Today we’d like to introduce you to Temiloluwa Egberongb.
Temiloluwa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Makeup has always been a fun thing to do for, as cliche as it sounds, it was a stress reliever for me. As an African immigrant, new to the American lifestyle, I really didn’t too many outlets to direct my energy or my creativity into. And I say that loosely. I didn’t have friends to hang out with, social gatherings to participate in, so all I really had was me, myself and I. So if I wasn’t drawing, painting or watching Korean shows, I was watching YouTube videos and playing in makeup and practicing on my mum.
I pretty much started doing makeup for the fun of it for as far back as I can go in my memory. It was in 2014/15 I really started taking it serious enough and considered doing other people’s faces. A lot of people would compliment my looks and that pushed to take clients. Over the years, my makeup technique has changed and my earliest clients who still come to me till today can testify to my growth. That is a great satisfaction even though I still have much more growing to do.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I’m thankful for all the opportunities that I’ve gotten but I wouldn’t say it’s a smooth road at all. From the beginning, it was people doubting my ability because I was too young (when I started at 18 years old), other times it’s because I’m not a famous MUA (a specific famous person literally didn’t book me because I had barely 200 followers). Sometimes, It’s people just not having regard for your time and effort and so much more but 97% of people who have trusted me haven’t had a reason to leave dissatisfied. The 3% come unsure, make it a little difficult but they still leave happy and even come back. Even they are 100% confident in these hands, lol.
Being a business owner takes patience, and there have been times where I want to throw in the towel, but I have friends and family who know appreciate my talent and push me for that. Even when I feel like this, and I finally push myself because of the vision I have for myself, I always end up being very happy with how happy my clients are.
Alright – so let’s talk business. What else should we know about your work?
Beammeuptemi (an artist formerly known as Temidoesmakeup) is obviously a cosmetology company. I’m a one-man freelance business, I do all the makeup by myself. I specialize in every type of makeup look. From bridal glams to simple everyday looks, I do it all! And I’m very versatile with it!
One thing I believe I’m known for is the bright under the eye, I love them. I love a nice doll finished look, especially on black skin – Chefs, kiss! Some of my clients don’t like that, and that’s fine because that’s where my versatility comes in.
As a brand, one thing I’m proud of is my growth and how I connect with my clients at the point of their needs. And that’s what Beammeuptemi a brand you want to associate with. Everybody is welcome in my chair, every category of black girl. As a creative (more than a MUA), I design my results/looks according to the needs of my client. So if you come in my seat and you won’t drag? Temi will give you drag! If you want skin? She will give you skin. And that’s what makes me different over here whatever you want can be made, there’s no limit to creativity over here. The ability to connect to your clients on a personal level is important, that’s how you really know them and know what’s makes them happy. And the goal is for them to leave happy. Every time.
What were you like growing up?
I was born and raised in Nigeria. I was a very quiet child. I’m very much still an introvert but now I have acquired some level of confidence. I never really had that. Talking and putting myself out, there was a very hard thing to do. I really can’t speak on experiences as a child because I didn’t have enough. Nigerian families – well, at least mine are very strict (which isn’t always the best thing by the way), but you are conditioned to love them regardless. My interests haven’t really changed since I was a child. I’ve always loved the arts, still do. I loved drawing and painting (my art teachers always liked me, lol). Although I don’t draw as much, I’m able to channel my creativity into my clients.
One of my other interests would be being active in the community. Contrary to the popular belief of those who follow my personal page, I actually wish I don’t have to be an “activist”. I like having to not worry for my basic human rights as an African (#endSARS #congoisbleeding #endimperialism #endneocapitalism #endneocolonization) as an immigrant, as a Black person in America and in the world as a whole, but unfortunately for me and many others (including the Black Queers) who are subjected to injustices for just being, we have to fight every day to just existing and have a place in this world.
Apart from begging western countries to stop stealing from Africa even after 500 years and doing makeup, I currently work at a non-profit organization and cook as a side hustle, too (yes, I throw down). As for my future aspiration, I want to be an Immigration Lawyer. Hopefully, we have fewer immigrants in cages, which would make my job really easy.
- Natural skin like finish: $55
- Soft and Simple glam: $65
- Full Glam: $75
- Phone: 7864450603
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ email@example.com
- Instagram: @Beammeuptemi / @garium_sulphate