Bukky Bakray, winner of the 2021 Rising Star Award at this year’s BAFTAs was the picture of understated elegance at the virtual awards. Her makeup artist and hairstylist share the secrets to her look on the night.

Bukky Bakray
Bukky Bakray
Image credits: Greg Williams Photography

Bukky won for her debut performance as Shola ‘Rocks’ Omotoso in the breakout hit Rocks, a Netflix original coming-of-age film, which picked up seven nominations. The 19-year-old from East London is sure to be doubly pleased as her highly coveted award is the only award voted for by the public.

Bukky’s glam squad on the night included makeup artist and hairstylist to the stars, Joy Adenuga and Dionne Smith. Together they created a simply elegant look to complement Bukky’s natural beauty and allowed her inner radiance to shine.

We asked the glam team to share a few words about how they approached Bukky’s stunning look and this is what they said…

Makeup Artist Joy Adenuga:

“It was all about accentuating her natural beauty and natural glow. I kept her makeup clean yet very elegant.

On her brows, I worked with her natural shape and only added a few strokes to any gaps. On her eyes I found eyeshadow shades that perfectly matched her dress. I gently smoked this out for some drama finishing off with my By Joy Adenuga eyelashes in Calla lily trimmed to suit her eye shape.

Bukky wanted smokey eyes that wasn’t too overwhelming. I took into consideration the shape of her eyes before deciding to limit black on her eyes and work more with peach and dark brown hues.

I wanted her skin to look beautiful both in person and across the screen. So, I used an illuminating primer before her foundation and a liquid illuminator after foundation on the highest points of her face. When Bukky smiled, her skin just looked so radiant! To finish off I went with a nude peachy pink lip colour to keep the drama on just her eyes.”


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Hairstylist Dionne Smith: 

“I created a top knot for Bukky. Her hair was done using DE HCO blow dry lotion spray and then I used my Signature Midi Hair Straightener & Curler to press her hair out then swipe it up into a ponytail, before creating the top knot. The trick is to hold the hair up and then fold it back leaving some hair to wrap around the base.I used Cantu edge control on her edges and finished with Cantu sheen spray.”

Congratulations Bukky!

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