South Africa’s Nomsa Madida has built a name for herself as one of the best makeup artists in the country. Her career started off in 2006 and she has worked on celebrities such as Rebecca Malope, Lerato Kganyago, Masechaba Ndlovu and Ayanda Thabethe just to name a few and has been chosen by international cosmetics brand NYX to represent South Africa in Los Angeles. California.



As one of the most successful makeup artists, Kenyan born Muthoni Njoba’s talent in makeup was noticed and led to her being the lead brand ambassador for L’oreal and official makeup artist for Maybelline New York.



Princess Amayo is most definitely a favourite of many. This Nigerian born UK based makeup artist is a self-taught makeup artist who has over 14 years’ experience been in the industry and is a multi-award winner in the fashion industry. To top it off she is the talent behind the gorgeous cover models here at Zen Magazine including our current cover with model Ayoola Bakare.



Founder of Marzel Makeup Studios, Ethiopian Yemariamwork, is truly talented. Having been in the business for almost a decade, she is a huge favourite of many brides in Ethiopia. Here is some of her work,



Ugandan Monalisa Umutoni founded MonaFaces for her love of makeup in 2014 and since then has become a household name. She has worked with celebrated Ugandan women such as The Queen of Buganda Nnaabagereka – Sylvia Nagginda, Hon. Amelia Kyambadde, multi-award winning comedian – Anne Kansiime, celebrity designer – Sylvia Owori and popular musicians such as Lilian Mbabazi and Sheebah Karungi.



Nigerian Banke Meshida Lewal is the CEO of leading cosmetics group BMPRO.Her love for beauty led to her create a business with a cosmetic line, training school, beauty advisory and an online magazine. She has also won a plethora of awards and has recently been appointed as the governor of the Make-up Artists Guild of Nigeria. (MAGN).



UK based Kemi Imevbore-Uwaga is one of the biggest names in the beauty industry as an award – winning global makeup artist. Her expertise has been seen in magazines, runways, weddings and red carpet events.



Nigerian born Agbonmeire Joy Balogun had always been in love with makeup and when she moved to Kenya she decided to start her own business as a makeup artist. She has worked on many celebrities and public figures over the years and we can see why.

Written by: Christine Wothaya