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Tame your makeup

Is makeup meltdown playing a spoilsport in all your special moments? Beauty experts tell you how to battle the heat and humidity with the right makeup items and some easy tricks.

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 10, 2013 03:04 IST
Debasmita Ghosh
Debasmita Ghosh
Hindustan Times
Makeup,Fashion,Hindustan Times

The summer might be on its way out, but there’s still no respite from sweating. So, when you are all set to look your best on your friend’s wedding, at the office party or to meet your crush, you find yourself hurriedly wiping off your dripping makeup.

“Makeup meltdown happens due to high fluctuating temperatures due to which the oils in the makeup base start to melt down,” says cosmetologist Dr Priyanka Tyagi of Skeyndor. So, what does one do — go off makeup completely? “Not at all,” assures ace makeup artist Komal Gulati. “There are ways by which you can keep the temperature of your skin low so that your makeup doesn’t melt. Secondly, opt for makeup that won’t melt down in the heat, such as waterproof stuff, and most importantly keep your makeup light. Less is always more in this season,” adds Gulati.

Agrees veteran beauty expert Shahnaz Husain. “The golden rule for summer-monsoon makeup is soft, delicate and very sparing. Water-based and powder makeup items are the ones you should swear by,” says Husain. We list some makeup dos and don’ts that you must keep in mind, this season.

Cooling is the key
Aloe vera help: Keep the temperature of your skin low. “Applying aloe vera gel is the best way to cool down your skin,” says Komal Gulati. “It is one of the best natural moisturisers, and helps to seal off loss of moisture from the body, keeping the
temperature of your face cool. You can even apply makeup over this gel,” adds Gulati.

Quick cooling fix: If you don’t have aloe vera gel, simply cool your face by wiping it with astringent and mint tissues. “Keep the tissues in the freezer for five minutes to cool it down and then wipe your face,” says beauty expert Aashmeen Munjaal. “If you are going for a wedding or party where your makeup needs to be a little heavy, put the primer before doing your makeup,” says Munjaal.

Refridgerate makeup products: A trick to keep your makeup items cool so that they don’t melt down when you apply them is to store them in the refrigerator. It will help solidify the makeup so that it lasts longer on your face and does not smudge,” says beauty expert Richa Aggarwal of Cleopatra salon.

Avoid these
Cakey foundation and loose powder: A cakey or cream-based foundation will make you sweat more, so opt for a water-based liquid foundation, says Komal Gulati. “Also, never use loose powder, use a compact powder instead to dab on over the foundation base,” she adds.

Smokey, kohl eyes: Don't ever go for smokey eyes or even try to apply mascara on your lower eye lashes for that will aggravate meltdown and smudging of your makeup. Use a waterproof long last liner instead. If you want to make a statement, keep your over all makeup nude and muted, and just go for pop-coloured lip stains, say beauty experts.

Spicy, oily food: Avoid deep-fried food and spicy items on the day on which you have to put on the makeup. You need to keep your skin hydrated to get the best look. “Have fresh fruits and raw veggies, and juices that’ll keep the skin dehydrated and glowing,” says beauty expert Aashmeen Munjal.

Applying makeup right
Before starting on with your makeup, wrap an ice cube in a thin cloth and wipe the face with it for a few seconds. This helps to close the pores. For oily skin, apply astringent lotion with
cotton wool, to close pores and reduce oiliness.
Now, apply a water-based foundation, blending with a damp sponge for a smooth finish. Add a drop or two of water, before applying, to provide a lighter coverage.
Now apply compact powder to ‘set’ the foundation. When you apply powder, press the powder all over the face and neck, with a slightly damp sponge. This helps it to set and last longer. Use a
powdered eye shadow and powder blush-on.
Apply a thin layer of foundation on the lips before wearing your lipstick. It helps the lipstick last longer.
Finally, blot the makeup with tissue to soak up anything excess.

First Published: Jun 09, 2013 17:51 IST