As a Nigerian woman, you probably understand the struggle to balance your career or school with looking good. The struggle is very real. It takes a lot of bravery to take your time to apply makeup and face the Nigerian weather. So it is very annoying when just a few hours into your day, your makeup has melted off. We’ve compiled a list of things to help you beat this and keep your makeup on longer. Enjoy!
Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate!
Exfoliation is important. It’s even more important if you’re an everyday makeup person. If you apply makeup quite often, there is a great chance that there will be product build-up on your skin. Product build-up clogs your pores, promotes acne and rough skin. In the bid to cover up acne bumps or scars, you’re more likely to apply more makeup.
Exfoliating your skin 3-4 times a week is sure to keep the germs and makeup residue away. This helps for smoother and longer-lasting makeup application. Here is a list of affordable drug store exfoliators.
Less is always more
Don’t overdo the application of any product. Especially when it’s an everyday thing. The more makeup you apply on your face, the more likely it is for the Nigerian sun to melt it. How do you know when your makeup is too much? When it starts to feel like there’s an extra layer of skin on your face. Check this guide to figure out the actual amount of product you need for proper application.
Use a primer
A primer serves as a base for your makeup. It also aids smooth application. Most primers contain silicone. Silicone is a plastic substance that is able to fill in your pores and help fluid application of your foundation or concealer. Affordable primers are good if you do not want to spend a lot on high-end products.
Cream, Liquid, or Powder Foundation?
Sometimes it’s hard to decide what kind of makeup to buy. However, you need to work with your skin type. If you have dry skin, try to stay away from oily foundation or even liquid foundation generally. Powder foundations might be better for oily skin. Even with oily skin, you might want to avoid oily foundations because of the Nigerian weather.
Investing in waterproof mascara, eyeliner, lashes, lipstick, and so on, will save your life (not literally, of course). Waterproof products are less likely to smudge. Come rain or shine, you know your eyes will still be popping and the products you used will last all day.
Say Yes to lipstick
Even if everything smudges off or goes off with sweat, it is easier to keep your lipstick on all day. How? Before applying your lipstick, line your lips with a color similar to your lipstick shade. This helps the lipstick stay within the borders of your lips.
Another tip: Pat your lipstick with a tissue paper and reapply. If you’re using a matte lipstick, don’t forget to moisturize before application to avoid chapped and cracked lips.
Setting spray is your best friend
Spending money on setting spray will add hours of wear to your makeup. It refreshes your face and gives you a natural looking glow. With setting spray, you may not even need to worry about touching up your make up. Some affordable setting sprays can be found here.
Keep your tools clean
It is important to keep your makeup application tools clean. Cleaning your brushes and beauty sponges is essential to keeping germs away. Schedule a time every week to thoroughly clean your tools. Your face will thank you later.
Makeup on the go
You can never be too prepared. Get a cute purse from any store that is big enough to hold some makeup and small enough to fit in your handbag. In this mini kit, keep your essentials; lipstick, lip liner, mascara, eyeliner, lip balm, moisturizer, powder, and a few brushes.
Don’t touch your face
Resist the urge to put your hand on your face. It might be hard but you’ll get used to it. Learn to discipline your fingers. Sometimes you might just be trying to make sure your makeup is in place. However, by touching your face you are doing just the opposite. If you touch your face too often, your makeup starts to crease and get patchy.
Try out all these tips and let us know how it goes! If you need to professional help, find the right professional makeup artist on VConnect.