MAKEUP MELTDOWN SOS!! 10 PRODUCTS THAT CAN SAVE YOU A DRAG FACE
It is creepy. I am 24 years old and I can’t help watching Mulan just over and over again, just to have a good laugh at the ‘match maker scene’.
Sadly it was not so funny in real life when I faced a similar scenario at a cousins wedding when a little kid decided it would be very funny to splash soft drinks on aunty’s face. Or that day when I went out with my crush on your first date. I was wondering why he wouldn’t stop staring at my eyes all through the day. It wasn’t until I reached home and realized I was looking more like a tired sleep deprived Zombie Bride.
With rain, heat, and humidity always at your tail, how are you ever supposed to put on makeup, without a hint of self-consciousness?
Worry not Cupcakes. I have built an army of ‘Anti-Makeup- Meltdown’ products that are sure to leave you stunning through out your day
1. Lakme Absolute Pore Fix Toner
Prepping your skin is as important as the process. Using a pore tightening toner helps shrink the size of pores and makes sure the skin does not sag. This is an alcohol-free toner that I can swear by any day. If used religiously, it actually diminishes the size of pores and gives a fresh faced look.
Price: 275 INR (Buy HERE)
2. Plum Green Tea Mattifying Moisturizer
This brand has never failed to impress us with its silicone and paraben free products. In addition to providing a matte finish, it also combats acne and cleans up the face. A pea sized amount is just enough for the entire face. It claims to be best for oily skin, however, my personal experience would say, it’s suited for all skin types.
Price: 275 INR (Buy HERE)
3. L’Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer
Speaking of primers, hands down this is the best of the class, I have used till date. It does a fantastic job of smoothening out pores and creates an even surface for foundation application. It has a thick creamy consistency with a hint of a pink undertone, that balances out any imperfections. The only con with this, I would say, is the tub packaging.
Price: 995 INR (Buy HERE)
4. L’Oreal Paris Infallible 24H Foundation
Voila! The ultimate goof proof foundation! This foundation offers you a great coverage along with a matte, yet not so flaky finish. It is transfer proof and doesn’t melt down even in hot and humid weather. The best part is, it doesn’t cling on to your pores and fine lines. I am not sure if the 24 hours claims are true, but it does stay put from 10 to 5.
Price: 1400 INR (Buy HERE for 1134)
5. L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal Concealer
All the rave about these little angels is true!! This concealer provides a matte finish and has strong orange/yellow undertones to it, a thumbs up for Indian skin tone. It DOES NOT crease or sink into fine lines, hence ‘the holy grail’ product for dark circles. Water resistant and transfer proof, no doubt this has been an all time favorite amongst beauty enthusiasts. The shades range is also quite remarkable.
Price: 595 INR (Buy HERE)
6. Contour/ Blush ( Draping) : Makeup Obsession Blush – B111 Glow
A better option, than going for a full fledged contour and highlight would be- Draping. This newbie fits perfectly for the job. The earth tone color beautifully brings out your cheek bones and adds a hint of flush to the face. All you need to do is take some of it on your brush and swirl it along the sides of your face in shape of a "3" ie from the temples, to cheek bone down to your lower jaw line.
Price: 500 INR (Buy HERE)
7. Freedom HD Pro Finish Pressed Powder- Banana
Concealers can sometimes give an ashy look and corrector would just add up another layer to the face. An elegant solution to this problem would be opting for a yellow powder to dust your t-zone, instead of the entire face.This is balance the under eyes, help prevent creasing and also add a subtle yet natural highlight to the face. Freedom HD Pro Finish Pressed Powder- Banana is definitely a great option for this, without burning a hole in your pocket.
Price: 450 INR (Buy HERE)
8. Makeup Revolution My Sign Complete Eye Base – Aquarius
Now that we are done with the face, let us move on to the eyes. It is always better to avoid a lot of jazz when it comes to eye makeup during the monsoons. But what about the quirk quotient! Rains are all about fun right? Worry not my daisies. This palette offers you the perfect shades you need for rains.
Take the darkest color in the palette and push it gently along your upper lash line, going a bit thicker around the outer corner. Using the next darkest shade, smudge the color along your lower lash line (only the outer half), as close as possible. Then taking the taupe shade, dab it gently along your lid. Feeling a little dramatic? Take some of the darkest shades and mix it with some of the turquoises. Gently built it on the outer edges of your edges. There you go, Goddess of the Seven Seas!
Price: 850 INR (Buy HERE)
9. Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain
Instead of going for the traditional lipstick, try a lip stain this season. The Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stains are ABSOLUTELY nontransferable, provide a matte yet comfortable finish (do not crease into lines of lips) and have a GREAT shade range!!! They do not feel dry at all and feel weightless on application. These are some serious ‘you-don’t- mess-with- the-lips’ kind of lip stains!
Try dabbing the product with your fingers, in place of going, over and over with the applicator. That would give a more natural finish.
Price: 900 INR (Buy HERE)
10. e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set
Finally we are done!
Uh-oh! Not yet. Just a ‘spritz’ of makeup setting spray and you are good to go for the day. A setting spray ensures your makeup doesn’t melt down and stays put. It also provides a dewy glow to the entire look and tones it down for a more subtle, natural appearance. Although there are tons of makeup setting sprays available in the market, ‘e.l.f. Makeup Mist and Set’ works best for me. It ensures the makeup stays un-budged and also prevents a cake-face. What is your favorite, by the way?
Price: 915 INR (Buy HERE)
Makeup is all about experimenting and fun. A little drip over here and little smudge over there doesn’t really matter. But, the rains are never an excuse, not to look gorgeous!
What is your go to product in the monsoons? Let us know:-)
Any suggestions, comments and ideas are always welcome.