Another week and another spotlight! This week we're shining the spotlight on Houston-based makeup artist Nyoka Gregory Beauty. She's been beautifying faces for the past twenty years and recently launched her own line of lipstick. In her spotlight interview, she discusses her journey into the world of beauty, her aspirations and plenty of fun facts about her you might not have known.
We're happy to have you in the Coterie family Nyoka!
What did you do before starting Nyoka Gregory Beauty?
I have actually been in the beauty industry since graduating from high school in 1996. I knew it was my passion so I sold my parents on the idea of going to cosmetology school instead of a 4 year university. I attended Visibible Changes University in 1997 where I got my cosmetology degree.
How long have you been a makeup artist?
I've been a hairstylist for 20 years, a makeup artist for 10 years and a lash extension stylist for 3 years.
What motivates you?
God motivates me and passion drives me. The beauty industry is like a drug that I won't to go to rehab for lol
How would you describe your style?
I would describe my style as simple and sometimes chic. I'm not the type of person that likes a lot of attention. I prefer to be in the background so I wear black 97% of the time. It's a comfort level for me and allows peope to see my work before they see me.
What's the one makeup item you can't do without?
Foundation!!! My blog readers can vouch for me on this one. I'm always looking to try the newest foundations on myself and my guests. It's wear makeup begins...just like when you're building a house. You have to have a strong foundation.
What would you say is the biggest makeup mistake women make?
The biggest mistake that women make with makeup is following others. Everyone can wear makeup but everyone won't wear the same look. What works for certain celebrities may not work for an everyday woman. The idea is to find a look that compliments your personality, look, and overall self worth.
What are your favorite products to use?
My favorite products to use are "Paul Mitchell" (hair), "Makeup Forever", "Anastasia Beverly Hills" and of course my cosmetic line "NGB Cosmetics" (makeup), and "Sugarlash" & "Xtreme Lashes" (lashes).
What advice would you give brides when it comes to picking a makeup artist?
Try not to look at the price before you look at the quality. Sometimes brides focus more on what they don't want to pay rather than the quality of work the artist will provide. It's not just about me showing up to do your makeup, it's more than that. I'm here to provide makeup for one of the biggest days in your life. Sometimes I have to hire a team, bring lighting, bring equipment, drive miles, walk up several flights of stairs with all that stuff, etc. lol. I make sure my tools are clean and sanitized. There is a lot that goes in to the process of hiring a professional artist and that comes with a fee. You can never pay someone for their talent but you can invest in their time.
Why should brides choose you?
Brides should work with me because I offer premier services with a professional touch. I believe that my guests should not just receive a service, but should also leave with an experience.
Is there anything else you'd like our readers to know?
Knowledge is power. Research your wedding vendors and read reviews on them. It will make life a little easier and help you find the perfect fit for your special day.
Now let's have some fun!
iphone/android/or blackberry? #TeamiPhone for life!
Favorite song? "Lights, Camera, Action" Remix by Mr. Cheeks (don't judge me) lol
Favorite movie? Devil Wears Prada
Guilty pleasure? Chicken Critter Salad from Texas Roadhouse
Dream vacation? Any "Secrets" resort with blue water and white sand
All images courtesy of Nyoka Gregory Beauty