Doris Onyema is a fast growing celebrity make-up artist in
Lagos. Though she studied Mass Communication, the passion for Make-up artistry
has always been running in her. This influenced her decision to delve into
Make-up artistry after graduation. She was trained at the Unveil Institute,
Lagos. This boisterous and amiable lady talks to Azuka Ogujiuba of ThisDay
about her Passion. Enjoy. In case you missed Doris’s previous posts on this
blog, find it here and here.
female friends in the hostel. And I won the hearts of most of my female friends
with my little make up skills. This prompted me to enroll at Unveil Institute
in Lagos. So, after I graduated from Unveil Institute, I was employed by Bunmi
Oyeniyi as a makeup instructor after which I was made to head the Institute.
learn and how has the experience influenced your work?
helped to develop and sharpen my skills. But most of all, I was able to carve a
niche for myself and create my own identity.
went back to my salon in Ogun State. I had a salon school and I combine my
salon with my makeup artistry. My boss later called me for a job in Lagos and
when I met her, she told me to work for her and that it would help build my
career in the makeup industry. So, I went back to school and thought deeply
about it and few months later I started working for unveil. I worked for her
for a year and six months after which I quit the job to set up my own make up
company called Beauty Switch. That is when I realized that there was something
else out there for me.
telling me. At first, I was surprised but then everyone said the same thing, I
became convinced. I did not realise I had a style until people pointed out a
common denominator with my images. It’s funny when people start with their
craft and say what their style is. Others ended up telling me what style they
my style was. Before hand, I made the conscious decision not to look at the
makeup that others did. I did not want to sub-consciously have someone else’s
work in my head. I think that as an artist, it really helped my work and style
grow into my own. Sometimes my photographer, ‘Di Act Photographer’ will show me
a reference on what he wanted, but I will ask questions to find out the basis
for the elements he wanted and make it my own. What makes me unique is the way
my makeup jobs transform my clients, because I must not make my clients look
like a drama queen before I’m a makeup artist.
to brides. They always come out amazing. To all my clients, I always give them
a beauty switch but I love the outcomes of my beautiful brides.
or Genevieve Nnaji, while I will be challenged to work with Beyonce on a global
spend time with her.
complete perfect lifestyle?
family life and loved by many around the world and devoid of scandals
arrested for any fashion blunder?
the sentence will be very light
grounded in her job and does it with style and ease. I’m a God fearing lady and
very friendly. I’m easy going and very passionate about my job.
my secondary school education at Eric Moore High School, Surulere and proceeded
to study Mass Communications at the Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ogun State.
are the five things you will take along?
received from a man?
walk down the aisle?