How we achieved magic make-up for actors in Nollywood [PICTURES]

Story by Olumide Segun
Last Updated: Saturday, November 17, 2012

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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11/17/2012 8:56:36 AM
naa waa ooo..wetin be this...
11/17/2012 9:30:58 AM
This is good art work,proud of you guys.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
11/17/2012 12:57:44 PM
Good work kep it up.
11/17/2012 1:04:00 PM
abeg woman of 50 nor dey old reach so abeg.
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
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
4 real
Enders GH
11/19/2012 3:51:17 PM
9ice makeup keep it up.
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...
nice 1
11/22/2012 9:04:38 AM
Nice 1 dis is lovely keep it up,job well done
keep doing
ng baby
11/25/2012 3:33:24 AM
Nawa oooooo, abeg u rilly try,keep doing,I can't believe dis
11/27/2012 8:25:16 AM
Got it! Thanks a lot again for heplnig me out!
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
12/8/2012 5:47:22 AM
thats veru bad

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
keep Riding high Rita
11/13/2013 9:34:38 PM
Good art work bad belle people if Rita gets married u pple will jump into the ocean
i also do special effects
4/13/2014 1:50:25 AM
pls i need where to buy d materials in nigeria.good work
Rosemary Obika
8/25/2014 10:10:58 PM
Am a makeup artist in the movie industry and i need to buy some materials, plz where can I get the special effect makeup in Nigeria so as to save me the stress of importing.
make up
3/30/2015 6:57:57 AM
As far as special effects make up the ugly teeth that both women are wearing csn be bought for 50cents from a vending machine here in the US. Oge is wearing Dracula teeth and the other lady wears billy bob teeth. So much for your special effects. For nasty rotting legs and so forth , the paint can be bought at a Halloween store here or simple ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise can do the trick also. Much more i can say but there's just not enough time. Nothing wrong in doing your best with what you have to build a movie industry, however, Nollywood, need to humble themselves and stop portraying westerners in a bad light. Many Nigerians need to stop being disrespectful to us on our own soil. A University student woke me out of my sleep at 5am to say that he was bullied by a gang of Nigerians who accused him of stealing the Mercedes that he was driving because niggas only deal drugs and steal. For one the word nigga is highly unacceptable, also his young black American male's mom and dad are both doctors. Has nothing to do with the forum but i figured i would throw that in. Americans are getting tired. How's that?

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