The Before, the After and Photoshop.

I was on my phone minding my business when I came across this crazy meme , it got me cracking , I laughed until my tummy hurt. Makeup artists in Nigeria have become even better at artistry than the legendary Leonardo Da Vinci.


Hey , but the reality on ground is we need to watch it- as there is a thin line between love and hate , there is also a very very thin line between the before and after of makeup application. I kid you not when I say I have seen some wonders and with the kind of transformation I have seen I begin to wonder why the person didn’t just opt for plastic surgery.

Don’t get me wrong, makeup can transform you from plain Jane to a sexy Siren, it can also accentuate your features by giving you higher cheeks bones, pointed nose and bigger eyes and even a flawless skin with the right products and technique. You could hide all your blemishes and under eye wrinkles leaving you looking like you just got an instant facelift but I beg of you let us do it with some degree of moderation and the fear of God 

Now, what really got me into writing this post is the blatant bastardization of Photoshop. I have seen a picture where the nose of the person was literally chiseled off using the Photoshop wonder tool. It is worthy to note that makeup application should be based on personal preference as some like it loud while some prefer it natural/ subtle.

I am not against Photoshop either but then we need to understand what is real and what is not. Extreme cases of Photoshop have most certainly changed the consumer-producer relationship because client’s expectation wasn’t met.

When I started makeup application, Photoshop and other apps weren’t this popular, you couldn’t necessarily rely on photo retouching to do your job for you, but today – Hello, you see some makeup artists who refuse to blend foundation and powder properly, eyeshadow fallout, bleeding lips etc and then try to clean up using Photoshop blur.

For me ,the only acceptable time to use Photoshop is when there are blemishes , a cold sore or pimples mostly instances that’s do not require everyday makeup to cover .

When we apply makeup, it is done with a makeup brush not a magic wand and it is sometimes very difficult to explain to clients that most images they see on social media or magazine covers have been retouched either wither Photoshop, filter or an app.

To avoid disappointment or unrealistic expectation look in the mirror, there is no filter, app or Photoshop. Who you see is the real you, the reality on ground is that Photoshop is not real. Let’s try to live with that fact.

Till my next post,
love ,kisses and hugs


  1. So true. I know spots can be covered by makeup but i havent really seen a case where pimples were completely covered by makeup. But i see MUAs b4 & after but wonder hw dy did it.

  2. Hahaha, my thoughts exactly. If i have to put up a “before” picture, i take the liberty of asking the client if its ok. Well, i used to consider the “befores” but i don’t anymore. What’s the point at the end of the day?

  3. my mind exactly, it annoying wen u try to explain to some clients dat d pix dey sometimes see on social media n magazines has bin retouched and dey just feel u dont knw d trick

  4. I can relate dear, I know Mua who uses the same camera as mine, whenever I see her post on IG I wonder if I really know what am doing with my camera and the kind products she used. I was posting straight from camera while she photoshoped her job…

  5. My thoughts exactly…its so hard when it have to explain to client or try to get them to understand. …The photo shop in the makeup industry is totally amazing ….It keeps dropping my jaw anytime I see …..and it hurts when clients lover this photo shopped pictures

  6. Hmmmmmmmm,finally,sumone,a real makeup artist ,a true blogger spoke out my mind,this is who should be called ‘makeup extraondinair”,wao! Enof with the deceptions already,if u re good,if u use the right products,if uknow ur art,then u dont need to photoshop to cover ur mess!. Let our true passion come out mbok(please).kudos misy

  7. Rightly said sis,we are in a world where everyone is trying to outshine d other,forgetting the fact that everyone has got there own race to run. Being fake cost a whole lot,yle simplicity don’t cost a dime
    I love your simplicity n tank you for always being real.

  8. Lol@fear of God. Was discussing this with a fellow MUA the other day. It just makes the undiscerning client expect almost magic from the MUA. Nice post dear!

  9. Aunty Yemisi good talk! i really dnt like photoshopping (and i tell photographers not to overphotoshop if theres a thing like that haha) especially when they tend to compare your work with IG photos. it hursts sumtimes but still working on my game! #notquitting!

  10. Photoshop! Hmmmmmmmmmm. Jst like contouring nd highlighting, MUA hav also decided to go haywire wit dis trend thereby limiting deir artistry. Nowadays client r askin for unedited pics, so lazy MUA shld beta sit up

    • Hahaha Jola, Even international makeup companies recruiting Artist always ask for a live demonstration before employment .Thanks for stopping by.

  11. My thoughts exactly… Left to me, I would say if u’re bold enough and convinced ur work is perfect, y photoshop?

  12. Yemisi I so so totally agree with you, I thought I was the only one getting confused with the degree of photoshop bastardization these days. The problem is once one talks about it, people come after you with the word ‘hater’.

    I was planning to do a post on it….But I read this and I am like u nailed it….had to repost this on my blog (referencing you)

    Well Said!

  13. Yemisi I so so totally agree with you. One great attribute I learnt from Fola is to do a makeup job very well the first time, so much so that you avoid the temptation of over doing photoshop.

    Honestly, the bastardization is so overwhelming.Explaining that this is effect over reality tags one in the ‘HATERS’ league.

    Been prepping myself to do a post on makeover and photoshopping but you definitely nailed it. Will repost this on my blog referencing you.

    Well Said!

  14. Honestly you nailed d issue dat has given me concern on social media, instagram especially. You see some so called makeup artist post and you wonder what the hell is going on,because it will look too perfect to believing….some of my colleagues have chosen not to use instagram account cos of this. Thank you, you just said it

  15. Frank talk, I see the makeup art as cooking,all one need is attention to details and any makeup artist that does not have the confidence to display their jobs without PhotoShop should not be called a MAKEUP artist. More blessing ma

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