I had the opportunity to attend my first Portland RAW Artist showcase at Bassnova this past week. What drew me to the event was long time friend, makeup artist Abibat Durosimi also known as Tabiba Styles who was a featured artist at the event.

I wanted to catch up with Abibat to talk about her tour stint with Prince, her recently published work in a European E-Magazine, and her shoot for Solestruck’s Summer Lookbook among other things.

Just a little background: Abibat has more than 15 years in hair-styling and 7 years of makeup experience. She has had the opportunity of working with celebrity clientele (PRINCE, PEOPLE!) as well as assist in the art direction of high-end editorial shoots and runway productions. She has also been invited to be a key makeup artist at Portland’s own Fashion Week and yearly Bridal shows.

So the catching up did not happen right away as chaos was building backstage. In a tiny room where models and designers moved in and out, Abibat had to use Tim Gunn’s famous line “Make it Work!”. There was little room to finish hair and makeup for 10 models, so "make it work" was an understatement. This lady set up shop with her assistant Courtney and prepared for some intense work while beer and bodies swirled around her. It was truly amazing to see her focus and pose in such a crazy, confined and confusing situation.

What she produced was an illusion of effortless cosmic gypsy perfection! Inspired by the fashion designer she was paired up with [Tina Marie Fisher], Abibat had a solid concept as well as a natural creative flow that brought the overall vision together. It was a joy and pleasure to bear witness to her craft.

You have heard her name here and you will again as Abibat has her hands in some exciting up and coming projects that will showcase her raw natural talent as an artist here in Portland and beyond.

Abibat Durosimi

I also was able to capture some cute outfits after the show. Here are some of my favorite looks!