Even though monsoons bring the much-needed respite from hot summers, they also bring along a slew of skin woes. The increased humidity in the air is responsible for several skin and hair issues. While your skincare and haircare routines will need to be updated to tackle monsoon woes, turns out, your makeup routine needs minor tweaks as well.

Yes, moisture in the air combined with excessive oil secretions can lead to foundation oxidising, more so in monsoons than any other season. This usually happens when you’re spending long hours outdoors. And nothing can make heads turn faster than an orange-faced commuter dozing off in the last metro train!

But fret not, we’ve got you covered. Here is an easy makeup routine you can follow to prevent your foundation from oxidising on humid monsoon days.

 

Step 01: Tone and moisturise

Step 01: Tone and moisturise

It’s important to prep and hydrate your face in order to keep your foundation from oxidising. If your skin is too dry, your foundation will look patchy; and if it’s too oily, your foundation will turn darker. Prep your face with a hydrating toner followed by a lightweight or oil-free moisturiser. We love the combined mattifying power of the Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner and the Active Moist moisturiser. The sheer formula is easy to apply, and they improve skin’s texture by adequately hydrating it from within.

Once you are done with your moisturiser, wait for it dry completely. It is essential because an oily and sticky face will turn your face orange. You can take a tissue or blotting paper (rice paper) and go over your face and remove the excessive stickiness before proceeding with the next step in makeup application.

 

Step 02: Prime it

Step 02: Prime it

A primer will be your saving grace on the sweatiest of days. Primers work as a layer between your makeup and skin. They don't let your natural oils mix with the foundation layer and mess with its ingredients causing it to oxidise. Use a waterproof and silicone-based formula like the Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer to ensure flawless coverage.

 

Step 03: Apply your foundation

Step 03: Apply your foundation

The next step is the foundation. Usually, when your skin is prepped and primer is in place, the foundation won’t oxidise. But if you’ve tried everything and your foundation still turns darker, go two shades lighter. This will ensure that your oxidised foundation matches your skin tone perfectly. Use a brush or your fingers (wet blenders can make matters worse) to apply the product. Blot your face again to remove any excess product that remains.

 

Step 04: Lock it all in with a mattifying compact

Step 04: Lock it all in with a mattifying compact

A fan of face powders or not, these oil-absorbing and mattifying products work wonders for monsoon. Dab your face with the Lakme 9 To 5 Flawless Matte Complexion Compact for a long-lasting and matte finish. Enriched with vitamin E and a unique oil absorption formula, this compact will become your favourite travel essential in no time!

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