POWER season 3

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

Are you ready for one of the hottest TV series on air?!?! Can’t wait to see it??? Well POWER is bringing it to you live and direct for another amazing and intriguing season, season 3 of POWER on the Starz Network.

I’m sure you’re going to be on the edge of your seat once again this season. You have seen the show right? YOU HAVENT SEEN THE SHOW???? WHY???? Who does that????

Okay, if you’ve not seen the show I’m going to challenge you to binge watch for the next 3 days before season 3 airs this Sunday July 17th! Trust me you’ll be hooked!

Here’s the trailer for the show just in case you’ve not seen it…

I can’t tell you how I’m almost in tears writing this post right now. This is how excited I am about the show and the incredible cast and crew of this show! It’s always an honor for me to be asked to work on the show ! It’s now two seasons for me and everyday is truly a joy.

This is the best crew I think I’ve ever worked with such synchronicity and flow. The level of Artistry that is behind the scenes is indescribable! The Glam Squad on the show is impeccable in Artistry!

Just recently the shows Makeup Department Head Anita Gibson won The NYWIFT 2016 Design Award for Makeup! Bravo!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Well done!! 

I hope to interview Ms. Gibson in the near future for you vizionaires, Pro MUA’s and supporters of TheGlamSquadFiles Blog. Pro Makeup Artists supporting other Pro MUA’s and future MUA’s is what we do here.

You may have seen the ceremony review on one of my previous posts here on TheGlamSquadFiles. Designing Women Event | NYWIFT | The Glam Squad Files…


Here is Lead Actress Lena Loren and the POWER Glam Squad ..Makeup Department Head Anita Gibson (in the blue dress), Makeup Department Key Daniel Green and Additional Makeup Artists Tobe West, Pat Theius Moore and NZINGHA


Are you on the edge yet? After that sneak preview you should be! Especially if you watch the show. 

Well, im going to leave it right there. Enjoy season 3!

VH1 Hip Hop Honors |MUA 👑NZINGHA👑 * The Queens of Hip Hop

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

July 10, 2016….

Sunday afternoon the VH1 Glam Squad meeting and rehearsals at Lincon Center in New York City. As you come to the corner of 66th and Columbus Avenue there are scores of trailers that line the streets on either side. Stage hands are setting up the area that will be The Red Carpet. What’s The Red Carpet for?…The 2016 VH1 Hip Hop Honors!

I meet with my colleague Department Head Derrick Kollock (Hair Designer & Colorist for Love & Hip Hop, The Wire, VH1, Confirmation the movie and the list goes on and on), we head to the production trailer for our Crew Credentials before entering the building. Walking down that street we are bombarded by the poster sized ads for the show featuring the images of the honorees Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Lil’ Kim and Salt & Peppa w DJ Spinderella. 

I suddenly get butterflies in the pit of my stomach…not because of fear or nerves before a show but because of a healthy dose of pride. Proud of all of the ladies who are being honored on Monday. 

CONGRATULATIONS LADIES!!! Years of hard work and perseverance in the business of entertainment as well as the challenges of personal life and, they, through it all still keep shining, brining the hits that make us dance and sometimes become the soundtracks to our lives.

I’m also proud to say that all the ladies being honored have been my clients throughout their careers and my career as Makeup Artist as well! 

And on Monday I feel honored as well for all the years of work I put in working behind the scenes drafting what has now become iconic imagery in Hip Hop Music History! 

I’m also proud to be the Makeup Department Head for my longest standing Hip Hop client Lil’ Kim in VH1’s Tribute to her. CONGRATULATIONS Kim❣❣❣❣My job…EASY…remixing my own iconic Lil’ Kim looks!! WOW! Kinda like giving a nod to my own work…lolol! Crazy right?

Okay, so as we leave the production trailer and head to the area where the dressing rooms are set up we walk down the halls past the rooms tagged on the doors are some of Hip Hops brightest and legendary females and honorees Artists Queen Latifah, Eve, Missy Elliot, Lil’Kim…then Nelly Furtado, Tweet, Fantasia, Amber Rose, Sway and the list goes on. 

We drop our bags and head straight to wardrobe who is Department Headed by Eric Archibald (Beyonce’, Jennifer Hudson, etc,etc) and his team of stylists, seamstresses and runners taking up a room the size of a gymnasium!!! 

We go into meeting!!! Strategizing the nights looks and break down the nights performing Artists and when they’re on and what they’re wearing.

VH1 Glam Squad Hip Hop Honors | Makeup & Hair , Tim Snell & Lisa Logan, Wardrobe Department, Sam Fine, Renny Vasquez and myself

After that meeting Derrick and I go into serious pow wow meeting about Hair and Makeup designating to our assistants what their responsibilities will be for the show and the looks we are about to recreate.
The excitement is building…we know what we have to do but can we do it all with the time we’ve been given. “Okay guys lets turn it out!” Derrick says as he pulls out 3 amazing wigs that gave me flashbacks of the era’s hairstyles. 

They were all stunning and handmade!! Unbelievable WOW! From the lavender, lime green and blonde curly I didn’t know which one I was in love with the most! 

The hair assistants begin to sort out the wigs and station them as Derrick and I run downstairs to the stage to check the dress rehearsal for lighting and stage blocking.

Okay everything looks great! Let’s move it out and get ready for the show tomorrow…we’ve seen all we need to see here…kiss kiss let’s talk later if we need to and get a good nights rest because we’re back in tomorrow to turn this mutha out! See you then! Smooches!

What can I say about the honorees…they all give me chills with the level of their Artistry! They made Hip Hop History being the highest grossing female Hip Hop Artists!

The clients that I’ve had the longest standing relationship with have been both Missy Elliot and Lil’ Kim. Seeing both of these stupendous larger than life Ladies from the beginning of their careers has been phenomenal to be a part of and to see from the sidelines.

There has never been any Artist in Hip Hop male or female that has accomplished what Missy Elliot has bought to the table. Not only has she produced her own music but has a huge catalog of R&B hits (Grammy Nominated and Grammy Winning) that she produced for other Platinum Recording Artists!!

Yes no doubt, no questions whatsoever that Missy Elliot is an ICON!!

One of my fave music videos that feature both my Ladies Missy Elliot and Lil’ Kim one of the songs from the soundtrack to the movie Moulan Rouge Directed by Baz Lurmann. Missy was the Executive Producer of this track “Lady Marmalade”

Another fave of my that really set the industry on its ear audio and visual “Crush On You”. The visuals were a nod to the movie “The Wiz” starring Diana Ross (who Kim would meet not too long after at the MTV Awards…in the now famous purple pasty jumpsuit)

This is one of our first official music videos together “Get Money” where all 6 of my clients: Biggie, Mary J. Blige, Salt n Peppa and DJ Spinderella, Charli Baltimore and Lil’ Kim

All I can say is I worked for mine and I quote the line anytime someone tries to come for me!! In the words of Lil’ Kim…” I’m a leader y’all on some followin’ 💩, comin’ in this game on some modelin’ 💩…I’m the real son! It’s the real son!”

So many videos I did but I promise this is the last one I’ll post you can just look up all the rest on your own. I love how many visual changes we had in this one. I absolutely love Kim in the chocolate brown hair (it’s my personal favourite look)!!

OPEN LETTER TO | Pro Working Makeup Arists *YouTube’rs *Instagrammers* Beauty Brands *Production Companies 

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

FAMOUS?!?!?! Girl bye!!!

For me it started one day when I was shopping in a beauty brands store downtown Manhattan. I was shopping for a project I was working on at the time. 

So, if you know anything abut me I’m very organized so going in any store I already know what I came in for , I find it, purchase it and then I’m gone because I have a list of other things to do and I don’t waste time AT ALL.

So I go in and I get 12 of these, 12 of that, and 24 of those, OH WAIT!!!…and 24 of this right here! 

So a young lady finally comes sauntering around the counter and finally asks me if I need help and here’s a basket. Duh!!! Clearly I need help and a basket!!! She was on her phone texting behind the counter, not recognizing that she has a major sale on her hands. 

Which in her case may mean a big commission or maybe even a long awaited promotion  because you’re cash register is full and you gone beyond your daily sales quota.

She says to me ” I see you have several dozens of similar items, are you a Makeup Artist?” I smiled and said “Yes, Yes I am.” She says “Wow! I thought so. Where do you work?” 

So I tell her what I’m working on and why I’m purchasing so much product. The girl almost fell off of those 4″ heels she was wearing. I chuckle a bit and tell her to calm herself. 

She says “Thats what’s up! I want that!” I said “What do you want dear heart? To work as a Makeup Artist? She said ” No, to be FAMOUS, well no, yeah, to be a FAMOUS Makeup Artist! Yeah a FAMOUS Makeup Artist.”

I thought to myself “A FAMOUS MAKEUP ARTIST”? Well, I personally don’t believe in luck but ummm yeah, good luck with that one honey! 

Try being a GOOD MAKEUP ARTIST first, then graduate to  being a GREAT MAKEUP ARTIST, BUT that doesn’t mean even if you’re a GREAT MAKEUP ARTIST that you’ll wind up being “FAMOUS”! 

All kinds of thoughts ran through my head. Mostly thoughts of how naive she actually was about how this industry really works.


Well, I just stopped short and looked at her with a blank stare. 

Why did I look like that? 

Well, mostly because at first glance of this young lady and hearing what she’d said to me made me think and really look at her. And I thought about an industry I’d worked so hard for years to get to work in. 

So many years I’d put in doing home study and classes. Talking to Pro’s I’d admired. And I even had the pleasure and honor to speak to them. And to get information and encouragement from them. 

I was ambitious and just wanted to be a GREAT Makeup Artist when I came into the biz. Clearly, speaking to that young lady, there is a difference in our reasons why we wanted to be Makeup Artists. I asked her “How old are you dear heart?”, “I’m 24.” I thought to myself….shoot, at 24, I was already deep in the entertainment industry!!! 

At her age I had already been on a major music World tour with the #1 Pop/R&B Artist in the world!! I’d travelled the world 2x at that age! Wow! I thought gee what a privilege it was for me BUT NO, I worked really hard to get to that level. I’d earned my respect in the industry because of the years I’d put in, in work!


When I worked I always wanted my work to be recognized and considered GREAT, which in my mind means to always do what I loved doing…MAKEUP!!!! 

Me doing makeup wasn’t about me being famous but about my work! This girl who stood before me wanted to simply be famous! 

Which said to me she could care less about being a Makeup Artist! So many REAL Makeup Artists sacrificed their lives and sometimes family life to work on sets perusing and living out their dreams to be real Makeup Artists.

When I speak to my professional colleagues they all seem to have the same feeling. That feeling is that our once respected industry is flooded with individuals who could care less about it.

 That the makeup is all the same and unoriginal. That the “artists” are in the biz for all the wrong reasons. The major cosmetic brands who once respected the Pro MUA now questions our credentials because a generation of “artists” we see now simply do not have any work credits but have “followers”!!! So now our years of hard work and contribution to entertainment is put into question by a generation that is simply duplicating what we had long before created.


Most of these Pro’s are asking where is the respect for us and the craft! The industry of beauty would not exist if there were not qualified tenured Makeup Artists to showcase those products or faces that we work on so diligently. Real Pro Makeup Artists are not sitting at home…they are out in the field working on their craft, working on sets for hours standing on their feet, hustling on every form of transportation to get to their jobs. We get cheques from major film companies, record labels, magazines and beauty brands.

I have to laugh!!! Really laugh at the notion that people think that a makeup Enthusiats, a YouTuber, Vlogger is actually a Pro Makeup Artist. *****NEWSFLASH*****

There is a difference! Pro MUA’s actually do makeup on other people besides themselves! In fact they are working so much on other people that they barely have time to put makeup on themselves!

What Pro MUA’s actually do:

  1. Design Makeup for projects
  2. Read Scripts/ Video Treatments
  3. Sit in production meetings/A&R meetings
  4. Hire teams of other MUA’s
  5. Build relationships with product brands
  6. Build their brand by the projects they work on
  7. Constantly doing makeup homework i.e., combing through old and new magazines, looking at vintage makeup, 

Let me first say this to be very clear….THERE IS NO CAMPARISON OR REAL COMPETITION!


Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

For centuries women have always had multiple makeup (natural, neutral, day, work, night and glam) or no makeup options. 


Sorry I don’t mean to burst anyone’s marketing/branding bubble right now but, uh yeah,…NO! Not an original thought or idea worthy enough to be called a movement sweetie. 

Now if you had said this movement is about getting healthy, clear skin and skincare just in general then I would say “Okay way to go! This is about taking care of yourself and one of the largest organs of the body…YOUR SKIN!” But in lieu of that you tell me you just ain’t wearing no makeup? What does that do for me personally or anyone? That’s more about you and your personal journey and epiphanies (which everyone has dear heart).

How about taking us on your skincare journey? Talk about how you got to a place where you are now comfortable with wearing no makeup after having battled with massive problems with your own skin and how many treatments it took to get to this place and feeling good in this place you’ve not been before with your skin.

See as a professional Makeup Artist I have seen all types of skin and skin disorders (to recreate if need be for special effects makeup). And my motto is always start with a clear canvas if possible so the makeup stays on all day and simply looks great without harming the skin underneath with the makeup. Most of the YouTube videos I’ve seen have been of women yes piling on makeup trying to be these great makeup guru’s but forgetting the main frame…SKINCARE!!!

Here I am with NO MAKEUP on at 48yrs old! True I have no wrinkles or major blemishes, or hyperpigmentation, just freckles and 5 beauty marks and Rosebud Lip Salve on my lips.

As we look at all these celebrity women who have acquired some modicum of success and money, somehow, the world will compare them to the women we see daily walking down the street. And the truth is it’s simply unfair to compare them!
Those women can afford spa treatments, expensive beauty regimens, luxurious facials and skin treatments and in some cases surgical procedures. I scoured the Internet for photos of famous women without their makeup on and you know what I found? 

I found the website http://www.withoutmakeup.net and saw women who are just like you and I! Did I think they were any less or more?…not at all. I realised that we are all arbitrarily entered into a beauty contest by people we don’t even know nor probably would ever speak to or spend time with!!!!

What about all of the women who have had unfortunate experiences? Women suffering from Cancer or have somehow been disfigured? A pimple or freckles can’t sit next to burns, deep scars, etc! Those women look to the simple joy of applying makeup, buying that limited edition lipstick collection or that nail Color that is just jumping off the shelf with the color you’ve always wanted to try.

Every woman’s reason for glorious adornment or non adornment is different. Who are we to tell other women not to do all it takes to feel good about you in a world that lacks true female appreciation or appropriation. I’m never going to say simply be an object to ogle at because we all have more to offer.

So, the question I pose to you is who are you beautifying yourself for? 

The Power of Makeup

Hugs & Kisses,



Designing Women Event | NYWIFT

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

New York Women In Film and Television (NYWIFT)

What an amazing evening Designing Women honouring 798 Makeup Artists & Hairstylist Union President Rose Chatterton, Sarah Edwards Costume Designer and, my colleague/friend Anita Gibson Makeup Department Head at Starz Network original TVs series POWER!!


And yes I’m a proud member of NYWIFT!!!


What’s in a name?…My name is PRINCE!…Tribute (part 1)

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

These lyrics come from the album Love Sign and the song is called “My Name Is Prince”. When I first heard it, it made me think about ones name and how we all fight to keep our names, our identity, our reputation. 

Prince reminded me the value of my name and my gifts that would eventually be synonymous with my name. In the song he goes on to say “My name is Prince and I didn’t come to mess around”… I thought you know what neither did I (me NZINGHA)! 
I didn’t come in this business to mess around! 

Once I figured out that being a Makeup Artist was my career path, I made a decision…
1) That I did not come in this business to mess around and that I was striving to be a great Makeup Artist that I was going to be EXCELLENT a word my Mum used all my life.
2) That my name NZINGHA would not be taken lightly and that it would proceed me and be synonymous with excellent work.

Prince was the reason I persued my Artistry so fiercely. I wanted to reach that level of excellence in MY Artistry as a Makeup Artist. His “brand model” became my muse for how I would choose to present my gifts to the world.

Breath Beauty EV32| Product Review

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles

As always I’m looking to improve the quality of the contents in my Pro Makeup Kit. You know when you’re working with a client face to face personal hygiene is a MUST!  While combing through the Ulta app looking for a good blow dryer and flat iron I found this little item called ev32 Breath Beauty

I ordered directly from the company. I ordered the variety pack which costs $30 . You get 40 packets total. 4 different flavors. 10 packets of each flavor. The mini boxes come in a magnetized keepsake box. I really like the packaging idea, kind of has an element of luxury.

Now I’ve been a faithful Listerine user for years from toothpaste infused, the mouth wash and the breath strips (my favorite on set and in the kit bag).

When my clients are about to do scenes where they have to get close I would always break out a listerine strip for them out of their personal set bags. But sometimes in really close situations you want to get at the root of what may be causing a sensitive moment (which can be embarrassing).

Normally when you brush your teeth you not only clean the teeth but the gums, tongue, under the tongue, inner cheeks and roof of the mouth.

Now like most human beings I’ve been caught out there too (and it is embarrassing) mostly because I didn’t have any of my usual products handy. 

I love my personal hygiene products but, sometimes I’ve had to go without my faves and opt for lesser quality items that simply just don’t have that special element.

Not to mention I’m a sucker for packaging but, ummm did I mention that? No? Well I’m a sucker for packaging!! I also am willing to test products out and, when I find one that really works I stick with it. 

Well, looks like I found a product that I will stick with in this brand. So far, so good and no weird aftertaste with this one it’s kinda straight forward.

It reminds me of the candy Pop Rocks. Remember those? You put them in your mouth and you get this big flavor and that powder you put on your tongue starts literally poping!! Like a firecracker in your mouth!! It’s crazy!!

Fizzing no, poping yes. 

So, the breath beauty comes in 4 flavors

  1. Peppermint 
  2. Spearmint 
  3. Cinnamon
  4. Watermelon Mojito

On the box it says:

  1. Open packet and pour contents into your mouth.
  2. Swish crystals in mouth with saliva for 60 seconds.
  3. Rub the crystals against teeth with your tongue and cheeks.
  4. Swallow and enjoy sustained fresh breath!
  5. Use as needed.

Well this is how I use mine.  I usually do my regular cleaning routine (flossing, brushing, mouthwash gargling, then rinsing).  

Usually the liquid gargling takes a two separate capfuls for me. First capful I gargle in the back of my throat and then the second capful is overall mouth washing. I wait a bit and then I go in with the beauty breath

This way usually works best because you don’t have any food particle leftover in your mouth and the product just works to the max this way. Not that it wouldn’t work without it but it just makes it that much better if you can.

Hope you enjoyed this review…😉www.32oc.com

My Day in Koreatown NY Beauty Products | Product Review

Written by NZINGHA for TheGlamSquadFiles
If you know anything about me you will know I love to travel and am always learning about various cultures. I’m interested in the beauty rituals of various cultures and today was a day spent in Korea Town in NYC. I felt just like I was in Korea. Funny how you can do the escapism travel to other countries right here in New York City! New York is totally multicultural! Truly the only place in the world where this occurs and occurs successfully. 

I met some lovely new friends along the way at a Korean restaurant I stopped to have lunch at called Miss Korea BBQ. My new friends are visiting from Ohio!!! I took them to a few of my Korean makeup spots! We went into two of my fave haunts The Face Shop and Nature Republic (which I absolutely ❤️💛💚). Now as I’m shopping I’m keeping in mind as we are dining we are listening to the best of Korean Pop music. I’m entrigued! Seems the focus is on all the current boy bands singing their latest tunes and looking hot in their music videos.

There’s my friend Erin there on the side on her phone!! Just look at this spread on the table…there’s beef and pork ribs, kimchi, seaweed soup, marinated cucumber, ginger eggplant, baby white new potatoes, on the grill is zucchini and white sweet potato. The food is being prepared on our hibachi’s!! And boy is it smelling good! Hibachi’s really aren’t a Korean or Japanese tradition but it’s for excitement for foreigners tastes….and it works every time!!!

So after we eat we’ve gotta walk off all that sumptuous food and get our metabolism going. Well talk about shop till you drop…my ladies made a killing today! Not only did they get items for themselves but for their young daughters who LOVE MAKEUP AND COLORS!!! Me…mmmm I was a bit conservative. I was focusing in on all of the products whose main ingredient is ALOE VERA.

I’ve been seriously vibing on three ingredients this season…ROSE, COCONUT OIL and ALOE VERA. At home we’ve got gigantic Aloe Vera bushes everywhere! And as we all know the ancient Egyptians taught us through their early medicine ,Aloe Vera has numerous properties but the main one is healing. When used as a beauty treatment you will find it heals burns, cuts, scrapes, dark spots and a myriad of other skin ailments in a flash.

This product I didn’t purchase at Nature Republic but at a small sidewalk shop. I’m loving it! It’s got a super light fresh herbal scent not overpowering at all. And doesn’t leave you with that sticky feeling you get with most lotions! It’s light and moisturizing and really has a soothing effect…you will hear more about this product from me soon.

Now I’m going to have to be honest about this product…I’m sure it kills germs but it leaves my hands SUPA DRY!!! The fragrance is amazing!! And the petit size is perfect for your travel size purse. I’ve been using it on the regular now because I will not do the germ thing! I have opted to use it along with my Aloe Vera Soothing Gel (which also comes in a convenient travels size as well). So I’m okay to use this hand sanitizer. Buy 1 for $1.50 and 3 for $3.50

The Hand & Nature Clean Hand Wash OLIVE is amazing! Most times I have really dry hands because they are always in water. I can always feel the drying agent in hand soaps and this one I don’t feel it at all! Just like soft water and moisturizing and you get a full size bottle 8.45oz for $4.40!!!

While on my spree of course there’s a soundtrack happening the whole time. The music of course is Korean Pop and there are literally numerous groups out there. I’ll share a few with you. Here’s a K-Pop group I like by the name of Super Junior. The group is a 13 member Boy Band!!!! 13???? Yep 13 group members and they are all talented in their own right. 

This Skin Smoothing Body Peeling Mist is AMAZING!! It’s not a hoax about the peeling effect. It does work. The more you use in succession you will see that the peeling on our first go round is a lot of peeling. Then the second you will have a bit more peeling and by the third time you may have very little peeling. One WARNING…do not use this if you have hairy arms and legs!!! Why? Because you will have pulling of the the hair in trying to use this product. Now I use this product in the shower (to wash away the peelings and dead skin) and I use it with my sugar body scrub…skin soooooooooo soft even my problematic super dry elbows.

The samples of this Collagen Cream I got at the check-out at Nature Republic is also AMAZING!!! I have used it as an overnight moisturizer and can I tell you my skin is even more flawless! I have been using it 3 nights in a row. The Cream is light and transparent like an Aloe Vera Gel. I’m definitely going to go for the large sized bottle upon my next visit. I’ve not tried the mask as yet and this was also a free sample item I get at check-out. 

These lashes I got from The Face Shop for $4.00. I will be using in my next shoot. I think I’m going to stack them for maximum effect. They come with a small vial of glue.

F.T. Island, short for Five Treasure Island, is a South Korean pop-rock band consists of five members,

All I can say is my hair smells divine! Just a little spritz as I’m breaking out the front door or turning in in for the night! I’m smelling lovely hair!  

Charcol Beauty Cleansing Puffs $6

I’m loving this cleansing puff/eponge!! My skin for the last 3 days has been truly flawless! I’ve been using this with my Boscia Detox Charcol facial cleanser, talk about major lather factor…YES INDEED! Go out and get one for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

JJCC is the first K-pop idol group to be formed and reared by Jackie Chan.The name of the band is derived from the name of Jackie Chan and the group’s aim

Well as I bring this post to a close I have one thing that I have noticed in my jaunt about Korea Town is that Korea has a serious handle on skincare! Skincare reigns supreme in this cultures beauty regimen. I’ve never seen such smooth skin as I have seen on display today. Even the men have flawless skin! And I noticed that the men really stood out in the advertising mmmmm….all of them look sooooo incredibly…dare I say it pretty!!! Pretty flawless bump free skin! I mean just look at the young men in the featured videos (I see a strong African American influence in the music and male fashion styling) and in the advertising. 

As I was shopping I saw just as many men as I did women wanting to take care of their skin! One man I saw was really in the mirror fixing his hair and had a basket full of products!! And can I say he was really handsome! WOW! Well…after all your skin is the largest major organ! So, in closing…take this season join me in getting a hold on your skincare regimen. Xoxo from Korea Town NYC!