For most special events and occasions, I feel comfortable doing my own hair and makeup. But certainly NOT for something as momentous as the Academy Awards! An occasion like that calls for full hair, makeup, exquisite garments, the whole 9 yards!

To put together the perfect Oscar look, we had to put together the ideal style and fashion red carpet dream team.

I was sent several dresses by mainstream designers, but I found THE DRESS when I met Arlinda, the designer of independent label Sofistafunk. She got me, she got my style, and fitted me for my dress herself. More to come on this incredible designer!!!

My jewels were procured by LaRue PR and are from collections found on MaxAndChloe.commy earrings were by Sophia and Chloe and the jewels were all green turquoise by Mali Sabatasso. I wore sparkly leopard flats courtesy of Just Fabulous, and my sunglasses here are from the Robert Verdi for HSN collection.


I’m gonna break down more about the fashion in a post coming soon, because the quest for a plus size red carpet dress is a post within itself. This right here is all about the hair, the makeup, and getting ready on the day of the Oscars!

She’s a stylist to the stars and creator of the Loving Your Hair With Natural Care Workshop, but to me Felicia Leatherwood is much more than that. She’s become a dear friend of mine, and we share a sisterhood that I truly cherish. Felicia is everything! And for my Oscar hair, she made my curls defined and perfect with a special cocktail of Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold & Shine spray, and Beautiful Textures Tangle Taming Leave In Conditioner. It brought out the curls and made my hair soft and shiny all day!

Felicia then pinned my hair back and brought it into an up do, leaving a crown of curls I referred to as a “fro fascinator.” I LOVED it. So elegant, yet so funky!

Our makeup was sponsored by AVON – I’m an AVON brand ambassador this year, and I’ve been absolutely falling in love with their products. Our makeup artist, Nicole Evans, used several of their products for our look and now needs Avon Glimmersticks liqui-liners, Be Blushed sticks, Shine Attract lipsticks and True Color Eyeshadow sets in her kit!

Wanna see exactly how our makeup look came together? Of course you do!! Incredible videographer Krystle Rowry of was on hand to capture the magic. Up and coming singer songwriter Kirby Lauryen wrote and recorded the song “Bella” just for this video – you can download the EP here.

And this whole fabulous video was sponsored by my friends at Avon! LOVE THEM!

Here’s my completed look and a breakdown of everything we used!

Afrobella’s Oscar Makeup





MAC All Of My Purple Life lipglass

Et voila! HELLO, Oscar!


For Luvvie, Felicia washed her hair with Eden Bodyworks shampoo, and then retwisted her locs using Sof n Free’s "Nothing But” Line, Mold and Hold. She then finished it with Shea Moisture’s Reconstructive Elixir Spray and made her locs curly by twisting them into bantu knots. Luvvie’s locs stayed curly for days! And that adorable flower in her hair? It’s a ring Luvvie owned that Felicia styled right into her hair!


Luvvie’s OSCARS make up





We found Luvvie’s dress at Hannah’s Boutique (10500 Southwest Hwy; Chicago Ridge, IL 60415,708-398-4055) – Luvvie walked into the store looking for a cobalt blue gown, and when the owners suggested this greige gown she didn’t even want to try it on! But I had a feeling it was special and when she tried it on, she soon saw for herself. That gown is GORGEOUS and Luvvie looked so beautiful in it!

We both felt like princesses on the red carpet. And for that we’ve got to thank our team Sofistafunk, Just Fabulous, Jessy Fofana and LaRue PR, Max & Chloe, AVON, Felicia Leatherwood, Nicole Evans, Krystle Rowry, Kirby Lauryen, and Stephanie Frederic of FGW Productions – teamwork makes the dream work and we are so thankful for ALL of you!!!

Check out Luvvie’s recap here.

What do you think of our Oscar red carpet look, bellas? Did we make you proud?

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Elle @ Chellbellz says:
March 2, 2012, 2:44 pm
Love the looks, both of you look fab!
Erin says:
March 2, 2012, 2:45 pm
I KNEW that was All Of My Purple Life! That is THEE absolute coolest! You wore a lipstick that YOU designed to the Oscars!!!
Raijean says:
March 2, 2012, 2:47 pm
So proud of you! You look cute!
KB says:
March 2, 2012, 2:48 pm
You ladies look gorge...So proud of you!!! :-)
bella says:
March 2, 2012, 3:11 pm
:D isn't that CRAZY AWESOME AMAZING??!?!?
bella says:
March 2, 2012, 3:11 pm
thank you so much!!!
bella says:
March 2, 2012, 3:12 pm
thank you, Raijean!!!!
bella says:
March 2, 2012, 3:15 pm
thank you so much!
Nikia says:
March 2, 2012, 3:22 pm
Absolutely loved the hair and makeup. And as much as I appreciate text, that video seems to truly capture the moment. The song is amazing. I think I may need to download that ASAP.
pets says:
March 2, 2012, 3:27 pm
Wow! such beauty on both of you! Also very happy to see that your MAC inspired lipstick was used on you. Thanks for this, I sent it to an AVON Representative I know.
pets says:
March 2, 2012, 3:31 pm
Love the song and the video! The persons involved in the creation of song and video will go far.
Brenda Bowen says:
March 2, 2012, 4:28 pm
Compliments on your looks ladies and the sound is crisp & fresh like a glass of merlot. Best Wishes to you nubian princesss :)
Lianne Farbes says:
March 2, 2012, 4:46 pm
PATRICE!! You both looked amazing....and you did SUCH a great job! It is very inspiring to see you both shine ;-) xo Lianne
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crystal g. says:
March 2, 2012, 5:23 pm
OOHHH PATRICE! Congratulations on your achievments! God is being truly good to you, and I thank Him for using you as an inspiration to 'EVERY' woman. I love watching you on your road of success! Keep being a beautiful human (outside and in):-) !
teema says:
March 2, 2012, 6:27 pm
YOu and Luvvie look fabulous.... the hair, makeup.. is EPIC!!! I love your dresses too... thanks for sharing the experience with us!!!
Goddesslily says:
March 2, 2012, 9:31 pm
They did a fabulous job on the makeup!
Topshelf says:
March 3, 2012, 11:55 am
Absolutely Beautiful! I suspected you were wearing your MAC lipgloss and when I saw it in the video I hollered "That's right Afrobella, wear your gloss!" What a wonderful experience it must have been!
Peaches says:
March 3, 2012, 12:51 pm
warrior11209 says:
March 3, 2012, 3:21 pm
Two beautiful ladies making their fans proud!! Dress , makeup and hair were all on point. Thanks for sharing the videos. I have to agree - covering the Oscar's wear a lipglass that YOU formulated is absolutely AMAZING!!!!!! :-) :-) :-)
Shones says:
March 5, 2012, 12:29 pm
To answer your question at the end, YES! That video made me smile. You both look so gorgeous! I wish MAC would bring back All My Purple Life. *sigh*
Lauren says:
March 5, 2012, 5:58 pm
THANK YOU so much for wearing Sophia & Chloe earrings to the Academy Awards! You and Luvvie both wear them so incredibly well, and we feel so lucky to have been a small part of your amazing day! Oh and LOVE LOVE LOVE your dress!!!!!!
Dee says:
March 8, 2012, 8:00 am
Aisha says:
March 26, 2012, 10:59 pm
You guys look gorgeous! I love how your natural beauty stands out-no wannabe Video Girl/Hollywood starlets here.