In the make-up artistry world, she commands a damning respect, and this is on her astounding contributions to this industry.
Makeup Queen extraordinaire, Banke Meshida-Lawal clocked 40 recently and she celebrated this with a stunning photo shoot. As the latest entrant into the life-begins-at 40 age club, the Queen of the Makeup industry in Nigeria and the brain behind BMPRO Line is brimming with life. Delectable Banke Meshida-Lawal opted to celebrate the milestone age by going on a vacation in Italy with her family. A makeup artist by default, Meshida-Lawal took lessons in Fine Arts from the age of eight after showing a keen interest in the arts. She studied English Language at the University of Lagos and graduated with a Second Class Honors in the year 2000. The First BMPRO Professional Makeup Studio was formally opened in 2002 on Rumens Road in Ikoyi Lagos. The Makeup line, BMPRO (Banke Meshida Professional Makeup) birthed in 2006 with 14 products in the line. It was the first ever Nigerian makeup line of colour. This was a feat she achieved due to the inability of international brands to help create suitable makeup looks designed with the Nigerian culture and its peculiarities as the deciding factor. Many budding make-up artists look up to her for inspiration as well as professional training, just as BMPRO has a training school, which continues to produce top notch makeup and artists in Nigeria. Her mentorship programme is second to none, often citing herself as an example of the success possible with hardwork, perseverance, passion, and creativity. Some of the awards she has won include Female Achiever of the year 2002 (City People) in Makeup Artist of the year 2005 (City People.) The bridal makeup industry has also blossomed due to her continuous creation of stunning and timeless looking brides. Meshida-Lawal is married to Lanre Lawal, and their union is blessed with two daughters. Banke enjoys playing the violin.