We get up close and personal with one of Benue’s finest entrepreneur, picture model and Make-up Artist, Doris John Akpereshi.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am Doris John Akpereshi. I’m a professional Make-up artist, Photo Model, Entrepreneur and The CEO/Founder of Beauty Additions. Am Tiv by Tribe and proudly Benue too. I am single. Passionate about the Artistry in the Make up Industry and teaching ladies how to apply make-up, do’s and don’ts, different types of make-up and how to work it as well as tips and tricks.
I attended Robert .F. Kennedy and Gboko International Nursery and Primary School where I obtained my First School Leaving Certificate. I later went Queen of the Rosary Secondary School Gboko, Benue State and graduated in 2004. In my quest of more knowledge, she proceeded to College of Education Katsina-Ala, and graduated in 2009 from the department of English/Political science. Still not satisfied with my level of education, I further enrolled into Benue State University where I graduated with B.Ed. English language.
How did you start your Makeup journey?
I started my Make-up journey in 2014 when I was on national service, where I enrolled in skill acquisition and entrepreneurship program offered to us by National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
What inspired you to settle for Makeup?
I was inspired to settle for Make Up because i believed in my talented in Make-Up artistry and I have a passion for fashion and good looks.
If you weren’t doing makeup what would you have done?
Coming from my university background which has to do with Education, I would have actually settled for a teaching job.
What’s your Signature look?
My signature look is extreme jazzy.
What makeup items can’t you do without and can be found in your hand bag at all times?
I guess that will be my concealer and foundation.
What do you love most about what you do? And what do you find most challenging?
I love the transformations, from ordinary to extraordinary as well as the reaction from my clients after I’ve dolled up their faces – it’s always priceless. I also love the fact that I’m doing what I love. The most challenging job I ever handled was doing three bridal jobs same day and I was able to go through with it by been fast and working within the stipulated time.
Share your worst experience with a Client?
My worst experience with my client was when she mistakenly damaged my Make-up product
Five years from now where do you see yourself?
I see myself selling my own Make-up brand five years from now.
What 5 Random items can’t you do without?
That will be Face primer, Eye-shadow primer, Eye shadows, Concealer and Matte foundation.
Who inspires you globally and locally?
Tara, Fela Durotoye inspires me both locally n globally
What makes your business standout?
My unique style of work makes my business to stand out.
How do you stay ahead of competition?
I stay ahead of competition by following new trends, developing myself and been up to date in d Make-up artistry.
Where can your Beauty Additions be found ?
Its Beauty Additions Studios. No: 11, Iyorkyaa-Ako street Makurdi, Benue State or you can Call 07059237406
Any advice for upcoming aspiring Makeup artist.
My advice to upcoming Make-up artist is that they should make determination and commitment as their watch words.
Photo Credit: Issac Beauty Additions |Issac Adah Photography | James Photography