“I went to an all-girls boarding faculty in Maryland. I used to snicker on the ladies within the theater program—I used to be pre-med, National Honors Society, I used to be on that monitor. Our theater division head, I’m certain, is taking a look at HBO like, ‘Not a unmarried play was once this lady in, and she or he’s the one that makes it?!’ It wasn’t till 2006 that I entered a competition and did comedy as my skill. I by no means idea I used to be humorous—I had by no means achieved comedy an afternoon in my lifestyles—however to my marvel, folks laughed, and I entered every other pageant. But I used to be additionally nonetheless getting my Master’s, so it wasn’t till 2009 I got here again to America from Nigeria, and it was once the recession. I assumed, ‘This is the easiest decoy! Nobody else has a task, both…hello Mom, I’m going to New York!’
I nonetheless do stand-up. I simply opened for Chris Rock in Atlanta. The factor about stand-up is that it’s a factor I will regulate—when you inform any person you’re an actress, they’ll ask what you’ve been on, and when you haven’t achieved the rest, you’ll’t get placed on the rest. But when you do stand-up, then you’ll inform them you’re functioning at 8 o’clock, Thursday evening, right here. It’s a tangible factor. Every time you’re on level, you’re appearing. That’s in reality what Issa [Rae, writer of Insecure] noticed. So that was once like my calling card. When I went in to audition, it was once like, ‘This is the woman! She doesn’t have numerous credit, however that is her! This is what she will be able to do!’ I believe we knew we had been doing one thing cool, nevertheless it’s loopy how large it’s. We had been simply seeking to do just right paintings, however now it’s a display that’s so relatable for the tradition.
I are living by way of Clarisonic, I do, God bless it. Ever since I were given it I’ve simply been like, Bzzzzzzz. It in point of fact does give me a deep blank. And then it softens up—my pores and skin is thick however delicate on the identical time—it is mixture. I exploit a Kate Somerville cleanser with that. And then I exploit Dermalogica merchandise, like their Tinted Moisturizer. It offers you protection with out being too greasy. I additionally use numerous Shea Moisture. You can get it at Target for 20 greenbacks and you utilize it for the hair, the face, for the whole thing. The Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque could also be in point of fact just right, after which on set they provide me sheet mask. I really like the ones as a result of they’re moisturizing and in addition get all impurities out. When I do get away, I exploit Mario Badescu Drying Lotion to transparent it up.
I really like MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NW45 and since I really like a just right eyebrow, I thread after which use a MAC pencil to fill in. My favourite factor at the moment is that this Black Up 2 in 1 Lip Pencil in Brown. I used to be a MAC Chestnut lady, however then I were given this. It’s moisturizing, nevertheless it’s like a wealthy brown velvety sheen that is going on easy, and if I rub my lips, it’s creamy. Then Lip Bar Matte Lipstick in Maneater is a pleasing, on a regular basis brown. I’m very anti-maroon as a result of my mother, and I believe like each and every African lady [wears] the similar maroon colour by way of Fashion Fair. I really like a chocolate-y brown—both that or purple. Can’t do maroon!
And then, I’m hooked on this IMAN blush. It’s like red, brown and gold, and you’ll combine they all in combination. To follow it, I’m a hand-er. Then I’ve this contour Sculpting Powder from Inglot. The colours are so wealthy! I really like a depressing brown blush, like brown on brown. I combine this colour with a darker crimson to offer me a pleasing end at the cheeks. I do like a pleasing eyeliner—the only I’ve is from Bobbi Brown. It’s a cream. And I really like L’Oréal Voluminous Lash mascara. I don’t do any highlighter or the rest, as a result of I really like being like ‘Oh, I aroused from sleep like this!’ …But I didn’t.
On a person, I really like Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. But I put on Orchid Soleil—I really like a candy odor. Like, my perfume was once Angel by way of Thierry Mugler for a very long time. And who doesn’t like Michael Kors, the unique? I really like very blank and candy, after which once in a while like a rugged wooden. For my hair, I do numerous items. I really like to modify it up. I really like protecting types, so that is my summertime bob. But then I even have 22 inches. I really like a center section, simply because I believe it frames my face in point of fact neatly. And then once in a while if I’m touring I’ll do a braid with cornrows. It’s about versatility—with the ability to have a herbal taste, after which have a immediately taste. Anything that is going with the outfit. Literally I pick out the outfit, after which I’m going, what hair is going with this nowadays?”
—as advised to ITG