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French Beauty Brand black|Up Paris launches its 1st International Store in Lagos! Photos of Alali Hart, Elohor Aisien, Dimeji Alara, LDA, Nkiru Anumudu & More at the Event



Alali Hart (MD Montaigne Place)

On Sunday 22nd July 2012, history was made as luxury french beauty brand black|Up Paris launched its first international store at the Ikeja City Mall, Lagos.

The event saw in attendance lots of celebrities and socialities including Nkiru Anumudu, Banke Meshida-Lawal, Lanre DaSilva Ajayi, Elohor Aisien, Dimeji Alara, Franka Asindi, Isi Atagamen and Alali Hart – the Managing Director of Montaigne Place (Exclusive retailer and partner of black|Up Paris), who came in style to be a part of the launch of black|Up’s stand alone shop outside Paris, France and also witness live make-up demonstrations by a creative team of world renowned make-up artists, led by international celebrity make-up artist and creative ambassador of the beauty brand David Coranson.

At the event, guests were treated to refreshing glasses of champagne and yummy finger foods as they watched the special beauty presentation by professional models and shopped for the brand’s products. Missed the event? Don’t sweat, we’ve got you covered with all the photos.


Elohor Aisien

Nkiru Anumudu

Banke Meshida-Lawal

Lanre DaSilva Ajayi

Tonia Iyadi

Uche Agbo

Veronica Ebie-Odeka

Franka Asindi

Lamiah Momoh

Isi Atagamen

Latasha Ngwube

Ola Okubajo

Seyi Omoyeni

Hauwa Bello

Susan Ibikunle

Tope Adebutu

Esosa Igbinedion

Tega Diagbare

Chizo Kanu-Iroegbu

Onorionola Okubaji

Bibi Abraham

Ngozi Princewill Utchay

Teniade Ayola

Cynthia Ike

Susan Eyo-Honesty

Taiwo Fagbayi

Abiola Otufale

Funke Babs-Kufeji

Julie Agbonifo

Toju Aye

Susan Ikhine

Princess Adejoke Adesola

Omobola Bolaji

Bukola Akorede

Nadya Ruth-Froesch

Rose Egavi

Mary Oba

Margaret Amakchree

Femi DaSilva

Imade Igbinedion

Cecille Tossouvi

Fab Mimi

Dammy Gbajumo

Ngozi Okafor

Mina Igbinedion & Alali Hart

Steve & Alali Hart

Dimeji Alara & Feyi Ojoawo

Dunni Akinrele & Nimi Akinkugbe

Wando & Derin

Bernie, Alali Hart & Ngozi Princewill Utchay

Vivian Chioloji, Alali Hart & Titi Onyekwelu

Mina, Obi & Iheyinwa

Mr & Mrs Ohiagu with Alali Hart

David Coranson

Make-Up Presentation

The Store

Amaechi Okobi

Vivian Chilogi

Latasha Ngwube & Alali Hart

About Montaigne Place
Montaigne Place are exclusive partners of the black|Up brand which was launched into the Nigerian market a few years ago. Montaigne Place is the luxury cosmetics, fragrance and well-being company that brought many exclusive and leading brands to Nigeria including Clarins, Creed, Lalique, Dr Murad, Chanel, Christian Dior and many more.

Today, Montaigne Place is known for innovation, style and modernity and it is a leader in the Nigerian premium cosmetics segment. Spearheaded by Alali H. Hart, Montaigne Place has consistently been recognized for its outstanding professionalism, innovation and contribution to the development of the Nigerian beauty and well being industry. The company currently has fifteen stores located in Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, with plans to launch 3 more outlets this very year. W:

Visit the store: black|Up Boutique, Shop L072, Ikeja City Mall, Ikeja, Lagos | Tel: 07080680172

Montaigne Place Outlets
Montaigne Place – The SpaAddress: Plot 226B Muri Okunola Street, Victoria Island, Lagos | Tel: 012705596 | 012703735 | 018941717 |  08037130408 | 016585485

Montaigne Place – Address: Shop 16, The Palms Shopping Centre, 1 Bis Way, Lekki Expressway, Victoria Island, Lagos | Tel: 018517774 | 08064863969

Montaigne Place – Address: Shop 8, Air Side, Departure Level, New Murtala Mohammed, Local Airport, Lagos | Tel: 012799889

Montaigne Place – Address: Shop 10 Land Side, Departure Level, New Murtala Mohammed, Local Airport, Lagos | Tel: 014482230

Montaigne Place – Address:  Ikeja City Mall, Shop L033, Obafemi Awolowo Road, Alausa, Ikeja | Tel: 08190450712

Montaigne Place – Address:  Shop 8, Adebola Shopping Mall, 53 Isaac John Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos | Tel: 012707913

Montaigne Place – Address: Shop B7, Adeniran Ogunsanya Shopping Mall, Adeniran Ogunsanya Street, Surulere, Lagos | Tel: 08130295258

Montaigne Place – Address: Ground Floor, 150 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos | Tel: 012799121

The Clarins Shop – Address: Shop 13B & 14B, Delta Plaza, Balogun, Lagos International Tradefair Complex, Lagos- Badagry Expressway, Lagos | Tel: 08191807801

Montaigne Place – Address: Silverbird Entertainment Centre, 1161 Memorial Drive, Cadastrial Zone, Central Business District, Abuja | Tel: 08191807807

Montaigne Place – Address: Shop F17, Febson Plaza, 2425 Herbert Macaulay Way, Zone 4, Abuja | Tel: 095236929

Montaigne Place – Address:  Ground Floor, Worldway Plaza, 129 Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State | Tel: 084462975

Montaigne Place – Address: Genesis Center, Shop 2b1, Tombia Street, Gra Phase 2, Port Harcourt, Rivers State | Tel: 08190450711

Montaigne Place – Address: Happy Bite Plaza, 1 Stadium Road Opposite Air Force Base, Aba Road, Port Harcourt, Rivers State | Tel: 08191807805|
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  1. Chattyzee

    July 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    The models are gorgeous! I love Latasha Ngwube’s look – simple but chic. I wonder how high Elohor Aisien’s shoes are; the look uncomfortable. Over all, lovely event and nice looking store.

    • ay

      July 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm

      i see u .

  2. ZM

    July 26, 2012 at 2:43 pm

  3. Wendy

    July 26, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Black up is definitely one of the best makeup range for dark skinned women their products are really good

    • Debo

      July 26, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      I agree.

  4. Camron

    July 26, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    Nice pictures and beautiful people. atleast not so much of the long brazilian and ….ian hair and wild makeups. just ok.

  5. Abs

    July 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Nice pics. Tonia’s dress is b e a u t i f u l! Totally!

  6. annie

    July 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    The models are soo pretty wow.They all look good tho some misses frm that igbenedion girl with flip flops and a woman who wore a suitable wedding outfit.HAUWA BELLO!! love u girl but those shoes a no no,i cnt believe u put on those shoes.Elohor essien killed dat look but those shoes looks like dey hurting her feet.

  7. Cool cat

    July 26, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Elohor’s shoes are only 100mm, mayb cos the heel is really skinny she has to balance a little more.

    Black up is absolutely my fav line, never though I could get off mac, hallelujah.

    Worst dressed for me is defo Susan ikhine, frills, lace, stripes, pearls, colour. There’s just too much going on with that look, everything is competing with the other to stand out. Epic fail. Elohor didn’t impress either even with loubs, the look is too dowdy, like she’s sagging all over, lol. A smaller top or smaller bottom woulda been appropriate. Latasha does look very nice

  8. @ajiriavae

    July 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Most of the ladies look absolutely fab. Alali, Elohor, Isi, Dunni Akinrenle, Bernie, Vivian Chiologi and Titi Onyekwelu all look very chic. Amaechi Okobi…….. *swoons*

  9. Tobechi Daniel

    July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    The models and their makeup is exotic. Banke just lights up the room, she’s so refreshing and the coral looks great on her. As a suggestion, Alali Hart might have opted for something either a longer length of skirt or applied some cover up foundation on her legs to enhance the look.

  10. lily

    July 26, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    wow the eye brows!!!

  11. Mary

    July 26, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Elohor is so pretty with her natural hair. I am guessing the models are from her agency.
    Latasha looks good for once.
    They all look good.
    Great job Blackup

  12. daarrmmm

    July 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    lovely models…… awwww.

    Lovely lovely models. i’m loving it…

  13. Chikaka

    July 26, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Love Elohor’s minimalist look. So pretty. Contrast that to Mrs. Anumudu’s look!

  14. gurly

    July 26, 2012 at 4:32 pm

    I’m not impressed by the makeup. Expected better cos these look like the work of an amateur.

  15. Gimmer

    July 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    dang…Banke looks good

  16. Gimmer

    July 26, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Nkiru..awon mama ni yen. nothing do you babes

  17. Alero

    July 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    Derin wanted her LV bag to show hence the awkward pose.LWKMD

  18. Nonsense

    July 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Borrrrring…. definitely should be labelled paid advertisement.. Where is Geneveive, Where is Rita Dominic, where is Tiwa Savage, where is errr where are all the hot men…

    • anonymous

      July 27, 2012 at 10:25 am

      There is nothing boring here and you don’t need to have stars at an event to make it a success. Besides, Genevieve is an ambassador for MUD cosmetics, so don’t expect her to be in this kind of event for another cosmetic company.

  19. adesoye

    July 26, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    banke looks slimmer.thumbs up and continue working on your can only get better.nice event

  20. faith

    July 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm


  21. Janded

    July 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Good for the MD. Love women who are doing great for themselves. E.g you Bella


    July 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    OMG!! This is such a FAB EVENT with such beautiful FAB people!!! WE LOVE!! Our favorites are:
    – Elohor: Soooo effortlessly chic!!
    – Veronica, Vane Style: beautiful! love the hair color
    – Latasha: Gorgeous! love the HAIR!!
    – Banke: OMG!! U R soo gorgeous!! u are glowing!! watever you’re doing, bottle it up and sell it! cuz we’re BUYING!! loll!
    – The blackUP models + ceo, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!

    Loved this red carpet!!

  23. Blush

    July 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    love Isi’s look…. best

  24. christy

    July 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    My fav is Tonia and veronica,they ooze with class.pretty models

  25. xxx

    July 26, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    third model looks like stephanie okoereke .

  26. maimuna

    July 26, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    love black up,really gud for black skin….sum looked nice..simplicity is beauty…..LOL so many old mama’s thou LMAO!(no homo)……

  27. RitaFlower

    July 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    There are beautiful clothes.THANKS YOU SO MUCH.I am happy to see all PRETTY BLACK WOMAN with yours CLOTHES.SEE YOU SOON…

  28. As a makeup artist…. Apart from Mac and Makeup forever, I can swear by black up foundation and their cream to powder foundation. Vibrating mascara, loose eyeshadows, kohl pencils and eye brow pencils. Good work Alali hart and kudos to the Ivorian makeup artist

  29. Christine

    July 27, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Isi Atagamen looks stunning!

  30. Aduke.L

    July 27, 2012 at 5:05 am

    Nice event with beautiful people plus the store looks lovely!
    My favourite looks are; 1.Banke Meshida: U look super amazing n effortlessly beautiful!!
    2.Tonia Iyadi: Gorgeousness!! Very lovely dress!
    3.Lamiah Momoh: Luv that dress!
    4.Isi Atagamen: Stunning n very classy look! Luvvv!
    The models are beautiful indeed!!

  31. H.A.W

    July 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

    all lovely

  32. Mz B

    July 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

    love black up, i intend to purchase some. I’m tired of the same old mac and all sorts. I first saw Black Up when I was in Paris.

    I love this womans look

  33. eye

    July 27, 2012 at 10:41 am

    i see you Lisa

  34. clairebaby

    July 27, 2012 at 10:47 am

    I just LOVE the way Isi Atagamen looks!!!

  35. Shutup&drive

    July 27, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Wow wow wow I absolutely LOVE the way Latasha dressed…I love plus size girls who can put it together and make it work fiercely! I wish she had posed with a little more swag or confidence but she is glowing! Damn….banke meshida u look good too but u need to step up your game a bit more. The lady who owns the brand, Alali Hart looks amazing as well. Apart from that please Elohim looks a bit slouchy and those Loubs were not really necessary either. Wonder when naij ladies we’d get over this red bottom craze…they really ain’t all that!

  36. Solo chic

    July 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Please I that this Veronica vane style girl was a stylist? If so why s she looking so dreary? Sweetly u need to fix that weave! Color is all wrong and d style itself is badly sewn in…jeez… Granny anyone?

  37. Bougie1 -

    July 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    This has just got me in the mood to head out and give my bank card a good work out in the make-up department! Will definitely try some BlackUp products as soon as I get a chance, I’m already a make-up addict *sighs* #LipGlossGivesMeLife #MacCanMakeMyDay #BobbiBrownBoss!!

  38. Princess of Zion

    July 28, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    The store looks absolutely great!! The make up I must add looks so yummy and so do the models! Great work, wishing them all the best

  39. rop

    July 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Really nice…

  40. tahday

    July 31, 2012 at 3:24 pm

  41. itsneverthatserious

    August 17, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    but Wando could have worn a bra tho :/

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