Beauty: Summer Skin Care + Make up Routine

Photography: Essie Amayo

Although I love summer , I’m not keen on having to change a skin care routine that worked perfectly before . I don’t know , consistency is my petpeeve . Anyway this is my current skin care and makeup routine :

1. Moisturiser

Aveeno’s moisturiser has been saving my life because my incredibly sensitive skin is refusing to cooperate this summer !! I had a terrible break out and burn for being out too long with no protection. Had to go to the GP . In addition , my skin broke out during exams presumably due to all the stress and I’m still recovering . Anyway,  this is such a good cream with oatmeal for dry and sensitive skin . It is even eczema society approved . But as soon as winter comes, I’ll swap back to my Simple moisturiser.

2. Sunscreen ( spf50)

Black people need suncreen too! Unless skin melanoma’s gave you a call to tell you they don’t develop on melanin-rich skin , then take several seats and learn to protect your skin. I use the Aveeno spf50 and yes the white cast is real ( I can’t even ! when will they make sunscreen for us please! *sigh*)  . It’s why the next step is on here to be honest. The key is to leave 10-15 minutes before applying the foundation . Because otherwise you’re just mixing two products together . Also, waiting 20 minutes before stepping out so as to allow the sunscreen to set in and actually protect your skin.

3. Foundation

The thing with us non-make uppers is we haven’t the slightest idea how to find a shade that matches our skin . It took me four foundation bottles (and you know make up is not cheap) before I found the perfect match for now anyway: Milani 2 in 1 perfect and conceal in the colour golden tan. I also use the face and body foundation by MAC in C9 but I personally like Milani more .

4. Eyes

I have a neutral pallet by Milani and a brush set by real techniques although I’m sure two eye shadow brushes from Boots would do the job just as well. What I probably always do is a winged eye liner, a neutral eye shadow look, mascara and I’m out the door!

5. Lips

To achieve the brown/nude lip I always do , I use the Nyx brown lip liner and their lip cream Abu Dhabi . If I’m going for the ‘baddie’ neutral look , I’ll switch the Abu Dhabi for the TEDDY lip lingerie also by NYX . For the classic red lip I use Ruby Woo by mac having lined my lips with a brown lip liner or a deep red lip liner .

6. Finishers

To finish , I’ll use the nyx powder contour powder pallet because one of the shades is perfect for my skin and topshop’s horizon highlighter for the glow .

That is essentially my summer skin care routine plus what I wear for practically all my shoots if I’m the one doing my make-up. I will always say this; make up is an option . What you need to focus most on is healthy skin for you, whatever that looks like and wear your skin comfortably . There is nothing more beautiful in my opinion than confidence and comfort .

With love,





  1. Jess
    July 28, 2017 / 8:06 am


    • Kam
      July 28, 2017 / 10:54 am


    • Kam
      January 18, 2018 / 3:26 pm

      Thank you 😊

  2. Gina
    February 17, 2018 / 10:09 am

    Always start your facial care ritual by cleaning it thoroughly. When you wake up, usually dead skin cells will accumulate due to the regeneration of skin cells and remnants of exfoliation from the toner at night. Dead skin cells that accumulate this will clog the pores and can lead to skin problems such as acne and dull skin. Therefore, you must clean your face first before using other morning skincare or use your makeup.

    • Kam
      February 17, 2018 / 11:01 pm

      Hi Gina . Absolutely agree . I obviously don’t jump straight into the moisturiser. I just didn’t put it in this post, for fear of being redundant as my skincare routine is already on the blog here:
      Much love ❤️❤️❤️

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