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My stomach dropped as I read the poster. I really wanted to apply, but I was nervous. I loved art, and I’d always been good at painting pictures. But could I apply makeup on a real human being’s face? I didn’t think so.
I was about to leave when my best friend Lola – the lead actress in the play – walked up to me. “What are you daydreaming about, Deborah?” she asked.
“Nothing much,” I said.
“I know that look on your face,” Lola said. “What’s wrong?”
“Em…I was just wondering if I could do the makeup for the play.”
“Of course you can!” Lola said. As if that wasn’t surprising enough, she added that I was the most creative and hardworking person she knew. She said I should visit her the next day and practice with some of the actors. I wasn’t sure about the whole thing. But Lola believed in me so much that I started believing in myself. I agreed to do it.
As I headed to her house, I started wishing I hadn't said yes to the plan. I decided to call it off and apologise to Lola. However, when I arrived the actors were already waiting. They were super warm and welcoming. I didn’t have the heart to back out anymore.
Each actor showed me a picture of the makeup look they wanted. Afterwards, I began to “beat” their faces. Don’t be scared o. In the makeup industry, beating someone’s face means you’re applying makeup perfectly on their face. Not that you’re hitting them or anything like that.
Anyway, that day I turned one of the male actors into a fifty-year-old woman. Then I made Lola look like a Queen. We had mad fun.
When the play director saw my work, she was so impressed that she gave me the job. I was happy ehn. I thanked Lola over and over until she begged me to stop. Truth is, I couldn’t have done it without her.
I did the makeup for the play and got lots of compliments. People started paying me to do their makeup for parties and stuff. Now I’m on my way to becoming a makeup pro. I want to be as successful as top makeup artists like Banke Meshida-Lawal and Tara Fela-Durotoye. And I will keep working hard so I can make it.
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