Talents from the Diaspora: 5 African Fashion Professionals Blazing a Trail

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Barbara Mensah


African makeup artist Barbara Mensah was raised in Ghana by a grandmother “who never left home without her red lipstick or nail polish.” It was she who gave Mensah an early glimpse into the world of cosmetics and the art of make-up. Mensah has had a varied career within the fashion industry and has been mentored by renowned make-up artists including Beryl Barnard and Kevin Fortune. Holding a bachelor's degree in fine art, Menseh has always had a passion for painting and incorporates her knowledge and gift in makeup artistry. Mensah finds inspiration in her home base of London, Soho and has painted the faces of celebs including Blondie and DJ Tiger Lilly. Her roster of clients include YSL, Lancôme, Fashionaires and ASOS. Who’s her dream client? Oprah Winfrey.


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Barbara Mensah

African makeup artist Barbara Mensah was raised in Ghana by a grandmother “who never…