You know I love to bring you special people so we can learn a lot about each person, I’m here today with Saibu Ifeoluwa, a make up artist and the CEO of Crowns Glam. Enjoy
PRESH: Good day, please introduce yourself to us
IFEOLUWA: Saibu Ifeoluwa Temilade
PRESH: Tell us about you Temilade
IFEOLUWA: I’m 23, from Ogun state, Ijebu ode precisely. I’m a final year student of the prestigious Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, studying food science and I’m also a makeup artist.
PRESH: Sure you must have had some lit childhood, tell us about it
IFEOLUWA: Well, my childhood wasn’t really “lit” per say, it was more of rough and “ghetto ish” Cos I grew up in Ajegunle, sure you’ve heard of the place. But I would say it taught me to be very sharp and smart and then I grew up more with my dad, cos my mum was always traveling(career woman), and he was very strict(typical Nigerian dad).The only lit childhood memory I would say I have, is the usual running around and fights with my siblings.
PRESH: Anyone who looks at you wouldn’t believe you grew up in the hood, but it’s cool. Still on growing up, how was schooling like for you?
IFEOLUWA: I would say high school was fun, my dad is a teacher, and a very strict father. So he made sure we (myself and my siblings) all went to a very good school and were very good academically. And I had the normal fun we all had back in high school, the whole crush, boyfriend and girlfriend thingy, school gossips, after school fights, dancing and quiz competitions etc. Talking about college, I would say, it was an eye opener for me, I got to learn a lot, and above all, I learnt how to be independent as a young woman. I also made good friends and learnt a whole lot academically. In summary, it was and it’s still fun for me🌚.
PRESH: Awesome stuff, so you’re a make up artiste, how did it all start for you
IFEOLUWA: Well, it started 2 years ago, July 2017 precisely. During the long asuu strike, I was just tired of being idle, and I thought of learning something, and that was it. I enrolled for the program for 2 weeks, and with God’s help, it’s been good.
PRESH: Just 2 weeks and you had it all covered?
IFEOLUWA: Mehnn, it was tough, I won’t lie, but I practiced ehnnnn, infact I would do makeup on myself every day, my mum, my sister, my friends, even on my hands and laps. 😂😂 And the determination was there, it kept me going on till now.
PRESH: So how has the journey been so far, over 2 years now, looking back, how do you feel
IFEOLUWA: Honestly, it’s not been all rosy o, cos clients would come for a while, and then go MIA for some time. But I’m really grateful, I’m not where I used to be 2 years ago, or a year ago, I’m super grateful for growth, and I know I’m going to get better. So far, learning makeup and building my brand has been my best decision so far.
PRESH: So what’s your brand name, I’m sure our readers would like to know
IFEOLUWA: Crowns Glam
PRESH: How do you source for clients? Considering how densely populated your industry is
IFEOLUWA: You know that right? Getting clients can be really hard. But I believe once you’re good at what you do, clients would always come. But when I started first, the first year, what I did differently was that I brought my price a little bit down., and it worked for me sha. But now? God has been really good to me. For me to be able to turn jobs down, cos of too many clients on a particular day, I’ve always wanted that,,, not like it’s a good thing to want sha, but you should get my point there,,,, lol
PRESH: I get 😊 You’ve come this far in work, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, in terms of make up
IFEOLUWA: I hope to be bigger, to have a makeup studio of my own, 2 branches maybe. God help me and to be recognized in the makeup artistry industry, that would be a great deal for me.
PRESH: Interesting. What are the basic things you think every artist must work on to achieve greatness?
IFEOLUWA: Personally, I feel being consistent is vital. Cos learning has no limit, new ideas come up every day. An artist should be able to keep with the things in vogue. And then having a particular style of your own, like without them seeing your logo or your name, they should be able to guess right that, okay CG did that makeup, you get? .. we have many MUAs who are like that lately. And one thing to avoid is comparison, do not ever compare yourself with someone else, it just doesn’t sit right with me, I don’t do it.
PRESH: Nice words, what’s your favorite make up brand? Which one do you use most and why?
IFEOLUWA: That would be a hard one o. But I really like zaron, milani and fit me. Cos they are really easy to work with and it gives me exactly what I want.
PRESH: So what’s your routine like? What’s the first thing you do when you’re about to start work?
IFEOLUWA: It depends sha. But most times I groom the brows first, then the eyeshadow, then the skin(foundation, highlight and contour), then the brows and the lips and then i round up. I actually like this routine cos it takes less time.
PRESH: How do you deal with clients that want to under pay?
IFEOLUWA: Well, I try to be as polite as possible. I would check first, if the price they want to pay would be okay for me, and if not, what I say most times is “It’s on the low side, I’m sorry, it can’t work for me”.
PRESH: Do you always get clients that want you to use their own make up products?
IFEOLUWA: Lol.. Their lash? Yes,, their own beauty blender and brush set? Yes. Just to avoid skin reactions I think.
PRESH: What do you do to avoid reactions for those that use yours?
IFEOLUWA: I make sure my brushes are always neat. I clean then very now and then. And for those with a very sensitive skin, I have a cream I usually apply. I’ve never had a client with after reaction tho.
PRESH: Oh, cool. Is there anyone in the industry you look up to?
IFEOLUWA: Yes!!!! My boss RubyZain beauty, Anita Brows, Bibyonce. A whole lot of them sha. can’t mention all.
PRESH: They must be proud. In a bid to show off your work, you do some shoots. Who bears the expenses?
IFEOLUWA: Well, most are collaborations. All parties involved, be it the makeup artist, the hair stylist and the photographer, are all benefiting from it… no payments involved. But few times, 1 or 2 of them might not be open for collaborations, I end up paying them. Or myself and one other person involved shares the bill.
PRESH: The costs of greatness. Back to you. What philosophy would you say you live your life based on?
IFEOLUWA: “Do not be afraid of failure”. To me, failure means that you’re really trying and it shouldn’t scare you away, but should rather should be a motivation. Instead of being intimated, see your mistakes, learn from it and look for ways you can be better. I can beat my chest and say, it has really helped me a lot, a whole lot.
PRESH: What do you have to say to friends of Crowns Glam?
IFEOLUWA: I appreciate their support and the love they’ve been showering me so far. And I want them to keep it coming, and I promise not to let them down.
PRESH: OK, let’s take the opportunity from Symplypreshblog to wish you a belated happy birthday.
IFEOLUWA: Thank you, so much.
PRESH: So it’s time we draw the curtain, Thank you very much for your time
IFEOLUWA: I don’t want to go na..
PRESH: 😂😂😂 Don’t worry, you’ll come again another day
IFEOLUWA: Lol… Thanks for having me❤❤
Failure as you’ve heard means you’ve attempted it, don’t let it scare you away. If you don’t fail, it means you don’t try, and if you don’t try, you’ll never succeed. Ire oo 🍻