This post is dedicated to Ibisa Abere, owner of Beauty By Bisa. Ibisa is my 2nd little sister & 4th member of the Akinbere Clan (shoutout to the Squad). She transformed me into a Naija bride for a day (video and photos below) and she's always done such an amazing job on my face. I figured the rest of my readers would be blessed to get to know her. Ibisa and her business are literally the perfect example of how God can propel you to unimaginable heights! It goes without saying, this young lady inspires me & I know she'll do the same for you. Check her out.
How did you get into make-up?
Ibisa: Funny enough, growing up as the only girl among 2 brothers, I had no make up influences around me, and everyone knew me as "the tomboy" lol. One glorious day, I ended up on YouTube, with a black eyebrow pencil trying to fill in my brows, which was a no-no (don't use black on your brows ladies!) Nonetheless, I continued working on my brows. People began to compliment them, which motivated me to go further in learning make up.
What's your biggest make-up pet peeve?
Ibisa: Overdrawn brows. #thatisall
What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own business?
Ibisa: To anyone who wants to start their own business, (hair, photography, make-up, etc.) always remember that when you make Christ the foundation, the foundation will never crumble. Also, be consistent in perfecting your craft. Those who are the best didn’t get there overnight. Life is short and meant to be lived! Tomorrow is never promised, so pursue your dreams!
What are 3 things people wouldn't know about you?
Ibisa: 1) By God’s grace, I’ll soon be in nursing school. 2) I’m nearly fluent in Spanish, so in my free time you’d find me watching a Spanish movie. 3) I have a crazyyyy addiction to dry garri (cassava). I don't remember how it came about, but one day I just found myself carrying a bag of garri in my purse. Like...if my dad reads this, I know he’d just be shaking his head lol.
Who is your make-up inspiration?
Ibisa: Sade Falade- Haha the funny thing is that I don't know her personally. I admire her work and most of all how she intertwines her make-up business with her passion for Christ. Each time I do someone’s make-up, I remember two things she told me, which were to “Remain prayerful and to be consistent in perfecting your craft, then you’ll be the best!” That’s advice to anyone who wants to pursue their dreams and start something new.
Keep up with Ibisa on IG - @BeautyByBisa & @Obunibisa <3