Waterproof your make-up

A few make-up tips and tricks to look your best this monsoon

Make upMonsoon is the time where your skin undergoes a lot of changes. It is often unstable; suddenly it gets oily or becomes dry and dehydrated. Hence, to look fresh and beautiful, it is important that you take care of your skin during this season. So, don’t worry if you are invited for a party this monsoon; just follow these simple tips that will let your make-up stay longer.

Tips for monsoon make-up

With monsoon showers, there are high chances that your make-up gets absolutely ruined or washed out. Dense makeup has a risk of being smudged and washed out severely and so it is better to use light and sheer make-up.

“First of all, wash the face with a mild soap and use cleansers to clean the face. After this rub an ice cube for about 10-15 minutes on the face for lowering the level of sweating. It also helps the make-up to stay for a longer period,” says Dr Apratim Goel, a Mumbai-based dermatologist.

Before wearing make-up, it is essential to put on a velvety base to cool and refresh your skin. Women with oily skin can use an astringent while women with dry to normal skin can use a toner after the ice to cool and refresh the skin. Also, use an oil control face wash before applying make-up to minimise oil production.


“It is better to use an oil-free and water-resistant foundation during monsoon. Try and avoid using concealers in the rains”, says Nandini [Jadhav] D’Rozario, make-up and celebrity hair stylist, Muah Salon, Mumbai. Use the foundation as a concealer; apply it only on spots – like dark circles around the eyes and acne marks – that need touching up.


Use powder sparingly. Use it just to remove the grease off your face and nose. Avoid using pressed powders in monsoons since they tend to become patchy.


Use a waterproof variety of mascara to avoid weeping black tears. “Forget the eyeliner and kajal during monsoons. Instead, use a kajal pencil – it lasts longer and does not smudge”, adds Nandini.


Since creams can melt off the face, stick to powder formulas. Pastels are a good choice. A thin film of light brown, beige, or pink cream eye shadow can be used with a coat or two of waterproof mascara.


Apply blush lightly—it’s best used when you can barely tell that you’re wearing it. “Cream blushers are a good option as they are water-friendly. If your face gets wet, all you do is dab it with a tissue and your blush stays put. Blushers give you the perfect natural look”, notes Nandini.

But, be sure to blend the blush outwards so that it does not look like a blob of colour on the cheek. Shades of peaches and browns are good colours to choose.


Keep up with your tweezing/threading, but forget the eyebrow pencil this season. Instead, use a brow brush with a little hair gel to keep brows looking shapely.


“Matte lipsticks are the best option during monsoons. You can use lighter shades for the lip liners and shades of pink or soft brown, with minimum gloss, for lipsticks. Avoid creamy, glossy ones and opt for powder matte tones or creme matte tints”, Apratim suggests.

Concentrating just on make-up is not enough for the perfect look. Use water-based moisturisers during rainy season to avoid oily skin, acne, and water loss due to perspiration and sweating.

These tips should be handy to survive the monsoon in style.


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