During this season, a heavy downpour is indeed inevitable. Given this situation, it still doesn’t give us an excuse to dress down and go light on the makeup! If you’re afraid that a bit of rain can smudge your eyeliner or lipstick, look no further because here are some tips on how to keep your appearance in tip-top shape despite the heavy rains and howling wind! You’ll surely sashay in style as if a drop of rain never landed on your ensemble.
As women, makeup is an essential part of our everyday lives. Its necessity spans a number of situations such as meeting clients, a night out with your girlfriends, a romantic date with your special someone, and the list goes on. Makeup actually and inadvertently boosts one’s confidence, and provides an aura of competence when discussing serious matters. Did you also know that makeup also allows other people to feel that you are “in control”, given that it adds to your grooming! But most importantly, makeup application gives people the notion that you care about your outlook and how you present yourself, therefore making it a huge plus on your part.
It is definitely understandable that the rainy weather can make you think twice about applying that certain shade of pink you wanted for this meeting, or that new tube of lipstick you’ve been eager to try for the longest time! Don’t let the bad weather stop you from looking your best—here’s how.
Eyeliner is a pretty tricky item because it has a natural tendency to smudge because it is near your eye area (which naturally produces liquid in the form of tears). This is especially true because you apply it is close to the tear duct.
When it comes to choosing eyeliners, no matter what the season may be, make sure that you get the waterproof kind. One of the best that you can find in the market today is Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, which is available in The Beauty Bar or online via the Stila Website or Sephora. But if you find it quite challenging to work with liquid eyeliner, then you can always use the cream-based or pencil types.
It’s surprising how great pencil eyeliners can come at such an affordable price! Check out the brand in2it located in all Watson’s and Personal Care Exchange outlets. They have different shades for you to choose from, and are indeed very waterproof! This brand is recommended for people with underwater shoots, so what more with just a bit of rain, right? Another brand that you may want to check out is Maybelline’s Unstoppable Waterproof Eyeliner, which has gained an outstanding number of positive reviews as well.
Of course, your mascara should also be waterproof! It’s just as important since, like eyeliner, it is located near the tear duct area. Sometimes, we also tend to unconsciously rub our eyes, and because of this, it is important to have eye makeup that is both water- and smudge-proof.
No matter what your budget is, there is a mascara brand for you. For those who don’t mind a steep price tag, try investing in Lancome’s Definicils Mascara. Hailed as the best mascara by InStyle Magazine, this mascara is sure to last longer than others, while adding length and oomph to your eyelashes.
A cheaper alternative to this though is Maybelline’s Great Lash. Despite the fact that it is a common drugstore brand, this variant is known to be the best-selling waterproof mascara Maybelline has ever created. Plus, a lot of celebrities swear by it, too! If you need awesome waterproof mascara on the go, or if you are on a budget, this is probably your best bet.
Just like mascara, your lipstick should be smudge- and waterproof at the same time! Even without the rainy weather, your lips are prone to a host of messy encounters, such as a sip from your beverage, or whenever you wipe your mouth with a napkin. Always ensure that your tube of lipstick is prepared to give you maximum glam protection, no matter what the weather.
Though there aren’t really a lot of lipstick brands that claim to be “waterproof”, brand knowledge and reliability is key to finding the best ones. MAC, for example, is one of the best lipstick brands around with a stellar selection of shades to choose from. Lancome and Smashbox are also some quality brands that are of superb quality.
This rainy season might not be the best time for you to flash your designer-label leather bags as the rain might damage the material. So keep them in your closet now, and whip out your canvas bags and beach bags! Surprisingly, these summer slingers are the perfect accompaniment to the rainy weather.
You might think that canvas bags don’t really leave much protection for whatever you have inside, but they actually do. During rainy days, it won’t be a surprise to see women sport their canvas bags because they are able to absorb the raindrops without damaging the bag’s quality. Of course, you have to ensure that your important essentials such as your makeup, laptop and other electronics have their own safe case just to ensure their protection as well.
Summer bags are also perfect for rainy days because of their waterproof exterior! Don’t worry, there are a lot of brands that carry stylish ones that are perfect for both rain and shine. These bags are sure to keep your objects from being splashed by the rains, and ensure their safety. Miu Miu and Marc Jacobs carry these all year round, so you might want to head over and check them out!
You might want to toss your heels aside when the darks clouds start to arrive, lest you start slipping all over the pavements and sidewalks! There are a lot of stylish flats and boots out there that are perfect for the weather, and will keep you in style as well! Avoid wearing Crocs though, because they have a slippery base that might lead you to an accident.
Marc Jacobs, Aldo, and Ralph Lauren carry a gorgeous selection of rain boots for you to choose from. Make sure that the material is sturdy and waterproof enough to keep your feet dry. Boat shoes are also a good option. If you are gunning for a different style, ensure that the soles of the shoes you are choosing are made of rubber and give a sturdy grip on the slippery ground. Protection is also something to watch out for since rainwater tends to carry pathogens and bacteria, and these can cause sickness or infections.
And of course, who can forget about the trusty, handy-dandy umbrella? Please, do not opt to bring around the free ones from banks or restaurants. They are ideal to have in the car, but for something to have in your pouch, you should choose an umbrella that is compact, sturdy and heavy-duty to provide you with extra protection and safety during a rainy day.
When choosing umbrellas, take a look at the color. There are usually two kinds: shoot-through and opaque umbrellas. Shoot-through umbrellas are the see-through kinds that are stylish but harmful for a sunny day since the UV rays can easily pass through them and damage your skin. These can be used for a rainy day, though. But most of the ones sold here aren’t as sturdy and can damage easily. Opaque umbrellas, on the other hand, are the colored ones that are perfect for any weather.
Safety is the number one measure when it comes to selecting an umbrella to bring with you wherever you go. MUJI is a great place to get your umbrellas. Being a Japanese brand, MUJI umbrellas are pretty sturdy so that you won’t catch yourself trying to fix your umbrella that reversed because of strong winds. It was designed specifically to conquer the worst rain shower, so it’s worth the price.