From The Straits Times    |

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.

Dew or shine 

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The added humidity can cause your skin to produce unwanted shine. To prevent your makeup from melting into a puddle, prep your skin with a mattifying moisturiser like the La Roche Posay Effaclar Mat Sebo-regulating Moisturiser, $30 that is made with astringents to keep excess sebum at bay. If your T-zone starts to get oily throughout the day, use it to your advantage and sport the coveted dewy trend and apply a thin layer of skin tint or tinted moisturiser.

Prime is of the essence

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If you’re going to be wearing foundation, you need to invest in a good-quality primer like the Perricone MD No Makeup Instant Blur Primer with Vitamin E, $86 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.


Clean up 

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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. Almay Makeup Eraser Sticks ($19.41) 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

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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 Pixi On-The-Glow Blush Tinted Moisturiser Stick, $31 that will melt into the skin and deliver vivid and long-lasting pigment.

Soak up the H20

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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, from $17 that helps to impart moisture into your skin before sealing in the moisture with another layer of itself.

Proof it 

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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 like the Clarins Fix Make-up, $55 on your face like the to set your makeup so it stays on even when it is pouring outside.