Hype Hair : You are naturally beautiful. Can you share some of your top skin care tips with our readers?
Annie Ilonzeh: My motto is: Start from the inside out. A lot of people are obsessed with creams and lotions. I prefer working out and treating your body well mentally and physically. If I do use some form of face cream, I prefer Kiehl’s. Everything Kiehl’s, really. And, obviously, lots of water.
HH: What are your top products to use?
AI: I’m obsessed with Frederic Fekkai Luscious Curls Cream. It’s the best stuff I’ve ever used. Deva Curl Conditioner is one of my favorites as well. To moisturize my hair, scalp and happy curls, I like to use One N’ Only Argan Oil. And I’m really happy about Pantene shampoo and conditioner.
HH: What are your top makeup must-haves?
AI: Aquaphor is my best friend. I must always have it on me. My Dior Mascara can also be found in my purse at all times. I prefer to have a natural look, and I try not to use much more than that.
HH: What inspires you?
AI: My family is my everything. I celebrate with them when everything is great, and they keep me up when I’m tired or down. They really keep me going and keep me working. I’m also truly inspired by Obama—both POTUS and FLOTUS, Oprah, Viola Davis, Kate Hudson.
HH: Any words of encouragement for Hype Hair readers?
AI: Take risks and try new things with anything in life. Surprise yourself. You never know what you’ll find.
A version of this article originally appeared in Hype Hair Jan/February 2017 issue.