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Red Carpet Ready? Learn How To Put Your Best Foot Forward!



Most events are now prepared with utmost scrutiny and pertinent attention to minute details, that you’d think the red carpet preparations was one for A-Listers going to celebrate themselves on an awards night.

With the great number of events planned weekly and the even bigger hoopla surrounding these events, it’s expected that people prepare accordingly for these events, right? Wrong!

There’s a huge misconception that the only concern when preparing for an event should be ‘what will I wear?‘.  Of course it is not to be a naked fête but as much attention should be paid to certain areas often ignored, that are just as important.

Skin care.  What is a good looking (sometimes expensive) dress to an unhealthy skin? The necessity of a healthy skin goes  far beyond the physical appearance, its an insight into a person’s lifestyle (smoking, quantity of alcohol ingested routinely, amount of water consumed daily and type of diet). It might be surprising to hear that caring for your skin now is by far cheaper than having to later on deal with future skin defects. *insert sarcasm*

Here are a few inexpensive skin care regimens; of course as the skin is the largest organ of the body, these tips cover the face, underarms,thighs and any other areas of choice. Application of regimen depends on sensitivity of area and skin thickness. The first world’s best secret to a good skin is not using very hot water to bathe. That’s right! Somewhere we learnt it keeps the skin soft? Excessively hot water dries out your skin, and that’s not good-your skin needs to lock in moisture to remain healthy.  Relatively hot/ warm water is advised, cleans you up nicely and boosts blood flow.

Basic things to know, wash your face before application of facial masks, or steam regimen(whichever regimen you decide to adopt will be effective) before going to bed-this helps the skin ‘breathe’ and prevents accumulation  of natural oil secreted by the skin (which leads to acne).

And you don’t have to sell out all your properties to acquire effective skin products or adopt a daily regimen. The steam/ice pack is a magnificent combo. In a basin filled with hot water, hold your face above the bowl, but beneath a cloth/towel for 5-10minutes, this acts as deep cleanser and opens up clogged pores and lets out impurities. Added advantage of clearing up the sinuses. Right after this,  squirt the juice of a freshly sliced lemon on a face cloth and nicely clean up every area of your face. This helps cleanse the skin of dead cells, and also aids in giving an even skin tone. Rinse out  with warm water and hold in place an ice pack over your face for a few minutes to tighten those pores.

Green tea ice facial is all the rave, see here

Make-up. For some, make-up is an enhancing property, for others, its a transformation property;whichever it is, the common base is having a daily skincare regimen to maintain great skin. It is advised to start off by using a cleanser ( a natural mixture of honey+olive oil+ sugar). This combination is great for ex-foliation. Apply moisturiser, this helps your make-up sit properly as opposed to having a rough and thick  composite. Primers and concealers are a sure way of getting an evened out and flawless look. Apply lightly, apply precisely.

Personal Style. It’s only wise to adopt a personal style in this season where one can’t keep following trends if only for the simple reason that these trends change twice as fast as or faster than you get money. I bet it is hard to keep up! Stay inspired by trends and what is hot on the streets, but steer clear from being  a slave to trends. Something about being different/standing out no matter what you’re doing pays off regularly and this advice is no different for a red carpet event!

Hair. We’ve been blessed with the ability to switch up hairstyles whenever we want. Try colour, try length, try curls, try short, try straight. Have fun with your hair- keep it fresh and clean always! Do not be limited, and Do not forget to drink lots of water! Water keeps your hair fibres moist and shiny and gives that shiny look we love so much. Water also prevents your skin from drying out too.

My natural hair swears by

Regulation of diet and exercise are equally influential in having a healthy skin and hair. One does not exist without the other!

Hello to New Beginnings!


  1. Personal Shopper

    March 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  2. Touchedbyanangel

    March 20, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Thanks for these tips, Ugo.
    Bella Naija una do well!

  3. christy

    March 20, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Nice one ,realy learn sum tricks,like seaming ones face wit hot water,bt. Wat I find dificult 2 understd s dat,during my makeup nd few minute afta,I usualy luk fresh nd pple wonda wat I do 2 my face dat luk so yummy nd fresh bt afta hours later,I begin 2 hate d way I luk,like havin a tired face,esp wen my hair s no longa new,I wonda wat can help n ds situatn

    • Addy

      March 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Wish i could decipher your comment.

    • Dayo B

      March 21, 2012 at 10:59 am

      And I could “like” your comment. The English language is dead thanks to Nigerians who write in text language.

  4. stella

    March 20, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    Thanks so much Ugo for these secret

    • Ugo Onyeka

      March 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm


  5. Bex

    March 20, 2012 at 1:07 pm


  6. moi

    March 20, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Why do you promote JBL on your site as if its the only brand, what about others and all the other designers.

    Also, I noticed that you only featured people you know on pics, I was at an Event where you guys were there, well dressed than any other (as I live abroad) but did not see a pic of myself there, I was later told by a friend my pic came out in Punch Newspaper later on, if it wasnt good enough I dont think my pic will make it there, pls these people are becoming over-recycled and by getting closer to them most wear fake goods, fresh faces pls.

    • B

      March 20, 2012 at 1:59 pm

      wow! a bit uncalled for in my opinion!!! Why does “living abroad” qualify you as one of the best dressed? Just my 2 cents! absolutely no need

    • diva

      March 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

      Well, with such a silly comment , I guess you would finally get the attention you have been craving hahahaha.

    • kim

      March 20, 2012 at 4:30 pm

      well said

    • erebi

      March 20, 2012 at 4:35 pm

      i get ur point

    • Joy

      March 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      looooooooolll! you are so funny, please just say that you want to be in the magazine and sit down jor lmao listen to your self, such a joke

    • Ready

      March 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

      Lmao! Is it April yet? Is this an April Fool’s day joke? I don’t work for BN, but I have to defend the site…how do they promote JBL more than others? Bridget Awosika might have a greater social presence and so is more photographed, but BN actually does a pretty good job of providing platforms for up and comers as well as established brands.
      Secondly, babe..for real? E pain u reach there? E chook u say ur foto no dey the blog? Were you looking forward to praising yourself in the comments section? Wait…are you one of those who go to LPM all overdressed and paparazzi ready (as you live abroad)? Lol. Have a seat.

    • Daisy

      March 21, 2012 at 10:42 pm

      BN does what? I sent them a mail requesting for my latest Collection to be featured and I didnt even get a reply turning it down eventhough i sent them a reminder.

      Miss Dee Clothing on Facebook.

    • MB

      March 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

      Ouch! U just really set urself up for a gd telling off with dat ‘live abroad’ comment. Its so uncool plus highly irrelevant – ” how does that affect d price of rice ”

      And its funny how ur comment completely overshadowed the article

      Note to BN:
      Its a nice article BTW and I am taking notes, only thing is the accompanying pics are quite small to view, one cant quite see them and there’s no zoom out option.
      & OK BN – for peace sake try 2 take more pics of as many people as possible that have some nice style – thats kinda what a lot of us come here for… esp those of us in diaspora cos dem Lagosians can dress, I tell u! I have noticed d fashion content has dimished lately…

  7. Written

    March 20, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    Oh dear! You are setting yourself up with that ‘live abroad’ statement…

  8. beyonifer

    March 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm


  9. Beebee

    March 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    @Moi, naa so the thin dey pain u like this?!LMAO..hey ya, sowie oooo, i wanna be a celebrity and fashionista by force!!LOL. At least it came out in Punch Newspapers, the old boring men and women will be reading those…..*evil laughter*

  10. Annie

    March 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Hehehehhehehee, Bella pls any1 frm abroad should be featured here biko, me i am in naija if i attend any event and notice u there taking pictures i promise u i will nice tips, weldone


    March 20, 2012 at 2:37 pm


  12. koko

    March 20, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    @moi like living abroad is a criteria for been d best dressed abeg go mop oniru beach joh!

  13. Vivian emobena

    March 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Nice one. I tell yu.

  14. taiwo

    March 20, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    thanks u bella naija for doing this , i hope nigeria actresses would learn from this articleand anybody that needs it in nigeria and around not to be partial.

  15. ty

    March 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    omashe ooo miss “as i live abroad” blehhh…

  16. Strawberry

    March 20, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Lmbo.. Soo what does living abroad have 2 do ωι†ђ what you put up here nw..abeg mek we see road *thunderous sigh*

  17. dee one

    March 20, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    @moi…i suggest next time u go for an event u carry a placard that reads “I LIVE ABROAD” dat shud get d press scrambling for ur pictures, its gud u made dat comment though as u have unknowingly pointed out d fact dat living abroad doesn’t make u n e beta as everyone featured in dis article and at the event u were referring too is homebased and u “who lives abroad” are now left scrambling to get noticed……*long hiss*

    • Joy

      March 20, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      looooooooolll! you are so funny, please just say that you want to be in the magazine and sit down jor lmao listen to your self, such a joke
      lmaoooo! i love you for this, i was rolling on the floor after reading your comment

  18. christy

    March 21, 2012 at 7:52 am

    Awooo.which day were u feature n d punch paper,I ve al d paper n my office so as 2 trace it,no mind dem,s even d most widely spread dan internet

  19. tinuforbes

    March 21, 2012 at 10:01 am

    lol at the comments thanx bella 4 this post atleast peeps dat commit fashion crime on red carpets oya over to the abroad girl eyah pele o dont worry bella naija will feature u one of these days.hian

  20. Ugo Onyeka

    March 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    thanks for the wonderful comments! 🙂

  21. Freda

    March 21, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Way to go Ugo!!…lovee it!!!..x

    • Ugo Onyeka

      March 21, 2012 at 2:45 pm

      Thanks Freeds! 🙂

  22. Ada

    March 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Well written piece – Neva knew u were into writing ugo – thumbs up for the piece 🙂 🙂

  23. sewaoge

    March 21, 2012 at 4:54 pm


  24. bisola

    March 21, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    @moi if ur pic wasnt good enuf it wnt be featured in did u just say dat?i hope u knw Punch is just for politics,boko haram news now so u see ur life.u didnt even say this day or guardian life or city people or ovation.punch.u shld be ashamed,u r evn saying u live abroad,u r a disgrace to d abrodians(let it flow) u beta come back home,suegbe.

  25. kay

    March 21, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Learnt a lot, thanks.

  26. pynk

    March 22, 2012 at 8:10 am

    personal style and a sense of self. Simple.

  27. Dami_blinks

    March 22, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Nice write up,will try the face steaming,can’t wait…

  28. doll

    March 22, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Abroad girl must have scraped and saved every penny to purchase her outfit,what a shocker it must have been when she wasn’t noticed**rolling my eyes and smh at d same time**

  29. Kene

    March 22, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    well done Gal!
    such an inspirational advice, took loads of notes….lol

  30. Francesca

    March 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

  31. Toyot

    March 31, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    Bubu the rebel loves her look!

  32. KE

    April 3, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    Lol! Nice tips. Thanks

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