I had the opportunity to attend one of Instagrams game changing MUA’s according to ELLE magazine, Nikita Baffour’s first ever Makeup Masterclass! Excitement was an understatement, from seeing her amazing, flawless and professional work on her Instagram, I couldn’t wait to see her hands at work, and to actually witness if her finished looks look as immaculate in person… live and direct!
Located in trendy Shoreditch (London), I had the pleasure of learning tips on how to achieve the perfect highlight, contour and cut crease on a woman of colour, in a fun, laid back atmosphere with loads of treats to go round, including a selection of cocktails, tasty cupcakes and sweet treats.
It was a lovely intimate affair, although it was spacious, we were able to literally get up and get close and personal to see exactly what amazing techniques Nikita was using at each stage. She also created a comfortable environment in order for us to ask questions, which would enable us to achieve our desired look.
These were just some of the perks of being in a live masterclass, rather than just watching online.
So what did we learn?
Starting with her first model, we learnt the trending and ever growing concept of highlighting and contour. We picked up Nikita’s preferred order of putting on makeup and her favourite brands.
Tips I thought I’d share:
Fill in eyebrows but stay away from the halo affect! How to that? Use a concealer closer to your skin tone on the top of your brows and a lighter one under the brows. Remember your eyebrows are sisters not twins.
Eyes/ eyeliner . Nikita says to achieve a good wing liner she suggests to start from the middle of your eye lid and work your way to the end. Then going back to fill in the inner eye. Before applying eyelashes Nikita uses the eyeliner as a guide to place eye lashes on the eye lids.
Foundation- Less is more. She likes to use minimal product and then slowly build up on coverage and also not be afraid to mix foundations to achieve the shade you require if needed.
Highlight – Go for one or two shades lighter than your skin tone.
Contour – She suggest to put product on actual cheek bone.
Lips – Always use a lip liner
In a nutshell these are some of the key points that I learnt and have already implemented within my make-up routine.
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The Cut Crease Look
The second look focused on how to execute a cut crease. The steps above are the same with addition to the eyes.
Nikita suggested for women of colour to use browns or reds as a transition colour as they work really well on our skin tones. Once that was blended in, Nikita used a concealer to do the cut crease. Then she put her chosen colour on top of the concealer.
She asked us what products and brands we use to achieve our looks and gave us tips on affordable cosmetics for women of colour. She also made us aware of products and brands she loves to use ranging from Mac, Black Opal and Primark. Yep we said it, Primark lip liner which just a quid is apart of her makeup collection!
So that age old concept of mixing and matching high to low end brands still works in the make-up world.
All in all Nikita’s Masterclass was very informative and a perfect place for aspiring MUA’s to learn new skills as well as beginners. The finished looks were even more amazing than what you see on her Instagram page! So you can tell that Nikita Baffour is the real deal and has mastered her craft. So whether you’re looking for tips or a professional MUA to make you up on a special occasion, we would definitely recommend Nikita.