Tired of your makeup melting as soon as the rain hits your face? Well, here are some easy monsoon makeup tips and tricks to help your makeup last all day long.
Want some monsoon makeup tips on how to stop your hard work from melting away? Well, you’re in the right place. From prepping with ice and face mist to using waterproof products, switch up your makeup routine so that your masterpiece lasts all day long even during the rains.
Tips and tricks to avoid melting makeup
Switch to gel-based moisturiser
If you have a strong base, not even a flood can wash off your makeup. And while the air may be damp in the monsoons, it doesn’t give you leeway to skip out on your moisturiser. A gel-based moisturiser works for all skin types so that you don’t end up with a greasy face thanks to the humidity. The Lakme Peach Milk Ultra Light Gel keeps your skin hydrated and ready for your makeup with peach milk as its name suggests. It locks moisture into your skin 24 hours all the while being non-oily. This moisturiser is also loaded with vitamin B3 that pampers your skin after a busy day of makeup, sweat and exhaustion.
Thumbs up to powder-based makeup
Unless you have a waterproof liquid foundation, powder foundations and compacts should be your go-to during the rains. This monsoon makeup tip makes sure that your makeup doesn’t melt as powder can survive the harshest of humidity. A powder-based foundation also gives a matte effect and is perfect for oily skin as it absorbs the excess shine and sweat as seen with the Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Powder Foundation. It even works like a primer and compact powder so that it lasts all day long and is easily blendable.
Set your eyeliner
While it’s a given, stop your eyeliner from creating tear tracks by opting for the right formula. Keep it waterproof with the Lakme 9 to 5 Black Impact Liner which has an easy grip and dries quickly so that even amateurs can use it. To make it last even longer, set your liner with black eyeshadow. Pack some black eyeshadow on a flat brush and dab it on top of your eyeliner gently. This stops your eye makeup from melting during the monsoon.
Use a matte lipstick
While you may love your lip gloss, head for matte lipsticks during the rains. The Lakme 9 to 5 Primer + Matte Lip Color has a range of 35 shades for every mood or outfit. It is also a natural primer and stays for 12-hours long even during pouring rain. Worried about your mask smudging up your lipstick? Well, no more as this matte lipstick also remains vibrant and neat without drying out your lips.
Waterproof makeup products for the win
Has your favourite cousin decided to get married in the monsoons? Or are your friends finally free for that much-awaited night out on a rainy day? Well, you can still wear a full face with waterproof makeup like the Lakme Perfecting Liquid Foundation. It contains vitamin E and moisturises your skin while also being sweatproof in the face of humidity. This full-coverage foundation creates a strong base that is needed to keep the rest of your makeup from melting off.
With this, is it true you can’t go a day without mascara even if it’s raining cats and dogs? Bat your eyelashes with the Lakme Eyeconic Curling Mascara as the waterproof mascara lasts all day long. Don’t let the rain lower your lashes as this lightweight mascara also naturally curls them.
Replace foundation with primer or CC cream
One monsoon makeup tip to keep in mind is that let your skin breathe during the rainy season by going easy on your makeup. Not only will it melt if rain hits your face, but the humidity can also dry your skin. Reserve foundation for special occasions and instead switch to a primer or CC cream as your base. The Lakme Absolute Blur Primer not only blurs blemishes, but it is also waterproof and makes sure the rest of your makeup lasts all day long.
If you want medium coverage for a particularly stubborn zit, you can instead opt for the Lakme 9 to 5 CC Cream. It not only contains SPF 30 to defend your skin from the harsh UV rays but also evens skin tone. It provides smooth coverage and moisturises your skin at the same time.
Prep your face with toner
If you’re wondering why your makeup melts, it could also partly have something to do with your skin’s condition. Use a toner before you get to your makeup to maintain your pH balance level while also keeping your skin hydrated and ready for a full face. The Lakme 9 to 5 Matte Moist Mattifying Face Toner is an alcohol-free toner with green tea and witch hazel that not only tightens pores but keeps your skin soft. It works for all skin types and acts as a defender against all weather conditions including - you guessed it - humidity.
Ice your face
It seems that prepping your face is the key to long-lasting makeup. Thoroughly wash and clean your face before taking ice to it. Rubbing ice to your face gently not only tightens your pores but also reduces sweat. It also controls oil production so that the makeup stays on all day.
Stock up on blotting papers
If the weather forecast cannot predict the rains accurately, it is out of your hand. But that shouldn’t stop you from sporting makeup whenever you want. One handy monsoon makeup tip is to stock up on blotting paper this rainy season. Fight the humidity by dabbing blotting paper on your face whenever you sweat or get hit with the rain. But try not to rub your face with it as it can mess up your base.
Make a DIY face mist
Make a face mist out of cucumber or green tea to control excess oil production. Add five to six cucumber slices to a bowl of cold water and leave it overnight. Take off the slices and add the water to a spray can. Spritz some on your face before applying makeup to moisturise your face and reduce sweat. It even draws out grime and other impurities so that you have a clean base to work on.
Patience is key
Have you ever been proud of completing your skincare routine and applying makeup and reaching work on time despite waking up late? Well, you might want to rethink that achievement as rushing through your routine could be one of the reasons for melting makeup. You should give yourself five to 10 minutes for your skincare products to get fully absorbed. This way your makeup has a proper base to hold on to.
Don’t use your hands
The durability of makeup also depends on how you apply it. Most makeup products should be applied with a brush or beauty blender, especially if it is of a liquid or creamy formula. The heat and oil from your fingers can transfer to your skin along with your makeup making it susceptible to melting.
Throw out expired products
If your makeup is not behaving, then it just might be time to say goodbye. Whether it is monsoon or winter, if your makeup is turning runny, it might have expired. Throw out expired products as it not only becomes less efficient but can also damage your skin.
Stop touching your face
While we might have gotten annoyed at our mom for smacking our hands when we touched our faces, looks like she did it for a reason. The grime, sweat and oil from your fingertips can easily make your face and makeup greasy. This will not only melt your makeup but also make your skin more prone to acne.
Now, what have we learned? Along with water-proof makeup, prepping your face properly can make a world of difference. Never hurry and the most important monsoon makeup tip of all – be sure to religiously go through your CTM (cleanser, toner, moisturiser) routine if you want your makeup to stop melting.
Written by Lopa K on Aug 10, 2022