Monsoons are a joy, but the humidity often wreaks havoc on our makeup. As the skin sweats, so does the makeup and nothing seems to last, be it moisturiser, foundation, mascara or lipstick. Even the driest skin can feel oily and slick, and no cosmetic product wants to be friends with your skin. Every attempt of wearing makeup is often met by melting foundation, patchy concealer, runny mascara and smudged lipstick. It’ because the hot and humid weather doesn’t mix well with your makeup, even if it’s waterproof. While many give in and decide to brave the monsoons by going bare-faced, others struggle to keep their makeup game face on. It’s a battle that nobody wants to lose and the struggle is real. But you can beat the monsoon-makeup-madness by being a little cautious with the products you use and by following some simple makeup tips.
Here are some ways you can try to make you makeup last longer in the humid weather.
Keep the face cleanIf the base if clean, the makeup will usually last longer. Begin by washing your face with some cold water to get rid of extra oil on your skin. There is also a certain freshness only a cold-water splash provides. Pat your face dry (never rub!) and apply a thin layer of a light moisturising gel or lotion. Blot away the extra sebum or moisturiser.
Use Primer: To prep skin for makeup, apply a primer as your base. Everything else should go on top of it. Using a face and eye primer will smoothen your skin texture and create an even surface for your foundation to sit on. Primer keeps your makeup in place along with smoothing out the skin by filling in the pores.
Keep the foundation light: Using heavy foundation in a humid climate makes your makeup appear pasty. You can use a light layer of foundation after applying moisturiser and primer. Use the teeniest amount of foundation and just dab it in your skin instead of rubbing it in. You can also go for BB or CC cream if you want a light coverage.
Use setting spraySetting sprays help the makeup to set along with providing a boost of instant hydration to the skin. Think of it as the finish touch to your makeup. After you have finished your makeup, spray the face with a setting spray and let dry. The trick is to keep the spray at arm’s length before applying and spray it small squirts, spreading it evenly all over the skin. Take a few seconds to let it dry.
Use translucent fixing powderRainy season is the time to switch form compact powder to translucent powder. Compact is tinted and can run down your cheeks when you sweat making your face streaked. Translucent powder are colourless and do the job of banishing oily, shiny skin very well. The silky texture glides on the skin, absorbing all oil and mattifying it instantly. It also gives sheer coverage while bestowing the skin with a delicate glow.
Go Waterproof Waterproof Mascara, eyeliners and kohl are your best friends in this humid weather. These maybe not-so-easy to remove at the end of the day but they can hold ground longer than the ordinary non-waterproof products. This can save you panda eyes and also a lot of embarrassment.
Use cream-base productsCream-based products are perfect for humid weather as they blend into the skin. Choose cream products over powder products as they adhere to the skin better and do not cake or streak even when you are sweating. Right form foundation to concealer, blush and eyeshadow, cream products are just right as they blend into the skin preventing a makeup meltdown.
Go easy on the lips: If statement lips are your thing, it's best to keep the rest of your look pared down. The gloss trend has made a huge return so stocking up on some nude, rosy colours is also recommended. You can also go for tinted lip balms and lip stains for a smudge-free pout.
Always carry blotting papers: Don’t leave home without blotting paper or oil-absorbing strips. You want a soft radiance all day long, not a slick shine on your face. Whenever you feel sweat building, pat your face with a blotting paper to keep looking fresh and shine-free.
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