A self-taught make-up artist making all the right moves at Tema Station.
The bustling life in Tema does not allow most of the women who work in that community to have time for their beauty needs.
This is where Daniel Amu comes in to cater to their beauty needs each day.
Daniel’s services come in handy for these women, and some men, who want to look extra polished as they go about their daily activities.
He started off at the Tema Station selling make-up products sometime in 2012, after previously working as a barber. He had no training in the line of work he now derives satisfaction from.
Talking about how it all started, he said;
The place I used to work, they sacked us from there so I got a place here (Tema Station) to start selling the make-up.
One day, I realized that when the ladies come and buy make-up, they ask: ‘we want to shape our eyebrows’ so I decided to start doing it for them.
His line of work visibly surprises some passersby, mostly men, who stop to stare at a man who makes a living selling make-up products and offering make-up services.
Though Daniel’s work is mostly patronized by women, he said some men also come to have their eyebrows shaped.
Talking about how people patronize his work, he said,
Sometimes I can do about 10 people, for the men – young guys and so on. But for the women in particular, it is uncountable.
His work as a “street” make-up artist occasionally extends to special bridal assignments which bring significantly more money.
He recalled that he has done some work for three brides in 2017.
I do bridal make-up in addition to the normal make-up. At times I get contracts and I go and do the make-up for them.
For the normal makeup, it costs GHc 30, but when they come, I reduce the price and do it for them at GHc 20. For the bridal make-up cost, I charge GHc 600 and GHc 500 unless I want to consider the person and it also depends on where the person is.