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Be Inspired: Meet the 22 year old lady, Koleosho Ololade, who makes up for Alaafin’s 9 Oloris

 
Meet Koleosho Ololade. A
22year old lady and the last of the three hardworking girls of her
parent. A student of the department of Philosophy, University of Ibadan.
She’s a Makeup Artist, Hair Stylist, Gele expert and a very good
teacher. 
She started
hair making at the age of 17 and makeup at the age of 18. She decided to
make it a business (ML_Pro Makeovers) on October 18, 2014. Ever since
she set out to start her own business even at a tender age, she has
grown impressively in the industry and made it to the point of
making up for the Oloris of the Alaafin of Oyo. Read Excerpt from her interview with City People below.


My name is Koleosho A. Ololade; I’m
22 years old. I’m a final year student, Philosophy student at University
of Ibadan, Nigeria. I’m a business owner, ML_Pro Makeovers; a makeup
artist and hair stylist. I’m the last of the three beautiful girls of my
late parents.

WHAT IS/ARE YOUR FAVORITE BRANDS/MAKEUP ITEMS?
My favorite makeup brands
internationally, are MAC, Mary Kay and Motive Cosmetics; nationally, I
love Zaron.  My favorite makeup item is my lip gloss; I can’t do without
it. I don’t usually wear makeup because of my busy schedule, so my LED
Lip gloss is a life saver!
WHAT’S YOUR IDEAL MAKEUP LOOK?
My ideal makeup look is definitely a
flawless nude look. If it is done properly with well-defined brows,
sculpted face, awesome Lips-not necessarily colorful and of course
double coated lashes, is my go-to any day.
 WHAT/WHO INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MAKEUP ARTIST AS A STUDENT AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE TO START THE BUSINESS?
What inspired me was the death of a
renowned makeup artist – Late Mrs Adenike Ogungbe of EwarMakeovers; my
cousin told me about her course mate who had just died and how good she
was. I decided to check online and I came across her tutorial video of
‘How to Tie Gele’ and from there it all started. It took a year before I
decided to start the business fully. ML_Pro Makeovers is almost two
years old, I Bless God!
WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE NAME ‘ML_PRO MAKEOVERS’?
The inspiration behind the name came from
a nickname ‘MissLolade’, I got during my first year on campus. My
social media accounts were ‘misslolade’ including my blog (miisslolade.wordpress.com) where
I wrote stories and other pieces. When I was thinking of a brand name, I
got stuck and used several ones like ‘Ololade Ologe’ and more.  I
settled for ‘ML_Pro’, which stuck to me when people called me ‘ML’
everywhere on Campus.
WHAT SETS YOU APART IN THE MAKEUP INDUSTRY?
I’m young, dedicated, and an
undergraduate that’s doing what some see as the work of older, working
class and ‘rich’ people do.  My dedication to details and passion for
what I do is why I believe other undergraduates who know me
choose entrepreneurship. I’m not into the business for the money alone,
but because I enjoy what I do and I do it well.
WALK US THROUGH THE STEP BY STEP PROCESS THAT YOU WENT THROUGH STARTING A BUSINESS AS A STUDENT?
When I was setting up my business, I was
confused; I didn’t know how to go about it. I thought all it involved
was ‘makeup’, but I figured out over time that there was more to it. Of
course I made me so many mistakes but I learnt from them. I had to brush
up my skills, as I am self-trained. I needed to advance and be more
professional, So I took up in-house makeup job positions at studios like
STIMS STUDIO and SITPRETTY BEAUTY STUDIO, LEKKI, where I taught and
learnt also. Then I realized being a student it would be best I started
from school campus and make good use of the student environment. I did
several free jobs and beauty shoots with student photographers like
Kunmi Owopetu, Ayo_Xtreme, YSL, Ife_Rex, that promoted me. I also found
out that I learnt more from teaching, so I didn’t stop sharing knowledge
and acquired more in the process. I got good audience on campus which
added to my popularity. It wasn’t easy investing in makeup products as I
received no funds from anybody weekly or monthly so I had to put back
what I got from the few jobs I did. Luckily, my client base started
booming and my kit increased; from it I taught students that paid me to
teach them.
HOW DID YOU BUILD YOUR BRAND?
In building my brand, a friend helped
with my business logo and another helped with my website which has not
been launched officially. Instagram has helped greatly with referrals as
most of my clients are from Instagram. Social media basically has
helped in promoting my brand which is why I don’t joke with my social
media appearance; I take it seriously.
Bearing in mind that I am still a
student, I try not to get carried away. I believe I have built my brand
to an extent and there is more time after school to grow it bigger but
until then, EDUCATION is key! I’m not an advocate of dropping out of
school.
DO YOU HAVE A TEAM? 
Yes, I have a team. I have interns that I
brush up,who also work with me. They are mostly students from my
school. I also have some people outside Ibadan for times when I need to
travel or if I can’t meet up with a client, I refer them.
IN IMPROVING YOUR SKILLS AND
KNOWLEDGE IN MAKEUP, WHAT MEDIUM(S) DID YOU USE AND WHY? (FORMAL
EDUCATION, ONLINE, WORKSHOP, BOOKS, PERSONAL-COACH, ETC.)
 I go online to read and watch videos and
whenever I’m on holiday, I work with Sit-Pretty Beauty Studio in Lekki,
Lagos. When I resume work, my Boss, Mrs Kunbi Fashakin would usually
give me classes to brush-up my knowledge. I also follow a lot of makeup
artist on Instagram and other social media platforms to keep up with the
trends.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?
The highlight of my career is my impact
on undergraduates and youths like me. I receive messages and phone calls
of encouragement and sincerely that is what keeps me going; the fact
that some people appreciate what I do and my indirect preaching of
Entrepreneurship,is what drives me.
HOW DID YOU GET TO MAKE UP FOR THE 9 OLORIS OF THE ALAAFIN OF OYO?
I received a Direct Message on Instagram
and was asked if I was free for Saturday, 16th, 2016. We concluded on
price and was directed to the Palace of the Alaafin of Oyo. On Arrival
with my team, I figured immediately that the lady I had been texting and
calling was one of the wives of the Alaafin of Oyo. They were very
pleasant and welcomed us very well too. My team was treated like queens.
Working with them was a great opportunity as I never thought I would
and sincerely it has added to my credit and given additional publicity. A
number of people have called in and asked for such transformation on
their big day.
WHAT CHARACTER TRAITS MAPPED YOUR SUCCESS?
 Patience and tolerance have mapped my
success. I work with different people and if I don’t have patience or
tolerate unpleasant attitudes and situations, I wouldn’t get as many
referrals as I have today.
WHAT WAS IT LIKE BEING A STUDENT AND STARTING AN ORGANIZATION?
As a student it’s not easy running a
business and trying to keep up with school work; especially my type of
business, where I would have to travel often. Overtime I learnt to
manage my time and prioritize.
HOW DID YOU RAISE THE CAPITAL YOU NEEDED AND HOW LONG DID IT TAKE?
My elder sister bought few makeup
products for my 20th birthday as gifts and made me promise her that I
would make the best of them and double up. She reminds me now of how
proud she is. I had to put back whatever little money I got back into
the business to build the brand, I’m still building.  ·
WHAT OTHER MAJOR CHALLENGES DID YOU HAVE, ESPECIALLY AS A STUDENT?
Major challenge is transportation with my
makeup trolley, being a mobile makeup artist. Not having a car is a
disadvantage; the stress and cost of moving here and there to meet up
with clients is demanding. Being a student too, I have to fend for
myself and also invest in my business. So, practically I’m always out of
cash because as it comes in, it goes back into my business and my
upkeep. But all the same, God has been faithful!
WHAT ARE YOUR FEES? AND HOW DID YOU SET THE BAR FOR PRICES? 
My fees are budget friendly and I believe
my work speaks for itself. For Bridals, I charge 70,000 Naira ($350)
for a day and 120,000 Naira ($600) for two days, covers bridal hair
styling and chief brides’ maids’ makeup with complimentary makeup and Gele (head tie) for the bride’s mother. Home services from 10-15,000 Naira ($50) per person including Gele and false lash application. (Depends on the Location).     
ANY TIPS ON HOW STUDENTS CAN ACHIEVE A BEAUTIFUL LOOK ON A LOW BUDGET?
Students can achieve beautiful makeup
looks on a low budget only if they are not makeup junkies, where they
just buy for the sake of it and not bother about how well they apply it.
Flawless makeup is not about the product but application.
There are affordable products that still give great finish and they
last long too. For example, students would be aware of the recent Beyond
Beauty matte lip-gloss and how much they last on the lips. There are
affordable eye brow pencils (Davies and Air woman and Mac pencils; they
both give great results but one is more expensive than the other.
Affordable foundations like Mary Kay, Revlon… Tested and Trusted. There
are powders like Milani, Classic Powder palette that work pretty well
too. Zaron has an amazing face definer kit that has the highlight,
contour powder and bronzer just perfect for one’s contour kit. In
summary, make a budget and don’t go overboard.
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS AFTER SCHOOL AND BEYOND?
After school I’m looking to set up my own
beauty parlor but before then I need all the experience I can get. If a
befitting job comes my way I don’t mind working in order to raise the
funds but if not I would continue working mobile and as an in house
makeup artist for more experience and the knowledge that comes with it.
Thereafter, I can set up my own dream beauty studio. All this should
be in five years, by God’s grace. But if the Opportunity of setting up a
studio comes immediately after school, I would without any hesitation.
 WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ASPIRING TO BE STUDENTPRENEURS?
My advice to students intending to be
studentpreneurs is to be sure of what they want to do and not just go
into anything because of reasons asides their passion. Figure out what
you enjoy doing and what ways you can do better. Share knowledge with
others, improve your skills to the point where people would be willing
to pay for your services regardless of the price you charge.
FINAL WORDS…
Whatever you find yourself doing, do it
well. Life is not a bed of roses. Learn to be independent and derive joy
in whatever you lay your hands on.
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