An East-West African Fashion Affair

As a Nigerian Makeup artist, I soon realized that lots of people assumed that I could tie ‘gele’. I couldn’t until recently. Gele are elaborate versions of headtie, they are made out of varying textiles, and are very popular in West Africa. In Nigeria, gele is popular especially for wedding ceremonies and parties. Women groups (known as chamas here), express their sisterhood bond by choosing a specific colour and style to represent their association. At weddings simply by seeing your outfit material and gele (asoebi), one can tell if you’re at the ceremony with or for the bride or groom’s family.

On my most recent visit home, I decided to take a lesson in gele tying. I was on such a tight schedule, I could only have a two hours session. For this  post, I am trying out my newly acquired skills on 3 Kenyan Beauties, to compliment their fashion style. I’m still far from perfect, but we had fun!

Fashion Forward Miss.

        More youngsters are choosing to wear gele with outfits other than the regular kitenge/ankara dress and skirts, it’s always such a fun look.

 

That neckpiece is the business!
That neckpiece is the business!
Tip: a bit of ligter eyeshadow in the tear duct area brightens your makeup look, and makes it fun!
Tip: a bit of ligter eyeshadow in the tear duct area brightens your makeup look, and makes it fun!

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So pretty!

Makeup Products used:

Eyes:  Brows-Ciku Hi-brow Shadow (brown black), Ciku Brow fixx (dark brunett), Blushing girl tools eyeshadow primer, Ciku eyeshadows from the palettes ‘pinch me…. I’m dreaming’ and ‘Powerhouse’, LA girl gel eyeliner, Angel lashes.

Face:  Ciku Hi Def Foundation in Warm yellow (N95), Ciku blotting powder in transparent (01), Ciku blusher in Sultry (296).

Lips: Davis lipliner in Dark purple, Ciku Lipstick in ‘Sugar twin’.

 

Chic Babe.

         The chic babe takes a simple outfit, and with a few accessories, and the right colour combination, makes a fashion statement. She’s effortlessly stylish.

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That small smile when you know you are on point 😉
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Red is always a winner

 

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werk!

 

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Werk!

Makeup Products used:

Eyes:  Brows-Ciku Hi-brow Shadow (brown black), Ciku Brow fixx (dark brunett), Blushing girl tools eyeshadow primer, Ciku eyeshadows from the palettes ‘pinch me…. I’m dreaming’ and ‘Plum crazy’, LA girl gel eyeliner, Angel lashes.

Face:  Ciku Hi Def Foundation in Warm yellow (C95), Ciku blotting powder in transparent (01), Ciku blusher in ‘Naturally you’ (700)

Lips: Flomar lipliner no. 205, Ciku Lipstick in ‘Marilyn’

 

Showstopper.

          A showstopper always starts fashion trends, her style is fearless. She makes unusual fashion choices because she is a glam queen.

 

This Flamboyant type of gele is common at big parties and weddings.
This Flamboyant type of gele is common at big parties and weddings.

 

Statement Jewelry to compliment her outfit
Statement Neckpiece to compliment her outfit

 

This would definitely be showstopping entrance.
This would definitely be a showstopping entrance.

 

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Everything about this outfit is fierce.

Makeup Products used:

Eyes:  Brows-Ciku Hi-brow Shadow (brown black), Ciku Brow fixx (dark brunett), Blushing girl tools eyeshadow primer, Ciku eyeshadows from the palettes ‘pinch me…. I’m dreaming’ and ‘Plum crazy’, LA girl gel eyeliner, Angel lashes.

Face:  Ciku Hi Def Foundation in cool Neutral(C11), Ciku blotting powder in transparent (01), Ciku blusher in ‘cheeky’ (300)

Lips:  Ciku Lipstick in ‘Whatever’

 

 

More and more people are adopting wearing gele here in Kenya. And it’s such an amazing fusion of cultures. Hopefully a few ladies will find some inspiration here on how to rock her gele.

A big thank you to my gorgeous models- Elsie Stephens (Fashion forward Miss), Ami-na Jasho (Chic Babe), and Kenyan Fashion blogger Denim and Cateye (Showstopper).

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You can purchase Ciku makeup products from their website, or by contacting them on facebook.

Photography by Gabriel’s House of Photography.

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9 thoughts on “An East-West African Fashion Affair

  1. Fantastic!The geles look very good.you are definately a brilliant and gifted student if u could pull this off after just a 2 hr class. Well done sunshine, this is just the beginning!!

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    1. Thank you Shola! After paying handsomely, I was very determined to learn something. I find that as long as someone is willing, they can do exploits by God’s grace.

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