In this article I would like to introduce myself to all CPH POST readers whilst reintroducing myself to those who have been following my journey here in Denmark.
I’m super excited to join the team here at the newspaper.
In this month’s edition, I will answer some of the questions that I get asked a lot by online followers, clients, friends and family.
Who is Barbara Mensah?
I was born in London and relocated to Copenhagen in 2017. I have been a professional international makeup artist for 12 years, as well as an eyelash extensions specialist for four years. Shortly after moving to Copenhagen I set up my own business: Barbara Mensah Beauty Studio, which is based in the heart of Østerbro in Copenhagen.
I recently embarked on a relatively new journey of sourcing, branding my own brand of raw, organic shea butter. My team and I worked tirelessly to source the purest form of shea butter from Ghana. It has been a huge success here in Denmark, where we are currently stocked in three retailers around Copenhagen, and we also ship worldwide.
To order yours, visit barbaramensah.dk.
What is your favourite part of working in the beauty industry?
The beauty industry in general can be quite brutal and a harsh industry to be a part of. Lots of long hours and hard work. You definitely have to be tough-skinned to work in it. It’s not always as glamorous as people would like to think, and as with most jobs there are very high highs and some lows that come with it.
If I had to choose, my favourite part would be knowing that I’m part of one of the biggest industries in the world and have a part in influencing in a positive way how someone feels about themselves. I’m particularly excited when I get feedback from clients and customers letting me know that they loved a makeup look I created for them, or that they loved a product or treatment I recommended.
How do you balance family life with being a business owner?
Having a family and running a business doesn’t mean you cannot be successful at both. I try to plan and prioritise my time and simply pause when it gets too much. I try to give both family and work equal amounts of energy. Setting small achievable goals keeps me on track. Most importantly, I always take time out for selfcare.
What key tips do you have for someone new to makeup?
Get yourself a good foundation that matches your skin tone; invest in a good mascara; use a good nude lipstick; find a good neutral eyeshadow pallet; and remember that a bb or cc cream is a great start for a newbie in the makeup world.
Which one skincare brand would you choose to use for a lifetime?
My own of course. I’m obsessed with Shea Butter. I’ve been using it for as long as I can remember. There are so many benefits: it restores my skin’s elasticity and reduces inflammation, irritations and bumps. It’s great for the whole family.
How do you keep your skin young, fresh and youthful?
Moisturise daily, drink lots of water and eat fresh foods.