Published on July 15th, 2015 | by Yashodhara Ghosh
WEATHER WISE: Rain on my parade
If trails of sweat have been ruining your make-up this summer, brace yourself for the Muggy Indian Monsoon, which is on its way to pour water – quite literally – on all your artistic efforts.
Ice, ice baby
If you have oily skin, the monsoons can’t be a happy time for you. Thanks to high humidity levels, the sebaceous glands go on overdrive in this season. They start producing oil the second you step out of the shower, not allowing the make up to set well on your skin. To tackle this, rub an ice cube gently on your face just before you apply make-up. This will shrink the pores, and give you an oil-free palette to work on.
KISS (Keep it simple, silly!)
- During the rains, steer clear of thick foundations that give dense, opaque coverage. Opt for lighter, sheer primers that don’t cake on your face, and can be reapplied if a sudden squall catches you unawares. Translucent mineral foundation powders are your safest bet: if it washes off, just step into the wash room, remove it with a wet wipe, and pat on a new coat. Tinted moisturisers and BB creams are also a good alternative to the bottle of foundation.
- Use matte face powder. Skyrocketing humidity levels will increase oil secretion, but a matte powder with oil-control will keep the shine (and the stickiness) off your face. In general, thick crème based products are a complete no-no for this season: instead, your watchwords should be ‘oil-free’, ‘matte’, ‘waterproof’ and ‘mineral’.
- Waterproof mascaras and liners are an absolute must. It’s easy to wipe off sheer foundation, but mascara and liner that has been sullied by moisture tends to leave behind unsightly and stubborn streaks. Pat your face dry gently with a towel if you get caught in a shower.
- If you must use eye shadow, give the crème ones a miss as they can melt and merge into your mascara or liner to create an unholy mess. Stick to the powder versions, and blend it well.
- Your hair can give you quite a scare in this season (remember Monica in Barbados?) Condition well to slay the frizz monster. Give serums, mousses, gels and hair mascaras a wide berth: they will capture moisture from the atmosphere and make hair look limp. Just a leave-in conditioner will do.
- For the lips, avoid dark shades like maroons, reds or dark browns – if they run, it shows. Opt for light shades in matte, such as like pinks, nudes, light browns. And if any, this is the right time to invest in a long-stay non-transfer lip colour. Avoid liquid glosses, they tend to melt, get sticky, and catch strands of your hair – and the results aren’t pretty.
Wash your hands off infection
It is imperative that you are extra cautious about hygiene during the rains – this is the time when nasty microbes lurk in every corner, waiting to colonise unclean pores in your skin and cause nasty infections and eruptions. Cleanse every day, and remove every spot of make-up before hitting the sack. Wash you hands with soap before applying make-up. Wash your brushes, dry them in a jiffy with a blow dryer, and store them in an airtight container. At all costs, take a rain check on sharing makeup or brushes, as many of the monsoon maladies are contagious.
FAB BAG PICKS to be Monsoon Ready
A brilliant Matte Foundation from Anna Andre – Paris that is ideal to control the grease on the face and has a waterproof formula that gives you a long lasting, smooth finish through the hot, humid day. And here’s the bonus: it also has SPF 15 that gives you much needed sun protection. CLICK HERE to view product.
Color Boost leaves a radiant veil of colour on the lips with just enough shine and moisture to enhance each shade.A new generation formula that provides a bare lip sensation thanks to its light and non-sticky texture. CLICK HERE to view product.
Special treatment serum with Organic Rosehip Oil, Jojoba and Calendula to target fine lines and firm the skin and deeply moisturise and firm the skin. Skin feels smooth, regenerated and radiant. CLICK HERE to view product.