How we achieved magic make-up for actors in Nollywood [PICTURES]
Story by Olumide Segun
Click for Full Image Size As soon as the press materials and pictures of the highly anticipated movie, ‘The Meeting’ was released , one of the talking points o f the movie was the ‘’special effect makeup’’ of the stars especially that of Rita Dominic who played the role of Clara Ikemba who was made to look like a woman in her 50s.

Some of the unsuspecting fans even went as far as believing that Rita must have suddenly aged and her 50 year old look must have been the side effects of years of heavy makeup.

However, the makeup artiste behind the makeup, Jennifer Joe- Alegieuno has opened up on how she was able to achieve the spectacular feat. According to the South Africa trained artiste, “Turning a diva into Clara was really exciting because unlike most makeup artistes in Nigeria, who love all the beauty part of the job, I really love creating weird. I actually love creating effects that at first sight you say “eeewww”. The process of aging Rita involved a lot; backaches, early wake up calls, and above all, a detailed understanding of the character which I related to my matron from secondary school”.

Speaking on the challeng es, Jennifer said ‘’due to the humid a t – mosphere here in Nigeria, I had to deal with heat causing the skin to sweat and lifting the products used off her face. Also, I had to deal with the fact that special effect supplies are unavailable for purchase here so we were a bit limited and couldn’t really do the buildup of character we really wanted”.

Ugo Igbokwe of ‘Make Me’ who worked on the hair said he had to read the script for proper understanding in order to realise the goals of the producer. “Rita’s character in the film, Clara, is a woman in her 50s; she is not well informed about fashion and style, but likes to dress very fashionably in her own way, thinking she is a high fashion woman in her early thirties. I worked on her look and those of others by reading the script and understanding the characters well before I got to work”.

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King
King | 11/17/2012 8:56:36 AM
naa waa ooo..wetin be this...
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good
Chiyoma | 11/17/2012 9:30:58 AM |
This is good art work,proud of you guys.
King
King | 11/17/2012 3:37:00 PM |
That is not a good ark work,not even close to that.i see horrible faces..
Make up artiste
Crystal | 11/17/2012 2:25:54 PM |
so? hav u done wat Napoleon cld nt do? 4get abt weather, Rita's sweating is due 2 chronic bleaching, also, d make up did nt change her much!
Oh please
Sly | 11/17/2012 11:33:33 PM |
Special effect? High and mighty make up artist? Oh please. Walk into any store selling Halloween costumes and get your special effect make up,artificial dentures ,eyes,you name it,they got it.No biggie joor.
crystal d killer
yvonne | 11/19/2012 11:52:06 PM |
crystal,chronic hater of rita dominic. i wonda if u wil commit suicide wen Rita marries. good make up artist.
this is a must watch
Angel | 11/17/2012 11:34:28 AM
Angry!!! no tym 2 hit d cinema, very tight schedule. I believe dis movie 'll kip one glued.
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lolz....
big gal | 11/17/2012 12:07:04 PM
i almost shout ooo.. Whc kind make up b dis na? I pray it wont affect ur real life
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Nice
Doris | 11/17/2012 12:57:44 PM
Good work kep it up.
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watinnn?????????
zazari24 | 11/17/2012 1:04:00 PM
abeg woman of 50 nor dey old reach so abeg.
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zazari24
Jay | 11/18/2012 8:20:59 AM |
Correct gist.Afterall Lalaland is 50years old and she doesn't even look like this.
dis is true
precious | 11/17/2012 3:17:28 PM
Na wa... It is tru o Rita xpired breast Dominic is 50 yrs old and Oge cassava leg okoye looks jst like d vampire dat she is.. Haters go 2 ALUU
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4 real
Enders GH | 11/19/2012 3:51:17 PM
9ice makeup keep it up.
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scary
me | 11/21/2012 6:32:37 AM
de first pix luks lik rita domnic....but dis isnt de way she luks naturally is a real art work...
de last pix is rita edochie she dosen't luks dat way...
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nice 1
sisca | 11/22/2012 9:04:38 AM
Nice 1 dis is lovely keep it up,job well done
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nice 1 thou
bukhaino_oye | 11/23/2012 2:09:24 PM
Nice job but i think it wld av bin berra on a 70 yr old mama not 50.dat makes it look fake
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keep doing
ng baby | 11/25/2012 3:33:24 AM
Nawa oooooo, abeg u rilly try,keep doing,I can't believe dis
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HsOOepbNVTnglGZ
Tayten | 11/27/2012 8:25:16 AM
Got it! Thanks a lot again for heplnig me out!
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Rita sexy
Faith ijeoma wisper | 12/7/2012 4:02:39 AM
Ooh common rita ua no more getin younger and unique,ask genevive wat she does 2her body so dat u luks sam as her ok.i lv u so much rita just a fan
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hooooo
clara | 12/8/2012 5:47:22 AM
thats veru bad

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makeup effect
gloria ologbosere | 3/31/2013 10:33:12 AM
Pls I am really instrested in learning dis makeup effect ,but I dnt knw hw to meet u guys I am ready to pay for d training if there any information pls here is my phone number 08131639494 tanx
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keep Riding high Rita
rose | 11/13/2013 9:34:38 PM
Good art work bad belle people if Rita gets married u pple will jump into the ocean
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i also do special effects
amen | 4/13/2014 1:50:25 AM
pls i need where to buy d materials in nigeria.good work
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