A career in beauty started off by working freelance for years for all the major cosmetics companies until taking the role as makeup artist for 2 years with the original team to launch Iman at their flagship counter in Selfridges, London in 1997. Lola then went on to provide personal makeup shopping services and one-on-one makeover events, later establishing the Sacred group of companies and focusing on Fashion, Editorial, Catwalk, Studio Photographic, Film & Tv, Music Videos and Weddings. She is also a regular guest on television lifestyles shows & radio offering beauty, fashion and makeup advice while critiquing latest trends.
Expressing herself in written form Lola is currently the Acting Beauty Editor for FAB Magazine (www.fabmagazineonline.com) and has had articles published in various online and print magazines over the years. With her makeup work appearing in magazines such as TW, Genevive, True Love West Africa, Elan (Nigeria) - BHF, Black Hair & Beauty, Black Hair, Coloures, Pride, Sideview (UK), and Trendsetter (Turkey). She was previously the Beauty & Lifestyles Editor for Noir Magazine which was sold in the UK, US and Europe.
To add to her portfolio, Lola has worked on several music videos in the UK and Nigeria most recently working on hair & makeup for Wizkid's - "Tease Me" & "Hollar at your boy" , Banky W’s “Lagos Party” & "Follow You Go", Lami's "Over", ElDee's "One Day" and "Only One", Omawumi’s “Today na Today” and Dr Sid’s “Something about You” .
Special Effects Makeup is also an area that Lola is quite passionate about. Creating characters, blood and gore for film and television. She was the head Makeup Artist for "The Figurine (Araromire)" by Award Winning Director Kunle Afolayan which stormed the box offices in Nigeria in October 2009 and is currently being shown around the world at various film festivals.
Lola recently completed filming on a new movie in Philidelphia/New Jersey which is scheduled for release in 2012 where Nollywood's finest team up with top names in Hollywood entitled "Turning Point". The film stars Earnie Hudson (Ghostbusters/Oz), Cynda Williams (Mo Better Blues), Jo Esteves (Sheen Family Various Films), KD Aubert (Soul Plane/The Scorpian King), Todd Bridges (Different Strokes), Jackie Appiah (Nollywood/Gollywood), Oge Okoye (Nollywood) amongst others.
A brief list of live events includes but is not limited to
Hosting Spice Tvs 'Project Swan' as the head of the 'Glam Squad'
MTV Africa - Lashes provided for MTV Presenters
Soundcity Music Awards - Presenting an Award
FAB Night Out & Awards - Head of Makeup for the Fashion Show
Elite Model Look - Judge
Mr Nigeria Competition - Judge
Dynamix Awards - Makeup for the host Kel & Presenting an Award.
The Brit Awards - Makeup for Adrianne Lau an artist based in the US who accompanied Kanye to the event
The Clothes Show - Representing Pr1mero and working with artists such as Lemar, Nathan, Estelle and Letal B amongst others
Best of British Event - Provided makeup for the host presenters Makosi and Simon Webb from Blue.
Screen Nation Awards - Miss Trinidad & Togabo - Miss Commonwealth International pagents - Miss England - Miss Afro Carribean - Afro Hair and Beauty, MOBOs.
Through years of hard work she has learned to constantly keep on top of the ever changing fashions and trends. Creatively evolving and never staying stagnant. Through her company she offers training courses one on one or in small groups, making sure that each course is tailored specifically to students needs in order that the students gain as much knowledge that is relevant to what they want to specialise in and become successful makeup artists and beauty experts in their own right.
She is a driving force in promoting the concept of natural beauty, especially for every day use. Working with her clients to take care of their skin as beautiful makeup starts with the beautiful skin beneath. She also works with clients to re-grow their lashes after damage caused by unsuitable glue or excessive lash extensions. But she is most passionate about encouraging new artists to open their minds and embrace their freedom of expression through creative makeup artistry. One style really does not suit all.