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TY Bello is Bimpe Onakoya’s Biggest Fan | Read Her Inspiring Story on the Makeup Maestro

Eki Ogunbor




Extraordinary makeup artist Bimpe Onakoya was photographed by TY Bello for the latest cover of Complete Fashion magazine (click here if you missed it).

TY Bello shares some pictures from the breathtaking shoot and a few kind words about Bimpe Onakoya.

This is what TY Bello had to say on her Instagram page (@tybello):

The first thing that hits you when @bimpeonakoya walks into a room is how tall she is.. Nothing prepares you for that..And just as you’re about to feel small or intimidated her cheeks roll up to reveal this gap toothed smile .. ‘How would you like the makeup today?…,’.. ‘TY im looking at this face and I’m thinking we should…..’.
I’ve learnt to trust Bimpe’s ‘I’m thinking we shoulds…’ I know I can follow her.. Even though I know the make up is going to be different every time .. She gets it .. She understands her subjects face.. And more importantly.. what that face yearns to be saying.
I love watching really talented artists at work.. This maestro in particular stands over and slightly to the side as she uses textures and tones .. Highlights and shadows and sometimes unconventional methods to paint on a facial story and Her stories are believable .. The first converts always being her subjects .. It’s always a joy to watch peoples auras transform when Bimpe helps them rediscover their cheekbones .. Their smile .. A dimple .. Or just that ‘something ‘With no contour lines in sight. Bimpe is the truth.! I’ve spoken to so many photographers and we all agree.
It’s not only the make up that has us all excited .. It’s her beautiful spirit .. And her commitment to YOUR work .. When she’s in on a shoot with you .. She’s all in.. She cares about the image as much as you do .
When @completefashionmag decided to have Bimpe on the cover of their Beauty edition.. It was a yes from everyone, the studio has never been fuller … Top models .. Make up artist, hair.. Every one happy to be part of her story somehow .
It’s rare to have someone like her step forward from behind the scene so I knew I had to put her Essence in proper context in my art direction .
We all put in our best .. So here she is @bimpeonakoya .. She’s been a mother to so many in the industry and been a fantastic voice for africa through her work with @maybelline .. Wishing her more seasons of bloom .. More seasons of beautiful grace.


Source & Photos: TY Bello | Instagram: @tybello

Eki is the Editor for BellaNaija Style and Lifestyle Editor for She has a Vogue Fashion Certificate from Conde Nast College of Fashion & Design and also attended Central Saint Martins, London College of Fashion and the University of Kent. Eki headed the Design Operations at a top Nigerian womenswear fashion brand before finding love at BellaNaija Style.Eki loves all things creative. Follow her on Instagram @ekiogunbor BellaNaija Style: [email protected] | @bellanaijastyle BellaNaija Beauty: @bellanaijabeauty BellaNaija Living: [email protected] | @bellanaijaliving


  1. prince

    March 15, 2016 at 4:04 pm

    So touching. as simple as what she wrote is, its inspiring. Just be good at whatever you do, have the best attitude toward your job and the world will come crumbling at your feet. welldone Bimpe Onakoya

    • Taeo

      March 15, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      “Crumbling at your feet” ke? I reject it for her oo

    • jess

      March 15, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      Have you heard of the phrase “figure of speech”?

    • Temi

      March 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

      Jess, “the world crumbling at your feet” literally means your world is falling apart. It is a figure of speech used in a wrong context. Anyway, I love Bimpe’s work. Her hands are blessed.

  2. O

    March 15, 2016 at 4:24 pm


  3. zainy

    March 15, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    This is one woman I want to work with.pls how do I get in contact with bimpe Onakoya? I don’t even know how to make up properly…I want to learn from her even if for a week.

  4. keke driver

    March 15, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    S T U N N I N G!!!

  5. tunmi

    March 15, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    That first photo with her in the reds and blacks should be the cover photo. That profile is striking!!!!!

  6. Cynical

    March 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Hmmmm…..something isn’t right with her hair in the second pic. The first pic really captures her well.

  7. tee

    March 15, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    i love Aunty Bims work and her attitude

  8. True talker

    March 16, 2016 at 2:41 am

    I have often told my friends that Ms Bimpe is the best in her field. I follow her on IG and I am amazed by her quality of work. And she appears to be humble…don’t know her personally. More grease to ya elbow

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