Beauty Makeup

Ace Your Monsoon Look

Look your fabulous best this monsoon by ensuring these make-up swaps get an ideal place in your make-up kit.

Listening to the pitter-patter of raindrops falling on the windowsill, a perfect duet and a good read to give you company. Monsoon conjures up to such pretty memories, isn’t it! But sadly, for us make-up lovers, this wet and humid season also sums up to days of blotchy make-up, patchy foundation and smudged mascara.

Well, not anymore! For here’s your curated how-to guide of monsoon-friendly make-up products that will help you look your cracking best during the wet days ahead.

Give the foundation a break

Vouch to go minimalistic and flaunt your natural beauty this monsoon. To do so, go low on your foundation and choose a good BB cream or a light-weight mousse instead. Or keep it plain and simple by dusting some face powder which will lend the ideal matte finish.

For those of you who aren’t comfortable to step out without a foundation, switch to a light gel-based foundation as it is more reliable during the humid months. Maybelline New York Fit Me Shine Free Stick is a great choice, as it’s an oil-absorbing, lightweight gel stick foundation that blends well with the skin and gives an evenly-toned look. But, if your love for BB creams doesn’t seem to fade away, try the Maybelline New York Clear Glow BB Cream which not only moisturises and smoothens your skin but offers ideal sun protection.

Befriend the primer

Make a wise investment in a good primer as it acts like a natural skin shield and protects it from dust and water. Filling up the pores, it also reduces perspiration thereby helping your make-up to stay up longer. Try Lakmé Absolute Blur Perfect Primer which is waterproof, lightweight and has a smooth matte texture that lasts long and covers imperfections.

Bring on the cheek tints

Creamy blushes don’t sustain in the humid weather and powder blushes can get cakey in a short while. For the upcoming wet days, opt for cheek tints instead of going for a powder or cream-based blush. They are effortless in terms of application and are perfect for days when you need to get ready in a jiffy.

Pick colours that look natural such as light pastel and pink hues which are great for the monsoons and, like always, remember to keep it subtle and beautiful! A good pick would be Benetint rose from Benefit, which is a rose-tinted stain that lasts for hours on both lips and cheeks.

Quick tip: Remember, blending well is important. For a natural flushed glow, blend the tint sideways from the apples of your cheek towards the highest point of your cheekbones.

Say ‘yes’ to eye make-up

A heavy downpour outside shouldn’t stop you from getting experimental with your eye make-up. To ace those perfectly scintillating eyes, pick the very versatile eye tints that glide quickly on the eyelids giving them a runway-inspired appearance. A popular choice in this category is Giorgio Armani Eye Tint Liquid Eyeshadow that promises to give a glamorous 16 hours of smudge and crease-free look.

Also, shift to waterproof eyeliners and preferably gel-based ones as they are easy to apply and lend an intense look. A smart choice would be a felt-pen liner that stays put and dries quickly too. While it’s best to avoid mascara, if it’s absolutely essential, apply clear mascara or a water-resistant one.

Check out M.A.C Liquidlast Liner that is ridiculously long lasting and L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Papillon Waterproof Mascara, that’ll help your lashes look luscious and voluminous and also skilfully brace the rainiest of days.

Try the matte look

Come monsoon and its strictly matte on the lip front as the creamy, glossy ones will smudge due to the increased moisture and humidity. While matte is sometimes tricky to carry, you can jazz it up by selecting some popping and colourful lip shades for your everyday make-up routine.

Some great contenders are Maybelline New York Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick – Fuchsia Flash and Nykaa Matte or Last! Liquid Lipstick – Guwa Hottie to give you a welcome break from the old and sensational reds and also act as good hues to set the perfect monsoon mood.

Make magic on your nails

It’s a no-brainer to realise that once the monsoon sets in, your nail colour will chip off frequently and recurrent touch-ups will become imperative. However, that shouldn’t stop you from sporting pretty and presentable nails.

So, make the coming rainy days fun by laying your hands on quirky shades of pink, orange, neon green or go soft and smooth with delicate pastels or soothing blues. Some must-tries are OPI GelColor and Nykaa Salon Shine Gel Nail Lacquer. If nail art is your thing, you can experiment with floral motifs, funky French art or spruce up those old, plain Jane nail extensions with 3D flower nail art.

And for a touch-up that feels painfully boring, gift yourself a gel manicure where the polish stays longer than the typical nail polishes.

Set it, seal it

While all the waterproof products perform their duty well, it’s always wise to do a final touch-up with a make-up setting spray which will help to keep everything prim and propah. Just spritz all over your face and there you go; your foundation, blush, eye shadow, everything will remain intact.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face spray is a great pick to add to your monsoon make-up vanity case.


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Wanna take your monsoon make-up game a notch higher? Try these:

  • After you apply a lipstick coat, dab a single ply of tissue paper on your lips and dust translucent powder then apply a second coat. This will help it last longer.
  • Don’t have the heart to ditch your most loved mascara? That’s fine! Add a finishing layer of waterproof mascara on top of your regular mascara and feel amazed, as it won’t let you down on a rainy day ahead!
  • Remember, less is definitely more when applying a primer. Once you have dabbed some on your face, wait! Applying anything on a wet primer nullifies its benefits.
  • And yes, remember to prime your eyelids and lips too, this will help your eyeshadow and lipstick to spread evenly.

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Mona Punjabi