The records on the radio hint summer time is around the corner, not much for the weather in Nigeria but more for the vibe: the parties, the hook ups, the food, and the slay-age.

I you are prepping for a vacation or a summer fling, I am curating for Nigerian Reporter, an A-Z guide to this year’s Summer Essentials according to some industry insiders.

2016 Summer Beauty Essentials
2016 Summer Beauty Essentials

Starting off with beauty and skin, something I consider very basic but very essential to self-love and confidence is to take care of the skin you are in.

Once your skin is fresh and clean, the trend that seems on an all time high this year, are neutral palettes, even with the face beat squad, beating towards natural sun-kissed looks.

I spoke to beauty insider from The Beauty Project Nigeria, Efua who had some exclusive summer essentials and tips to share.

For Skincare Efua says:

white clay mask

Clay masks for those with oily skin, after washing your face, spritz rose-water for the calming and soothing scent.

Black soap
Black soap

Use SPF lotion and black soap this summer. I recommend CUE moisturizer, a made in Nigeria brand by Skincare specialist Uchenna Gbonemie.

CUE Skincare by Nigerian skincare Specialist Uchenna Gbobemie
CUE Skincare: Sun shield SPF30 x Clear Skin Masque by Nigerian skincare Specialist Uchenna Gbobemie

For makeup Efua says:

Eyeliner as an everyday beauty lift trick, for an intense line I recommend Sephora Mascara and Maybelline Illegal length for longer lashes.

For makeup application: I recommend three brushes; real technique foundation brush, sculpting brush and Kuddy cosmetics eye brushes.

L-R: fan brush, Sephora Raisin blush, MAC Stippling brush, Kuddy Cosmetics MAC Mineralize powder in Dark Sleek contour kit in Dark Real Techniques sculpting and foundation brushe
L-R:
fan brush, Sephora
Raisin blush, MAC
Stippling brush, Kuddy Cosmetics
MAC Mineralize powder in Dark
Sleek contour kit in Dark
Real Techniques sculpting and foundation brushe

For the summer use primer before applying your eyeshadow! I recommend the LA Girl Pro eye primer.

For Lips: ColourPop Matte lip glosses, fave summer color: Rooch!

rooch
Rooch it up this summer baby, the color goes well with any skin tone but especially with caramel to mocha skin tones.

Highlighters are also really in now, I recommend the ColourPop Glow Up which is great for all skin tones.

L-R (clockwise): MAC eye shadow in Blanc Type YSL mini eyeshadow in Modele Guerlain Divinora eyeshadow palette Kuddy Cosmetics blending eyeshadow brush Sephora flat aye shadow brush Kuddy Cosmetics angled eyeliner brush ColourPop matte lip gloss in Rooch Maybelline gel eyeliner Sephora liquid eyeliner in black LA Girl Pro eyeshadow primer in black MAC eyeshadow pigments in Kishmas and Grape
L-R (clockwise):
MAC eye shadow in Blanc Type
YSL mini eyeshadow in Modele
Guerlain Divinora eyeshadow palette
Kuddy Cosmetics blending eyeshadow brush
Sephora flat aye shadow brush
Kuddy Cosmetics angled eyeliner brush
ColourPop matte lip gloss in Rooch
Maybelline gel eyeliner
Sephora liquid eyeliner in black
LA Girl Pro eyeshadow primer in black
MAC eyeshadow pigments in Kishmas and Grape

Powder and Foundation: YSL Touche Eclat is really nice on my skin, I recommend the MAC Mineralize for setting your face powder (that’s what I use) and the Sacha Buttercup powder to set highlights.

Lips: moisturize and line your lips before applying lipstick for best effect.

Colors are in for African skin: nudes and the bright alternatives colors like blue and black, vampy colors are in too.

Tweet @nigerianreportr and @Efuastar some of your beauty and skin summer essentials!

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@Efuastar

Beauty, curve blogger, and travel lover, dedicated to promoting happiness and enjoying all of life’s wonders and inspiration.  Efua Oyofo is a beauty and lifestyle insider for The Beauty Project Nigeria, celebrating inside and outside beauty of all variations

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