Lupita Nyong’o on the Importance of Skincare & Her Makeup Passion


Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o has revealed that she learnt about the importance of skincare the hard way when she accidentally burnt her skin, believing the sun wouldn’t damage her complexion. The Lancome face now says she makes sure she never forgets to apply SPF:

“I stubbornly thought the sunshine couldn’t harm me – until I got burned. It’s often harder for black women to realise when they’ve had too much sun. Now, I always protect my skin with SPF.”

Lupita adds that she pays attention to her skin and believes proper skincare helps her continually look her best. She makes sure to always use the right type of product and always washes her face twice a day to keep her skin fresh. She shared:

“I’m a great believer in the idea that looking good is all about getting the basics in place with proper skincare. I wash my face every morning and evening, which goes a long way to keeping it at its best. I try to ‘listen’ to what my complexion needs: if it’s greasy, I’ll use a foamy cleanser; when it’s dry, I’ll go with a creamier formula.”

The actress is known for her makeup experiments on the red carpet and she comments that she particularly enjoys selecting unique lipstick colours and even matching her mood:

“Lipstick helps pull an outfit together and instantly makes you feel dressed up. I prefer burgundy and earthy tones, which flatter my skin, but I also play with bright reds for film premieres. My relationship with make-up is similar to my attitude to food: I like to experiment to match my mood.”