Jackie Aina is a professional makeup artist and Nigerian beauty blogger from Southern California. Servicing clients and weddings throughout the Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego areas. Also specializing in editorial, commercial and beauty makeup since 2009. Available for travel and work internationally.
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This is my first interview for the blog, yay! I want to be able to continue to familiarize my readers with all of the amazingly abundant talent out there and the people that motivate and inspire me.
Some of you may recall when I did a look recreating one of Mathu Andersen‘s makeup looks a few months ago, and after that blog post a lot of my readers who had never heard of Andersen thanked me for shedding light on the other talented amazing artist.
So I decided that I’d like to do that more often here on the blog except take it a step further by reaching out to them and asking them fun, non-traditional questions so that we can get to know them in ways that other media outlets may not show!
So who will be our first guest? Introducing Yolonda Frederick! Many of you probably already KNOW who she is, and for those of you who don’t I won’t say too much about who she is, I’ll let her tell you herself!
1. Roll call! Tell us who you are, what you do and one thing that makes you fabulous.
I’m Yolonda Frederick-Thompson! I’m a celebrity makeup artist who got her big break with the Grammy award-winning TLC! What makes me fabulous is being able to juggle my crazy schedule while being a devoted mother and wife! I wear many hats…well lol! Or least I’d like to think so!
2. Please share who your most notable clients are so the world can know how dope you are!
Wow I’ve worked with celebs like TLC, Usher,(grooming), Ciara, Jennifer Hudson, Blake Lively, Melissa Etheridge, Gabourey Sidbe, Ludacris (grooming), Outkast (grooming), etc…
3. What was your strangest or funniest experience on set or on a makeup job? You can keep the people involved anonymous if need be!
I guess the strangest thing that’s happened to me would be the time me and another really dope and well-know make-up artist, showed up for the same job with a MAJOR celebrity! The client actually flew me out to LA for the job so I’m not sure how the lines got crossed! It was a very uncomfortable situation because The other makeup artist was someone who I have always admired their body of work!!! Needless to say I stayed on set and he left… Because at the time I was definitely trying to make my mark so I knew I just couldn’t walk away from the opportunity!
4. You’re on the job and you run out of your signature go-to lipstick, what do you do?
Lol! That’s easy just mix other lipsticks together to make my own version of it!
5. If not makeup, what would your alternative career choice have been?
I could totally see myself being a painter or some sort of visual artist! I’m extremely into creating things! I also love interior design so that could also be an interesting career choice.
6. Where is the most interesting/lavish place your career has taken you as a makeup artist?
Kazakhstan, it was exquisite! Everything was tops! The hotel, the food, the service! Not to mention the client provided each if us with an open tab! We dined at this exclusive restaurant surrounded by mountains then ended our evening with a late night horseback ride! It was awesome…
7. Your best skincare tip? Never sleep in makeup!!! Use what works for you but hydrate your skin and drink lots of water! This will keep your skin looking fresh!
8. You’re stranded on a desert island and you can only bring 5 items from your kit, what do you bring? Phyto-black Lift eye and lip cream, Evian spray mist, Mango Lip Butter, SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV defense SPF 30 (recommended to me by Dr Marc Yune, Aesthetic Specialty Center, Atlanta, GA and I live by his advice!), Haute and Naughty Mascara by MAC.
9. Where do you see the Yolonda Frederick beauty empire going in the next five years?
I am currently working on a really awesome makeup kit… It’s revolutionary and I can definitely see it growing into a major movement for girls of all ages to enjoy! I’m super excited and can’t wait to launch it! This will give me a great sense of accomplishment.
10. How can we keep up to date with what’s happening with Yolonda these days?
I try to document my journey through social media. Outside of my website: iamyolondafrederick.com, I’m currently on instagram, twitter and facebook! I’m also “playing around” with my blogsite! I use the words “playing around” because I’ve yet to totally commit to blogging regularly. Hey, I’m working on being more on point with social media across the board. This can be a great marketing tool as well as a means to stay in touch with what’s hot! One day I will be more proactive but for now I will keep making strides towards excellence.
sidenote: in terms of excellence we think she seems to be doing just fine these days!
Some of Yolonda’s signature looks
I could not be more honored and flattered that Yolonda took the time out of her busy schedule to be featured on the blog and answer the questions I wrote for her. Thank you so much Yolonda! Stay Fabulous and we look forward to seeing more from your career endeavors in the future!
Stay plugged into the blog and find out who we will feature next!
The first Poetic Justice Jeans lookbook I did was so well received by you all that they wanted to partner with me again. This time to feature some of their jackets on the site!
By the way, for those of you that don’t already know, shopping for jackets out of season saves you so much money. Just saying.
Speaking of saving money, our friends at Poetic Justice are giving us a 30% off discount code! Just use code MAKEUPGAME30 at checkout and you’ll be automatically entered to win a $200 Poetic Justice shopping spree!
So let’s roll right onto look one
This look is the most wearable to me because it’s the most neutral, it’s also super comfortable and actually warm, it doesn’t at all feel cheap or like lightweight denim. The quality is nice and I love the detachable hoodie.
Say hello to your inner Rihanna with the black bleached vest. I also love that I already had a pair of Poetic Justice jeans to match. This is giving me all KINDS of rockstar sexy that I need right now!
This is the lightweight jacket that you can either wear when there’s an easy breeze out and it’s not cold enough for a cold yet, or tie it around your waist when you want to look like a bada$$! This is the style that grew on me, and the more and more I wore it (especially around my hips and waist.
The jacket that I didn’t realize I’d end up wearing the most, but I totally have. And who doesn’t love camo?! This jacket is super comfortable and the easiest and simplest way to jazz up an otherwise plain or simple outfit. This jacket also comes with a detachable hoodie.
Special shoutout to Poetic Justice Jeans for collaborating with me again, I love supporting good quality brands that genuinely care about the feedback of their customers. Once again Poetic Justice Jeans have been Jackie O approved.
I hope you all enjoyed the lookbook, which one was your favorite? Tell me down below
And don’t forget to use coupon code MAKEUPGAME30 to receive 30% off your purchase and enter to win a $200 shopping spree with Poetic Justice.
I’m going to Nigeria! *does happy dance*, in less than one month!
I was recently contacted about being a panelist for the Beauty UnMasked panel during Social Media Week Lagos in February. I think it’s awesome that we’re highlighting the impact of social media on our culture and society in Africa, mainly in Nigeria because if many if you don’t already know my father is from Nigeria and I haven’t been since my childhood years. This literally is a dream come true for me! The event is free ladies and I hope to see you there so hurry up and register on the website!
“The goal of this discussion is to empower Nigerian women by discussing how we can connect our current and future beauty ideals to our heritage as African women. We will also highlight current misconceptions around “beauty” in Nigeria and the Diaspora. Lastly, we will explore how we as content curators can determine trends on social media while incorporating tradition and culture.
At the end of the event, an audience member will be chosen to share their beauty story. Their story will also be on the Social Media Week Lagos blog and they will receive N10,000 worth of beauty products from My Makeup & Cosmetics.”
WHAT. Did they say FREE MAKEUP?! Girl now you HAVE to go!
I knew my job would eventually bring me to some pretty awesome places but this moment is full circle for me because I feel like I will be coming HOME finally. I am very excited to meet and connect with many of you ladies and if you’re in Nigeria I hope to see you not only at the panel BUT also I will be having a makeup workshop while I am there!
This makes me seriously giddy with excitement as for the first time in a long time I get to combine my two passions: makeup and traveling. I knew great things were to come but I had no idea how rapidly and I truly look forward to meeting you ladies and I hope you register for this class ladies!
I will be having two makeup lessons in one day, both sessions will cover the same topic, choose which session best fits your needs. Some things I will be covering during the workshop:
A full face makeup routine (I haven’t decided if I want to do glam, a daytime look or a nighttime look, I suppose I will choose the one based on which one my audience favors) Shade matching foundation Eyebrow shaping Applying false lashes Applying eyeshadow Contouring and highlighting like a pro
Choosing lip colors to match your eyes
I will also be giving tips and discussing how to maximize your social media and internet presence.
Just know that there will be a lot of love, passion and most of all education poured into this makeup workshop so I truly hope you ladies can register and make it! A huge special thank you to My Makeup & Company for inviting me to the Beauty Unmasked Panel as well as sponsoring the workshop, hopefully this is only the beginning of future opportunities to do makeup in Nigeria. Be sure to follow MyMakeupNG on Twitter for more updates about the makeup workshop.
I am possibly thinking of doing a meetup while I am there, it seems only right. What do you guys think? Please let me know and leave recommendations for a meetup place in the comments section down below, I’d love to hear some input since I’m not really familiar with Nigeria just yet.
Did I mention how excited I am to meet you all?! Get ready ladies February is going to be one hell of a month for us!!
I have to be brutally honest, IMATS LA was something I have been dreading for MONTHS now. Anyone who is in the military knows why I say this. Being in large uncontrolled crowds without a weapon? Complete lack of situational awareness while people crowd around you from all corners without you being able to see what they’re doing from behind your back? I’m cool bruh!
If it wasn’t for my readers and viewers who had asked me if I was going to be attending, as well as some of the sweetheart vloggers I knew would be coming out here and I’ve been watching and supporting for years (Makeupd0ll, Nitraab, etc) I would not have gone. I do love meeting people but I prefer the environment to be much more relaxed and controlled so I pushed my nervousness and borderline claustrophobia aside and decided to come anyway. I’m so glad I did!
I met so many amaaaazing people this weekend and I’m constantly reminded of the amount of positivity and support there is from YouTube and the beauty community.
Some of the beautiful subscribers I met, how are my subbies so freakin gorg though?!
Oh and peep some of the goodies I snagged from this year’s show, thank you Sugarpill for being such an avid supporter of me and my channel, check out their new line of cruelty free brushes guys. I’ve already used them in a makeup tutorial and I’m quite impressed! Eve Pearl came through too and I’m excited to feature my new stuff on the channel!
I am so blessed to have met many of you lovely ladies at the show this year! Here’s to another year of success, creativity and inspiration to all of you. See you next year ladies!
Guys like natural makeup right? Meh, who cares what they like!
Okay just kidding.
This makeup look is for all my Valentine’s Day makeup divas out there, NO it’s not too early to start planning now! This look also comes by request from a subscriber who wanted to see something glowy and dewy, as many of us know most men prefer the softer “no makeup makeup” type of looks. We thought this would be appropriate for a date with a gentleman so I hope you all enjoy what I came up with!
The idea behind this look was to be soft clean, and something that won’t scare away your beaux.
Here’s what I used in this tutorial
Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35 | Dark
Josie Maran Argan Illuminizer
Face Atelier Pro Ultra Foundation | 0+
Youngblood Hi Definition Hydrating Mineral Perfecting Powder | Warmth
To shop for all of the products featured on this tutorial on a one stop shop check out Markkit! http://mymarkk.it/lp034
And if you’re really feeling flirty this year and want to step it up from your usual natural glam check out this Valentine’s day makeup tutorial I did last year featuring a sexy, deep red lip.
I know this blog post came super delayed but with IMATS coming and going I have been pretty busy all weekend, as I’m sure many of you have been as well! It was an honor and pleasure getting know many of you this weekend, and thanks so much to each of you for being kind, joyful, encouraging and just showing some love to me this weekend! I am truly grateful for that!