Living in the Philippines means having to deal with only two seasons: hot and dry. During the scorching hot summer days, you battle with dryness and sweat; and during monsoon, there's the challenge of humidity and dampness. It's important to know how to wear long-lasting makeup and which products can withstand any weather conditions. Here are some tips on how to wear waterproof makeup products:
8 Tips to Wear Waterproof Makeup This Monsoon Season
1. Go light
During the monsoon, it is best to wear a light but of performance makeup. The more layers of makeup you have on your skin, the less it would hold when your pores start to sweat. Light makeup will give your pores room to breathe and make your makeup less likely to turn messy.
2. Use moisturizer and prepare your face with a matte primer
Rain or shine, moisturizer plays a critical role in your waterproof makeup regimen. Even if the weather is humid, you should moisturize your skin because it will still dry out. A water-based moisturizer absorbs oil, which makes it a perfect pair for your foundation. It will give you a bright and hydrated finish.
After that, start applying your matte primer. It preps and plumps your face to be makeup-ready. A primer ensures that your makeup lasts longer because it gives you a smooth and even skin surface, so your makeup can sit better on your face.
3. Go for powder-based than cream-based products
You don't want your creamy foundation, blush and eyeshadow, and liquid lippie to melt in the rain, do you? To avoid such makeup gaffes, switch to powder formulas.
Using a powder foundation will not only give your foundation a matte finish but also help it last longer. Avoid cream-based products during the rainy months. Instead, use powder to achieve a matte finish and avoid a blotchy foundation. To avoid looking cakey, don't overdo the foundation and concealer.
After you've completed your base, a mattifying powder is ideal for finishing your makeup. Choose a lightweight formula and dab and dust your entire face and neck to absorb excess moisture and provide an even finish. During the humid season, it's also preferable to use pressed or powder-based blushers and eyeshadow to avoid smudging and melting.
An excellent mattifying powder or powder-based foundation is the Maybelline Fit Me! 24Hr Powder Foundation. It absorbs excess oil from your skin, leaving it clear and radiant for 24 hours.
4. Skip the glossy lips
Following the previously mentioned rule, avoid lip glosses and creamy lipsticks, too, as they can bleed easily in humid weather.
Invest in transfer-proof matte lippies such as the Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick. Remember to apply a balm or moisturizer and wait 15–20 minutes before putting on a matte shade for it to be absorbed. You can also purchase transfer-proof transparent top coats.
5. Avoid cakey concealer
Not everyone is blessed with flawless skin, and for some, concealer is a must-have. However, concealers can be notorious for making makeup look thick and cakey, especially under bright lights. It also tends to melt off the skin in long, forlorn strips, like peeling paint under humid weather.
The rule of thumb is "less is more" when it comes to concealer to avoid cakey situations, but it is also best to use an oil-free concealer such as the Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer. This concealer will not look cakey on your matte or powder-based foundation because its formula aims for a natural finish with zero visible flaws and blemishes. Furthermore, it will make your skin look less oily. Did we mention it also matches any skin tone? Yes, any Filipina skin tone and complexion is covered by the Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer.
If a concealer is not your thing and you prefer BB creams, apply a single coat of an oil-free, feathery-light BB cream. Then, put on a finishing powder to achieve a refined appearance and even skin tone.
6. Use waterproof mascara and eyeliner
While rainy days can be romantic and fun, they can also be disastrous makeup-wise if you plan to go out for the night. For instance, you have finally discovered a mascara that lengthens, volumizes, and gives you doll-like lashes—but it's not waterproof!
A reliable go-to product is the Maybelline Hypercurl 36 Hour Waterproof Mascara. It's splotch-free and keeps your lashes in tiptop shape for 36 hours, thanks to its no-melting, curl-lock formula that can withstand water, heat, and humidity.
As for eyeliner, keep your lines and edges correct with Maybelline's Eye Studio Hypersharp Liner. Its 0.01mm tip will surely glide easily on top of your lid. It's also buildable, smudge-proof, and sweat- and water-resistant.
7. Limit your colors to pink, beige, light, and pastel browns
After applying all the mattifying products, it's time to put some color on your face and make your skin look fresh. Highlight your eyes and cheeks with pink nude blush using your Maybelline Sensational Cushion Matte multi-use lip tint! Red and other bold colors may not work well during this season because of the humidity, which can melt your makeup.
8. Finish everything with a setting spray
Setting sprays are essential for any makeup enthusiast. If a primer is used to prep the skin for makeup, a setting spray locks it in, ensuring that it lasts longer.
When you're finished with your makeup, hold the setting spray bottle about 15cm away from your face and mist it all over. You’ve probably seen beauty bloggers and makeup artists do this in a downward motion, spraying the face three times on each side and in the middle and allowing the mist to settle.
Rain Got Nothing On You
In essence, there are many ways to wear waterproof makeup for the rainy season. Always remember to use products that are oil-free. Otherwise, your makeup will most likely melt faster in this humid weather.
Want a complete collection of water- and transfer- proof makeup that is of performance? Maybelline has tried-and-tested formulas that suit our crazy weather. Rain or shine, you can always be picture-perfect with Maybelline!