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Meet CEO Sit Pretty Inc.

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I truly love and admire you for being such an inspiration and blessing to me.‘Kunbi is a Professional makeup artist, she owns SIT PRETTY INC based in Lagos.

Guess what connected us? MAKEUP .Yes we are both incurable makeup addicts.(lolz) and constantly sharing our findings with each other.

I chatted with her and she reveals what inspired her to become a makeup artist and how she finds the journey so far .Enjoy.

 WHO IS ‘KUNBI?
 ‘KUNBI IS A YOUNG WOMAN WHO LOVES THE FINEST THINGS OF LIFE. I’M KNOWN BY MOST PEOPLE AS ‘MUMMY’ BECAUSE I’M A SUCKER FOR ORGANIZING THINGS, EVENTS & HAVE A NATURAL AFFINITY FOR CATERING TO THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE. I’M MARRIED & A MOTHER OF A 2+ YEARS OLD TODDLER. IM AN INTROVERT, BUT LOVE TO PRETEND TO BE VERY SOCIAL. PLUS I LOVE BEING BEHIND THE CAMERA 🙂
I’M QUITE TALL (6FT), I LOVEEEEEE MAKEUP & HOW IT REVIVES THE DULLEST OF FACES, I LOVE GOOD FOOD, LOVE TO COOK(CHEF ‘KUNBI), I LOVE CHILDREN, I LOVE DETECTIVE NOVELS/MOVIES/SERIES ; I LOVE TO TRAVEL, I LOVE TO SHOP. IM AN UNDYING EFIKO & CAN DO ANYTHING EXCEPT KILL/ STEAL FOR MY FAMILY, FRIENDS & PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN KIND AND GRACIOUS TO MEYOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:

BSc. CHEMICAL & POLYMER ENGINEERING, LAGOS STATE UNIVERSITY
 WHY MAKEUP ARTISTRY?
I’LL ANSWER BY SAYING: WHY NOT MAKEUP ARTISTRY? I BELIEVE I’VE BEEN CALLED TO THE SERVICE OF OTHERS IN WHATEVER PROFESSION I WOULD HAVE CHOSEN. MAKEUP ARTISTRY CAME NATURALLY TO ME, THOUGH I NEVER KNEW I WOULD BUILD A CAREER IN IT.
EVERY HUMAN BEING HAS BEAUTY NEEDS, BOTH MALE & FEMALE. NOT EVERYONE HAS THE BEST OF SKINS & NOT EVERYONE IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS CINDERELLA OR WITH THE BEST FACIAL OR BODILY FEATURES, BUT THE NEED TO APPEAR IN A WAY THAT CAN BE APPRECIATED BY ALL & SUNDRY LIES DEEP WITHIN EVERY HUMAN BEING, BE IT REGARDING BEAUTY,FASHION, HOMES,CARS ET ALWHAT DO YOU ENJOY?

I ENJOY THE CHALLENGE EACH CANVAS(FACE) GIVES, I ENJOY THE WAY A BEAUTY MAKEOVER LIFTS THE SPIRIT OF MY CLIENTS, I ENJOY THE LOVE MY CLIENTS SHOW ME ESPECIALLY WHEN I GET REFERRALS FROM THEM, I ENJOY THE NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES THE PROFESSION GIVES ME & OF COURSE I ENJOY THE MONETARY INCREASE THE JOB BRINGS 😉
WHEN & HOW DID YOU START?
I’LL START WITH HOW I STARTED.AN INTEREST WAS SPARKED IN 2003. I HAD READ ALL ABOUT BANKE MESHIDA IN CITY PEOPLE & COINCIDENTALLY, SHE WAS THE MUA OF CHOICE FOR MY COUSIN’S WEDDING THAT SAME YEAR. I ASKED HER A FEW QUESTIONS ESPECIALLY QUESTIONS LIKE: ARE U THE BANKE I’VE ALWAYS READ ABOUT? SHE WAS VERY NICE TO ME & I LOVED HOW SHE TRANSFORMED MY COUSIN. I STILL HAVE THAT PICTURE
2YRS LATER, A FRIEND ASKED ME TO HELP TRANSFORM HER SISTER ON HER WEDDING DAY, I WAS VERY SCARED, BUT MIGHT I ADD ,SHE WAS VERY COURAGEOUS TO HAVE MADE THAT DECISION.
A LITTLE WHILE LATER, ANOTHER FRIEND MADE THIS REQUEST OF ME (THEY WEREN’T PAYING JOBS, BUT I DIDN”T MIND USING MY POCKET MONEY TO PURCHASE WHAT THEY WOULD NEED). THE NEXT YEAR, ANOTHER COUSIN ASKED FOR MY SERVICES IN IJEBU.ALL THIS WHILE, I STILL DIDN’T KNOW I WAS HEADED IN THIS DIRECTION.THOUGH UNDECIDED, I WOULD GO TO THE VARIOUS BRANCHES OF KUDDY COSMETICS TO BUY THINGS THAT INTERESTED ME, ALHAJA WAS ALSO A FAV PLACE TO SHOP. I REGISTERED MY COMPANY IN 2007 & FINALLY DECIDED IN 2008 TO PURSUE A CAREER IN MAKEUP ARTISTRY IN A PROFESSIONAL MANNER.

THE JOURNEY SO FAR?
THE CHALLENGES AS EXPECTED HAVE BEEN TO MEET UP IN SKILL WITH THE MOST CELEBRATED MAKEUP ARTISTES OF THIS CENTURY. YOU HAVE NO REASON TO FALL SHORT, YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BE BETTER THAN THOSE WHOSE WORK INSPIRED YOU OR TO AT LEAST COME TO PAR (THAT’S WHAT I SAY TO MYSELF)
ANOTHER CHALLENGE HAS BEEN GETTING PRODUCTS & TOOLS TO HELP MY WORK GET BETTER AS WELL AS ACCESS TO INFORMATION. THANKS TO THE ADVENT OF THE INTERNET, THE PROBLEM IS HALF-SOLVED 🙂
A FANTASTIC SUPPORT SYSTEM OF WONDERFUL FAMILY & GREAT FRIENDS HAS HELPED ME DEAL WITH & FACE THESE CHALLENGESI HAVE BEEN ABLE TO STAY FOCUSED BY SETTING GOALS FOR EACH YEAR WITH ALL THE THINGS I WANT TO ACCOMPLISH & KNOWING THAT CHALLENGES GIVE WAY SOMEDAY EXCEPT YOU CHOOSE NOT TO LEARN FROM THEM & GROW.

PRAYER, POSITIVE CONFESSIONS OF FAITH & ACTING ON MY FAITH
ADVICE FOR ASPIRING MAKEUP ARTIST?
 I’LL SAY KEEP AT IT, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, NEVER GET TOO PROUD, AVOID AS MUCH DRAMA IN EVERY AREA OF YOUR LIFE, MAKE FRIENDS WITH THOSE WHOSE WORK INSPIRE YOU, READ UP ON THE GREATEST ARTISTES OF OUR TIME, REFUSE TO BE A MEDIOCRE, BE READY TO WORK HARD & BE VERY PRAYERFUL.
THERE CAN’T BE TOO MANY MAKEUP ARTISTES, NEITHER CAN THERE BE TOO MANY HAIR STYLISTS, FASHION DESIGNERS ET AL.
 WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE A GOOD MAKEUP ARTIST?
 ABILITY TO PAY ATTENTION TO DETAILSA NEED TO CONSTANTLY EVOLVE

A SKILLFULL HAND AND CREATIVE MIND

TEACHABLE MIND AND NOT TOO PROUD TO LEARN FROM OTHERS

A WILLINGNESS TO PUT YOUR RESOURCES IN DEVELOPING YOURSELF.

MAKEUP ARTISTS (MUAs) THAT INSPIRE YOU?
GLOBALLY :
 KEVYN AUCOIN (May His Soul Rest in peace)PAT McGrath (The effortless way she creates looks and transforms faces reminds me of the Kind of artiste i want to be)

SAM FINE (Don’t get me started on him, i’m a Huge Fan. He’s the only one that does natural looks so well & must i add THE KING OF HIGHLIGHTING & CONTOURING)
RAE MORRIS (Australia’s Finest, i’m inspired by her everyday)KEMI IMOVBERE UWAGA (i’m Proud to be her No.1 Fan). Artiste, Educator, Transformer, Illustrator.OMG, I Just Love Her.

SUREH SENEVIRATNE (owns Suresh Beauty)

DANASSA MYRICKS (Her DVDs Rock, she has some great techniques you want to try)
DANY SANZ (who owns & Runs the 29-yr old MAKEUP FOR EVER Brand)KABUKI (The Man responsible for Lady Gaga’s Out-of-this-world makeup Looks & Katy Perry’s Looks in

the song ‘ET’ )

EINAT DAN (Master Body – Painter)BILLY B

KEVIN J BENNETT

JENNIFER JAMES

AND THE LIST GROWS DAILY…

LOCALLY (Most of them being Lagos-Based & whose Signature i can spot a mile off)

BANKE MESHIDA LAWAL 😉 Talented Makeup Artiste Extraordinaire – –

ADENIKE OGUNGBE (EWAR). She’s the Fastest MUA you’ll ever meet & she wows me all the time with her skill. She’s most likely the Best Gele- Constructor in Nigeria.

OSAMU OGBONMWAN (Benin-Based artiste known as OSAMU’s Beauty Matters). Mehn, does that girl have skill.

ASHAMA ANESH (works with Osamu and is one of the few talented Male MUAs you’ll find here)

 FUNMI OLURINOLA (ABEKE). I faint each time i see the stuff she’s capable of, she’s a highly talented. Her attention to brows, Under-eye circles, Lips * I Just Fainted *

LOLADE OGUNJIMI (DAINTY AFFAIRS). She is a Talented Makeup Artiste & Baker. i can’t say which she’s better at doing, but she does her 2 jobs with Particular Skill & attention to detail. Finishing is always Top-Notch.

LOLADE FANIMOKUN (FACETALK). The things i Love about Abeke are the things i love about her. She wows me each time.

BIMPE OGUNMAKIN (Celebrity Makeup Artiste with a Wealth of Knowledge that’s undisputable, a mentor to me & of course Lady with the Most Fashion Magazine covers)

 BRANDS YOU LOVE?

– MAC

– URBAN DECAY
– FLORI ROBERTS
– MARY KAY
– SLEEK
– SKINDINAVIA
– REVLON
– MILANI
– ELF
– SMASHBOX
– BM PRO
– CASABELLA
– BOBBI BROWN
– JORDANA
– BLACK OPAL
– BLACK RADIANCE
– IMAN
– BH COSMETICS
– CLINIQUE
– ESTEE LAUDER
– BEAUTY BLENDER
– BEN NYE

LET ME SAY THIS YEMISI IS THE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF N’SURE BEAUTY STUDIO WHICH SHE RUNS TOGETHER WITH HER PARTNER FOLAYEMI.SHE HAS A PASSION I’VE NEVER HEARD OF. SHE BRINGS GREAT SKILL & KNOWLEDGE TO THE GAME & HAS AN ENDEARING SPIRIT TO ALL SHE MEETS. A TUTOR OF MANY & A MENTOR TO OTHERS, HER WORK IS LIVING PROOF OF FAITH IN ACTION. 

Thank You for the honor Yem’YemGod Bless You!!!

If you have a Makeup Artist you want me to feature , kindly send me a mail.

Till my next post,

Love, kisses and hugs.
Misidreads.

 

  • Love this interview…kudos guys!

  • Well done Yemisi, I have just learnt a lot from you and this interview* hugs