If the thought of smudged eyeliner and runny foundation kept you from looking your best in monsoon, here’s some good news. Experts say that with right make-up, you can keep that mug looking as pretty as ever.
According to Kamaya Shirodkar of Beauty Bar, Andheri, water-proof mascara and eye liner are the season’s bestsellers. “People don’t really bother with dressing up during the monsoon,” she explains, “They keep the look simple with mascara and eyeliner from top brands like Lakme and Maybelline. Yves Saint Laurent’s mascara is effective too.”
Water-proof foundation with minimal UV protection from brands like Clarins work well. Brightly-coloured nails offset gloomy weather. Shirodkar says, “Nail paints are selling like hot cakes. People like neon colours in pink and blue. I advise them to use a base and top coat along with the nail paint so that it doesn’t chip off easily.”
She admits that hair care is a must too. “People are forced to take better care of their hair. So anti-frizz shampoos and conditioners register high sales too. People avoid blow drying or straightening their hair during monsoon. Also, many people complain of hair fall because of the high humidity, so we see sales of volumising shampoos picking up too,” states Shirodkar.
Take it off
Head make-up artise for Lancome, Stafford Braganza, says that eye make-up is the focus of the season. “People prefer looking fresh-faced. Lipstick sales slump and lip-gloss and tinted lip balms sell faster,” he observes. He advises customers to use tinted moisturisers to keep the skin hydrated.
Since water-proof make-up doesn’t come off easily, Braganza insists on using make-up removers though one could do with a regular facewash too. Braganza adds, “You can also use baby oil or petroleum jelly on cotton swabs to take off excess eye and skin make-up.”