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Looks by Hilda is presenting this look book to inspire Benin brides.

Edo brides are known for their elaborate beaded bridal wear – complete with a crown and accessories. The hair – the most important part of the look, is made into a high bun hairstyle known as Eto-Okuku, typically created with black gel. Coral beads are then sewn into the hair or extensions in to the form of a crown, called Okuku. Many brides buy wigs ready made with the hair and crown.

The coral bead accessories accentuate the regal look. Beaded necklaces are called ivie-uru, hand beads – ivie-ebo, earrings – emi-ehorivie, a beaded clutch – ekpa-ivie and a poncho like cape/beaded top called ewu-ivie. Many also wear slippers or shoes covered with beads.

For the complete look, brides wear different fabrics of wrappers – some wear embellished George, some opt for velvet or lace of different colours – anything looks great with beads.

For our last post on Benin brides, click here!

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Makeup: Looks By Hilda | @looksbyhilda on Instagram
Photography: @Kenbravo38‎ on Instagram

40 Comments

  1. Bade

    August 18, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    not a fan of the makeup. could be cleaner

    • anita

      August 18, 2014 at 5:55 pm

      What do you know about makeup?

  2. sum1special

    August 18, 2014 at 4:20 pm

    Traditional and gorgeous.

  3. Gorgeous

    August 18, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I like the benin beads but not a fan of the queen mother cap. Prefer the beads sown into the hair.

    • Hephzibah

      August 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

      Exactly my thought too

  4. Oyinade

    August 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Nice!

  5. peyton

    August 18, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    nothing new here, sorry but these are the regular styles and the wrapper is usually red, it goes with the territory, and they are mainly bini hairstyles not Edo okuku is bini not Edo.

  6. Enyc

    August 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Lovely

  7. aisha

    August 18, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    wow…beautiful!

  8. ZOE QUINN

    August 18, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    woww!!! Hilda i’m so proud of u. u’re doin sometin totally different from ur discipline.

  9. some hater

    August 18, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    they look good, never been a fan of all that beads.

  10. MzBraimah

    August 18, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Beautiful !!

  11. Emy

    August 18, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Please i need the one for Itsekiri brides. Thanks BN.

  12. kwene

    August 18, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    weldone Darling , God bless your hustle in Jesus name. Haterz may none of your efforts ever be appreciated so u know what its like.

    • Owgee

      August 18, 2014 at 6:41 pm

      ‘Haterz’ ke?

  13. chica

    August 18, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Good Job hilda…

  14. A3

    August 18, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    These are all very beautiful. But how heavy are those beads? Can someone please tell me?

  15. nk

    August 18, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Aaaaw lovely…. well-done @looksbyhilda

  16. @edDREAMZ

    August 18, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
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    God, the first lady is so damn beautifull and i must applaud the make up artist for a work weldone….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  17. @BOBO_EDO

    August 18, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Mehhhhnnnnnn I know this chic, Hilda… She breathes makeovers… She’s good @ the job…

    @BOBO_EDO

  18. Glad

    August 18, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    This is so cool.. God bless ur effort.. so proud of ya!

  19. YEYEAREWA

    August 18, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    #EdoNoDeyCarryLast #Edo&Proud

  20. Rachael Revealed

    August 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Good job ma’[email protected]

  21. quex

    August 18, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Beautiful,wow so impressive

  22. Oghale

    August 18, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Lovely

  23. dee

    August 18, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Ok, not too impressed

  24. Kes

    August 18, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful! I’m so proud of this lady. Contact her for beautiful makeovers for your weddings

  25. Rukee

    August 18, 2014 at 7:28 pm

    Kudos…hilda am so proud of u. I see som of my cfi friends. Kwene + fejiro. Publicity and dude… How tym flies

  26. Beeee

    August 18, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    They are all very nice but in my opinion, the beads sewn into the hair looks better than the wigs……all the ladies are gorgeous

  27. Dane

    August 18, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, truly regal! I LOVE this.

  28. meya

    August 18, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    for the record , beads over the shoulder is not part of Edo attire. Just the beads on the head and around the neck. But well this days brides tend to incorporate it.

  29. Mr. Xavier IGHORODJE

    August 18, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    OMG..this is so lovely..the make up is so neat, clean and classy. Totally blown.
    PS: Nice photography bdw

  30. Noma

    August 18, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Really nice job. But I think you should say Edo brides and not benin cos some of these are not part of the Bini attire but are worn by esan and other edo brides

  31. coolandrew

    August 18, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Hilly dear, God dearly bless you. And what you’ve done with these beads and make up on these ladies, makes me just so proud of ya!

  32. magh

    August 18, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    heyyyyyy esan babe here.. I wonder how this will look on me when the time comes!

  33. margariteña

    August 18, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    love love d head pieces dey hv on

  34. The Cakist

    August 19, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Go Hilda! So proud of you. Higher heights awaits. I remember you asking me to shapen your eye brows after sisters meeting in my 100 level. Lol now you are a pro. Well done dear

  35. Tosin

    August 19, 2014 at 10:29 am

    Love.
    Would love such a series without the make-up. Make-up + the tradition makes it all like playing dressup, not actually entering the experience, if that makes any sense.

  36. Gloria

    August 19, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    lovely make up,well and neatly done,beautiful ladies. thumbs up.

  37. Queen Ambi

    August 24, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Wow, those women are BEAUTIFUL! Everything , skin, hair, and attire.

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