPICS” AS “MAIN-COURSES? Ridiculous but true.
* BASED ON WHAT PERCENTAGE/RATIO IS PRACTICAL MAKEUP TAUGHT IN RELATION TO THEORITICAL MAKEUP? IF ANYTHING BELOW 80:15, YOU WANT TO THINK AGAIN.
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER A BUSINESS TRAINING (BY A PROFESSIONAL)FOR FREELANCE MAKEUP ARTISTS ALONG WITH THEIR TRAINING
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL OWNER HAVE HANDS-ON PARTICIPATION? IF NOT, HOW DO I KNOW HE/SHE IS A MAKEUP ARTIST WITH CREDIBILITY?
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER LIFETIME MENTORSHIP AND REFRESHERS COURSE OPPORTUNITIES?
* WHERE DID YOUR TEACHERS LEARN THEIR CRAFT?
*DO YOUR INSTRUCTORS OR SCHOOL OWNER HAVE HANDS-ON EXPERIENCES WITH ALL THE ASPECTS OF MAKEUP THE SCHOOL TEACHES?
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER RESOURCES FOR YOU TO BUILD A RESUME AND PORTFOLIO?
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL PROVIDE A MEANS BY WHICH STUDENTS CAN DIGITALLY PHOTOGRAPH ALL THEIR WORK(FROM START TO FINISH) TO MONITOR THEIR PROGRESS.
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL PROVIDE A SCREEN THEATER WHERE STUDENTS CAN LEARN FROM MAKEUP CLASSICS
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL PROVIDE STUDENTS A LIFETIME DISCOUNT ON PURCHASING COSMETIC PRODUCT
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL PREPARE STUDENTS TO BE ON-SET READY?(ON-SET ETIQUETTE AND HYGIENE)
*DOES YOUR SCHOOL OFFER ASSISTANCE WITH JOB PLACEMENT? (APPRENTICESHIP OR INTERNSHIP)
*IS A PROFICIENCY EXAM REQUIRED AT THE END OF YOUR COURSE?

So dear Aspiring MakeUp Artist, If you answered NO to any of the ‘YES/NO or are uncertain about them, you want to think again and make a wiser decision. The cliche KNOWLEDGE IS POWER can never be over-said.

My being objective ends here. So if you’re a major critic, you might want to stop reading at this .

INFORMATION FOR ASPIRING MAKEUP PROFESSIONALS

Our April special makeup school begins tomorrow 29th march . You can be certain that our answer is YES to all the questions asked above. If you’re worried that you are late for this season, RELAX, because you’re right on time for our next season! So get up  now, give life to that long time dream to become a Makeup Professional and be your own boss!
Register for our next session  beginning in MAY!  Call us 07030413528, 08181514982 or send us a mail right now and get a reply with your registration form just as fast.

Toodles .

YOUR MAKEUP: What’s in vogue VERSUS what works for your face.

Hey ladies!

It has definitely been more than a while. My apologies. So a few months back, I wrote this article for 100 percent woman, a  South African magazine (www.100percentwoman.co.za) and i thought to post a part of it for you.

Makeup, just like fashion, evolves with new trends and styles, though a bit more slow paced . As a result of this, there’s usually a tendency for us to move with the trend and somewhat disregard our own facial peculiarities. There’s definitely nothing wrong with trying out new stuff with our looks, but be sure get second opinion especially from people that have a great sense of style before you “go public”. Also remember that- because it looks good on Brenda doesn’t mean it’l be cool on you.

Your Lips

Your lips are either full, thin, or medium. During the trend of using very contrasting lip liners and lipsticks, if you’re a sister with really thin lips, this might not b very ideal for you. Though it’s always necessary for you to line your lips for definition before applying your lipstick, using very contrasting colours (a deep brown n a pink) would only make your lips look “button size” which we must admit isn’t very flattering. Using matte lipsticks without a hint of gloss though workable, depending on the shade of your lip colour wouldn’t be as glam on you as when u wear it glossy or creamy as that adds volume and dimension to your lips. (Light colours add volume to almost anything it’s on- from ur body to your lips.) so quit wishing you could afford a lip botox and rock your bright lippies with some gloss.

Hey full-lipped sisters! I hope u love your lips, some people could pay a fortune to get’em. Who told you dark lip liners were made for you? Well maybe…but hey, u can rock almost anything. Here’s d trick for you, don’t wear any lippies that would give your lips more volume (they’re already your perfect size). Cut down on the use of glosses except when u have very contrasting liners n lipsticks on. Rock your nude colours if they’re in style and you like them. Don’t be afraid to try out an all-red lipstick (matte only please), just be sure to get the shade that suits your complexion. If you have medium sized lips, you have the advantage of being able to explore around trends-from colours to textures to liners. But bear in mind that dark colours would make ur lips look smaller and bright colours give a fuller effect. So girls, make your selections based on the pout effect you’d like to create.

Your Eyes

For flattering your eyes, the trick is in knowing what dark/ light colours do To your eyes. Black liners close up /reduce your eyes while white liners open up / brighten and give your eyes a lift when they’re droopy or look tired. For slight redness in the eyes, a white liner in the waterline then a black or brown one on the lash-line just outside the whitened waterline. (This only applies for considerably slight redness otherwise eye makeup should be avoided totally) .So when coloured liners get in vogue, make your choice concerning what suits your eyes- black liners to create smaller eyes and white or other light shades for those bolder or more prominent eyes.

I already have gone past where i thought i would but for you, I’m sure it’s worth it. See you soon girls, and for the guys that snuck a peek(lol)…enjoy!

My Very First Post

Hiya!

I’ve procrastinated on starting my own blog for over a year now but by self motivation and inspiration from some people who probably are unaware of how much they’ve inspired me…here it is! my first post. #naughtychildgrinon my face.
So I can compare how i feel right now to trying out a new dress as a child.

Keep your eyes on this space because i’m going to be writing about anything and almost everything that’s up my alley- The craft of MAKEUP, yes i like to call it a craft, not just an art(reasons will probably be discussed in another post).

Toodles.