7+ Beauty Hacks To Beat The Monsoons
Professional makeup artists share tips and tricks to keep your beauty regime afloat this monsoon.
Whether you’re the type who’s ‘singing in the rain’ or chanting ‘rain rain go away’, the monsoons are a seasonal reality and they take their toll on your hair, skin and of course, makeup. High humidity, getting caught without an umbrella or even the lack of sun can affect your look.
However, you can brighten up even the gloomiest days with these ideas from some of the leading makeup artists in the industry who tell us how they bring on their A-game in this weather.
Here are tips from the experts that will ensure that nothing ever rains on your parade!
“You might be tempted to skip your SPF on rainy days, but the harmful UV rays, invisible to the eye, still travels through clouds and causes undue damage to unprotected skin. Always wear SPF while stepping out to keep your skin healthy. Also, frequent rains and humidity keep stripping your skin of its natural oils each time you wash or wipe your face. Always keep a light moisturizer handy to rehydrate your skin.”
“One of the biggest problems one faces during monsoons is the humidity wreaking havoc on our makeup. Both sweat and rain threaten the staying power of makeup. Set your kajal with some black eyeshadow for fierce eyes that do not smudge. For your face, prep your skin with a mattifying primer suited to your skin type for long lasting makeup.”
“Glossy lips can look really sloppy with a sweaty upper lip courtesy of the humidity. A matte finish lipstick will ensure you look flawless at all times. As for eye makeup, stock up on all things waterproof for the rainy season.”
“Humidity and rains might leave your skin feeling really oily during monsoons, which may compel you to wash your face more often. Though you might feel like skipping face products in order to feel fresh, your skin needs the hydration that gets stripped off every time you wash your face. Opt for gel based face washes and water based moisturizers to get rid of excess oil without drying your face.”
“Since increased humidity during monsoons can cause you to sweat more, heavy foundations aren’t just more uncomfortable, but may also fade away faster, and leaving your face looking blotchy. Switch to BB or CC creams, or even tinted moisturizers which are sure to feel lighter and stay fresh all day long. Besides, they are easier to carry and do an excellent job of refreshing on the go.”
“A rainy day is the moment to embrace the mantra ‘less is more’. The higher the number of layers of product you pack on your skin, the more difficult it is to fix if it gets wet. So opt for a simple, minimal look. Choose matte lip colors in soft hues instead of glossy, dark shades to avoid bleeding. If you do feel like jazzing up your look you could embrace a bright eye shadow!
“The biggest monsoon beauty hack is waterproof make up! Especially if you live in Mumbai where the rains can be extremely unpredictable. If you don’t already have water-resistant products in your arsenal, this season is a good opportunity to invest in a mascara that won’t start running down your cheeks if you get caught in the rain.”
“Its the season to say hello to aloe! The sap from a fresh leaf of this plant is said to be packed with amino acids. It not only strengthens your hair but also keeps it moisturized, soft and frizz-free. Make sure that you’re using the gel or sap across the entire length of the hair, right from the roots to the tips.”
“A gel lip tint or a lip stain is an essential for any monsoon makeup kit! It’s a product that guarantees a fresh, bright and natural-looking color that lasts for ages. It also saves you the hassle of touching up your makeup which has smudged or streaked in the rain. Apart from a lip color, it also doubles up as a blush which only further increases its appeal.”
“Humidity during the monsoon can make hair difficult to manage, but the real damage is caused due to rainwater. While the water in the clouds is pure, rain collects pollutants and dust particles on its way down. So if you happen to get drenched when it’s pouring outside, be sure to wash your hair when you get home. It helps make your hair less frizzy. Another great way to make your tresses look tame is with a cute braid or a stylish bun.”
“To fight the impact of the monsoon on your hair, you need to arm yourself with anti-frizz hair products. A nourishing leave-in serum instantly makes your hair a lot calmer. A good idea would be to team this with a spray-on mist. The lightweight product helps keep the tresses hydrated without weighing them down. This combination is sure to get you the silkiest strands.”
“The monsoon can be rough on the hair quite literally! However, there is a way to fix that. Multani mitti does wonders for the locks. Take two tablespoons of the powder, mix with water for a smooth paste, apply on the hair and wait for about 30 minutes before you rinse it off. Your hair will be softer and smoother.”