Eku Edewor, Actress & TV Presenter


"I came to Cannes just to absorb the event. I’m an actress and a TV presenter on M-NET, or DSTV, which is an African company. It’s basically a bit like E! Entertainment—it’s a lifestyle magazine show called 53 Extra. We interview celebrities, cover events, and profile people, and just have our finger on the pulse of what’s happening in Africa. It’s based in Lagos, Nigeria. I’m actually half Nigerian. [After university in London] I moved back to Nigeria for a short period to spend some time with my mom, and ended up auditioning, and getting the job. So I ended up staying. It’s been a hundred episodes, two years. But now I’m going back into film, which I love, and I’m shooting my first film in August.

My beauty routine: I’ve tried every beauty product ever. I’m not really one of those people who sticks specifically to a brand, but I’ve used everything from Dermalogica, to Liz Earle, to Eve Lom—I find that changing it up helps my skin. But I have favorite moisturizers: I love Kiehl’s, the classic facial moisturizer, and I use that as a night cream as opposed to a day cream because I’ve got oily skin. I use a lot of Becca makeup—they originally started in Australia, but they’ve now gained traction in London. They’re beautiful, beautiful makeup products, and that’s the only makeup I wear on my face.

This lipstick is YSL Rouge Volupté. I have a few of these colors, ‘cause they’re just so great. They’re beautiful-looking, as well; they’re a great little accessory. Lipsticks are my favorite thing in makeup. So, I wear a lot of MAC, ‘cause obviously MAC has hundreds of colors. There’s a color, So Chaud, which is an orange red, that I’m really into right now because it’s more modern than a classic red. I mean, I think everyone has a Ruby Woo somewhere in their makeup bag. I also like the Russian Red and the classic MAC Red, but the So Chaud has a lot of orange in there.

I’m wearing the YSL liquid pen thing, which is pretty amazing—such an easy application—‘cause I’m a liquid-liner person. That’s my go-to look if I’m bored: just a bit of liquid liner and some shadow.

I change my hair a lot—I just went blond. I wear colored hair extensions at the moment because of the work that I do, and also it’s a good way of taking care of my own hair. I don’t wear the damaging extensions; I kind of weave my hair up, which is a good secret to have. I use Moroccan Oil, and all the hair masks that Moroccan Oil does. They’re really great because Lagos is really dry so my hair needs a lot of moisture. I use KeraCare, too. It’s for black hair—'cause I’m mixed-race, and I have a lot more Afro texture, so I need greasier products to keep it alive. I love dry shampoo, the one in the yellow bottle. I always get it from Sephora.

My style is very eclectic; it changes a lot. I do dress very cinematically in some ways, depending on how I feel, and I kind of felt very Cannes this year. Maybe I was inspired by all the Marilyn photos, those ‘50s, by-the-Riviera looks of old movies. I have a stylist, and we always put our heads together. She didn’t really need to style me for this, but she insisted that she send me some stuff."

Edewor is wearing a dress by London designer Virgos Lounge (“they’ve just started being stocked at Topshop,” she says). Photographed by Emily Weiss in Cannes, France on May 25th 2012.

Let’s Talk About It! JOIN IN
  • SF City Editor

    Love the Lipstick and the Handbag!

  • lola

    i've never heard of her but she's gorgeous! and i love love love her full lips and the bright colour.

  • http://twitter.com/Mirror_Reality Phil

    I've been obsessed with creamy/buttery cleansers the past two years. Anyone know how good this EVE LOM is?


    • Ekaterina

      I love the Eve Lom, I think it's one of the better cleanser's I've used in recent years. The downside for me, and why I haven't repurchased it, is 1) price 2) I don't like dipping my fingers in the tub.. I get that you're supposed to use clean hands, but still something about that erks me, and 3) it has some preservatives/parabens in it. I'm sure those are there to keep any germs that might get in due to he finger dipping at bay, and it's not like you're leaving the stuff on your face like a moisturizer, but it still bothers me a little. But, it did keep my skin clear during the hot summer months, took off concealer and lipstick, and my skin felt soft (not tight!) after using it. I'd get the cheaper travel size to try it and see how you like it :)

      • Ivana

        In regards to the whole finger dipping thing, they have cleanser available in a tube now, which I have to say has made life a lot easier! But I totally agree - apart from the parabens, it is such a good cleanser and will make your face feel so supple!

      • Cindy

        My biggest gripe with Eve Lom was that it was chock full of mineral oil. Mineral Oil is worse than paragons, IMHO.

      • http://twitter.com/Mirror_Reality Phil

        Thanks. I have a spatula for those jars anyway, but this sounds so much like what I love using now. I'll get the tube or some samples first, expensive it is!

    • Capitalist Pancake

      It's very good, but Liz Earle's cleanse and polish and Ren's hydra calm cleansing milk (both more a thick balm like the EL) are equally as good if not better and a fraction of the cost. And they come in pump/tube form.

    • Christina

      I used this for about six months and I thought it was fine but nothing special. I don't believe in spending a lot of money on a cleanser anymore (Olay works just as well in my opinion) so I'd rather invest in a better moisturiser, serum and retinol treatment instead.

  • K.

    She's gorgeous!

  • aya

    Holy cow she's gorgeous!

  • http://raspberryblonde.blogspot.com/ Natalie

    that bag is just wauwie!

  • Kaira

    love this feature :) xxKaira Welikefashion.com/blog

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1033981551 Adeola Naomi Aderemi

    She is Pretty!!!

  • http://www.luxessed.com/ Miss K

    She looks beautiful. The handbag is great too ;)

  • Nina R.

    I believe that when people talk about "makeup they wear on their face" they are referring to foundation and/or concealer. Especially on a beauty blog, the categories are usually pretty specific: face, lips, eyes, etc...English is a very difficult, irregular and ambiguous language - I don't know how I would learn it if I weren't a native speaker!

    • Capitalist Pancake

      I usually consider makeup to be concealer/powder/foundation/blush, and eyes and lips separate.

    • Pat

      thanks, guys!!! I'm Brazilian and in Portuguese we use "face" as general for everything there....hahaha :)

  • mementomori

    Maybe she meant that she was only using Becca products for face make-up - as in: foundation, concealer, highlighter as opposed to, say, eye or lip products. Could be wrong though, I guess.. : D

  • Ashleigh @ Jolie Jouel

    I love that dress! And hearing her beauty answers, of course.

    My jewelry blog: joliejouel.blogspot.com

  • http://www.teatodd.blogspot.co/ Tea Todd

    I really like this whole look. It works well with her complexion. I've been into pink & red lipstick recently so I'm differently trying out the YSL Rouge Volupté.
    Tea Todd

  • Natalie19

    I wonder how is Lagos a dry place.... :)))) i mean, seriously, humidity here is insane!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/SaraT1011 Sarita

      Maybe she means the dust? Otherwise, yeah, the humidity is crazy.

  • Madam Wokie

    she looks gorgeous and her makeup looks flawless.
    that dress and bag compliment her skin

  • http://mybeautysample.com/ Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Wow, can you say "gorgeous"?!? She is so lovely and chic--love that dress! I've yet to try anything from Becca Cosmetics, but I hear so many amazing amazing things about the brand and the natural, delicate simplicity of the shades and products they release are very appealing to me

  • Mili

    she's so beautiful wow

  • Guest

    what does she mean by having the extensions that weave her hair up? confused... would like

  • http://vvatima.livejournal.com/ murt

    She looks gorgeous! Love the lipstick with the dress.

  • leinti nti

    she is GORGEOUS!

  • Lilyccoeburn

    argh she's ridic beautiful, nice answers!

  • http://twitter.com/cammipham CamMi Pham

    She is so gorgeous love the dress. did you see fan bing bing at cannes. her clothes are amazing

  • Théa Unknown

    Stunning dress!

    Théa Unknown

  • http://www.biz-fashion.org/ Biz-fashion

    I love all of the looks! love the dress..

  • Ivy

    love the dress....

  • AsphodelJones

    Wow, what a lovely woman. Everything about these photos just really WORKS -- I love the bright floral dress against the bright greens in the background.

  • anindoortree

    Emily, Can you post which color she is wearing? Which rouge volupte color. Thanks! And, she is incredibly beautiful.

  • Gina Carpellotti

    I must be the only woman who doesn't own Ruby Woo!

  • Odessatseng

    She is beautiful!

  • http://twitter.com/KPFUSION Kimmie

    She's gorgeous. Great post!

  • Sonya

    Saw this lovely picture and it reminded me of another actress, Autumn Reeser! Amazing similarities.

  • Lisa C

    She's the model-level stunning version of Maya Rudolph!