…and it’s true, April showers do indeed bring May flowers. But, right now it looks like March showers are Mother Nature giving it a trial run and all that humidity has it in for our beauty routines! So, for this chapter, I’ve decided to scour the interweb globe for some of the best tips for rainy weather. I don’t consider it plagiarism or stealing- it’s borrowing, from people who probably said it better than me! And I’ll usually give them credit!
- This isn’t from the internet, this is my personal recommendation for dense, gray, rain filled days- call into work, cancel your appointments, cuddle up on the sofa with a pet and a good book. Throw in a cup of your favorite tea or coffee and voila- you don’t need to worry about your running mascara or frizz prone hair! Ok, I know how unrealistic that is… so here’s the real
1. From the StyleCaster blog- “Close your hair’s cuticle for less frizz.
Regardless of whether your hair is fine, thick, straight, curly, or some combination thereof, rainy weather can only mean one thing: Frizz, and lots of it. According to Rafe Hardy, creative director at Sexy Hair, the key to avoiding fuzzy texture is to keep the hair’s cuticle sealed. He says, “Use a light mousse or gel all over the hair and work it through so that the entire follicle is smooth.” Other ways to close the cuticle are by using a lightweight silicone product when styling and rinsing hair with cold water at the end of your shower.”
2. Here’s one I especially love from the folks at makeup.com- “Cream Vs. Powder. Opt for cream shadows and blushes instead of powder. Cream has longer staying power and can be blended more easily. When powder gets wet, it can tend to streak. Tinted moisturizers and BB/CC Creams are great foundation alternatives that require less time applying and fixing.” This is absolutely true. Incidentally, Tah Tah has a fantastic cream shadow that stays on like a dream. Here’s my favorite shade, Bronze Frost.
I think it goes without saying that rainy weather = waterproof mascara, or you’ve got the the more complicated math problem of rainy weather + nonwaterproof mascara= black tears when you aren’t even sad. Funny thing, we have some good waterproof mascara, too.
3. Now for some prep and finish advice from a gal named Patrice Grell Yursik, who definitely seems to know what she’s talking about, plus she’s witty! (You can find all her advice at her blog, http://www.afrobella.com.) “Be the Prime Minister Your face is clean and moisturized, and you’re ready to apply your makeup. But there’s an important step before you put on your war paint that will ensure it lasts, whatever the weather. We’re talking primer. There’s a makeup primer for every part of your face. There are lash, eyeshadow (in a variety of styles and shades from creams to crayons), foundation and lip product primers.
and then her finish advice-
“Finish up Once your face is complete and you’ve used your primers and waterproof cosmetics, there’s an additional step that can help your makeup weather the storms — finishing sprays. There are types designed to suit your every need, whether you’re trying to tone down oil, have a photo perfect look or maintain a dewy radiance. Makeup artists also have been known to rave over water-based facial sprays. A light mist of H20 can actually help set your makeup! And then there are powders that you can brush on to maintain and set your overall look. ”
Water? A little mist of water? Amazing! WHY HAVE I BEEN OVER-COMPLICATING THINGS?? We do have a pretty good setting spray, though, by the fine folks at Limelight.
4. Let’s go back to StyleCaster for another idea that sounds like it might be good for any weather- “Blending makes it better. Whether you’re heading out into a light drizzle or a torrential downpour, makeup precautions need to be taken. Innis suggests major blending as a strategy: “To keep your makeup intact in humid weather, always make sure to rub makeup into your skin so that it’s not just sitting on top.” This is where a super-efficient makeup sponge, like the Beautyblender ($19.95, skinstore.com), comes in. The suede texture of the curved non-latex sponge perfectly blends makeup for a flawless finish that really works makeup into the skin.”
Well, there you go- sometimes you only need 4 good tips! And some anti humidity hairspray… enjoy the rain and don’t forget, it just means Spring is en route!