How to Find and Choose a Good Wedding Makeup Artist in Nigeria

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So, don’t allow a non-tried-and-tested makeup artist to ‘use your wedding face to learn work’. In fact, it’s safer to avoid hiring a friend or family member to do your makeup or photography, even if they say ‘free’ – just allow them to enjoy themselves as guests (because if they make mistakes, your wedding pictures will forever remind you and make you cry the rest of your life).

nigerian bride in traditional wedding makeup and perfectly shaped eyebrows
Image credit: BMPro (Nigerian Makeup Artist)

#3. Find the Right Makeup Artist for Your Type of Occasion: When hiring a professional makeup artist, find one that has done lots of the type of makeup you want – some makeup artists are good at bridals and not great at heavy, dramatic makeup, such as those worn by musicians – and vice versa. For example: if you’re a bride, hire a makeup artist who specializes in bridal makeup, and nothing less.

*Note that the best is not necessarily the most expensive. There are great makeup artists that don’t charge an arm and leg, and there are those that charge very high but not so good at the skill. So, ensure to make your final selection based on the makeup artist that charges what you can pay.

There are Pro Makeup Artists and there are Plenty Amateurs

I bet you that your hobbyist sister or stylish friend cannot give you a better face makeover than what you see in any of the before and after bridal makeovers here. Once you see a professionally done makeup, you would agree that it’s totally a bad idea to allow an amateur do your wedding makeup. Your wedding is only but one day, but the pictures would stare at you long, long after – either making you smile that you made the right decision to hire a professional makeup artist OR reminding you that you were stingy with paying a little extra to prep up your face.

One of the biggest put-offs at many Nigerian weddings is the bride’s face. She is either over-made-up, so much so that she looks almost like a masquerade or she has these long, dramatic fake eyelashes that scream “I am very fake” to the guests and heavy ‘pancakes’ powder (pancake is the Naija speak for tinted face powder). If you’re like us, the first thing that comes to your mind is ‘why did this bride leave her makeup to the mercy of amateurs?’ or could she not have bothered to learn how to do her makeup herself like a pro?

And, on the flip side, there are beautiful wedding makeup pictures of brides that wow us and cause our jaws to drop in appreciation.

Choose a Professional and Get Your Money’s Worth

Whether you’re going to be a bride soon or a wedding guest, choose a skilled makeup artist – our above steps will help. Most brides are afraid that if they hire a makeup artist, that artist will over-paint their faces and make them look like someone else (a mini masquerade). But that’s not true – it’s amateur artists that do that. If you like natural-looking makeup, tell your makeup artist and they will give you just that.They won’t put fake eyelashes on you if you don’t like – by the way, there are ‘original eyelashes’ and (almost) no one will notice it’s not your natural lashes.

The bottom-line is this – if you decide to pay to get your face done, find a skilled, practicing makeup artist by asking people. And be sure to do try them before your wedding day, to see if their makeup style is a good fit for you.

We always advice our brides that photography and makeup are two of things that are better left to professionals. You can do your own everyday makeup yourself but find a GOOD makeup artist to do your wedding day makeup.


Calling Nigerian Makeup Artists Who Want More Wedding Clients!

NaijaGlamWedding readers are mostly brides-to-be who are preparing for their weddings, and they frequently ask us for advice on names of good makeup artists we recommend they should hire. We want to give them a big list of artists in different Nigerian states, instead of naming just a few makeup artists. So, to help our readers quickly find great wedding makeup artists, we are building a big list of the best makeup artists in Nigeria.

So if you are a skilled makeup artist that caters to Nigerians (in Nigeria or abroad), we want to know you. We have a special ‘Wedding Vendors Club’ on Facebook  – that’s where we point our readers to check for who to hire for their bridal makeup.

Click here to join our circle of Nigerian Wedding Professionals Group – it’s FREE

Recently, we featured before and after makeup photos from some of Naija’s best bridal makeup artists whose works literally made our jaws drop in excitement. We want to showcase more and more talented makeup artists to our brides-to-be, and we’d be checking our vendors club from time to time for interesting pictures and posts from Nigerian makeup artists and other wedding professionals – so click the above link to join now.

That’s it from us on how a brides-to-be or wedding guest can find and choose a professional makeup artist in Nigeria.

So, what ways do you use to find and choose a makeup artist. Let me hear it in the comments box down below – or just leave me any feedback or question.

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  1. Hello Stella , I have got a lot of inspiration from your site .My wedding is coming up in June and mysef and fiance came up with this color combo …Peach , silver and emerald green . am thinkiing of using peach as my lace top / silver aso oke with green embrodery but i dont know how he can use his for the engagement . cud you advise please . And also what do you think of thses colors and how can we combine it for family aso ebi gele only and aso ebi ladies / decor / chief brides maid n bestman . Sorry please i hop u understand my writeup

    • Hi Ebun, yout colour combo is elegant – it’s a sweet combination. Regarding how to combine matching colours with that combo for your groom’s trad wear, family members’ aso-ebi, friends’ aso-ebi, venue decoration and bridesmaids and groomsmen outfits, here’s an idea you can work with or change to suit you:
      -GROOM’S TRAD WEAR: 2 colours only. Your aso-oke wrapper (silver) = his agbada AND cap (cap may or may not have the green (embroidery). His dashiki/ inner kaftan can be a neutral colour (white, cream etc). OR you may decide to have him rock only 1 colour for his entire trad attire = the colour of your lace top (PEACH); in that case his cap would be the colour of your wrapper.
      -FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS’ ASOEBI: Pick one of your colours as the GELE or outfit, and then pair with suitable matching colours. For example:
      PEACH GELE: green/ emerald green attire and peach gele
      Blue/ navy attire and peach or gold gele or even silver gele.
      Another aso-ebi group can be: Green Gele with silver/ carton colour/ cream attire
      -VENUE DECOR colour combo: you won’t want to be wearing peach/ silver nd your decor / chairs and walls are all coloured like you.
      Venues always look elegant in Neutral (white or cream) AND A touch of Green (that your embroidery colour) + white OR cream.
      Like: white Chairs with green sash. OR whte or cream table covers with a green mapkins placed on top of flat plates.
      -BRIDESMAIDS N BESTMAN during your white wedding: peach or green dresses (or purple for chief BM if BMs wear peach).
      Groomsmen: blue or black or navy blue suit with peach ties.
      I hope those tips would inspire you – just feel free to change up these suggestions to suit you.

      • Thanks a lot for taking out time to outline this for me ..i am really impressed. God bless u for d good work u r doing on this platform

      • Hi Stella. Thanks for the nice work on your website. I am looking for a make-up artist for my wedding in July. I will appreciate if I get responses. Thank you so much.

  2. hi, I agree with your post because even as a makeup artist its hard to allow someone else that i have not really seen their job to handle my face ,so at some point you are right but a teacher once needed someone to teach her/him and newbie MUAs are really ready to satisfy their clients more its a fact

    • Thanks, Maria. I feel you – everyone, especially brides on their wedding day, likes to have an experienced makeup artist do their makeup. But when everyone flaunts themselves as experts, it can be difficult for brides to know who is the real deal – that was why we wrote this article. Thanks foe your feedback. I agree that new and good makeup artists are likely to satisfy their clients, in order to win them back and also increase their customer-base. *But we don’t expect student makeup artists to use clients’ faces for practicals – they should be using their friends and colleagues’ faces until they graduate. Haha

  3. My wedding is around the corner and I would like you to tell me a lovely lace fabric that worth 3000 for 5 yards as aso ebi for my friends, because I don’t really want to stress them as we just through with our programme in school.thanks

    • Hi Yinda. I suggest that you talk to this Aso-ebi seller (Temitope) – contact her on Facebook and tell her that NaijaGlamWedding pointed you to her (click here to go to her FB page). You’re a considerate bride, and that is very good. We always advice our brides to pick asoebis that their friends can afford.

  4. Vivienne Belonwu says

    Hi Stella,

    I read your post on ‘How to select the make up artist of your choice’

    I must say it was very nice of you. However, most brides and soon-to-be brides most times go for names other than quality. Don’t get me wrong please. I believe in establishment of one’s career. But sometimes, one has to overlook ‘names’ and go for what one really wants.

    There are many advantages to working with a new bee in the industry. Firstly, they are more flexible. They are more willing to listen to what you have to say. At this stage, they are more or less concerned more with breaking into the industry than just making somr few bucks here and there. Whereas a household name is already balanced in the business and is therefore prepared to make money. At this moment, the new bee will go with anything you want and work with u to achieve that. She needs to know that you’ll recommend her for her efforts.

    Secondly, they are more affordable and of course available. They can afford to book you in between days for practice sessions before your D day assuming you stay in same city.

    Lastly, you get to meet with the main person. A beginner, most times do not have the financial capacity to have several assistants. Therefore, they take thier jobs personally other than sending others to you. There is always a feeling of satisfaction when a bride is attended to by the make up artiste herself instead of sending someone no matter how good he/she maybe

    I’m a make up artiste and I must say very good at my job. I’m not a big name now but I’m diligently working towards that. Soon to be brides can reach me on 07035230985, 08092990962. I would be happy to answer fufther questions about my work. They won’t regret they did.


    • Thanks for that awesome contribution, Vivienne. Your points are very correct.
      I agree that there are loads of talented MUAs who are just not yet in the public eye. I also believe that even among the popular MUAs, some are not even that good, but were just lucky. So, while there are the not-so-good (MUAs) among the popular and not-popular MUAs, we at are always about educating brides-to-be on how to spot the talented ones (popular or not). That was why I wrote this article.
      Thanks for adding your own voice to the discussion, and thanks for stopping by.

  5. OGECHI PETER says

    Pls Stella how do I get ur number….

  6. Hi Stella, nice meeting you. Yet to fix the date for my wedding but like Eka I’ve picked my colours to be turquoise,orange and purple. What do you think about the combo and how can I rock it for both traditional and white wedding? Thanks.

    • Hi Dorcas, you have chosen a great colour combination for your wedding. Just like the tips I gave to Eka (in the comments), you need to define how to use your colours between your traditional and white wedding. I’m a big fan of keeping colour combos simple, and so suggest choosing two of those colors as your main color combination and then adding a touch of the third. It is easier that way, and prevents colour-clashing. FOR EXAMPLE: you can use turquoise + orange OR purple + orange as your main wedding colour scheme, and then make turquoise your accents. You may want to use one set of main colour scheme for the white wedding (bridesmaid + maid of honour dress, etc) and use the other as a main colour for the traditional (aso-ebi and Gele or men’s Cap). A great way Turquoise + white on your wedding cake and/OR on the table decoration/ chair covers, your invitation cards etc. That’s just my contribution, but feel free to style your wedding colours as your creativity leads you.

  7. Hi Stella, your site is a blessing to soon- to- be brides like myself. although I’ve not picked a date yet am planning my wedding events in advance. I’ve picked the colours Purple(Royal)/ Peach/ Gold for my day but I don’t know if that combination is ok. really need your thoughts on this. thanks

    • Hi Eka, thanks – we love getting positive feedback from our soon-to-be-brides. You’ve started out well, to have picked your wedding colour scheme, which sets the tone and ambiance of a wedding.
      Purple, peach and gold are a popular wedding colour combination. You just have to think of how to infuse the colours into your main wedding (trad and white) elements. There are lots of ways you can pull that combo. For example:
      -For the traditional wedding: purple and Gold attire for the couple, light-purple aso-ebi outfit with gold Gele for the women
      -For the white wedding, ideas include: purple, peach and gold flower bouquet, purple bridesmaid dresses + peach for the chief bridesmaid, gold or peach decorated wedding cake, purple themed wedding lights as part of the hall decoration OR purple + peach for the table/ chair covers and hand napkins placed on the table.
      Hopefully, those ideas can make you start thinking up even better ways of infusing your wedding colour scheme into different elements of your big day.

      • Hi Stella,

        I am also going with Royal blue for the bridesmaid and peach for chief bridesmaid for my wedding but now I have issues with what colour the groomsmen should go for. The groom will be wearing a white and black tuxedo. What colour would you advice the groomsmen and best man to go for?


        • Hi Mary, welcome to our Nigerian wedding blog. Traditionally, the groomsmen attire/ suits should coordinate with that of your groom – their outfits/ suits should be similar in style. Your groom should aim at using accessories to differentiate his look from that of his groomsmen – examples include: his tie colour/ design, cuff links, and other small details. He may even want to have the same style of suit with his groomsmen, but his own could be slightly different in colour and/ or a few small details.
          2.) Your groomsmen style should also sync with your bridesmaids – one way is to use the bridesmaids dress colour to inspire the colour of your groomsmen ties or socks or shirts. That way, your entire wedding party outfit will be cohesive.
          **Hope that helps.

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