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Four Makeup Rules for the Harmattan Season

Applying makeup has its own rules and regulations which most people choose to ignore either because they do not know the implications or because they do not care. However, for optimum beauty effects, makeup has to be used in the right quantity and at the right time. For example, there are various makeup rules for different seasons so that the effects can come out very nicely. It is advised to use less makeup in the rainy season so that it does not smudge and run when you get caught up in the rain. For the coming harmattan season, here are some makeup rules to follow:

1. Less lipstick, more lip-gloss. Colored but cracked lips do not look good in any weather and we all know how much these dry winds blow in harmattan season. Instead of applying a lot of lipstick, try putting on more of lip-gloss so that your lips do not get dry or cracked as a result of the harsh weather. It is also advisable to keep a tube of lip-gloss with you in your bag so that you can touch up whenever you need to.

Photo: Anastasia Kazakova via Shutterstock.

Photo: Anastasia Kazakova via Shutterstock.

2. Enough foundation, less powder. Foundation serves as a base that covers your face and hides the spots and blemishes you want it to while still appearing natural, but powder changes your tone a bit and blends your complexion into the shade you need. However, in this season, you do not need to apply much powder because the foundation does the job well enough. With the dusty environment, you cannot afford to have too much powder on your face and you should have a towel to wipe off the dust if it settles on your face.

Photo: Paul Hakimata Photography via Shutterstock

Photo: Paul Hakimata Photography via Shutterstock

3. Take it easy on the eyes: Except you are going for a special occasion where you do not have to expose your eyes to the harmattan winds, it is advisable to use eye makeup in moderation. Some people tend to squeeze, scratch and scrub the eyes if something enters into it, thereby smudging and rubbing makeup into them, avoid this by applying minimal eye makeup during this harmattan.

Photo: Shutterstock

Photo: Shutterstock

4. Wash everything off: This forever remains a timeless makeup rule, although you might disobey the rule and get away with it if you do not have sensitive skin and in favorable weather. However, in this season, you must wash your makeup off at the end of the day when you want to sleep. Keeping the makeup on with all the germs that must have settled on the face during the day could cause you acne.

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Jelifat Opoola

Opoola Jelifat is a young and passionate writer. She holds a B.Sc degree in Microbiology and enjoys reading, cooking and writing on real life issues. She is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Ibadan. Contact her on opoolajelifat@gmail.com, and via Twitter and facebook by clicking the icons below.

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