I like the town on rainy nights
When everything is wet –
When all the town has magic lights
And streets of the shining jet!
Who doesn’t like the monsoons? Greenery, soothing weather, the sound of raindrops, monsoon is the favorite season for a lot of us. But the monsoon also brings a lot of challenges for makeup lovers. In India, monsoons can get extremely humid causing - dripping of makeup, patchy foundation, smudging lip color, frizzy hairs, etc., and can be a dreadful affair for makeup lovers. But fret not, to help you wear makeup confidently and comfortably, we will share some tips for monsoon-proof makeup in this article.
Prepping your Skin Right
Moisturise Your Skin
As counter-intuitive as it might sound, it is important to moisturise your skin during monsoons, since monsoons make the skin dry. Always have a good moisturiser handy to ensure your skin doesn’t have dry patches. While applying makeup moisturising your skin will help in creating an even skin tone. Using water-based moisturisers will help in absorbing oil.
Use Powder Well
Avoid cream-based products during monsoon, rather apply powder - it will give a matte effect. Also, instead of using too much foundation or concealer, use powder or powder-based formulas as a base for your makeup. A powder-based formula lasts longer in humid weather. Another tip that shouldn’t be missed is - applying primer.
Choose a Waterproof Base
High humidity during monsoons causes dripping of makeup. Using a waterproof base and then patting it with loose powder will help you set the makeup well on the face and prevent the monsoon’s dripping effect. If you don’t have a waterproof base you can substitute it with a two-way cake. Apply it with a damp sponge or just how you would apply loose powder.
Use Lightweight Cream or Water-Based Formulas
Lightweight, cream, or water-based formulas can be lifesavers during the monsoon season if you have to go out and (unfortunately) get drenched. To prevent smudging of makeup or the water-down and patchy complexion that happens due to wiping off the water from the face vigorously - having a blotting paper, beauty blender and travel-sized BB creams is extremely important.
The Eye Essentials for Monsoon
Waterproof Mascara and Liner
This goes without saying, waterproof mascara and eyeliners are a must for the monsoons. Before applying liners, you must hydrate your lids. Choosing a cream-based felt-pen liner will help you create a flawless matte look. Use mascara only if you must
Get Creative With the Kohl-Eyed Looked
Go creative with your Kajal, rather than using the usual black go for white, brown, or blue colour pencil.
Use Subtle Eyeshadows
Use powder-based eyeshadows instead of cream, it will prevent the melting of the eyeshadow on your face. Choose subtle colours like beige, pink, or brown for eyeshadow.
Blushing Tips for Monsoon
Choose Cream-Based Blush
When choosing a blush during monsoons go for a cream-based blush. The reason being creamy-blush will sit flawlessly on your skin. You can choose subtle tints of pink, peach, or pastels for a natural makeup look. However, go easy with the amount of blush, use only the required quantity. While applying blush ensure you blend it outwards, it will give it a natural look.
Tips For Perfect Monsoon Lips
Choose Waterproof Matte Lipsticks
During monsoon to avoid smudged lips use matte tints. Pink or soft browns should be your go-to shades instead of bright reds.
Avoid Glossy and Cream-based Lipsticks
Using gloss or creamy lipstick is a no-no during the monsoons since there are chances of such products bleeding due to the humidity.
Tips For The Perfect Overall Monsoon Makeup Look
Ditch the Cream-based Formulas
During monsoons, ditch the cream-based eyeliners, mascaras, foundations, and lipstick, and creams and moisturisers that can clog your pores.
Less Is More During Monsoons
It is best to avoid heavy makeup and choose a natural look. Use subtle shades of lighter brown, pink, peach, or pastel colours to go with the mood of the monsoon.
Seal the Deal With a Setting Spray
Use a make-up setting spray to seal the look. Some setting sprays that are great for the Indian monsoons are Colorbar Stay The Day Finishing Mist, which stays for 7-8 hours. For the matte look, you can use Miss Claire Face Makeup Setting Spray. It stays for 3-4 hours and then needs to be reapplied. Another setting spray that you can choose for the monsoon is the quick-drying setting spray from Maybelline, it is lightweight & nonsticky and prevents your makeup from melting.
Monsoons in India are beautiful but can also get extremely humid and can be a nightmare for makeup lovers with dripping mascaras, raccoon eyes, patchy foundation, and more. But with a little care, the right choice of products, and the right look you can monsoon-proof your makeup, enjoy the rain while sipping a hot cup of coffee, and let some droplets fall on your face too!