Updated: Jul 11, 2021
Years after overcoming skin issues, Nigerian, UK based content creator, Zainab Hassan has been able to amass a fanbase of 63,000 people whom she encourages to be confident in their skin. Her love for makeup and skincare has also made her become a well known rising influencer in the industry.
In her words, "Beauty is not a standard that can be measured. Beauty is confidence, individuality; being bold and your true self. I focus on having healthy skin rather than flawless skin". I had skin issues my whole life, which took years to heal, so after a while, I realized to shift my focus on just maintaining healthy skin, so whatever hits it, it can recover quicker. I want to mention a star product though is the Ole Henriksen truth serum, which has done wonders for reducing scaring and evening out the skin tone on my face and neck.
Everyone has a pet peeve. When it comes to wearing makeup, Zainab shares what she finds annoying.
The only makeup I carry around is lip gloss because I’m a strong believer that if my makeup cannot last a whale day without being topped up it doesn't need to be in my makeup bag at all. I hate topping up my complexion throughout the day; it’s a pet peeve.
She to spoke to us on her journey as a content creator as well as plans she has made for the future.
When it comes to content creation, I usually just make what inspires me at the time. If it's work with a brand, they give me the brief and I add my touch to it. I like to set a calming atmosphere with candles and incense for filming because some videos can be more stressful to film than others; so I make sure I’m comfortable working for hours if need be.
The main challenge of being a content creator is balancing a healthy work to life ratio. Social media is unique as it falls into both. It's really easy to slide down the slippery slope of an unhealthy work-life balance when you are effectively always at work. To keep the enjoyment alive, disconnect now and again or you'll end up obsessed with your phone. When I am not doing my makeup or creating content, I love to read and write. I’m a secret bookworm.
As a make-up artist, I have had interesting experiences working with prominent brands and clients. I love working with afro-beats artists, the whole team is usually a vibe! I also love working on meaningful projects because I’m passion-driven, so I need that connection to be inspired.
Moving forward, Fenty Beauty is a brand I would love to work with on a big scale; I love them and their whole ethos! I like to think I'm always evolving. Although, I have so many plans for the future regarding my brand now I'm also open to anything that comes my way that makes sense. All I can say for sure is bigger and better.
Zainab talks about dealing with hate speech on social media, as a beauty influencer, and how other influencers can tempt themselves from toxic digital environments.
The block/ restrict button is your friend. I advise anyone getting hate comments to just straight up block them. It's your account so you should control what someone's puts on your page, and there is no block limit!
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