Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Nimoh.
Hi Stephanie, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
When I really sit back and think about it, I’ve been doing makeup on myself for such a long time. Lol. I did both of my older sister’s makeup for their prom. I had to be 12 or 13. I used to get in trouble a lot during high school for doing my make up during class. When my mom would go out, I would do her makeup. But I never imagined I would become a makeup artist. I started doing make up in 2014. It was my freshman year in college at VCU. I was a business major. I didn’t have Instagram at the time so I would always use my best friends. She finally got sick of it and made me my own page. I’ll never forget I was in class and she texted me and told me I had to have my own page and she was going to make it a makeup page. Lol. So when we’d go out, I would do my friend’s makeup and post it on my page. Soon I became pretty well known as the makeup artist on campus. I would hit up random girls and ask if I could do their makeup so that I could have different faces and shades on my page. It was my junior year when I knew that this is what I wanted to do but on a bigger scale. At that time, I was doing weddings and really starting to pick up a clientele in the DMV area. I come from an African household, so finishing college was not an option. I had to finish. I was born in Los Angeles and knew I always wanted to move back. So I pushed through and graduated in May 2017. After I graduated, I moved back home to Northern VA for about a year and a half. I knew I didn’t want to work a corporate job and really wanted to focus on what I was passionate about. So I applied at MAC and got the job! I was so excited. I focused on MAC and freelancing for a year before I made the big move. I moved to LA in April 2019 and have been loving it ever since. Started off with zero clientele. It hasn’t been easy but seeing my growth has really been amazing. I’m proud of myself.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Not at all. But I’m super thankful for the support from my friends and my sisters. My parents are your typical African parents. Can be super strict! So I think sometimes it was hard for them to understand my vision. If you’re not a doctor, a lawyer, or a nurse…. then what exactly do you do? Lol. They don’t really understand Instagram. But I’ve learned to be okay with that. They just want to see me successful and that’s what I’m going to make sure I am. I’ve really met some amazing clients that I can call friends as well. They’ve really put me in positions that I am so grateful for. Everyone that roots for me. Supports me. It’s crazy I’m so grateful cause I really started from the ground up out here.
As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I am a makeup artist! I love beauty makeup, soft glam, those are really my favorites. Throughout my career, I’ve always been praised for how well I do makeup on all shades. I really think that’s important.
What do you like and dislike about the city?
I love the lifestyle. I love how you can literally create the life you want out here. Whatever you want to be, you can really become out here. I love that. Sometimes I dislike the people, to be honest. They can act super stuck up, have an ulterior motive, or just flat out weird. It’s not even necessary. Just be yourself.
- Instagram: Instagram.com/makeupbynimoh