Those wet mornings can actually be quite soothing, provided we’re not caught in it sans umbrella. There is nothing worse than spending hours to perfect your hair and makeup, only to walk out of the front door right into the bullet-like rain. While we can’t control the elements, all it takes is a little planning and the right makeup products to look your absolute best in spite of a heavy downpour.
Here are some makeup tips and products that will have you singing in the rain.
Prime is of the essence
If you’re going to be wearing foundation, you need to invest in a good-quality primer to prevent your makeup from turning runny and blotchy. You can also try a makeup finishing spray to set your makeup without having to retouch later on in the day. Aside from slapping on a foundation primer, it is also a good idea to apply some eyelid primer on your lids if you plan on rocking eyeshadow.
The Wander Beauty Rise and Prime Balm and Primer Duo ($55) is a multitasking primer that can be used on both your face and lips to create an oil-resistant barrier between your skin and makeup so your makeup has a better surface to adhere to. It also has ingredients like shea butter, olive oil, grapefruit seed and propolis extract that will hydrate and nourish the skin.
Nobody wants to be walking around with mascara tracks running down their faces. If it is raining cats and dogs outside, make sure to reach for waterproof products that will create staying powder and won’t melt in the rain.
If your eye makeup failed to weather the storm, have some makeup wipes or Q-tips on hand to clean up any smudges. The Sephora collection targeted eye remover ($10) is packed with the right amount of gentle eye-makeup remover, so you can tidy up any smudges in a pinch.
Cream of the crop
When powder gets into contact with water, it tends to streak because it has a better chance of absorbing oil and moisture. That is why cream shadows and blushes hold up better in the inclement weather. For a flush of colour that will stick (pun intended) throughout the day, invest in a stick blusher like the 3CE Creamy Cheek Stick ($34) that will melt into the skin and deliver vivid and long-lasting pigment.
Soak up the H20
What most people don’t know is – rainy days can actually dry out your skin. For your makeup to go on effortlessly and stay on all day long, make sure to hydrate your skin the night before to create a supple and smooth base. Before hitting the hay, slather on some on the Laneige Water Sleeping Mask ($42) that helps to impart moisture into your skin before sealing in the moisture with another layer of itself.
This is perfect for those gloomy days when you just don't have time for touch-ups throughout the day. When you're done with your makeup ( before mascara and lipstick), spritz some setting spray on your face like the Tarte Rainforest of The Sea Marine Boosting Mist ($20) to set your makeup so it stays on even when it is pouring outside.