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BN RED CARPET FAB: Sleek Makeup Event



Sleek Makeup recently held an event in Lagos celebrating a successful year of business operations in Nigeria. The theme was BLACK. Loads of Sleek fans walked the red carpet. Many looked good but a select few were Bella Naija RED CARPET FAB.

Here are our picks by Ijeoma Ndekwu – Bella Naija Style Editor!

Funke Fowler

Funke Fowler

Funke looks absolutely fabulous in this floor length layered gown. Wearing minimal make-up and having her hair tightly pulled to the back, this look emphasizes ‘the sexy’ of a plunging bare neckline. What I love about this look is that she is able to strike a balance; with her choice of hair, make-up and accessories, it’s all a perfect fit! The plunging neckline is coordinated by sheer long sleeves and so we don’t get bored with the prominence of black, she goes bold with her accessories!

Francisca Owumi

Francisca Owumi

Francisca goes totally 1950’s Hollywood in this phenomenal asymmetric pencil dress with oversized buttons. She looks so chic and in this classic LBD( little black dress). This dress goes from boardroom to cocktail dinner with a shortened length and metallic accessories; Francisca scores in this one; and the orange pumps? A little bit colour doesn’t hurt…

This is such a beautiful bandeau neck dress. I love the different textures; the roughness of the top and the shine and smooth texture of the tulip bottom. It’s ‘simple chic’ personified!

The one shoulder neckline has been back with a vengeance for a while now and this lady does it so well in Karen Millen. This stretch satin multi-panel seamed  dress hugs are curves so nicely and she completes the look with delicate jewelery and the power combo; red and black!

This lady stands out for all the right reasons in Afrocentric black! She combines chiffon with a lively geometric patterned wax print which is very reminiscent of the hippies of the 1960’s while she announces the return of the Ra-Ra skirt and the current reign of the caged sandals!

Buki de la Zaria

Buki de la Zaria

Buki’s style is far from predictable; she is edgy, adventurous and creative. I doubt if anyone can dare this look except her. While I’ll sincerely admit to not being a fan of the grey suede ankle booties; I am huge fan of the general look with the booties. I adore the patterned lace dress, the chain strap across body bag, the waist belt and oh! That bow veil clip! This look dabbles in vintage, has got a slight gothic feel to it and she goes a bit rock glam pairing the look with those suede ankle booties. However way, I like! And she finishes off with the fiercest looking pout!!!!

Gbenga Ashiru

Nothing beats a man in a nicely tailored suit! Gbenga looks sleek and sophisticated.

Ugonna Omeruo

Ugonna Omeruo

Channeling Keri Hilson’s fab hairdo, Ugonna chooses to brighten up an array of black dresses in an off shoulder wonder! The form fit of this dress tastefully shows off her slender silhouette. Ugonna decides to have a go with the colour pink; opting for daring fuchsia pink lips and fuchsia satin covered over-sized buttons. I like that she is able to have some fun without the look coming off as childish or tacky! This she avoids by glamorizing the look with touches of gold. I particularly adore the dusty rose pink pumps and the choice of a black quilted clutch.

Ifeoma Williams

Ifeoma Williams

Ifeoma gets some inspiration from Jackie O here; she might as well be standing beside a president as his first lady. She looks incredibly graceful and elegant in this dress. Less is more indeed, and she finds a way to add that tiny yet all important bit of spark with long layered beaded necklaces.

‘The pretty’ isn’t in any way wasted on this look! Dressing in tune with her body type and in consciousness of her best assets; this gorgeous bella hits the fashion mark! This mini bubble hem dress is girly, pretty and fun and does very well in flaunting her nicely toned limbs and flawless skin!

Here is the entire red carpet album


  1. jo

    December 14, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    love Leila Fowler and Ifeoma Williams’ look head to toe – SMASHING !!!

  2. haney29

    December 14, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    Hey Ijeoma could you guys minimize the size of ur bella naija logo on the pictures it kind of drowns out the image..thanks!

  3. bella

    December 14, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    Hi Haney, we wish we didnt have to watermark our photos but it is what it is…

  4. benima

    December 15, 2008 at 2:02 am

    didnt feel buki osunkeye’s outfit at all

  5. benima

    December 15, 2008 at 2:03 am

    i meant buki delazaria or whatever she is known as these days

  6. benima

    December 15, 2008 at 2:05 am

    Bella but then na wa for this kingsize logo on your picture o!odikwa ver very risky!it is too big now!!you can reduce it if you dont want people stealing the pictures!!but you too sef dont you use other pictures from other sites!!even when u had your blog

  7. sally

    December 15, 2008 at 2:56 am

    oh my, funke fowler is a dream. gasp. i wish we’d see a little more of her on the red carpet but i’d rather have her under-exposed than over-exposed. is she wearing two pieces? a dress and a skirt underneath? very cool. and her accessories definitely add to her look. LOVE IT. and ifeoma. sigh. BE STILL MY BEATING HEART! LOL. always, always, ALWAYS a pleasure to look at 🙂 a few other commendable mentions but no one hits the nail on the head and creates cohesive looks from head-to-toe like funke and ifeoma.

    p.s. YAY for Gbenga Ashiru’s haircut! that’s more like it 🙂 very good-looking guy.

  8. adaku

    December 15, 2008 at 3:12 am

    no one is saying dont water mark your photos, just make it smaller or put it somewhere that does not overshadow the picture.. like at the top or bottom of the picture……TA!!

  9. Trendy

    December 15, 2008 at 5:49 am

    Buki de la Zaria’s outfit!!! hmmm… (scratching my head) – Skirt should be shorter, top should have been cut a little lower, booties do not work w/d look, strappy bedazzled sandals would have been better. Also why no jewelry? a long string of black pearls and a nice cuff would have been nice. She totally aged herself w/this disaster of an outfit.

  10. fashion conscious

    December 15, 2008 at 10:21 am

    I wld say tht Ugonna Emeruo beats the whole lot,
    followed by the afrocentric lady, not sure of her name.
    Francisca Owumi, i like her shoes and am not so sure
    about the fitting of her dress – not hating, just saying.
    Funke Fowler i love her floor length dress; beautiful
    and the footwear…hmm..maybe she was pulling off
    the bohemian style…she still looks nice though.
    Karen Millen lady, pls, not sure of her name again,
    just does not look IT – not hating, just saying.
    Buki de la Zaria, she is the nice handbags designer; right?
    I guess she was trying to pull the 40’s look and i did not think
    she got it quite right and then again it’s Buki, ain’t it? lol….That’s
    what i thought, anywayz…

  11. michelle

    December 15, 2008 at 10:42 am

    why are they launching this cosmetic line so late in nigeria’s been around for ages.. i mean for a line that caters for dark skinned ladies you would think….

  12. nike

    December 15, 2008 at 11:10 am

    i like ugonna omeruo’s look,and ifeoma williams looks really classy as usual-wouldnt expect anything less from her…
    as for the rest,hmm…nothing fantastic,i’ld say buki de la zaria sort of got lost along the line-trying to channel that vintage look.
    gbenga ashiru looks alot better than most of the females 🙂

    i think what most of these ‘celebrities’ (and i use the word loosely) need is an experienced stylist especially for red-carpet events.they usually end up looking awful when left to their own devices.

  13. Fade

    December 15, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Bella,nice photos.Look at the Getty Images Watermarks try and use that as a basis

  14. Joke

    December 15, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    Wow. Bella, Its nice to see that we are becoming decent again in naija. I must confess this is one of the best set of pictures i have seen from the naigerian social circle in recent times. The ladies where sexy without looking indecent. More of these, please

  15. fashion bla bla

    December 15, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Ifeoma really looks classy the rest…well okay either make up or shoes didn’t quite add up but Buki de la Zaria is a NO NO NO NO pls its not an edgy look its falling off a cliffffffff

  16. kelendra

    December 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Only 3 of the ladies and the one man looked nice. The buki lady needs a stylist fastttttttttttttttttttttttttt.

  17. Akuada

    December 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I know the girl with the Afro!!! Go Kiki…hot outfit 🙂

  18. Chuckles!!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 6:44 pm

    HA HA HA! uR soooo on point! I totally agree with you, way too many trends going on dea but thank God doe, she provided some major examples for fashion dnt! Abeg Arrest ha Fash PO! LOL!

  19. silver

    December 15, 2008 at 10:22 pm

    these women all look nice except Buki…she looks horrible…dat blue bra and face net were d final nails in the coffin…omg!!!

  20. Ladi

    December 16, 2008 at 2:28 am

    Francisca is really using her Bigbrother 9ja fame….i like her dress

  21. Qed

    December 16, 2008 at 2:38 am

    not trying to be mean…but am i d only person that noticed funke folwer’s skirt and dress combo. just incase you didnt two shades of black she’s wearing a black skirt under her dress. it would have been a nice dress though love her accessories
    and its no no to bukky de la zaria, everyone else looks fab and yeah thats includes funke

  22. Kpakpando

    December 16, 2008 at 2:53 am

    … I can’t say I agree with many of the praises given to many of the featured outfits, but to each their own

  23. ozznenye

    December 16, 2008 at 3:41 am

    ewww!i just noticed funke’s dress and skirt!two diff shades totally not nice..too each is own!but ewww

  24. sassy

    December 16, 2008 at 5:52 am

    with all due respect, can i just say that Bukky de la zarias outfit is…horrid. I love her and all, buh still. I think all the pieces r wonderful individually, they don’t just make a good outfit. But i love Ugoona tho, how does she manage to look so F-A-B all the tym!

  25. myalteregoisayanna

    December 16, 2008 at 10:30 pm

    Ifeoma looks gracious as always….only that I think her facial make up was either a little too much or there was too much light on her face but besides that…fab! Simple is always classy…

  26. Uno

    December 17, 2008 at 12:38 am

    Why do most of them have bad shoes? I am thinking a new business already.Lol. My favorite so far is the girl in the blonde afro and African Print Dress. I love her dress and shoes. She stands out among the others and I admire that

  27. Uno

    December 17, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Why do most of them have bad shoes? I am thinking a new business already.Lol. My favorite so far is the girl in the blonde afro and African Print Dress. I love her dress and shoes. She stands out from the rest and I admire that

  28. silver

    December 17, 2008 at 1:51 am

    who is d lady with d white belt and shoes? one word horrible! her hair, make up, cloth-fit, horrid!!!…*sigh*and who is dat guy in the red hat and neckwatever? but most of the ladies looked fine sha except for a few hit and misses…lol..

  29. nony

    December 18, 2008 at 5:11 am

    looks to me like that dress on funke fowler is a one piece…i really love the way she played around with her accessories..simple yet striking..n her hairstyle seems to suit d shape of her face n shape of gown

  30. nony

    December 18, 2008 at 5:16 am

    as 4 buki de la zaria…u look a FLAMIN HOT MESS…as in wat da hel* is dat….dont eva TRY dat again…PLEASE….d shoe is just a NO GO area….not to talk of d net….and as 4 d bra, please act ur age ma…mehnn…if u think dats high fashion then u hav a looonggg way to go…nuff said

  31. Trendy

    December 18, 2008 at 5:28 am

    my dear, this is good O…, compared to what those nollywood creaures dared to wear in public. Not great, but easier on the eyes.

  32. jaguda

    December 18, 2008 at 9:36 am

    no one gets it right all the time. allow buki jare. i like buki

  33. Tola

    December 18, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Yeah, Funke’s dress is DEF a one piece and i think she looks very nice and simple.

  34. misidreads

    January 4, 2009 at 7:00 pm

    Definitely a classy event…outfit appropriate and nice.
    keep up the good job.

  35. Chika Moses

    January 18, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    Ifeoma Williams has the hottest look! Love that sleek black outfit… gorgeous!

  36. lulu

    January 28, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Naija men are hott!! luv them!

  37. GIFT

    April 10, 2009 at 11:46 pm

    pls where is sleek’s main office in lagos?

  38. Amaka

    June 15, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    where is natalie the main manager of this company.
    i know her. she used to be my neighbor here in the U.S. then she moved to nigeria with her husband and got this job as manager. i didnt see her picture!!!

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