How would you describe the essence of Coco Mademoiselle?

“Fun, free and spontaneous!”

Are there any particular scents that move you? 

“My mom’s. She’s always been big on luxury—especially creams and clothing—she’s just a very boujee woman. I also have tons of memories attached to Ugandan food—it’s all about meat stews with a lot of paprika and vegetables. I don’t know what she puts in them—she just kind of eyeballs it—but they always smell amazing!”

What product do you consider the keystone of your skincare routine? 

La Solution 10 by Chanel. When I was filming Hocus Pocus 2 in Rhode Island, I had cystic acne and would wake up with blood on my pillow. So I went on Accutane for two months, and my dermatologist, Amy Wechsler, helped me build a skincare routine using Chanel’s Solution 10. It made a huge difference—I’ll be forever grateful to that woman!”

What makeup look are you into these days? 

“Lately I’ve been into brown liner with lipgloss on top.”

And for an evening out? 

“My go-to makeup aesthetic when I’m doing a lot with my outfit is simplicity. A tiny bit of winged liner, some dewy foundation or a darkish blush, a skosh of highlighter—the cheekbones gotta pop—and for the lip I’ll lean into a more natural pinkish nude with a touch of gloss. But if I’m playing it simple with my wardrobe, then I’ll go bold: Chanel Rouge Noir lipstick, a glossy lid and a generous amount of mascara.”

Your hair is magnificent. What’s your care routine? 

“My hair used to be really, really damaged. To bring it back to life, I needed a more in-depth hair-care routine for a while. But today it’s super simple: Once a week, I shampoo and condition with L’Occitane Almond Oil. As soon as I’ve rinsed the conditioner out, I apply Amika curl cream and then towel wrap my hair. Afterwards, I unwrap it and apply oil and just let it air-dry. Then I spend most of the day looking like Rick James.”

How do you keep your hair so healthy? 

“First and foremost, I stopped straightening. In middle school, I would straighten my hair religiously—every single day. Today, I think trims are important. I make sure it’s hydrated. I use the Denman brush and respect my natural hair shape. There are tons of tutorials out there, and YouTube has been a lifesaver for me.”

What are your hottest beauty tips or tricks? 

“Face massages—I’m talking gua sha. And icing—now that’s a good wake-up. And spraying hair with fragrance. If you leave this interview with anything, let it be the perfume-in-your-hair trick!” 

Coco Mademoiselle Eau De Parfum Spray, Chanel

Price: $206 (100 mL)


La Solution 10, Chanel

Price: $109


Rouge Allure Lipstick in 109 Rouge Noir, Chanel

Price: $56