Written by Temilade Adeyinka
We all know makeup during summer can be uncomfortable, irritating and overbearing (I mean, who wants to layer on product in the heat?). Trying to achieve the right amount of “glow” without looking like a sweaty dog is honestly #goals, and is exactly what we’re here for.
Summer makeup is less about how much you put on, and more about staying power (i.e., how long your makeup is going to last). Making sure your makeup actually has the ability to fight off the humidity, sun and heat may seem like minor manual labor, consequently sending you into emotional distress. Luckily, it’s not that complicated when you master these key steps:
Exfoliating is the removal of dry/dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. One reason this is an important step is that it helps even out your complexion and increases blood circulation. This in turn helps you to achieve healthy and glowing skin.
Origins “Never A Dull Moment” is the perfect scrub for this as it contains finely ground Apricot and Mango Seeds. The Papaya Extract is also an excellent ingredient as it helps brighten the skin.
Let’s be clear, skipping this step is absolutely non-negotiable. Many Nigerians seem to look at sunscreen like the distant relative that no one quite knows why they keep getting invited to family events- important but forgotten. Sunscreen is an important part of maintaining “the glow” because it acts as a barrier to the harmful UV rays. Summer is here and this means you are exposed to more sunlight than usual and is paramount in ensuring your skin cells don’t age faster than normal.
We suggest this Shiseido “Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector” as the perfect sunscreen. This light-weight formula is creamy gold and doesn’t leave a white residue on your face after applied.
If the thought of foundation in this heat makes you scream, look no further than tinted moisturizer. Tinted moisturizer is exactly what the name suggests- moisturizing. It’s creamy, buildable and most importantly, light. The airy texture makes it feel like there is nothing on your skin. If you’re looking to smooth over some dark spots or redness, this product is the perfect remedy.
Bobbi Browns “Nude Finish Tinted Moisturizer” allow your skin to look like skin, but softer, smoother and with a natural glow. The nourishing moisturizers hydrate skin for a plump and radiant finish
Highlighter is the piece de resistance of this look and there can be no “glow” without highlighter- end of. We are so here for the magic that we get whenever we dust our cheekbones with wat quite literally looks like fairy dust. We picked Benefits “High beam liquid highlighter” as the go to complexion enhancer. The satiny pink highlight perfectly accents your face and catches the sunlight. Just a little product goes a long way to give you that deadly sun kissed glow.