Nigerian media personality and style star, Toke Makinwa took to her vlog, Toke Moments, to reveal all the things she must have during a glam session as she shared behind the scenes moments of an actual glam session with her fans. The self-crowned queen of glam never disappoints and she has her creative team to thank for that. For this creative shoot, Toke’s makeup was done by none other than her preferred makeup artist, Anita Brows. Styling was done by Harvella of Harvella Styles, while Felix Crown was behind the lens. New York-based creative director and makeup artist, Moshoodat was also part of Toke’s glam squad.
What 5 things must Toke Makinwa have during her glam sessions?
1. A bottle of Champagne
Well, no one says no to a good bottle of bubbly, especially after you are done with all your work.
Food is an integral part of Toke’s session because she said she starts to have a headache when the shoots start if she is yet to eat.
3. Doubled lashes
To cover up her tired looks, she asks Anita Brows to double her lashes. Doubled lashes make her eyes pop!
4. A good convo
Great conversation is a must! This she does by chatting up with the members of her team.
5. The entire look
For Toke, this could mean anything. She definitely leaves things up to her glam team and trusts them to do right by her. On this, they never disappoint as her Instagram feed can prove.
Toke Makinwa is from Idanre in Ondo state and was born at St. Nicholas Hospital in Onikan, Lagos. She is the second out of four children – 3 girls and a boy. Her father,Caleb Ifemayowa Makinwa, was 35 while her mother, Modupe Monica Makinwa, died at the age of 34 in a gas explosion. After the death of her parents, Toke and her siblings moved into the house of her eldest aunt, Big Mummy, in Ikoyi, Lagos. The OAP was eight years old when her parents died.
Makinwa attended Federal Government Girls’ College, Oyo. She studied in English Language at the University Of Lagos. Toke announced an entertainment program which was initially launched for the web community alone but was later extended to terrestrial TV stations in late 2012. Many Nigerian celebrities such as Tiwa Savage, Tonto Dikeh and Bez have been on the show. Makinwa did not renew her contract with Flytime TV for season 2, and was subsequently replaced by her radio colleague Omalicha.
In 2012, she was nominated as On Air Personality Of The Year (Radio) by the Future Awards. In 2013, she won Nigerian Broadcasters’ Award for Outstanding Female Presenter Of The Year and was also nominated for Radio OAP Of The Year by Nigerian Entertainment Awards.In 2014, Makinwa was nominated by Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards in the category of Favorite Nigerian On Air Personality. She was nominated Entertainment Personality Of The Year & OAP of the year by Nigerian Entertainment Awards.
Toke Makinwa was also nominated TV presenter of the year by ELOY Award.In 2013, Makinwa became an ambassador of the United Africa Company of Nigeria alongside Osas Ighodaro, Dare Art Alade and Dan Foster. She also signed a multi-million naira contract with Nestlé Nigeria to become the new face of Maggi. In 2016 she became the brand ambassador and face of Mecran Cosmetics.She separated from her husband whom she married in 2014, following a scandal revealing he had impregnated his ex-girlfriend. They separated in 2015.
In 2016, Toke Makinwa wrote an autobiography bothering on her not-too happy relationship with estranged husband, Maje Ayida where she revealed a lot of secrets regarding her relationship with Maje Ayida. The book was titled ‘On Becoming’.In 2017, her estranged husband, Maje Ayida hired Nigerian & UK lawyers to sue Toke Makinwa for tarnishing his image in her autobiography which he claimed is ‘fabricated’.