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Lupita Nyong’o Shares Her Sweatproof Summer Makeup Routine

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Plus, her gym-free workout routine.

Lupita Nyong’o has had a busy summer—from Italian travels to preparing for the release of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, out this fall. Yet, in the midst of all that, Nyong’o was able to surprise 40 young women at the NAACP National Convention on July 17 in partnership with Lancôme and present each woman with a $10,000 scholarship.

“It’s a powerful initiative to support young women as they branch into their independence as adults and seek further education,” Nyong’o tells BAZAAR.com. “To be able to support that and to be able to facilitate literacy in adulthood is necessary. With a program like Write Her Future that is about that empowerment in young women, it’s good community building.”

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Nyong’o sits down with BAZAAR.com post-event to chat about her advocacy for young women, how she’s training for the Black Panther sequel, and how she beats the heat with summer makeup tricks.


You are an enthusiastic activist and advocate for young women, specifically young women of color. Is there anyone in your life who advocated for you or a community that inspired you?

I come from a very close-knit family, so I was surrounded by strong women. And my father is an activist in his own community. I witnessed him really choose to fight for a better future over his immediate comfort. That was really inspiring to me and, I think subconsciously, gave me my way of approaching social responsibility. My mother, too, has always been extremely involved in community and doing more than working beyond the walls of your home. That type of social responsibility was built into me. I like to approach my life with a consciousness of other people.

How do you maintain a regimen of working out, especially when you travel? Did you have to do training for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever like you did for the first one?

There was training involved for this film, but it wasn’t the intense boot camp version we did for the first movie. For me, working out is very much a part of my mental health regimen. I find that I grow very lethargic when I don’t work out, and it changes my mood. For my own sake, and the sake of the people who I’m hanging out with, it’s better if I work out. It’s about caring for yourself.

I’ve come to realize that working out does not require a gym. You can work out with your body weight, which I love. Personally, if I find ways to make my workouts easily achievable, it’s more likely I will commit to them. I have a jump rope that I love to use. I will play tag with my friends and get my heartbeat going. I think moving is important.

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You were just in Italy—what products were your must-haves while traveling?

I carry my skincare products with me wherever I go, because I don’t like to experiment. If it’s not broken, why fix it? I have the basics: cleanser, toner, moisturizer. I always have my Lancôme Genifiqué Serum. When it comes to makeup, I keep it simple. I don’t need to be doing a full face of makeup when I’m just chilling. Of course, I have my team when I travel. But on my own, I don’t do any dramatic eyeliner and mascara.

Do you have any other fun travel plans coming up?

I am so excited, because I’m going home soon to Kenya. It’s always good to go home. I’m looking forward to spending time with family. I love to visit my country, because I always find it new and surprising. We have so much diversity and topography, our landscape. I like to go and explore different parts of the country. It never goes old visiting different parts of my home. I think you take it for granted until you leave—that’s when you really start to appreciate it.

In terms of all the characters you’ve played, has there been one role that has inspired you or resonated with you the most in respect to beauty?

When I did Black Panther for the first time, I discovered that I have an obsession with green. My character, Nakia, is from the River Tribe, so all her clothes in the first movie are shades of green. It was only after then I was talking to my stylist and it dawned on me that I gravitate towards green a lot. That was something I really didn’t know about myself until I played it up as Nakia.

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It’s really hot here in the tristate area. How do you keep your makeup intact when it’s steamy and hot outside?

I keep it very light. My skin drinks up moisture, so my regimen is about restoring the moisture in my body. I live in New York so the water is quite hard; despite all the humidity, I still find myself being very dry. I use a good lotion. I love the Lancôme Nutrix Royal Lotion. It works 365 days a year for me. I oscillate between that and dry body oils. My favorite is from a company called Hume—they make a really good, natural dry body oil. It’s especially great right after a swim because it’s a spray.

I also am a big fan of a cold shower, because it reduces swelling, which happens when it’s hot out, and improves your blood flow to make skin more vibrant. I highly recommend a one-minute cold shower at the start of your day.

Have you ever done a cold plunge?

Those scare me and seem hard to do, to be honest.

The cold shower sounds like a good starting point. You did your makeup for the NAACP National Convention today. What were your beauty must-haves before the event?

My goodness. Yes, today I really learned what I know and don’t know about doing makeup. My must-haves are the Lancôme Advanced Génifique to start off just to add moisture into my skin before I put anything on it. That’s very, very important, as well as moisturizer.

Then, for my foundation, I use the Teint Idole Ultra Foundation and Concealer. I love that you can really get a thin finish on them, which is especially great when it’s hot, because you don’t want cakey makeup. It goes on like skin, and I don’t feel it on my face.

Then, I love a dramatic eye right now, you know, with masks. It’s easier to have an aesthetic point of view with your eyes. Today we used Hypnôse Amethyst 5 Color Palette, which is a purple. It’s really pretty anytime of the year, but I feel like it’s a vibe for the summer. And, of course, mascara. I use the Idôle Mascara, which is super light; it’s very natural looking. I layer on top the Hypnôse Mascara for a little more drama.

You feature a lot of really unique drawings and art on your social platforms. Has art always been an interest of yours. And do you ever create your own?

I love art. I’m fascinated by fine artists. It’s the thing I have the least amount of knowledge and grasp on, personally. But during lockdown, I actually bought a paint-by-numbers kit. I was all by myself and decided I wanted to try my hand at painting, but I also wanted the guidance of a paint by numbers. I think it was a gift and it was such a timely gift. I painted this flower and that’s the extent of my fine art skills.

When do you feel most beautiful?

I feel beautiful when I’ve had a very good night’s rest and a workout.

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