Remember when we used to do the 'MUA Alert' segment? Yeah, that is coming back. It never really went away.......it's just that Makeup artists in other states stopped sending their portfolios to be published, so it kinda stalled the segment.
If you are a Makeup artist in other states (or even countries), please feel free to contact me to get your brand showcased on this platform. I can't count the number of times people send me chats asking me if i know makeup artists in other states.
So i'm starting the segment again by introducing you to a makeup company in Port Harcourt, Nigeria called 'Zircon Beauty'. The company is owned by Chidera Emeruwa who also happens to be my very beautiful cousin *there's a very large smile on my face right now*.
TELL US ABOUT ZIRCON BEAUTY
Zircon Beauty is a company born out of passion. We are a unique makeup artistry brand providing professional makeup artistry services as well as makeup consultation. What makes us stand out is the way we view makeup as being an enhancement of one's personal beauty rather than trying to look like another. Thus we strive to make every single client a gorgeous version of themselves. Also, exceptional customer service is something we highly prioritise. We are currently based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED AS A BEAUTY ARTIST?
Being able to properly apply makeup and create looks with it is innate. However it was always for my own personal consumption. I experimented with different techniques, looks etc in order to attain better results. During my university days and afterwards, I always got complimented for my looks and sometimes helped friends out with theirs. All that time I never thought of venturing to be a makeup artist. Growing up I always knew I would run my own business but I never knew in what. As I started working in the corporate world in 2011, it became clearer and clearer to me that the business I would embark on was makeup artistry as I was just too drawn to it. I was constantly learning too using the internet as a valuable resource as well as some books. I didn't want to run just another makeup business as I was particular about professionalism as well as having a better grasp of the business side of things. Thus in 2014, I resigned from my job and left for the UK for an MBA degree which I graduated with in late 2015. I then enrolled for a professional makeup artistry course with a renowned international brand after which the business became incorporated in 2016. We commenced operation shortly afterwards.
WHAT DOES BEAUTY MEAN TO YOU?
Beauty is an expression of one's personality both inwards and outwards. It's lovely to be beautiful on the outside but you can never see someone who has a beautiful heart not radiate that beauty outside.
WHO (OR WHAT) INSPIRED YOU?
There is no one that I can say inspired me to go into the beauty industry. But every waking moment, I draw my inspiration from God as well as the beauty that exists in this universe of ours. When it comes to makeup I see inspiration in beautiful makeup I see. One person I admire in makeup artistry is the British artist, Wayne Goss. He knows not only how to do makeup but he knows makeup - the very technical aspect of it and that's very important for me as a makeup professional.
SO WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME 'ZIRCON BEAUTY'?
Back in University, I was reading about gemstones and I came across zircon. I had heard the names of many gemstones except this one and I was curious and read it up. The properties of zircon intrigued me as well as its unique sounding name and thereafter I decided my brand will be named so. The gemstone zircon represents to a large extent what we are all about. Zircon is a very valuable gemstone and it comes in a wide variety of colours. Some varieties in areas where they are mined are quite dull but when properly polished give an intense sparkle and brilliance. Just like the zircon, people come in all shades but are still beautiful, however we can 'polish' them through makeup to make their own personal beauty sparkle and shine through. Also, although zircon comes in an array of colours which could cause it to be mistaken for some other coloured gemstones such as rubies, amethyst, emerald etc, it is uniquely itself with its own specific properties. And that's the way we view beauty here, no matter how you try to look like someone, you look best as yourself. And a fun fact- zircon is the birthstone for December alongside turquoise and tanzanite. So all you December babies, you now know!
WHAT BEAUTY ADVICE WOULD YOU SUGGEST ALL WOMEN FOLLOW?
My number 1 beauty advice is to strive to get a clear, healthy skin. Nothing trumps that absolutely. Women need to take care of their skin as no amount of makeup can compensate for poor skin. And makeup even sits and glows better with great skin, so it's a win-win. Also regularly go makeup free to allow your skin breathe. Your face will thank you for it.
WHAT ARE YOUR MOST FAVORITE PRODUCTS?
I really do not have favourite products that I will say I can't absolutely do without but there are a ton of great products I have come across. Also I like to constantly try out new products when I run out hence I tend not to always stick with one type. But if a product is really good I will most likely go for it again. That said some of my all time favourites are Mary Kay full coverage foundation (not time-wise). It's light, buildable and provides an excellent coverage and finish. I also love the L.A girl pro conceal H.D concealer for the same reasons. Smashbox photo finish primer should be every oily skin's best friend! Take it from me, the oil control is impeccable and I have extremely oily skin. And my absolute best - the original beauty blender. I practically do not know how to apply foundation any other way! I basically transitioned from using my fingers to using the beauty blender. I'm yet to fully learn how to work a foundation brush! This is one product I have never attempted to find an alternative because it's just awesome. That said I'm still looking for the perfect mascara and eye water liner.
NAME ONE PRODUCT AND ONE TOOL YOU JUST CANT DO WITHOUT.
Easy! Brown eye pencil. If there was to be only one colour of pencil in my box this will be it. I use it to outline and sometimes fill brows, as a lip liner ( I rarely do coloured liners), as an eye liner and for the water line too. The one tool I can't do without, I'm sure you can guess! It's my original beauty blender! It's everything.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE MAKEUP LOOK? WHICH ONE?
My favourite makeup look will have to be earth-toned/neutral eyeshadows paired with a bold lip. It's flattering on everyone and for those with luminescent or coloured/light eyes or contacts, that eyeshadow combination makes the eye really pop. Maybe I'm biased towards that look because I have hazel eyes. Lol!
HOW DO YOU DECIDE WHAT LOOK TO DO ON A CLIENTS FACE?
Deciding what look to do for a client is as follows in decreasing order - 1) Client's preference 2)What they are wearing and the occasion 3)Client's physical features. Really there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to make up. The trick is finding what suits one best and sticking to it whether it's a makeup product, look or technique. Makeup is not one-size-fits-all.
CONTACT DETAILS .......
MOBILE : 08083282478
EMAIL : email@example.com
INSTAGRAM : @zirconbeautyng
FACEBOOK : Zircon Beauty
There you have it! So if you are in Portharcourt, you can call on Zircon beauty for your beauty needs.
Again, if you are a makeup artist based outside Lagos or outside Nigeria, i would be glad to showcase your brand free of charge if you register your interest by sending me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a good night....
PS... I finally changed the look of the blog.....i hope you love it.