Tropical weather isn’t just all about sweltering hot summer days, there’s also the rainy season to consider—here’s how to transition your beauty kit.
Admit it or not, summer is over—at least in this side of the hemisphere. Our weather is slowly transitioning from stifling and humid weeks to damp and rainy days. And though many of us can say we are used to this, when the heavy rains and gusty winds come, well, it seems we find ourselves unprepared.
Of course, I don’t mean forgetting to bring an umbrella or raincoat when we go out for a grocery run, though most of us still forget to bring these when we head out. I mean stocking up on skincare, makeup, and haircare that are rain-proof. And if you don’t know what I mean, then you might just be lucky enough to be impervious to the moist and sticky air brought about by the monsoon season.
For the lot of us who find ourselves constantly caught in the rain (which may explain the runny makeup), or simply out long enough to have our hair turn into a frizzy mess, well, this article is just for you.
Here is a comprehensive list of products that will keep you looking fresh and frizz-free throughout the season.
Dior Forever Perfect Fix Longwear Fresh Setting Mist
A face mist like no other, it offers lasting wear, sets makeup, and delivers instant hydration. A must wear during rainy days to keep makeup looking fresh and flawless. Mist on newly washed face to prevent skin from getting oily or spray on top of makeup to allow it to last hours longer.
La Mer The Concentrate
Also called a barrier serum, this concentrate strengthens, visibly soothes, and protects skin from environmental stressors like pollution. It contains barrier-building benefits and antioxidant power, along with a concentrated Miracle Broth to help reduce inflammation and effectively calm skin. This is definitely an essential step to skincare during damp and rainy weather.
Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate
Lightweight but deeply moisturizing, the Ultimune serum strengthens skin against daily damage and visible signs of aging for skin. This is a great formulation to use during humid and rainy days (and evenings) as it is sheer and is quickly absorbed by the skin.
MAC Prep + Prime Lip Primer
Lips tend to dry and chap during extreme weather conditions, and rainy weather isn’t excluded. This color-free lipstick base is an essential before applying any lipstick as it adds light moisture, smoothens and refines lips. It also prolongs the life of lipstick when worn and prevents it from drying out the lips.
NARS Climax Extreme Mascara
This is one of the best mascara formulations out there as it delivers extreme volume, a deep black pigment and a noticeable difference after only one coat. It also doesn’t smudge and dries quickly, making this a great mascara choice for wet weather.
Toni & Guy Matt Texture Dry Shampoo
A lot of us are unaware of the amazing powers of dry shampoo. It works incredibly well to refresh hair from roots to ends and is ideal for styling hair, especially during rainy weather. Our roots tend to get oily during moist and sticky days—we all know that hot and grubby feeling we get when its just about to rain—and this addresses this problem with just one spray.
Estee Lauder Beautiful Magnolia Eau de Parfum
Its name is well-suited to this hypnotic blend of magnolia, gardenia, woods and musk. Together it delivers a romantic, incredibly feminine and radiant fragrance that can easily become a favorite. And while most fragrances disappear minutes after spraying it on a rainy day, this one lingers on longer and stays on the skin for hours.
Pili Ani Gentle Facial Cleanser
Super mild on the skin, this effective cleanser is infused with Elemi and Pili Oils to keep skin pimple-free and hydrated. It has a low pH level, so it ensures it is mild on the skin, and after it leaves face supple and clean. This is an important step to looking fresh during this weather.
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
A cult favorite serum, as it uses Chronolux Power Signal Technology to deeply penetrate skin to reduce signs of aging caused by environmental assaults, again like pollution. This never feels heavy or oily on the skin, which makes it the perfect serum to use before going to bed. It offers a 72-hour hydration (thanks to Hyaluronic Acid) so using it daily guarantees plumped and radiant skin.
Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs and Rosewater
A refreshing boost during rainy weather, this helps revitalize and re-energize tired skin. It has a gorgeous botanical scent that is simply addicting. An essential product to keep in the purse for a quick skin refresher, especially after wearing a mask and face shield all day.
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Primer Pore Minimizer
An essential step for damp weather to keep skin oil-free and to help makeup last all-day. This is so effective in reducing the appearance of pores, and helps blur fine lines for 24 hours. This incredible formulation is a must when wearing makeup.
NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation
One of the few full-coverage, natural-looking matte foundations that feature an impressive range of shades to match any skin color. It offers a 16-hour wear, is oil-free, oxidation-resistant, humidity and sweat-proof and also protects from pollution and blue light. This is what we need to be looking for in this wishy-washy tropical climate.
Murad Vita-C Triple Exfoliating Facial
Exfoliation might be the last thing on our minds when the weather is gloomy, but it is a skincare step we should never skip if we want smooth and glowing skin. This formulation has physical, chemical and enzymatic exfoliates to effectively remove dead skin cells and reinvigorate dull skin. It contains gold-stabilized Vitamin C, with 55 percent more antioxidant power than your regular Vitamin C, which brightens and evens skin tone.
Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Mandarine Basilic
A refreshing aromatic citrus scent that can brighten any gloomy day. It is sparkling, radiant and luminous fragrance with ingredients like clementine, mandarin orange, basil, sandalwood, and amber.
Kerastaste Discipline Fluidealiste Anti-Frizz Hair Ritual
Rainy days usually go hand in hand with big, frizzy hair. It is hard to manage and style hair without the right products, and this one really does the job. It is designed to smooth and restore each hair fiber to provide manageability and anti-frizz for up to 72 hours. This also allows blowouts to last longer and give hair a smooth finish.
Guerlain Parure Gold Radiance Foundation
This skin-perfecting formulation not only delivers a radiant complexion, but gives the skin a smoother, more refined finish. It is really the best way to glow up in this gloomy weather, as it has light-reflecting pigments paired with a hint of 24-karat gold.
Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick
This matte lipstick is the way to go when it comes to gloomy weather. And this one really delivers. It is luxurious and richly pigmented, and delivers a modern matte finish. With a slew of gorgeous colors to choose from, you can’t go wrong with this lippie.
Benefit Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain
A classic favorite, this blusher and lip color in one delivers a fresh stain of color that is much-needed during dreary weather. The beauty with this product is that it can be worn with or without foundation and powder, so it remains to be an effortless and natural choice.