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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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
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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!
Aaliyah would have 35 today and every time the anniversary of her death or her birthday rolls along I think about her and mourn for her still as if she was my friend when she was not. Happy birthday baby girl
In honor of her birthday today I’m sharing some of the Aaliyah Makeup Tutorial series of videos I did for her in 2012. Can you believe it’s been a year and a half since that series?
And I couldn’t not discuss one of my favorite Aaliyah songs, Rock the Boat
Today we also celebrate the birthday of the First Lady Michelle Obama and songstress Sade Adu who happens to be my favorite musical singer
Just doing my part to give credit where it’s due and recognize not only a women who once made an impact on culture but the women who are alive now paving the way and setting a positive example of what it means to be a woman of color.
Alright, now shout out your favorite Aaliyah or Sade song in the comments!