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Here in Nigeria, we don’t take note of seasons because we have only the dry and rainy season. Typically, when we hear that summer is approaching, we know that this means scorching sun and unbearable heat. This is the period to abandon the glossy makeup finish and opt for a more matte/copper finish. This is a list of recommended products and brands that every woman absolutely must have in her makeup purse:

  1. Sunscreen:image001

Many Nigerians do not bother themselves with the task of applying sunscreen despite its importance and the benefits that are derived from it. One of the many benefits is that it protects our skin from the harmful ultraviolent rays that emit from the sun, which could also cause skin disorders. A recommended product is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock. It serves as a great layer to apply under makeup as it leaves no greasy residue. Also, as a plus, it has a lovely scent.


  1. Concealer:image002

The sense in this is to switch from foundation to concealer. The best type of concealer to go for is a stick concealer like Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. This would give you a less glossy finish. Although, some women might want a full coverage with foundation and concealer. If you happen to be one of those women, opt for a silicone based foundation like CoverGirl TruBlend Liquid Makeup.


  1. Primer:image004

This is the key to long-lasting foundation and color. Sadly, it is the most commonly skipped step. All you need is a pea-size dot of an oil-free primer. Apply this after you have applied sunscreen and before concealer or foundation. An amazing brand is L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Professional Color Correcting Primer.


  1. Creamy copper eye shadow:image005

Usually when sweat and powders mix, the result is never pretty. Cream eye shadows tend to cake less in hot weather. Copper shadows give a cool and glistening look especially when the sun shines on it. A good brand is Benefits Creaseless Cream Shadow.


  1. Liquid eyeliner:image006

A liquid eyeliner is a great substitute for khol eyeliner. Although liquid liner may take a lot of patience as well as practice, once applied, a good eyeliner won’t budge or smudge in the heat. A brand that works perfectly is Shiseido Makeup Automatic Fine Eyeliner.


  1. Waterproof mascara:image007

To prevent panda eyes, waterproof mascara is a no-brainer in the summer. It can withstand the office, the gym and even the pool. A highly recommended brand is Maybelline Rocket Volume Waterproof Mascara.


  1. Blotting sheet:image008Instead of repowdering throughout the day-extra powder layers can look cakey or cracked-or using toilet paper to dab at your makeup, keep blotting oil sheets in your purse. Dabbed over your face, they soak up excess oil without ruining your makeup. We absolutely love Shiseido Pureness Oil-Control Blotting Paper.


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