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Prepare your skin for the monsoons

Umbrellas are not the only thing you need to buy this monsoon. Investing in waterproof make-up, skincare products and chic rainwear is necessary too.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 06, 2013 15:58 IST
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Clint Fernandes, Lakmé's make-up expert, advocates the use of waterproof make-up in the monsoon. "It resists sweating in humid conditions. It doesn't drip onto other areas of the face when wet, neither does it smudge," he says, adding, "A lot of the long-stay products in the market are relatively waterproof and smudge-resistant."

Here are his tips and tricks for the season:
*Invest in a good compact and waterproof eye make-up, like mascara, kohl and eyeliner. Cheek tints and long-wear lipsticks are good to keep at hand.
*Keep make-up a bit high contrast. Due to the humidity and dullness, a bright mouth or strong eyeliner will look great. Natural make-up could look washed out in this weather.
*Avoid too much foundation. Instead, use a concealer followed by just compact. This will keep the face fresh and matte-looking.
*To add longevity to eye make-up, use the kohl pencil and follow it with a waterproof liquid eyeliner. It would keep it in place for hours. Same with the lips. One should use a similar coloured lip pencil and follow it with the matching lip colour. Keep the lips matte.

Dr Rashmi Shetty of Ra Skin & Aesthetic Clinic, warns against tucking away the sunscreen just because summer is over. "Cloudy skies don't guard you from the sun. And with moisture levels rising, it leads to further aggravation of acne, dull skin, open pores and infection," she says. Care for your skin with thermal water sprays, calamine lotion, and wash your face with cold water.

Shetty shares some handy pointers:
*If you happen to get wet, wash your face and feet as soon as you can and keep them dry.
*Carry wet wipes, moisturiser, face wash and sunscreen in your purse.
*Change wet clothes soon, as damp clothes increase the risk of infection.
*Avoid harsh treatment to your hair in this season as it may damage it further.
*Look for powder variations of all the products you use, be it a compact, deodorant or even collagen boosters.
*Use coconut oil thrice a week and avoid getting your hair wet in the rain as far as possible.

Designer Sonya Vajifdar has a new collection of rainwear that's hitting stores soon. "This season, the trend is to wear more transparent pieces with flirty frills. People are also favouring tie-up belts that make wearing and removing easier," she says. The collection is characterised by neon colours, and even embellishments covered with PVC.

"The key to monsoon styling is to keep it practical, comfortable and fun at the same time," says designer Nishka Lulla, who shares some advice for the monsoon:

*Go for fabrics like cottons and thin knits that dry quickly and don't stick to your body due to humidity. Layer your outfits with thin cardigans and shirts to avoid transparency.
*Go for short, knee- or calf-length pieces such as shorts, crop trousers, midi skirts or dresses that are not too flowy or tight.
*Have fun with accessories such as printed or bright-coloured rain boots, plastic or rubber flip-flops and fun, quirky umbrellas.
*Tie your hair with bandanas and hair scarves which are available everywhere and are stylish and practical at the same time.

First Published: Jun 06, 2013 13:30 IST