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Look rain ready

Debasmita Ghosh, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, June 24, 2013
First Published: 17:16 IST(24/6/2013) | Last Updated: 01:50 IST(25/6/2013)

While it’s great to sit at home and watch it drizzle, but if you have to go out, the thought of smudgy makeup is enough to spoil your mood. Indeed, dripping foundation, bleeding eyes or patchy dull lips could be some of the worst nightmares of the monsoon. Fret not. We’ve got expert help for you to know the tricks of keeping makeup intact yet peppy, even in this humid weather.

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Get the basics right
Keep your makeup minimal, and pick up only water-proof makeup, right from your foundation to your eye makeup. And do no skip your basic skin care routine. “Just because it’s a wet season, don’t stop applying moisturiser. In fact, swear by the CTM — Cleansing, Toning, Moisturising regime to keep your skin always makeup ready. Ditch the creamy foundations and go for a tinted moisturiser with SPF instead if you prefer a no-makeup look,” advises beauty expert Komal Gulati. And if you must use foundation, go for a mineralbased foundation, says beauty expert Samantha Kochhar. “It absorbs extra grease and makes the face even and toned,” says Kochhar. Makeup expert Ritu Kolentine of Cleopatra spa and salon prohibits the use of thick concealers too in this season. “They may run, so stick to matt and water-proof ones. Don’t forget to put a primer before you apply your makeup. It’ll help your makeup last longer,” says Kolentine.

And finally for some quick fixes. “Always carry blotting sheets in your purse to soak excess oil and sweat without damaging the makeup. Don’t use hair gels and mousse. Instead, use a anti-humidity setting hair spray to keep your locks tamed,” says makeup expert Ishika Taneja of Alps beauty clinic.

Swear by the neons
Pep up the dull and damp climate with some bright colours. Swear by the neons and the pop tints, say beauty experts. A dollop of aqua blue, green or yellow for the eyes, and a dash of coral, fuschia or even bold red for the lips will do the trick. Next, use a light powder blush to gently sweep over your cheeks. Remember, your cheeks only need a translucent wash of colour. If you want to create a statement with your eyes, go mute with your lips and invest in a good water-resistant eye liner and mascara for the eyes. Skip the shimmers and the glitters.

Must use
Ditch cream-based foundations, go for a tinted moisturiser with SPF
Loose face powder or a light compact is best to soak up the grease

Combat monsoon
Fungal infections with an anti-bacterial cleanser and astringent

Swear by the neons and the pop tints to pep up your eyes and lips

Nothing works better than a primer to make makeup last long

strict no-no
Stick to water-based concealers and foundations
Kajal will bleed and create faux dark circles under your eyes


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